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"Nothing's happened! Nothing's happened! Silly old Diesel, clever me!"
— Duncan

Rock 'n' Roll is the tenth episode of the fourth season. It first aired on the Shining Time Station spin-off, Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode, Wish You Were Here in 1996 in the US.


One day, Skarloey meets Rusty and tells him how different the railway feels since he left to be mended. Rusty explains that he and the manager planned it to give Skarloey a surprise upon his return. Later that day, he warns Skarloey that there is still a damaged piece of line just outside the first station and expresses specific worry that Duncan, with his habit of "rock 'n' roll", will derail there. Duncan overhears the two engines' conversation and demands to know why they are talking about him. Rusty attempts to warn him, but Duncan dismisses his claims, claiming he doesn't need a "smelly diesel" to tell him what to do.

Rusty is upset by this remark and refuses to fetch Duncan's coaches next morning. By the time Duncan arrives at the station, James is already waiting for him. When Duncan explains his grievances with Rusty, James tells him of the time he supposedly sent Diesel packing. Filled with admiration and unaware James is lying, Duncan becomes more wreckless and, as he approaches the bad bit of line, begins to "rock 'n' roll", which ultimately causes him to derail.

Rusty is sent to help, but initially refuses until Skarloey reminds him that the passengers will be stranded otherwise. He arrives with some workmen who work alongside the passengers to lever the ashamed Duncan back onto the rails. For the rest of the day, Duncan is extra careful. That evening, he apologises to Rusty and asks if they can be friends. Rusty agrees and promises to mend the damaged line in the morning.





  • When Skarloey meets Rusty, he is on (viewer perspective) the left side of Rusty. Further down the line, they seem to have switched tracks. Skarloey also has a new line of trucks.
  • When Duncan "rocks 'n' rolls" in his first scene, the track is tilted.
  • When Duncan comes off the track, he has his happy face mask on.
  • The pole used to derail Duncan is clearly visible.
  • When Rusty says "Oh! I forgot about them!" his right eye pokes in.
  • In the close-up of Duncan's wheels when he is put back on the rails, no people are visible, Duncan's rear wheel remains derailed, and the shadow of the hand putting him down can be seen.
  • Rusty's eyes are wonky in the very last shot.
  • Duncan's coaches have faces when he fetches them, but when Duncan meets James at Crovan's Gate, they lose their faces.


  • Duncan: Sleepers and balance! I'm off!

 In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Rueda que te Rueda Wheel that Wheel You
Norwegian Rock 'n' Roll Rock 'n' Roll
Finnish Rock n Roll Veturi Rock n Roll Engine
Dutch Rock 'n Roll Rock 'n' Roll
Japanese ロックンロール Rock 'n' Roll
Czech Rokenrol Rock and Roll
Russian Рок н ролл Rock 'n' Roll
Ukrainian Танцюрист Dancer
Italian Rock 'n' Roll Rock 'n' Roll
Welsh Roc a Rôl! Rock and Roll!
Slovenian Ples na tirih Dancing on Rails
Romanian Rock 'n' Roll Rock 'n' Roll
Chinese 摇滚乐 Rock 'n' Roll
Hungarian Rock and Roll Rock and Roll
Polish Tańczący Damian Duncan Dances
German Rock ,n' Roll Rock 'n' Roll
Swedish Rock 'n' Roll Rock 'n' Roll
Slovak Rok en Rol Rock 'n' Roll
Danish Rock'n'roll Rock 'n' Roll
Greek Ροκ'ν'ρολ Rock 'n' Roll
Thai รัซตีมาช่วยดันแคน Rusty Hit to Help Duncan
Korean 친구가 된 러스티와 덩컨 Became Friends with Rusty and Duncan

Home Media Releases


DVD Boxsets


  • Rock 'n' Roll and other Stories
  • The Complete Fourth Series

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