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"Come on, Gordon! Rocket coming through!"
— Stephen

Slow Stephen is the fifteenth episode of the nineteenth season.


Stephen is a very old engine. But in his early days, he was known as "The Rocket" because he was so fast. Unfortunately, he is now one of the slowest engines on Sodor, which can be a problem for the main line engines when they get stuck behind him. One day, Gordon passes by while Stephen is on his way to pick up some tourists, and calls him a silly little engine. As Stephen crosses the Sodor Suspension Bridge, he hears a strange noise. But he thinks it is Gordon making him dizzy.

At Knapford, Stephen stops to pick up passengers for Ulfstead Castle. James pulls up behind Stephen and tells him to hurry up, and that he does not understand why the passengers want to travel on such a slow engine. Stephen asks Thomas and James if either of them have ever heard a strange noise as they cross the Suspension Bridge, but neither of them have.

Later as Stephen crosses the bridge again, he listens for the noise. But this time, he hears nothing and happily carries on his way. He stops at Brendam to pick up some passengers from a cruise ship, and Porter admires him for being such a popular engine.

Stephen crosses the bridge a third time, and this time he hears the strange noise again, followed by a screw falling onto the tracks in front of him. He realises that the bridge must be damaged and hurries to safety. He manages to stop Thomas before he crosses, but Clarabel tells them that Gordon will be coming with the express any minute. Annie and Clarabel refuse to let Thomas risk crossing the damaged bridge to stop Gordon, so Stephen decides to cross instead. As Gordon draws closer, Stephen gets stuck on a broken rail. He manages to reach the other side, and his crew wave a red flag to try and stop Gordon as he approaches the bridge. The big blue engine stops just in time, and is just about to insult Stephen again, before the bridge finally gives way and the track collapses. Gordon is very grateful to Stephen for saving him and his passengers from disaster. The Fat Controller congratulates Thomas and Stephen, and calls them really useful heroes.

Once the bridge's repairs start, all the engines have to cross it as slowly as Stephen. The amazing story of Stephen's heroism brings even more tourists to the Island of Sodor.


A little boy and some children also speak they are voiced by Teresa Gallagher in both dubs.






  • This marks the second time the Sodor Suspension Bridge collapsed since its debut
  • It is likely that Millie, Sir Robert Norramby, Bill and Ben were originally going to appear in the episode as their voice actors were listed in the UK credits even though they do not voice any character in the episode.
  • After Stephen saves Gordon, music from Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure can be heard.


  • Miranda Raison, Mike Grady and Jonathan Broadbent are listed in the UK credits, but they do not voice any characters in the episode. It is possible that their roles were cut. Rob Rackstraw is also credited, despite not voicing any characters.
  • As Stephen blew his whistle, after Gordon made rude remarks to him, no steam emits.
  • When the Fat Controller arrives and inspects the bridge, Thomas' driver's arm can be seen clipping through the cab door. It disappears in the close up of Thomas.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese のろのろスティーブン Slowly Stephen
Spanish Stephen el lento / Stephen "El Lento" Stephen the Slow / Stephen "The Slow"
Polish Powolny Sławek Slow Stephen
Russian Храбрец Стивен Encouraging Stephen
Dutch Langzame Stephen Slow Stephen
Hungarian Lassú Stephen Slow Stephen
Serbian Spori Stiven Slow Stephen
Czech Pomalý Stephen Slow Stephen
German Der langsame Stephen The Slow Stephen
Romanian Stephen cel încet Stephen is Slow
Portuguese O lento Stephen The Slow Stephen
Norwegian Trege Stephen Slow Stephen
French Stephen la Tortue Stephen the Tortoise
Slovenian Počasni Štefan Slow Stephen
Italian Stephen e il Ponte Sospeso Stephen and the Suspension Bridge
Korean 느림보 스티븐 Laggard Stephen

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