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"Once an engine attached to a train was afraid of a few drops of rain. It went into a tunnel, and squeaked through it's funnel, and wouldn't come out again!"
— The narrator
The Sad Story of Henry/

Come Out, Henry


David Mitton


David Mitton

Robert D. Cardona


Reverend W. Awdry
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Ringo Starr (UK/US)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

October 16th,
1984 (UK)
April 8th,
1987 (AUS)
February 5th, 
1989 (US)
April 17th,
1990 (JPN)
August 6th,
1993 (George 
Carlin US
November 11th,
1996 (US)

Previous episode

Edward and Gordon/
Edward Helps Out

Next episode

Edward, Gordon and Henry/
Henry to the Rescue

The Sad Story of Henry, retitled Come Out, Henry! in American releases, is the third episode of the first season.


It is a very rainy day on Sodor, and Henry the Green Engine is pulling some coaches full of passengers. He runs into a tunnel and stops, unwilling to go any further.

Henry's driver and fireman argue with him but he refuses to come out, claiming that the rain would spoil his green paint with red stripes. The guard blows his whistle and waves his flag, but Henry instead blows steam at him.

Just then, an important man arrives in another train. It is Sir Topham Hatt; better known as the Fat Controller. He decides that Henry will be pulled out of the tunnel. Attaching a rope to Henry, all the passengers try and pull him - except for the Fat Controller, citing that it is his doctor's orders - but Henry does not move. Moving to the other end of the tunnel, the passengers try to push Henry out (again, the Fat Controller does not help), but with the same results.

Thomas arrives to help, and the passengers try telling Henry that the rain has stopped. Henry still refuses to move, believing the rain will begin again soon, so Thomas tries to push Henry out, but even with another engine pushing, Henry remains in the tunnel.

Soon, the Fat Controller admits defeat, and tells Henry that he is going to get what he wanted. Soon, the rails are taken up, and a brick wall is erected in front of Henry.

All Henry is able to do now is to watch the other engines pass through the other tunnel. Henry soon regrets his actions, as he sees Edward and Gordon run by. Edward always toots a hello with his whistle, while Gordon always laughs saying it serves him right. Henry has no steam to answer them, and the soot and dirt from the tunnel ruins his green paint with red stripes anyway.

Henry is left in the tunnel cold, dirty and lonely. He now wonders if he will ever be let out to pull trains again.



  • Henry's Tunnel


  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, The Three Railway Engines.
  • This story was adapted live for television in 1953.
  • A CGI recreation of the scene where Henry is bricked up in the tunnel was made for Blue Mountain Mystery, and some parts of this episode were recreated for The Adventure Begins.
  • The US narration of this episode states that Henry being shut up in the tunnel is a temporary punishment until he's ready to come out (with it being stated that Henry had to overcome his 'fear' of the rain), while the UK version stays faithful to the original story in which the Fat Controller intends to leave Henry in the tunnel for good.


  • In the first scene the ground sinks slightly.
  • In one shot grass appears in front of the tunnel.
  • At some stages the level of the wall decreases and Henry changes position.
  • When the passengers try to pull Henry out of the tunnel, almost all have blu-tak on their feet.
  • In a few close-ups of Henry in the tunnel, the tracks in front of him have already been taken up.
  • When Thomas is pushing Henry, his wheels inch forward, but in the following scenes Henry hasn't moved.
  • In some shots, purple marker is visible on the Fat Controller's hand, such as when he says "My doctor has forbidden me to pull".
  • When the guard tries to get Henry out by blowing his whistle and waving his flags, the scene is played forwards and then backwards.
  • At first, the buffers of Henry's last coach are at their normal height. But when Thomas comes to push, the buffers have been lowered to accommodate Thomas' buffers.
  • Since Henry was headed toward Knapford, Thomas would have had to come from Elsbridge or Wellsworth. What was he doing that far away from Knapford? His duties are around Knapford.
  • James is not meant to appear until Thomas and the Breakdown Train, so his presence creates a continuity error.
  • The footage of James entering the tunnel and leaving The Fat Controller seems reversed.


  • Wooden Railway (discontinued)

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish El orgullo de Henry The Pride of Henry
Norwegian Henrys triste historie Henry's Sad Story
French Les Mésaventures de Henry The Misadventures of Henry
Dutch Het Droevige Verhaal van Henry The Sad Story of Henry
Brazilian Portuguese Quanto maior a altura, maior o tombo The higher the height, the greater the fall
Japanese でてこいヘンリー Come Out, Henry
Welsh Henri Henry
Croatian Tužna priča o Hrvoju The Sad Story of Henry
Finnish Henrin surullinen tarina Henry's Sad Story
Italian Paura della Pioggia Fear of the Rain
Slovenian Žalostna zgodba o Henriku Sad Story of Henry

Home Media Releases


  • Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends (Betamax/VHS)
  • Thomas and Gordon and other Stories
  • The Sad Story of Henry and Other Stories
  • Bumper Special
  • My Little MiniVid
  • Edward and Gordon (DVD)
  • Your Favourite Story Collection
  • The Complete First Series
  • Classic Collection


  • Thomas Gets Tricked and Other Stories
  • The Early Years

See also

  • The Sad Story of Henry (1953) - BBC TV adaptation of the same story.


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