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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
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The Sad Story of Henry
Come Out, Henry!
Director(s)

David Mitton

Producer(s)

Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona

Writer(s)

Reverend W. Awdry (original)
Britt Allcroft (adapted)
David Mitton (adapted)

Narrator

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

Air date

September 12th, 1984 (UK)
February 5th, 1989 (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.

Plot

It wass a very rainy day, so Henry decided to stop in the middle of a tunnel in order to stop the rain to spoiling his paint. He refuses to come back out, much to the annoyance of his passengers and crew. Then Sir Topham Hatt, the man in charge of all the engines, arrives. He decides that Henry will be pulled out of the tunnel and Henry responds by blowing steam at him. The passengers and the crew did all sorts of things to get him out, but still Henry stayed in the tunnel. At last Thomas came along, he does a little better than the passengers, but he only managed to budge an inch. In the end, the Fat Controller decides to take away the rails and brick him up in the tunnel to teach him a lesson. Henry is now left in the tunnel cold, dirty, and lonely. He now wonders if he will ever be let out to pull trains again.

Characters

Trivia

  • One of the workmen resembles Ringo Starr.
  • This episode is based on The Railway Series book, The Sad Story of Henry, The Three Railway Engines.
  • A CGI recreation of the scene where Henry is bricked-up in the tunnel was made for Blue Mountain Mystery.
  • There are some differences in the US and UK narrations. Some differences are:
    • Sir Topham Hatt's introduction in the UK narration is "Along came Sir Topham Hatt, the man in charge of all the engines on Sodor. They call him 'The Fat Controller'." Since the Fat Controller name is not used in US narrations, the introduction is simply, "Along came Sir Topham Hatt, the man in charge of all the engines on the Island of Sodor."
    • In the UK version, the Fat Controller says he'll brick Henry up "for always and always and always", while in the US versions, the punishment is only until Henry "is ready to come out of the tunnel."
    • In the UK version, the wall was built in front of Henry "so he couldn't come out of the tunnel anymore", in the US versions, it was "so that other engines wouldn't bump into him."
    • After mentioning dirt in the tunnel spoiling Henry's paint towards the very end, the narrator says in the UK version, "He wondered if he would ever be able to pull trains again. But I think he deserved his punishment, don't you?" In US releases, the narrator says, "How long do you think Henry will stay in the tunnel before he overcomes his fear of the rain and decides to journey out again?"
  • If you look above the mouth of the tunnel, you can see two vertical lines in the bricks. This is most probably a removable section so that the crew can access the interior of the tunnel if needed for filming.

Goofs

  • 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.

Quotes

  • "The rain will spoil my lovely green paint and red stripes!"
  • The guard blew his whistle till he had no more breathe and waved his flag till his arms ached. But Henry still stayed in the tunnel and blew steam at him.
  • "I'm not going to spoil my lovely green paint and red stripes for you!"

- Henry shelters in the tunnel.

  • Everyone pulled except the Fat Controller, because...
  • "Ahem! My doctor has forbidden me to pull."
  • But still, Henry stayed in the tunnel. Then they tried pushing from the other end.
  • The Fat Controller said "1, 2, 3, PUSH!!"
  • But he didn't help.
  • "Ahem! My doctor has forbidden me to push." He said.
  • They pushed and pushed and pushed. But still Henry stayed in the tunnel.

- The Fat Controller's makes up an excuse.

  • Eventually even The Fat Controller gave up.
  • "We shall take away your rails!" He said. "And leave you here for always and always and always!"
  • They took up the old rails and built a wall infront of him. So that Henry couldn't get out of the tunnel any more!

- Henry becomes shut up in the tunnel.

  • As time went on Edward and Gordon would often pass by.
  • Edward would say. "Peep! Peep! Hello!"
  • And Gordon would say "Poop! Poop! Poop! Serves you right!"
  • Poor Henry had no steam to answer. His fire had gone out...

- Edward and Gordon passing by Henry's Tunnel.

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