"It made me feel like a Really Useless Engine!"
— Percy
A Bad Day for Harold the Helicopter/
A Bad Day for Harold

David Mitton


Phil Ferhle


Simon Nicholson


Michael Angelis (UK)
Alec Baldwin (US)
Michael Brandon (US)

Air date

August 10th, 2002

Previous episode

"No Sleep for Cranky"

Next episode

"Elizabeth the
Vintage Lorry
"Elizabeth the Vintage
Quarry Truck

A Bad Day for Harold the Helicopter, retitled A Bad Day for Harold in American releases, is the fourth episode of the sixth season.


Percy is happily delivering the mail, but gets stuck at a broken signal and it us arranged for Harold to take the mail for him. As Harold sets off with the mail, the signal is fixed. Everyone tries to call Harold back, but he does not hear them. While he is up in the air, his engine starts to rattle and then the heavy mail causes him to lose control and crash into a haystack. Percy was shocked. He puffs over to Harold and asks if he is OK. Harold tells Percy to get someone to pull him out of the haystack. Back at Tidmouth Sheds, some of the engines were teasing Harold. The helicopter thanks Percy for helping him out of the haystack and Percy said that is what friends are for.




  • In a rare picture of Harold flying through Misty Valley, Toby and Henrietta are not present.
  • This is one of the few episodes of the sixth season to be narrated by Michael Brandon.


  • When Percy stops at the broken signal, the steam disappears and then reappears due to a film cut.
  • In some close-ups of Percy at the broken signal, the track beside him stops at the background.
  • When Harold crashes into the haystack, he is smiling and his rotor blades have disappeared.
  • Studio equipment and a crew member are visible in the reflection of James' carriage windows when he passes the camera.
  • In the shot of Percy beside the haystack, Harold looks as if he landed on the haystack.
  • There is no mention of Harold's pilot after the accident.
  • In a close-up of Thomas, a camera's shadow can be seen on James.
  • Harold's rotors should have been damaged by the crash.



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