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"My funnel's cold! My funnel's cold! I want a scarf! I want a scarf!"
"Rubbish, Percy! Engines don't wear scarves."
"Engines with proper funnels do! You've only got a small one!
— Percy and Henry arguing over scarves.

A Scarf for Percy is the first episode of the third season.


It is a very cold winter morning on the Island of Sodor, with Thomas and Percy in the sheds feeling the brunt of it. Thomas complains that his firelighter is late, but Percy reminds him that the firelighter isn't late, as they're awake early because of the cold. As wind and snow make the two engines even colder, the two decide to take their minds off the weather by talking about warm things in the hope that they'll feel less cold as a result. Percy lists off some things known for keeping away the cold, and his mind soon turns to scarves. Thomas jokes that Percy needs a nice warm scarf around his funnel, but while he's only kidding Percy thinks happily about how warm a scarf would be until the firelighter finally arrives.

The Fat Controller is much warmer that morning, as he enjoys hot porridge for breakfast while looking forward to taking some visitors on a tour of the island. He tells his wife that he has pressed his best trousers and will put them in his trunk ready to be changed into when it's time for photographs. He then leaves to catch his train.

Percy is soon hard at work, still thinking about scarves which isn't helped by seeing everyone wearing them. He complains about his cold funnel to Henry, telling him he wants a scarf. Henry tells Percy that engines don't wear scarves, but Percy retorts that Henry won't because his funnel is too small. Henry is furious at being insulted, but Percy puffs away before he can answer, leaving the bigger engine to scoff it off as he gets ready to pull the special train. 

At the station, it is time for photographs and the Fat Controller is waiting impatiently for his trousers which are in one of the trunks being carried on a baggage trolley across the line. The two porter pulling the trolley walk backwards to make sure nothing falls off so they aren't able to see what is coming. Percy, still feeling cheeky, arrives at the station and his driver shuts off steam as usual. Percy decides to startle the coaches by coming in as quietly as possible, however the porters don't hear him either. Percy doesn't stop until it's too late, as he crushes the trolley and sends the luggage and a crate of jam flying into the air. The jam ends up splattering across Percy, the passengers and the Fat Controller. Meanwhile the Fat Controller's hat lands on Percy's lamp iron and his best trousers end up wrapping themselves around Percy's funnel. Everyone is furious, especially the Fat Controller who snatches his top hat before discovering what has become of his trousers making him even crosser. He tells Percy that they'll have to pay the passengers for their ruined clothes and warns him to never play tricks on the coaches again. Percy, still covered with jam and wearing the trousers, feels very silly and ashamed, and quickly leaves to be washed.

Percy soon encounters James, who jokes that Percy found a 'scarf' after all and runs off to tell Henry. That night, Thomas and a clean Percy prepare to go to sleep happy that the firelighter has agreed to arrive earlier the next day. Henry arrives, having enjoyed taking the passengers on their tour, and feels sorry for Percy but can't resist a small joke as he mentions the weather is meant to be warmer so there won't be any need for a scarf. Percy assures Thomas and Henry that he's now well aware that engines don't need scarves but a nice warm boiler instead.




  • This episode is based on the story Percy and the Trousers from The Railway Series book, Henry the Green Engine.
  • This is the first episode narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK.
  • In the restored version, the scene of Percy rolling his eyes just before the trousers fall down on him is slowed down.
  • A deleted scene shows a truck getting splashed with jam.


  • Percy's trucks disappear at Dryaw.
  • When Percy puffs alongside Henry, the track he was on leads to a dead end!
  • Percy should not have bumped up when he hit the trunk; in fact, he should have crunched it to splinters.
  • When Percy's wheels bounce after hitting the trolley, one of the porters is wobbling.
  • Jam Runs in One of the Passenger's Eye.
  • Percy appears to have derailed after hitting the trolley, but he is still on the track in the next shot.
  • It shouldn't have taken the porters that long to pull the trolley across the track.
  • Lady Hatt is seen as one of the people wearing scarves at Dryaw, but she was just seen with Sir Topham Hatt.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Dutch Een Das Voor Percy A Tie for Percy
German Ein Schal Für Percy A Scarf for Percy
French Le Echarpe D'hiver D'Percy Percy's Winter Scarf
Spanish Una Bufanda para Percy A Scarf for Percy
Brazilian Portuguese Um Cachecol Para Percy A Scarf for Percy
Norwegian Et Skjerf Til Percy A Scarf to Percy
Swedish En halsduk till Percy A Scarf for Percy
Danish Et Halstørklæde Til Percy A Scarf for Percy
Finnish Pekan Kaulaliina Percy's Scarf
Romanian Un Fular Pentru Percy A Scarf for Percy
Hungarian Percy új Sála Percy's New Scarf
Italian Una Sciarpa per Percy A Scarf for Percy
Catalan Percy Bufanda Percy's Scarf
Czech Sala Pro Perchyo Scarf for Percy
Slovak Šál Pre Perciho Scarf for Percy
Slovenian Šal za Poldija Zimsko Jutro Scarf for Percy Winter Morning
Polish Szalik dla Piotrka Scarf for Percy
Turkish Percy'nin Atkısı Percy's Scarf
Welsh Sgarff i Pyrsi Scarf to Percy
Japanese パーシーのマフラー Percy's Muffler
Russian Шарф для Перси Scarf for Percy
Ukrainian Шарф для Персі Scarf for Percy
Chinese 培西的围巾 Percy's Scarf
Thai เพอร์ซีอยากได้ผ้าพันคอ Percy Wanted a Scarf

Home Media Releases


DVD Packs


DVD Boxsets


  • Time for Trouble and other stories
  • The Biggest Ever Christmas Collection
  • The Complete Series 3

DVD Boxsets

  • Classic Collection
  • Series Three and Series Four Double Pack


  • Time for Trouble and other stories
  • The Biggest Ever Christmas Collection
  • Bumper Video Collection Volume 4