"Look! It's Duncan the musical engine!"
— Rusty
Faulty Whistles

David Mitton


Phil Fehrle


Ross Hastings


Michael Angelis (UK)
Alec Baldwin (US)

Air date

October 13th 2002

Previous episode

"Rusty Saves the Day"

Next episode

"Emily's New Coaches"

Faulty Whistles is the twenty-sixth episode of the sixth season.


Peter Sam is delivering some goods, but on the way home his whistle is knocked off by a branch. Duncan laughs and sets off with his goods. When he passes Terence in a field he prepares to give him a surprise by tooting his whistle, but it simply flies off into the field. Luckily, one of Duncan's items to transport is an organ destined for Strawberry Grove School, and Headmaster Hastings plays the organ when Duncan should whistle. Duncan reaches home safely and is able to make good humour with the others.




  • This story appears to be a loose adaptation of the Railway Series story, Mike's Whistle.
  • The organ plays the song "Comin' Round the Mountain" while Duncan puffs on the cliffside.
  • Headmaster Hastings is named after the episode's writer, Ross Hastings.
  • This was the final episode narrated by Alec Baldwin.
  • Music is played when Duncan is making his deliveries in the UK version, but not in the US narration.
  • In Norway, this episode is named "Duncan's New Whistle". The Danish title is "Whistle Complications".
  • In the beginning Skarloey and Rheneas' Season 4 models were used.


  • When Elizabeth is carrying the bull her eyes look wonky.
  • For the first shot of the camera "pulling" Duncan, at the bottom of the screen a wire is bouncing up and down.
  • It was very dangerous for Headmaster Hastings and the boy to travel on the flatbed.
  • Rheneas has Peter Sam's whistle sound.
  • The organ should have been properly secured to ensure it wouldn't fall off at a bend.
  • Duncan never takes the organ to Strawberry Grove during his deliveries. The organ winds back up at the Yards with him. However, he would not have anything to use as a whistle if he did so.
  • When making his deliveries, Duncan leaves the trucks and vans right on the main line. They should have been put in sidings so as not to hold up other trains.




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