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"You're a gallant little engine!"
— Rheneas' driver

Gallant Old Engine is the fourteenth episode of the fourth season. It aired in the US on the Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode, Splish Splash Splosh in 1996.


Duncan is grumbling about being overworked, not being polished and passengers. Skarloey, dismayed by Duncan's stubbornness, tells Duncan and Peter Sam the story of the time Rheneas single-handedly ran the Skarloey Railway when they were facing hard times. Skarloey had been feeling sick, so Rheneas did his work for him. Then, one miserable day, Rheneas was puffing home with a full train, including passengers in the brake van, when his valve gear on one side jammed. Rheneas felt sore, but managed to get home safely. The passengers thanked Rheneas and promised to tell their friends what a fine railway it is. Duncan sees the error of his ways and apologises and agrees that passengers can be important after all.

The next day, Rheneas returns and a big celebration is held from engines large and small. However, Rheneas feels happiest now that he is back with his old friend, Skarloey.





  • Rheneas is wearing Smudger's sad face when he passes Skarloey in the first part of the flashback. Also, he and Skarloey are on Duke's old line.
  • Throughout all of the field scenes, a wire is visible under Rheneas and one of his coaches.
  • Henry and Sir Handel look grumpy when Edward puffs in with Rheneas.
  • When Rheneas is on the causeway, he has Duke's whistle sound.
  • Sir Handel has Rheneas' whistle sound.
  • When Rheneas arrives at Skarloey Station, his eyes abruptly change position, indicating a film cut.
  • Gordon has Duck's whistle sound.
  • In the UK narration, the engines start whistling long before the narrator says they do.
  • Gordon's buffer is crooked in one scene.
  • When the passengers begin thanking Rheneas, Jem Cole is standing alone. Then in the next scene, he is standing with the Refreshment Lady amongst others.
  • In a deleted scene of Rheneas, Skarloey and Duncan at the Sheds, Rheneas is wearing one of Sir Handel's face masks.
  • On the US Digital Download release, the Thomas theme song is heard in the left audio channel when Skarloey talks about how he and Rheneas had to keep the trains running.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Det tapre lokomotivet The Brave Engine
Italian La locomotiva coraggiosa The Courageous Engine
Dutch Een Keurige Locomotief A Neat Engine
Japanese ゆうかんなきかんしゃ Brave Engine
German Tapfere alte Lok Brave Old Engine
Finnish Urhea Vanha Veturi Brave Old Engine
Welsh Hen Injan Ddewr Brave Old Engine
Danish Den tapre lokomotiv The Brave Engine
Spanish Una locomotora muy valiente A Very Brave Engine
Czech Statečná mašinka Brave Engine
Chinese 神勇老火车 Brave Old Train
Russian Доблестный старый паровоз Valiant Old Steam Locomotive
Ukrainian Доблесний старий паровоз Valiant Old Locomotive
Slovenian Junaška stara lokomotiva Heroic Old Locomotive
Romanian Locomotiva Cea Veche Galantă The Old Gallant Locomotive
Slovak Galantná stará lokomotíva Gallant Old Locomotive
Hungarian A Lelkiismeretes Mozdony The Conscientious Locomotive
Polish Stary Wielki Parowóz Old Great Locomotive
Swedish Galant Gamla Lok Gallant Old Locomotives
Greek Γενναίος παλιά ατμομηχανή Brave Old Engine
Brazilian Portuguese Pequeno forte trem Strong Small Train
Thai เรเนียร์ส หัวรถจักรอดทน Rheneas' Engine Patience

Home Media Releases


DVD Boxsets


DVD Boxsets

  • Classic Collection
  • Series Three and Series Four Double Pack


  • Thomas and the Special Letter and other stories
  • Story and Song Collection



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