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"Oh no! This line is closed for repairs! Bust by buffers!"
— Rheneas
Rheneas and the Roller Coaster

David Mitton


Phil Fehrle


James Mason


Michael Angelis (UK)
Michael Brandon (US)

Air date

November 13th, 2003

Previous episode

Bad Day at
Castle Loch

Next episode

Salty's Stormy Tale

Rheneas and the Roller Coaster is the twelfth episode of the seventh season.


When Rheneas is given the task of taking some schoolchildren to the mountains, he is worried that he might not be able to make the trip memorable. Rheneas' driver shows the children what Rheneas considers the boring locations and longs for more excitement. His wish comes true when some workmen accidentally divert him onto a dangerous line sending him on a "roller-coaster" like ride down the mountain. The children are very excited and have a wonderful time. Rheneas makes it to the station safely in time for the children's tea.




  • According to an SiF interview with Robert Gauld-Galliers, Peter Sam was originally meant to be the main character.
  • In Michael Brandon's narration, Rheneas says "Must be special, must be special" while crossing the bridge.
  • This is the third episode to use a rendition of William Tell's Overture; the first being Busy Going Backwards and the second being Thomas the Jet Engine.
  • The Swedish title for this episode is "The Roller Coaster".


  • The camera was obviously tilted while filming the scenes of Rheneas running down the hill: his steam goes to a side instead of drifting vertically.
  • Rheneas could have stopped, backed up and switched lines.
  • Rheneas has Peter Sam's whistle sound.
  • Rheneas should have derailed on such a dangerous line.
  • A brakevan should have been added to Rheneas' train.


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