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"Once an engine attached to a train was afraid of a few drops of rain. He went into a tunnel, and squeaked through it's funnel, and wouldn't come out again!"
— The narrator
The Sad Story of Henry/
Come Out, Henry!

David Mitton


David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona


Reverend W. Awdry
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Ringo Starr (UK/US)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

16 October 1984 (UK)
8 April 1987 (AUS)
February 5th,
1989 (US)
April 17th,
1990 (JPN)
August 6th,
1993 (George Carlin US)
November 11th,
1996 (US)
23 February 1998 (GER)
2 January 2008

Previous episode

Edward and Gordon/
Edward Helps Out

Next episode

Edward, Gordon
and Henry
Henry to the Rescue

The Sad Story of Henry, retitled Come Out, Henry in American releases, is the third episode of the first season. It aired in the US on the Shining Time Station episodes, "Does it Bite?" and "Mysterious Stranger".


It is a very rainy day on the Island of Sodor and Henry is pulling some coaches full of passengers when he runs into a tunnel and stops, refusing to come back out.

Henry's crew argues with him and tries to make him come out of the tunnel. But Henry refuses, claiming that the rain would spoil his green paint with red stripes. The guard blows his whistle and waves his flag, but still Henry will not budge an inch and instead blows steam at him.

Just then, an important man arrives in another train. It is the man in charge of all the engines, Sir Topham Hatt; although he is better known as the Fat Controller. He decides that Henry will be pulled out of the tunnel and Henry responds by blowing steam at him. Attaching a rope to Henry, the passengers try and pull him out of the tunnel - the Fat Controller does not help, citing that it is doctor's orders - but it is no use at all. Moving to the other end of the tunnel, the passengers try to push Henry out - the Fat Controller is again unable to help - but with the same results.

Thomas arrives to help and the passengers try telling Henry that the rain has stopped. Henry still refuses to move, believing the rain will begin again soon, so Thomas tries to push Henry out of the tunnel. However the little tank engine does little better than the passengers and Henry remains in the tunnel.

The Fat Controller admits defeat and tells Henry that he is going to get what he wanted. Soon the rails are taken up and a brick wall is erected in front of Henry.

All Henry is able to do now is watch the engines go through the other tunnel. Henry soon regrets his actions and often sees Edward and Gordon run by. Edward always toots a hello with his whistle, while Gordon laughs at Henry for his foolishness. Henry has no steam to answer them and the soot from the tunnel ruins his green paint with red stripes anyway.

Henry is left in the tunnel cold, dirty, and lonely. He now wonders if he will ever be let out to pull trains again.




  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, The Three Railway Engines.
  • This is the first episode to take place in only one location throughout the entire story.
  • This story was originally adapted live for television in 1953.
  • James appears briefly, but he is not introduced until Thomas and the Breakdown Train.
  • The US narration of this episode states that Henry being shut up in the tunnel is a temporary punishment until he is ready to come out (with it being stated that Henry had to overcome his 'fear' of the rain), while the UK version stays faithful to the original story in which the Fat Controller intends to leave Henry in the tunnel for good.
  • Recreated and additional scenes of this episode were produced in 1988 for the ladybird book, The Sad Story of Henry/Thomas's Train/Thomas and the Guard.


  • In the first scene the ground sinks slightly.
  • In a few close-ups of Henry in the tunnel, the tracks in front of him have already been taken up.
  • When the Fat Controller says "My doctor has forbidden me to pull" purple marker is visible on his hand.
  • When the passengers try to pull Henry out of the tunnel, almost all have blu-tak on their feet.
  • In one shot grass appears in front of the tunnel.
  • At some stages the level of the wall decreases and Henry changes position.
  • When the guard tries to get Henry out by blowing his whistle and waving his flags, the scene is played forwards and then backwards.
  • At first, the buffers of Henry's last coach are at their normal height. But when Thomas comes to push, the buffers have been lowered to accommodate Thomas' buffers.
  • Since Henry was headed toward Knapford, Thomas would've had to come from Elsbridge or Wellsworth. What was he doing that far away from Knapford? He does his duties around Knapford, and only wished he could go beyond there.
  • James appears briefly, but he isn't introduced until Thomas and the Breakdown Train.
  • When Thomas is pushing Henry, his wheels inch forward, but in the following scenes Henry hasn't moved.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
French Les Mésaventures de Henry The Misadventures of Henry
Spanish El Orgullo de Henry (Hispanoamérica) / La Triste Historia de Henry (Castellano) Henry's Pride (Hispanic America) / The Sad Story of Henry (Castilian)
Brazilian Portuguese Quanto Maior a Altura, Maior o Tombo / Saia daí, Henry! The Higher the Height, the Greater the Fall / Come Out, Henry!
Dutch Het Droevige Verhaal van Henry The Sad Story of Henry
German Die Traurige Geschichte von Henry The Sad Story of Henry
Japanese でてこいヘンリー Come Out, Henry
Catalan Introduint Henry Introducing Henry
Danish Henrys sørgelige historie Henry's Sad Story
Norwegian Henrys Triste Historie Henry's Sad Story
Welsh Henri Henry
Croatian Tužna Priča o Hrvoju The Sad Story of Henry
Polish Smutna Historia Henia The Sad History of Henry
Finnish Henrin Surullinen Tarina Henry's Sad Story
Hebrew הסיפור העצוב של הנרי The Sad Story of Henry
Italian Paura Della Pioggia Fear of the Rain
Slovenian Žalostna Zgodba o Henriku Sad Story of Henry
Chinese 亨利的悲惨故事 Henry's Tragic Story
Korean 굴속에 긷힌 헨리 Henry Trapped in the Cave
Russian Боязнь дождя Fear of Rain
Romanian Trista Poveste a lui Henry Sad Story of Henry
Hungarian Henry Szomorú Története Henry's Sad History
Slovak Smutný Príbeh o Henrym Sad Story about Henry
Swedish Henrys Sorgsna Historia Henry's Sad History
Czech Henryho Smutný Příběh Henry's Sad Story
Serbian Tužna Henrijeve priča Henry's Sad Witness
Thai เฮนรี่ถูกทำโทษ Henry Punished
Greek βγαίνω έξω, Henry! (Vgaíno éxo, Henry!) Come Out, Henry!


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