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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 series. It is based on the story Percy and the Trousers from the Railway Series book Henry the Green Engine.


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 their firelighter is late, but Percy tells him that the cold actually woke them up early. 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 hopes that they will feel less cold as a result. Percy lists off some things known for keeping away the cold and his mind soon turns to scarves, to which Thomas jokes that Percy needs a nice warm scarf around his funnel. But while he is only joking, 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 is time for photographs. He then leaves to catch his train.

Percy is soon hard at work, still thinking about scarves, which is not helped by seeing one on everybody. He complains about his cold funnel to Henry, telling him he wants a scarf. Henry tells Percy that engines do not wear scarves, but Percy retorts that Henry cannot because his funnel is too small. Henry is insulted, but Percy - still fuming - puffs away before he can answer, leaving the bigger engine to scoff it off as he prepares to pull the special train.

At the station, it is nearly time for the photographs and the Fat Controller is waiting anxiously for his trousers which are in a trunk on a baggage trolley being carried across the line. The two porters pulling the trolley walk backwards to ensure nothing falls off, but they are also unable to see what is coming. Percy was 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, he is so quiet that the porters do not hear him either. Percy does not stop until it is too late. He crashes into the trolley and frightens the porters. The force of the impact 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, while the Fat Controller's top hat lands on Percy's lamp iron and his best trousers end up wrapping themselves around Percy's funnel as if it was a scarf. Everyone is very angry, especially the Fat Controller, who seizes his hat before discovering what has become of his trousers, making him even angrier. He tells Percy that now they will have to pay the passengers for their ruined clothes and warns him to never play tricks on the coaches again. Percy feels very silly and quickly leaves for the yard.

Percy soon encounters James, who jokes that Percy found a 'scarf' after all and runs off to tell Henry the news. That night, Thomas and a now-cleaned Percy prepare to go to sleep happy that the firelighter has agreed to arrive early the next morning. Henry arrives, having enjoyed taking the passengers on their tour and feels sorry for Percy. However, he cannot resist a small joke as he mentions the weather is meant to be warmer the next day and there will not be any need for a scarf. Percy assures his friends that he is now well aware that engines do not need scarves but nice warm boilers instead.




  • This episode marks the first of a few things:
    • The first episode narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK, George Carlin in the US, Gro Solemdal in Norway for the original Norwegian dub, Håkan Mohede in Sweden and Aku Laitinen in Finland.
    • The first episode produced solely by Gullane Entertainment (then known as The Britt Allcroft Company).
    • The first episode to feature Thomas' smaller footsteps.
    • The first episode released on home media before airing on television in the UK, as well as including an "original dub."
    • Britt Allcroft's first episode as producer, as well as Angus Wright's first episode as executive producer.
    • The first episode to use the shot of Thomas in front of Tidmouth Sheds for the end credits.
    • The first episode video edited by Lee Myung-pil for JEI TV since the first series episode, Thomas' Christmas Party in South Korea.
    • The first episode to have original material from Allcroft and Mitton added into one of Awdry's stories, by means of extending the plot as the length of the original story 'Percy and the Trousers' was deemed too short.
  • A deleted scene shows a truck getting splashed with jam. This shot is later used in Accidents Will Happen. Another deleted scene shows Percy pulling the red branch line coaches past the water mill. A third shows Percy wearing a different scarf. This was used for the song, Winter Wonderland.
  • When first repeated on CiTV on 8th January 1993, Thomas and Percy's dialogue at the beginning has been trimmed and all the scenes featuring Henry were cut out to fit the timeslot.
  • A CGI Series recreation of the scene where Percy crashes into the baggage trolley was made for Blue Mountain Mystery as well a reference of this episode in said special.
  • From this episode onwards till the fifth series, Thomas' angry face now has similar shaped furious eyebrows above his left and right eye sockets. Also Henry's smiling face now has smaller eyebrows till the fifth series.
  • This episode reran back-to-back with Edward, Trevor and the Really Useful Party on Storytime with Thomas in the US.
  • In the restored version:
    • An alternate take of Percy pulling up next to Henry at Knapford Yards is used where he pulls up further past Henry.
    • The shot of Percy's eyes spinning is slowed down, and he does not look up at the end.
    • The shots of the jam and crates falling on him are alternate takes.
    • In James' close-up, James' eye movement is different compared to the original version, and more steam is flowing.
  • Percy's accident was based on an event which took place at a railway station in Salisbury, Wiltshire.
  • A large brown building, the fire station and the steel rig from TUGS can be seen. This is the first episode that features props from said show.
  • This episode was never released on VHS and DVD in South Korea.


  • In the beginning, the source of the smoke is visible.
  • In the UK re-dub, when the Fat Controller says, "I shall put [the trousers] in my trunk and change into them just before the photographs are taken," Michael Angelis waits an unusually long length of time before adding, "he said to his wife."
  • When Percy puffs alongside Henry, the track he was on leads to a dead end.
  • One of the porters' trousers keep changing from green to brown.
  • Percy appears to have derailed after hitting the trolley, but he is still on the track in the next shot.
  • The trousers are largely out of scale.
  • In the restored version, when Percy passes the canal, he appears to be stopping.
  • In the original version, when Percy puffs alongside Henry, he does not stop ahead of Henry, but in the next scene, he is ahead of Henry.
  • When the narrator says, "Thomas and Percy were cold and cross," Thomas' eyes are wonky.
  • When Percy crashes into the trolley, he seems to have run it over after he jumps. However, in the next shot, the trolley is somehow in front of him.
  • Before Percy puffs by the workmen, he has no headlamp, then gains one puffing past them, and it then disappears after leaving.
  • Percy looks happy when he is crashing into the trolley.
  • When Percy crashes into the trolley, one of the porters appears to be wobbling.
  • The crate that was spinning in the air fell twice on Percy.
  • There had been two suitcases on the trolley that were pulled upward before Percy crashed into the trolley.
  • James' face is loose when Percy pulls up alongside him, and his eyes are wonky.
  • When Percy leaves after having his accident, the Fat Controller and the passengers do not have jam on them.
  • Percy's eyes are wonky in many scenes.


  • Thomas: [tired of the blizzard] All I want is a warm boiler. Fire lighter knows that. He's late!
  • Percy: He's not late. This cold weather woke us up early.
  • Narrator: Gusts of wind swirled around the shed, tossing flakes of snow towards Thomas. Then they swooshed around Percy, too.
  • Percy: Why don't we talk about something else?
  • Thomas: Yes, like how silly we'll look when our funnels turn into icicles.
  • Percy: That's not funny. Maybe we'll stop feeling cold if we talk about warm things, like sunshine and steam.
  • Thomas: And fire lighters.
  • Percy: [pictures himself in a scarf] Scarves!
  • Thomas: Scarves?! That's what you need, Percy. A wooly scarf around your funnel.


  • The Fat Controller: [seizes his top hat] Mine! Percy, look at this.
  • Percy: Yes, Sir. I am, Sir.
  • The Fat Controller: My best trousers, too.
  • Percy: Yes, Sir. Please, Sir.
  • The Fat Controller: We must pay the passengers for their spoiled clothes and my trousers are ruined. I hope this will teach you not to play tricks with the coaches.


  • James: Hello Percy. So you found a scarf, eh? But legs go in trousers, not funnels.

In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Um Cachecol Para Percy
Chinese Mandarin 培西的围巾
Czech Sala Pro Percyho
Danish Et Halstørklæde Til Percy
Dutch Een Das Voor Percy
Finnish Pekan Kaulaliina
German Ein Schal für Percy
Greek Ένα κασκόλ για τον Τζέρι
Hungarian Percy új Sála
Italian Una Sciarpa per Percy
Japanese パーシーのマフラー
Korean 퍼시의 목도리
Latin American Spanish Una Bufanda para Percy
Norwegian Et Skjerf Til Percy
Polish Szalik dla Piotrka
Romanian Un Fular Pentru Percy
Russian Шарф для Перси
Serbian Šal za Persi
Slovenian Šal za Poldija Zimsko Jutro
Swedish En halsduk till Percy
Turkish Percy'nin Atkısı
Ukrainian Шарф для Персі
Welsh Sgarff i Pyrsi


Home Media Releases


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  • Thomas, Percy and the Dragon and Other Stories
  • Thomas' Christmas Party and Other Favorite Stories
  • Best of Percy

DVD Boxsets


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

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  • Thomas and Friends Season 1-4