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“Bother! Bother Thomas' fireman not coming to work today. Why did I promise to help the passengers catch their train?"
"That will do, Bertie. A promise is a promise and we must keep it.”
―Bertie and his driver

Bertie's Chase is the third episode of the second series. It is based on the story of the same name from the Railway Series book Edward the Blue Engine.


One morning, Edward is waiting at Wellsworth to pick up passengers from Thomas' train and is growing impatient. His fireman gets up on the cab roof, but says he can only see Bertie, who is likely carrying tourists. With no sign of Thomas, they just leave the station. As they pass a level crossing, Bertie pulls up shouting that he has Thomas' passengers on board since Thomas' fireman is absent, but neither Edward nor his crew hear him. Bertie's driver tells him that they must keep their promise to Thomas and they start to chase Edward.

"I'll catch Edward or bust!"

Bertie tries to catch up with Edward, but to no avail. He soon finally reaches the top of a hill and sees Edward at Lower Suddery, stopped at the level crossing. Bertie tears down the hill at top speed, but the crossing gates close and Edward puffs away just as Bertie comes into the yard.

Bertie is now both very upset and tired. He apologizes to the passengers, who tell him not to worry and encourage him to start after Edward again. Bertie is not so sure, but his driver says that there is a good chance of catching Edward, as Bertie can climb hills better than him. After checking with the stationmaster, Bertie sets off again.

As they carry on, Edward comes to a hill. The coaches start grumbling, but soon they reach the top. Still oblivious about Bertie, they run smoothly into Upper Brendam. The guard blows his whistle, but as the driver looks back, he cannot see a green flag. Suddenly, Bertie comes into the station, and the stationmaster tells the driver and guard what happened. Edward apologizes to Bertie, who claims everything was his fault. The passengers board the train and cheer for Bertie, while Edward says goodbye and continues with his journey. Bertie heads off to tell Thomas that all is well. Thomas is grateful to Bertie and thanks him for being such a good friend.




  • Stock footage from Thomas and Bertie is used.
  • In the original Shining Time Station airing of this episode, the episode opened with Bertie arriving at the crossing, possibly due to time constraints. The same thing occurs in the James in a Mess book released in 1993 for unknown reasons. The full version was first released on the James Goes Buzz Buzz VHS on 23rd February 1994 and first aired on TV on Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales in 1996.
  • A filmed alternate shot of the episode's ending was used in Better Late Than Never. Thomas and Bertie are in the same positions at Tidmouth in both shots.
  • In a deleted scene of Bertie at the level crossing, he has his tired face mask with eyebrows.
  • Edward's fireman utters a part of the famous nursery rhyme "Oh Dear! What Can the Matter Be?" originally from 1780, which was composed in England, UK.
  • In the restored version:
    • An alternate take of Bertie passing under the bridge is used, as he is moving at a much slower pace and enters the shot earlier than in the original.
    • The footage of Edward going down the hill is played slightly some frames ahead of the original version.
  • Mrs. Kyndley's Cottage appears at the Suddery crossing.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Jem Cole.
  • This is the first episode to feature Edward's tired face.
  • This is the last episode for two things:
  • This episode aired on 28th May 1991 as the second episode, Thomas, Percy and the Coal was the first episode that aired on 21st May. The third episode aired after this episode was Saved from Scrap. The previous episode never aired and was replaced with this episode.
  • This episode and the following, were the first two episodes to air as double repeat bills from 6th March 1989, ending with The Diseasel and Wrong Road on 22nd May 1989.
  • When this episode aired on Cartoon Network, the music and sound effects overlapped the original audio.


  • Whilst the fireman is climbing out of the window, a gap can be seen where the cab roof has come loose.
  • When the fireman is on Edward's roof, paint chips on the cab are visible and Edward's whistle is out of scale. Also, the windows are dirty, while in the previous scene, they were clean.
  • When Edward leaves the station, smoke rises in between the coaches.
  • When Bertie passes the village, a piece of camera equipment can be seen at the top of the screen.
  • In some scenes, Bertie drives in the middle of the road.
  • When Bertie passes by Thomas' branch line, studio equipment can be seen at the top left corner of the screen.
  • When Bertie reaches the top of the hill, his wheel is crooked.
  • A woman's hat changes from green to brown.
  • When Bertie passes Edward under the bridge, Edward's coaches slow to a stop at the end of the screen.
  • Blu-tack can be seen under one of the passengers when Bertie's driver speaks to the stationmaster.
  • In the close-up of Edward after Bertie brings him the passengers, a speck of dirt is on his face.
  • When Edward reaches the last station, his whistle is tilted. Also, the coaches stop before he does.
  • When Bertie is going downhill, he passes Edward twice by the side.
  • Thomas' eyes are wonky when Bertie sees him.
  • In the beginning, when Edward's crew are talking, there is a gash on one of their foreheads.

In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese A Ajuda
Chinese Mandarin 柏蒂巴士的追赶
Croatian Berislavova Potjera
Czech Bertieho honička
Danish Berties Jagt
Dutch Berties Achtervolging
Finnish Lassin Takaa-Ajo
French À la Poursoite de Bertrand
Edouard et Bertrand
German Berties Jagd
Greek Το Κυνήγι του Μπέρτι
Hungarian Bertie Nagy Hajszája
Italian La Folle Corsa
Japanese おいかけるバーティー
Korean 버티와 에드워드
Latin American Spanish Bertie al Rescate
Norwegian En Ven i Nøden
Polish Berta goni Edwarda (Original)
Pościg Berci (Alternate)
Romanian Urmărirea lui Bertie
Romansh La persecuziun da Berta
Russian На всех парах
Serbian Bertijeva Jurnjava
Slovenian Bertijeva Dirka
Swedish En vän i nöden
Ukrainian Берті доганяє
Welsh Berti'n Rhedeg Râs

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