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“Ding-a-long, ding-a-ling, find the bell with the very best ring.”

Ding-a-Ling is the twenty-sixth and final episode of the eleventh series.


James has delivered a new bike for Mr. Percival, but it does not have a bell. Freddie does not know where to find one, but so as not to look silly, he pretends he knows where to find one, and sets off.

He sees a cow's bell and has it put on the bike, but Mighty Mac note that the cows do not look at it. Freddie quickly sets off for the station and borrows Kuffy the Clown's necklace of bells. Peter Sam remarks that the children are not taking any notice, and Freddie runs off. He decides to return to the wharf, but when he sees James, Peter Sam and Mighty Mac, he backs off. He sees a bell destined for the school and has it put on too, but it falls over and it creates such a noise that the others come to investigate what it is about.

Freddie sheepishly leaves, when he sees Thomas with an old foghorn. He has an idea and once it is cleaned and polished, the bell from Mr. Percival's old bike is attached to the new bike.




  • Going by production order, this is the twenty-fifth episode of the eleventh series.
  • This episode marks the last of several things:
    • Mac's last speaking role in an episode.
    • The final full live-action model episode. The next series would continue to use live-action albeit with CGI visuals for the engines' faces and other entities until Hero of the Rails.
    • The last episode to air on UK television during former US narrator George Carlin's lifetime before his death in 2008.
    • Sodor Castle's last appearance in the model series and its last appearance until the eighteenth series.
    • The final appearance of James’ Gauge 3 model in an episode.
  • This episode marks the only of a few things:
    • Freddie's only speaking role and starring role in the eleventh series.
    • The only episode to feature both Freddie's pity and worried/concerned faces that were both originally made for the previous series.


  • As Freddie arrives at the farm and stops, his steam platform is visible.
  • Red and blue wires can be seen underneath Freddie's tank when he is standing outside Mountain Village Station.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Chinese Mandarin 车铃响叮当
Czech Cinky link
Danish Dingeling
Dutch Tingeling
Finnish Soittokello
German Klingel gesucht
Hungarian A biciklcsengő
Japanese じてんしゃのベル
Korean 따르릉~
Latin American Spanish Ding-a-Ling
Norwegian Plingeling
Polish Dzyń-Dzyń
Romanian Ding Dong
Russian Динь-дон
Spanish Ring, Ring

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