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“Duck called me a galloping sausage!"
"Rusty red scrap iron!"
"I'm old square wheels!"
"Well, Duck?"
"I only wish, Sir, that I thought of those names myself. If the dome fits...!”
―Gordon, James, Henry, the Fat Controller and Duck

Dirty Work, retitled Diesel's Devious Deed or Diesel's Devilish Deed in American releases, is the thirteenth episode of the second series. It is based on the story of the same name from the Railway Series book Duck and the Diesel Engine.


Diesel is still having a hard time since having been made to look silly in front of the trucks as they continue to laugh and sing rude songs. Duck soon overhears the singing and firmly bumps the trucks to stop them. Duck apologises for the trucks' behaviour, but Diesel is still furious and blames Duck for making them laugh at him. Henry, watching nearby with James and Gordon, objects saying that Duck would never do such a thing and adds that while he, James and Gordon have their differences with Duck, they would never tell the trucks about them.

By now, Diesel's anger toward Duck has grown to such a point that he wants to find a way to get rid of him. Inspired by the engines' words about trucks, he makes a plan to spread lies. Going into the yard the next day, Diesel tells the trucks that he laughed at their joke about him and tells them some about the bigger engines and claims that he heard them from Duck. Before leaving, he warns them not to say he told them. The trucks find these jokes hilarious and laugh at the bigger engines and tell them that they came from Duck, to get even with him for forcing them to behave.

Believing that Duck is responsible for the trucks' ridicule, the engines hold a meeting and agree that Duck needs to be taught a lesson. They decide that since he once prevented them from entering the sheds, they will do the same to him. Later, Duck returns to the shed exhausted after a long hard day's work. However, when he tries to get back inside for a rest, the bigger engines stand close together and hiss steam at him. They tell him that because he tells tales about them to the trucks, they hate him and want Diesel to replace him. Duck starts to argue with them, but before long, the Fat Controller arrives to break them up and see what the commotion is. He hears the bigger engines' accusations against Duck, and (while trying not to laugh himself) gives Duck a chance to explain himself. Duck swears that he did not make those jokes and that no steam engine would be that mean. Diesel then comes forward and the Fat Controller asks him what he knows. Diesel feigns shock at Duck's "actions," but claims ignorance otherwise.


The Fat Controller apologises to Duck, saying that until he gets to the bottom of the incident that he must go to work with Edward at Wellsworth for a while and kindly reassures him that Edward will be happy to see him. Believing that the Fat Controller has turned against him too, Duck sadly obliges, and as Diesel watches him puff away, he gives a satisfied smirk.




  • A reference to Duck Takes Charge is made by the big engines.
  • On the Thomas' Halloween Adventures DVD, this episode's title card reads Diesel's Devilish Deed, but is still referred to by its original name on the back cover.
  • In the Welsh dub, the trucks singing Pop Goes the Diesel at the beginning of the episode is omitted from the dub.
  • In this episode, Diesel is seen squirming while he is eavesdropping on the argument at the shed. But in a few photos from this episode, he is smirking instead. This is most likely because these photos were taken after Diesel got Duck sent away and the former rolled back in to his shed.
  • This is the first episode of a few things for the trucks:
  • This is the last episode an engine cries until the twelfth series episode, Excellent Emily (although there are no tears coming out the engine's eyes).
  • In the Welsh dub, when Duck apologises to Diesel about the trucks being rude to him, the music cue when the narrator says, "Diesel lurked up" is used.
  • When the Fat Controller tells Duck that he must go to Edward's station, and as Duck leaves, Henry's sad theme music is heard playing. This marks the only time when Henry's sad theme is played for another engine.
  • Gordon, James, and Henry's lines "Disgraceful!" "Disgusting!" and "Despicable!" were later said again in the fourth series episode, Bowled Out. The line "Despicable!" was also said by James in the fifth series episode, Horrid Lorry, as well as the lines "Despicable!" and "Disgusting!" by Gordon and Henry in the fifth series episode, Thomas and the Rumours.
  • This episode was never released on VHS and DVD in South Korea.


  • At the very start, Diesel's eyes were misaligned.
  • The sound effect of the goods train being assembled at the beginning comes in a bit too late.
  • When the narrator says "Duck was horrified!" Duck's face is loose, and a piece of sticky tac can be seen above his face. Also he appears to be next to Gordon, but in the next scene he isn't until he bumps the truck and says "Shut up!"
  • The truck Duck bumps is being pulled by fishing wire.
  • When Henry defends Duck, his coupling hook chain is upside down and his unimpressed face has a crack in the left eye socket.
  • The lines at the large yard with the trucks all lead to the brick wall in the background; this means the trucks are trapped in there.
  • When Diesel speaks to the trucks, none of them have faces, but when Diesel sniggers away they do.
  • When Gordon accuses Duck of calling him a galloping sausage, he has some small spots of red paint can be seen on his face.
  • In the close-ups of Gordon, James, and Henry at Tidmouth Sheds, all three are missing their tenders.
  • When Henry passes the trucks, he has a different whistle sound which is Duck's whistle at five steps higher in pitch.
  • Throughout the Brendam Warehouse scene, Diesel is missing his eyebrows.
  • When Gordon, Henry and James banned Duck from entering the sheds, their eyes were misaligned.
  • When the narrator says "Duck was horrified," Gordon can be seen to Duck's left. However, in the following shot, Duck is steaming towards where Gordon, James, and Henry are.
  • In Ringo Starr's US dub, during the shed scenes, an odd hissing and squeaking sound can be heard. This can only be heard in the Shining Time Station episode, Word's Out, and the DVD, The Greatest Stories. The hissing was absent on the Better Late Than Never and Other Stories VHS and the Diesel's Devious Deed and Other Thomas the Tank Engine Stories audio tape and CD.
  • When Henry says, "Nonsense! Duck would never do that," part of his left (viewers' right) eyelid is chipped off.
  • When the narrator says "Diesel squirmed and hoped he didn't," Diesel's face is crooked.
  • When Gordon, Henry and James pass the trucks, Gordon's and Henry's tenders fade away.
  • In the scene after Gordon, Henry and James passing the trucks, the truck next to the two laughing trucks is gone.
  • When James says "Keep out!", his face is off-centre from his smokebox.
  • Henry's eyes are misaligned when he is on the turntable.
  • When the trucks laugh and the narrator says "'Ha ha ha ha!' Guffawed the trucks!" the van furthest to the right of the screen has a crooked face.
  • In the Welsh dub, at the shed scene, Ringo Starr's voice can be faintly heard.
  • Gordon's eyes are misaligned in some scenes.
  • When the engines blow steam at Duck, something green can be seen between James and Henry's wheels producing the steam.
  • At the beginning of the episode when James say "Disgusting!" if you look at his right (viewers' left) eye you can see black behind the eye, and shakes a bit.
  • When the engines are at the shed, their eyes are wonky.
  • At the sheds, both James and his brake pipe are titled.
  • When Henry says "I'm old square wheels," his eyes jitter for a moment.


Duck: Shut up! [bumps the trucks hard] I'm sorry our trucks/cars were rude to you, Diesel.
Narrator: Diesel was still furious.
Diesel: It's all your fault. You made them laugh at me.
Henry: Nonsense! Duck would never do that. We engines have our differences, but we never talk about them to the trucks. That would be dis-dis...
Gordon: Disgraceful!
James: Disgusting!
Henry: Despicable!

Diesel: I see you like jokes. You made a good joke about me yesterday. I laughed and laughed. Duck told me one about Gordon. I’ll whisper it… Don’t tell Gordon I told you.
Trucks [giggling] Haw! Haw! Haw! Gordon will be cross with Duck when he knows. Let’s tell him and pay Duck out for bumping us.
[cut to the sheds]
Gordon: Disgraceful!
James: Disgusting!
Henry: Despicable! We cannot allow it.
Henry, Gordon and James: Yes. He did it to us. We’ll do it to him, and see how he likes it.

[Duck arrives at Tidmouth Sheds, only to get blockaded by the 3 big engines]
Gordon, James, and Henry: [let off a lot of steam] WHOOSH!!!!!
James: Keep out!
Duck: Stop fooling! I'm tired!
Gordon, James, and Henry: So are we. We're tired of you. We like Diesel. We don't like you. You tell tales about us to the trucks.
Duck: I don't!
Gordon, James, and Henry: You do!
Duck: I don't!
Gordon, James, and Henry: You DO!
[the Fat Controller enters the scene]
Gordon: Duck called me a galloping sausage!
James: Rusty red scrap iron!
Henry: I'm old square wheels!
The Fat Controller: Well, Duck?
Duck: I only wish, Sir, that I thought of those names myself. If the dome fits...!
[the Fat Controller clears his throat]
Gordon, James, and Henry: He made trucks laugh at us.
The Fat Controller: Did you, Duck?
Duck: Certainly not, Sir! No steam engine would be as mean as that!
[Diesel comes forward]
The Fat Controller: Now Diesel, you heard what Duck said.
Diesel: I can’t understand it Sir. To think that Duck of all engines… I’m dreadfully grieved Sir; but know nothing.
The Fat Controller: I see. I’m sorry, Duck; but you must go to Edward’s station for a while. I know he will be glad to see you.
Duck: As you wish, Sir. [leaves the sheds]


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese A intriga de Diesel
Chinese Mandarin 肮脏的工作
Croatian Prljavi posao
Czech Špinavá Práce
Danish Diesel Laver Balladen
Dutch Een Vuil Zaakje
Finnish Kieroilua
French L'Acte Sournois de Diesel
Sale Boulot
German Schmutzarbeit
Greek Βρωμοδουλειές
Hungarian Hazugság
Italian Soprannomi
Japanese ディーゼルのわるだくみ
Korean 능청스런 디젤
Latin American Spanish El Complot de Diesel
Norwegian Bakvaskelser
Polish Zemsta Diesla (Original)
Brudna Robota (Alternate)
Romanian O Treaba Murdară
Romansh L'acziun perfida da Diesel
Russian Прозвища
Serbian Prljave Posao
Slovenian Umazano Delo
Swedish Bakverk
Turkish Pis İşler
Welsh Bai ar Gam

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  • Better Late Than Never and Other Stories (Ringo Starr's dub)
  • Thomas Comes to Breakfast and Other Thomas Adventures
  • Thomas' Halloween Adventures
  • The Greatest Stories (Ringo Starr's dub)

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  • Thomas the Tank Engine 4







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  • Thomas and Friends Season 1-4