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“That looks like a good place for an adventure! I wonder what's down there.”

Duncan and the Old Mine is the twentieth episode of the ninth series.


Duncan is looking forward to taking holidaymakers to see the Culdee Caves when his job is given to Bertie instead. The Thin Controller wants him to deliver coal trucks to the transfer yards with Rusty as the machines at the coaling plant have broken down. However, while on his way to the coal mine, Duncan sees an old line leading towards some bushes. Ignoring Rusty's reminder that they have work to do, Duncan goes down the old line which leads to an old mine entrance. Carelessly, Duncan crashes into a roof support, causing the entrance to collapse behind him.

As Duncan has not arrived yet, Rusty attempts to look for him. Meanwhile, Duncan carries on into the mine until he hits something. At first thinking they are buffers, he hears a squeaking noise and realises that he ran into some coal trucks.

Pushing the trucks, Duncan finds that the mine shaft was actually a mine tunnel when he arrives at a bordered-up exit. He then pushes the trucks out of the mine and is found by Rusty at the exit with the trucks. The two take them down to the transfer yards where Thomas and the Thin Controller are waiting. Duncan tells the Thin Controller about his adventure and the Thin Controller tells Duncan that he was very lucky and that he must think clearly when he wants to have another adventure.




  • Going by production order, this is the twenty-first episode of the ninth series.
  • The old coach from the seventh series episode, The Refreshment Lady's Tea Shop can be seen at the Transfer Yards.
  • One of the rusty coal trucks from this episode is on display at the Hara Model Railway Museum.
  • Similarly to Tuneful Toots, Rusty was referred to as female in the first TV version of the US dub. However, in the US DVD release, Rusty was correctly referred to as male.
  • This is the first time that an engine gets trapped inside a mine.


  • Both Duncan and Rusty do not have crews inside their cabs.
  • In the scene of the trucks approaching the boarded-up exit, after they stop a shadow moves across one side of the door.
  • When Rusty and Duncan arrive at the Transfer Yards, the truck behind Rusty is derailed.
  • Some wires can be seen on Duncan's cab when he pushes the trucks.
  • When Duncan passes by the Middle Station by the beginning, a steam platform is visible beside the station.
  • In the UK dub of this episode, after Duncan says, "So next time I have an adventure," but before he says, "I will remember to think clearly all the time," Michael Angelis pronounces Duncan's name as "Dunklan."


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Arabic دنكان والمنجم القديم
Brazilian Portuguese Duncan e a Velha Mina
Chinese Mandarin 邓肯和旧矿坑
Czech Duncan a starý důl
Danish Duncan og den gamle mine
Dutch Duncan en de Oude Mijn
Finnish Tauno ja Vanha Kaivos
German Duncan und das verlassene Bergwerk
Hungarian Duncan és a Régi Bánya
Italian Duncan e la Vecchia Miniera
Japanese ダンカンのだいぼうけん
Korean 던컨의 모험
Latin American Spanish Duncan y la Vieja Mina
Norwegian Duncan og den gamle gruven
Polish Damian i stara kopalnia
Romanian Duncan și Mina cea Veche
Russian Дункан и старая шахта
Scottish Gaelic An T-Seann Mhein
Spanish Duncan se va de Aventura
Swedish Duncan och den gamla gruvan
Turkish Duncan ve Eski Maden

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  • The Complete Series 9

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