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“You useless little engines are always in the way!”
―Cranky, after Edward is knocked off the track

Edward's Brass Band is the fifth episode of the seventh series.


During the summer, there are a lot of attractions for visitors to the island, like the brass band. One day, Edward is very excited; the Fat Controller has given him the job of picking up the band and taking them to a concert staged for the next night. Edward cannot wait to hear their wonderful music.

But as Edward steams through Brendam Docks, he does not notice a giant crane unloading a huge boiler from a ship. The crane accidentally swings the boiler, knocking Edward off the rails into a pile of coal. Cranky had been watching Edward and insults him. The Fat Controller arrives and tells Edward that he will have to go to the fitters yard and Bertie will take the band to their concert, to his sadness.

That night, a storm rolls in while the workmen are trying to repair Edward, leaving him feeling sad and very damp. The next morning, Edward asks if the workmen will be finished soon. The Fat Controller tells Edward that he will not be repaired in time and that Bertie must take the band to the concert, making him feel worse.

Bertie collects the band and sets off. But he finds that the storm has flooded a large part of the road, so his driver decides to take a shortcut across a muddy field. But Bertie becomes stuck in the mud and he cannot budge. The band begins to worry that they will be late to the concert, but the leader has an idea.

By now, Edward has been fully mended and coupled to some coaches. Suddenly, he and his driver hear some music coming from the distance, which turns out to be a Morse code for help and hurry to see what the matter is. The band is delighted to see their old friend and Edward promises to get them to the concert on time. They climb aboard his coaches and they set off.

That night, the concert is a great success. Everyone loves the band's music, especially Edward.





  • A behind the scenes picture of Edward being repaired shows his empty tender with wires inside.
  • At the beginning, Gordon has Edward's whistle sound.
  • Before and after Edward gets hit by the ship's boiler, a few occurrences can be seen:
    • His eyes are wonky.
    • He has his shocked face mask long before the boiler hits him. 
    • Long after Edward is hit by the boiler, he still has his shocked face on when the narrator says "Poor Edward!", before it changes to his sad face in the next cut.
  • Studio equipment is reflected in Bertie's back window in one shot of him going along the muddy road.
  • Some of the band members lack mouths on their models.
  • When Edward puffs by the curve before he gets hit by the ship's boiler, his body is off-centre.
  • The US dub is out of sync during the conversation between Edward and Thomas and during the scene with Edward and Bertie.
  • The rolling gantry crane is not actually on rails in the shot of Edward puffing into the docks.


Cranky: [after Edward is knocked off the track] You useless little engines are always in the way

[after Edward is mended]
Charlie (Edward's Driver): I can hear music.
Edward: That's not music, that's an alarm.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Chinese Mandarin 艾德华的铜管乐队
Czech Eduardova dechovka
Danish Edwards Hornorkester
Hungarian Edward Rezesbandája
Italian La Banda di Edward
Japanese エドワードとブラスバンド
Korean 에드워드와 브라스 밴드
Polish Edkowa Orkiestra
Romanian Fanfara lui Edward
Russian Духовой оркестр Эдварда
Serbian Edvardov Duvački Orkestar
Swedish Edwards Blåsorkester
Turkish Edward'ın Bando Takımı
Welsh Band Pres Edward

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