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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 Big Mickey unloading a huge boiler from a ship and accidentally swings the boiler, knocking Edward off the rails into a pile of coal. Cranky has been watching and teases him. The Fat Controller tells Edward that he will go to the fitters yard and may not be able to take the band to their concert, much 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 him that he will not be fixed in time and that Bertie will take the band to the concert, much to Edward's increased disappointment.

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's wheels sink 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 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.




  • Going by production order, this is the fourth episode of the seventh series.
  • The LT Warehouse from the TUGS episode High Tide can be seen.
  • Stock footage from the sixth series episode Edward the Very Useful Engine is used, as is edited stock footage from the sixth series episode Scaredy Engines and a deleted scene from the seventh series episode The Grand Opening.
  • This is the first occurrence of two things:
    • The first time a model from TUGS was used as a character, which was Big Mickey.
    • The first time in the series that Edward derails.
  • In the original version with music by Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell, the alarm uses the SOS signal in Morse Code. In the new version with music by Robert Hartshorne, the alarm is just a simple musical ditty. Some other international versions use another SOS signal as well.
  • This episode marks Edward and Cranky's only speaking roles in the seventh series.
  • This is one of several episodes from the seventh series to have its title card read on Nick Jr., PBS and Treehouse TV airings.
  • This was the last episode of Gullane Entertainment paired with a PBS Kids, Treehouse TV and Nick Jr. airing of Thomas, as well as the last seventh series episode featured in a half hour airing in the United States and Canada.
  • Not counting the stock footage cameo in Harold and the Flying Horse, this is the last episode where Donald appears without Douglas.


  • 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 Edward gets hit by the ship's boiler, his eyes are wonky. Also, he has his shocked face long before the boiler hits him.
  • 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 narration is out of sync during the conversation between Edward and Thomas and during the scene with Edward and Bertie.


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 艾德华的铜管乐队
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
Slovak Eduardova Dychovka
Swedish Edwards Blåsorkester
Thai เอ็ดเวิร์ดอยากไปรับนักดนตรี
Welsh Band Pres Edward

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