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“What's a new-funneled nuisance, Edward?”
―Percy to Edward

Edward Strikes Out is the seventeenth episode of the tenth series.


Edward arrives at Brendam Docks to pick up some heavy pipes. Gordon and Thomas are there; the latter is excited because a new crane arrived on the island. He thinks the crane looks very strong and could even lift up Gordon, making him cross as Thomas puffs away. Gordon points out that the crane has no engine, so he cannot move unless another engine pulls him. Edward notices this too and believes that means the new crane cannot be really useful. Gordon agrees and says that he will only get in the way. Percy arrives, also feeling excited about the new crane. Gordon and Edward declare the crane is not useful and will get in the way, and Gordon dismisses the crane as "newfangled nonsense" and puffs away. Percy asks what a "newfunneled nuisance" is, to which Edward corrects him, saying that the insult "newfangled nonsense" is something that is new and not really useful.

Soon Edward collects his Tube Trucks of pipes, which are right next to the crane. The crane introduces himself to Edward, stating that his name is Rocky and asks to help him. Edward declines Rocky's help, calling him the said insult, and he puffs away before the pipes are secured.

When Edward approaches a signal, he is so lost in thought about Rocky that he winds up running too fast. The signal suddenly turns red, so he brakes as hard as he can. But Edward stops so abruptly that the sides of his flatbeds collapse, and the pipes fall onto the rails. As Edward wonders what to do, he remembers that Thomas said Rocky was very strong, but he refuses to get Rocky, and has his driver telephone for Harvey instead.

Harvey comes to help move the pipes, but they are so heavy, he can only lift one at a time. He points out that it is going to take a long time to clear the line. Thomas and Emily arrive pulling a train and stop when they see the pipes blocking their track. Thomas suggests to Edward to go get Rocky, but Edward continues to refuse and says they have to be patient. Emily refuses, and angrily says that she and Thomas have a very important job to do. At that moment, Gordon comes round a bend really fast, and before he can stop, he runs over the pipes and derails, leaving everything in a terrible mess. Harvey declares that Gordon is too heavy for him to lift, and Thomas tells Edward that they need Rocky. Gordon sniffs crossly, but Edward knows that Harvey cannot lift Gordon and realises only Rocky can fix the mess, and he races to the docks to collect him.

Edward arrives at the docks and pulls up alongside Rocky, telling him that they need his help right away. Rocky is pleased to help, so Edward buffers up to him, and they set off for the junction. As they make their way to the junction, children cheer and wave, making Edward very proud to be pulling Sodor's newest arrival.

At last, Edward and Rocky arrive, and Rocky declares he can fix the problem. Sure enough, Rocky uses his mighty crane arm to lift Gordon back onto the tracks, and Gordon is surprised that Rocky can lift him after all. Then, Rocky lifts all the pipes off the tracks in little time, and Edward realises that he spoke too soon. He admits that Rocky may be new, but he is Really Useful, and he and all the engines whistle, welcoming Rocky to their railway.




  • Going by production order, this is the eighteenth episode of the tenth series.
  • When Gordon is speeding along the line towards the pipes, the footage is sped up.
  • This episode marks a few things:
    • Rocky's first speaking role in the tenth series.
    • Harvey's last speaking role until The Great Discovery and his last speaking role in an episode until the seventeenth series episode, Gone Fishing.
    • Bill, Ben and Harvey's only appearances in the tenth series.
    • The first episode to feature Harvey's unused sixth series shocked face.
    • The first appearance of Edward's neutral face since the fifth series.
  • Gordon's plastic model was used throughout the entire episode, most likely not to damage the brass model during the crash scene.


  • When Edward is approaching the signal, it seems to be a few meters in front of him but he is seen travelling much further before he stops.
  • When Harvey says "[lifting the pipes] is going to take me a very long time!" his eyes were misaligned.
  • In the shot of Edward pulling Rocky down the hill, Rocky's crane arm jerks up a bit.
  • Gordon's tender is derailed in a close-up.
  • Numerous sound effects are out of sync in the US version.
  • When Edward arrives with Rocky, the latter's eyes were misaligned.
  • When Edward collects Rocky, his wheels are going too fast for the speed he is going.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Arabic إدوارد يهمل
Brazilian Portuguese O Desdém de Edward
Chinese Mandarin 爱德华失败了
Croatian Edo i nova dizalica
Czech Edward se mýlí
Danish Edward tager sagen i egen hånd
Finnish Edvard ja Roi
German Edward teilt aus
Hungarian Az Új Jövevény
Italian Edward Commette un Errore
Japanese エドワードのしっぱい
Korean 새 친구, 로키
Latin American Spanish Edward Toma la Iniciativa
Norwegian Nymotens tullball
Polish Edek i Nowy Dźwig
Portuguese Edward em Ganhas
Romanian Edward O Dă în Bară
Russian Эдвард наносит удар
Spanish Edward al Ataque
Swedish En rörig dag
Turkish Edward Saldırıyor

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