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“Water off a duck's back, remember!”

Gone Fishing is the twenty-second episode of the seventeenth series.


One day, Harvey is loading flatbeds of machinery at Brendam Docks when Porter arrives. Porter has never seen a crane engine before and is therefore interested in Harvey. He thinks Harvey looks like a really useful engine. Then Bill and Ben arrive and see Harvey. They tease him about having a hook and ask if he is going fishing.

Harvey shrugs off the twins and their teasing, but when Porter accidentally bumps into a freight car and the twins call him a "bumpy boiler," Harvey becomes a little annoyed. Porter tells Harvey to ignore the twins and let their teasing slide off him, like "water off a duck's back."

Later Harvey has loaded the flatbeds for Vicarstown. Edward is due to take them, but is delayed. Harvey suggests Bill and Ben should take them, but they claim to be needed at the claypits. Porter then suggests that Harvey should take them. Harvey is not so sure as he does not usually pull cargo. The twins then suggest he pick the flatbeds up and carry them, like fish. Porter reminds Harvey of "water off a duck's back," which changes Harvey's mind. The Dock manager, and the Fat Controller, having arrived for a very important meeting, says it is an excellent idea and allows Harvey to proceed.

Harvey finds the job fun at first, but when he comes to Gordon's Hill, he realises that it is a lot harder to puff up it as he expected. But after some encouragement from Thomas, he makes it to the top. However, he does not realize that he should apply his brakes and he races down the hill too fast. At the bottom is a bend and Harvey's speed and emergency braking causes the flatbeds to derail. Harvey is upset and wishes he had not taken the flatbeds.

Harvey begins to think about what sort of things Bill and Ben will say. After remembering what they said about using his hook, Harvey puts the flatbeds back on the rails in no time. Gordon, pulling the express and having seen the derailment, stops and asks Harvey what happened. Harvey reassures Gordon everything is fine and Gordon finishes his journey.

When Harvey returns to the docks, the Fat Controller has just finished his meeting with the Dock Manager. He praises Harvey and calls him a really useful engine. Harvey suggests that he can use his hook to go fishing, which causes everyone to laugh.





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  • Going by production order, this is the thirteenth episode of the seventeenth series.
  • This episode marks the first of a few things for Harvey:
  • This episode marks the last time Merrick is referred to by name until the twenty-fourth series episode, The Great Little Railway Show.
  • The episode's title shares the same name with the song from the fourth series.
  • In the Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Baltic Russian and one of the Vietnamese dubs, the UK dub can be heard in the background as a dubbing track was not used.


  • When Harvey's trucks derail, a flatbed and the brake van overlap onto the other line, but in the next scene they do not.
  • Bill and Ben sometimes swap whistle sounds.
  • When Bill and Ben first arrive at the docks, Porter has Ben's whistle.
  • In the shot before Porter reverses into the conflat, one of his windows is missing.
  • At multiple points throughout the episode, Harvey's chuffing noise is inappropriate for his speed.
  • When the Fat Controller says "You have proven that even a crane engine can help pull cargo," the red door behind him is open, but in the very next shot, it is closed. When the camera zooms out in the final shot of the episode, the door is open once again.
  • In the scene where Gordon puffs by while Harvey is re-railing his flatbeds and he lowers his hook, the end of the chain can be seen in the slackened part of the chain on his crane arm. The render did not extend far enough to accommodate the long chain.
  • When Harvey is re-railing the derailed flatbeds, his crew is missing from his cab.
  • When Thomas meets Harvey on Gordon's Hill, the line only has two tracks. However, once Harvey reaches the top of the hill, the line has three tracks.
  • In the Hebrew dub, Merrick's name is mispronounced as "Marik."


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Pescaria
Chinese Mandarin 钓鱼去
Czech Na rybách
Dutch Vissen
Estonian Kalalkäik
French La locomotive-grue
Galician A Pesca
German Harveys erste Lieferung
Greek Για ψάρεμα
Hebrew יוצא לדוג
Hungarian Horgászmi mentem
Italian La Locomotiva Pescatrice
Japanese クレーンきかんしゃハーヴィー
Korean 낚시도 잘 해요
Latin American Spanish De Pesca
Latvian Dueti Makš Zvejot
Norwegian Ute og fisker
Polish Na ryby
Romanian La Pescuit
Russian Как с гуса вода
Ukrainian Риболовля

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