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“There he is! ..."
"...Mr. Special Steam himself!"
"Shoo, oily wheels! Go away!”
―'Arry, Bert, and Victor

Henry's Happy Coal is the ninth episode of the fifteenth series.


The Fat Controller gives Henry a very special special; he is to collect a very important visitor from Brendam Docks. He is then told to take the visitor to the Steamworks, the Search and Rescue Centre, and finally to the Duke and Duchess of Boxford's summerhouse for tea. Henry collects the visitor and heads to the Sodor Steamworks, where he rolls over to his special coal hopper. Then 'Arry and Bert, who are shunting trucks, roll up next to Henry and tease him about his special coal. Henry is worried that the very important visitor heard the diesels teasing him, so he decides to use normal coal instead.

Soon Henry arrives at the Steamworks, feeling a little ill. 'Arry and Bert then rattle in and tease Henry. He tells the visitor that they have to go quickly and he puffs away. He chuffs onto a quiet line, as far away from the devious diesels as he can. By now, he has started puffing out thick, black, smelly smoke.

Eventually, he rattles into the Search and Rescue Centre, feeling dreadful. The important visitor is very worried about Henry and so is Thomas, who asks if he can help at all. Henry refuses his help, just as 'Arry and Bert oil in. The two Diesels tease Henry once again and Henry tells the visitor that they have to go. Soon Henry is juddering towards the summerhouse, very late. By now he can hardly chuff at all. When they finally arrive, the Fat Controller, the Duke and Duchess, and a very sooty-looking visitor are all very surprised. Henry apologises and is worried that the Fat Controller will be cross with him, but he was not, he is very concerned for Henry. The green engine explains that he wanted to be like a normal engine for the visitor. The Fat Controller tells Henry that he is not like a normal engine and that is why the visitor wanted to see him - the visitor is the Railway Coal Inspector. Henry is surprised. He now wants to be filled up with special coal so that he can show the inspector just how he puffs.

Soon Henry's tender is filled to the brim with special coal. 'Arry and Bert roll by again and tease Henry by calling him "Mr. Special Steam." Henry admits that he is "Mr. Special Steam" and that he is proud of it. The Railway Coal Inspector assures Henry that he should be very proud of his special coal. Henry then takes the inspector to the Search and Rescue Centre and to the Steamworks. Out on the tracks, he spots 'Arry and Bert stopped ahead; they had run out of diesel oil. The diesels ask Henry for help and instead of teasing them, he is very happy to help them. After all, their fuel is special too.





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  • This is the last episode of two things:
    • The last episode to make the claim that Henry still needs special coal. This was referenced in King of the Railway, since Henry's rebuild in the first series episode The Flying Kipper was stated to have fixed his need for special coal.
    • The last episode to feature Kerry Shale as Bert.
  • This is the only episode of the CGI series that can only be found on a Complete Series DVD in the UK.
  • The US dub of the episode has yet to get released on DVD.
  • Edited stock footage from Steamy Sodor is used.
  • This is the second time Henry uses "ordinary" coal. The first time was in the tenth series episode It's Good to be Gordon.


  • In the Norwegian dub of this episode, the narrator refers to Henry as Percy at one point.
  • When Henry backs out of the Steamworks, his wheels are not moving.


In Other Languages

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Henry e o carvão
Catalan El carbó bo i millor d'en Henry
Chinese Mandarin 亨利和他的快乐煤炭
Czech Henryho šťastné uhlí
Finnish Henrin Hyvää Kivihiili
French Le mystérieux visiteur
German Henrys Spezialkohle
Hungarian Henry különleges szene
Italian Henry la Locomotiva Speciale
Japanese ヘンリーのとくべつなせきたん
Korean 헨리의 특별한 석탄 (dub)
헨리의 행복 석탄 (subtitles)
Latin American Spanish El Carbón Feliz de Henry
Norwegian Henrys eget kull
Polish Węgiel dla Henia
Romanian Cărbunele Fericit al lui Henry
Russian Особый Уголь (Original)
Особый уголь Генри (Alternate)
Spanish El Carbón Especial de Henry

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