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“First the rain, then an elephant. Whatever will you be afraid of next?”
―Gordon to Henry

Henry and the Elephant is the nineteenth episode of the fourth series. It is based on the story of the same name from the Railway Series book Troublesome Engines.


One morning, Thomas arrives at the junction. The Fat Controller is there and, after checking his watch, tells Thomas he is right on time and really reliable, making Thomas and his coaches happy. However, Gordon, Henry and James are in a bad mood - Percy is nowhere to be found and so they are forced to collect their own coaches. James decides to take out his anger on Henry and mocks him about his fear of the rain. Henry retorts that James looks silly enough to be a clown and that he belongs in a circus, which leads Percy - who has just arrived - to believe the engines have heard about how the circus has come to town. He explains that he had been helping to shunt the special trucks and coaches on the Fat Controller's request and that the bigger engines are needed too. The big engines soon forget to be tired and cross and eagerly help out. When it is time for the circus to leave, James is given the task of pulling the train away, making Gordon and Henry cross once again.

Later that day, the Fat Controller informs Henry that a tunnel is blocked and asks him to take some workmen to investigate. Henry arrives at the tunnel - grumbling all the way - and the workmen enter to examine the blockage. A few moments later, they quickly run out in horror. One explains to the foreman that the blockage is alive and they refuse to go back inside. The foreman does not believe them and decides to ride in the trucks and have Henry push it out. Henry - horrified of the idea of being stuck in a tunnel with something big and alive - protests this decision; his driver agrees, but the line has to be cleared.

Henry reluctantly and fearfully enters the tunnel with the trucks he brought the workmen in, only for the blockage to push him back out again. Both Henry and the foreman are surprised to discover the "blockage" is a large, cross elephant that had escaped from the circus. The workmen offer the elephant some cake and water to calm him down. However, Henry accidentally startles the elephant by letting off steam, causing him to spray Henry with water. The elephant is soon reunited with his keeper, but Henry is humiliated by what happened.

That evening, Henry tells the other engines what happened. Although Gordon and James feel sorry for Henry, they continue to tease him. Thomas, however, praises Henry for his bravery and how well he handled the situation.





  • At the beginning of the episode, Thomas has Edward's whistle sound.
  • When the workmen look at the elephant in the tunnel, one of them is missing his right eyebrow.
  • Gordon's buffers and lamp irons are crooked in the scenes at Tidmouth Sheds.
  • When James says "We get no rest!" and when he is turning around on the turntable, his eyes were misaligned.
  • The crow's nest of S.S. Roxstar is facing backwards.
  • During the harbour scene, James' tender body is not properly assembled to its chassis.
  • Henry is missing one of his crew members when he pushes the elephant.
  • The elephant's keeper's mouth is missing.
  • Percy's cab roof has been raised when he is at Tidmouth Sheds.
  • When Percy pushes trucks into the yard, the 7-plank truck has black tac visible from where it would have worn a face, while the milk tanker is missing part of its frame.
  • When the narrator says, "Poor Henry," Henry's eyes are wonky.
  • Henry's lamp appears out of nowhere when the elephant sprays him.
  • When Henry leaves to the tunnel, his buffers are crooked.


The Fat Controller: Well done, Thomas. You're right on time and really reliable.
Thomas: Thank you, Sir.
Annie and Clarabel: Ooh, right on time and really reliable.

James: What's the matter, Henry? There's no rain today. Stop worrying and do some work instead.
Henry: I'm not afraid of getting wet anymore. Anyway, you look silly enough to be a clown you should join the circus.
Percy: Oh. So you've heard the news?
Gordon: What news?
Percy: About the circus.
James: Percy, what are you talking about?
Percy: The circus has arrived. I've been shunting special trucks. The Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt needs your help too.

Henry: An elephant pushed me, an elephant hooshed me!

Gordon: First the rain, then an elephant. Whatever will you be afraid of next?
Thomas: Never mind, Henry. I think you were brave today, and really reliable too.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Henry e o Elefante
Chinese 亨利和大象
Czech Jindra a Slon
Danish Henry og Elefanten
Dutch Henry en de Olifant
Finnish Henri ja Elefantti
French Henri et l'Éléphant
German Henry und der Elefant
Greek Ο Τσάρλι και ο Ελέφαντας
Hungarian Henry és az Elefánt
Italian Henry e l'Elefante
Japanese トンネルのなかのかいぶつ
Korean 헨리와 코끼리
Latin American Spanish Henry y el Elefante
Norwegian Henry og Elefanten
Polish Henio i Słoń
Romanian Henry şi Elefantul
Russian Генри и слон
Slovenian Henrik in Slon
Swedish Henry och Elefanten
Ukrainian Генрi i слон
Welsh Henri a'r Eliffant

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