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“Wishing trees don't run railways. That's my job. Gordon just needed some repairs. He'll be back tomorrow.”
―The Fat Controller

Henry and the Wishing Tree is the fourth episode of the eighth series.


Henry enjoys working in the forest, but sometimes it can be lonely, hence the like of seeing passengers boarding Gordon's express at Knapford. Unimpressed, Gordon snootily orders Henry to keep his train away from the passengers. Saddened, Henry wishes that he could pull passengers, just for a change.

Later, Henry stops at the water tower on the outskirts of the forest. Strangely, the children are standing near one of the trees. Henry asks Thomas what they are doing, to which he tells Henry that they are probably making a wish on the old Sodor wishing tree. Henry decides to wish that he could pull the express, instead of Gordon. That evening, the Fat Controller visits Henry at the sheds and tells him that tomorrow, he is to pull the express. Henry is happy, believing that his wish has come true.

The following morning, Henry chuffs into Knapford to collect passengers with his express coaches. When Henry puffs out of the station, the coaches are getting bumped. His driver reminds him that he cannot biff coaches like trucks. Little does Henry know is that Gordon is in the repair yard being fitted with a new boiler. He is lonely, as both he and his passengers miss each other. They are being bumped and bounced around inside the coaches. That evening, when Henry returns to the sheds, the Fat Controller is waiting for him. He tells Henry that there have been complaints from the passengers and reminds him to be more careful. Henry then spots Gordon at the repair yard and is horrified, believing that his wish has made Gordon go to the repair yard, making him feel guilty.

The next day, Henry collects the buffet car. He tries hard to be gentle but shunts the buffet car hard enough to cause all the contents inside to go flying. This sparks more complaints and Henry no longer wants to pull passengers, wishing that everything would be back to normal. When Henry arrives at the forest, he forgets which tree is the wishing tree. So he wishes on every tree in the forest that he can pull goods trains again. Soon, the Fat Controller arrives aboard Thomas, and when Henry explains all about the wishing tree, the Fat Controller tells Henry that running a railway is his job, not the wishing tree's, and says that Gordon is at the works because he needs repairs, not because Henry wished it would happen. He tells Henry that Gordon will be back to work tomorrow, making Henry delighted.

The next day, Gordon returns to work looking as good as new. The passengers are so pleased that they give him three cheers. Meanwhile, Henry is pleased to be back working in the forest. At the end of the day, Henry stops near the wishing tree and makes a wish that he would never have to pull passengers again.




  • Going by production order, this is the twenty-first episode of the eighth series.
  • Pre-filmed footage from Squeak, Rattle and Roll and You Can Do it, Toby! is used.
  • In the individual version of the episode, the last bit of music is omitted at the end.
  • An Allicia Botti poster can be seen at the end of this episode.
  • Neptune Refreshments, the Refreshment Lady's shop, can be seen outside Knapford station.
  • Henry's wincing face mask, which was originally used in Whistles and Sneezes, appears in this episode for the first time since that episode.
  • This episode marks the last appearance of The Hatts' Butler, but the second one only.
  • In the All Aboard with the Steam Team DVD, the timing of when the narrator says, "The Fat Controller arrived on board Thomas" and "What are you doing Henry? You are causing confusion and delay" is a few seconds later and the last few lines in the last two scenes are said earlier than in the individual version of the episode.
  • Some deleted scenes from this episode appeared in the song, Sounds.


  • The Romanian title has Thomas' name in it, despite the fact that Henry is the main character in this episode.
  • In the Korean dub, the English title card can still be seen behind the Korean title, this was fixed on later releases.
  • When Henry says "Yes, sir" after the Fat Controller tells him passengers are not like logs, his tender is crooked.
  • When the narrator says that the passengers were having the bounciest bumpiest ever, a passengers arm slides down a suitcase after being hit by a hit. Also taking closer look he has an arm attached to him. Indicating a spare arm was used to make it look like his arm was on the suit case.
  • When Henry bumps the buffet car some of his coal falls out.
  • In close up of the Fat Controller in Thomas's cab, the yellow stripe around his cab is peeling of a bit.
  • Henry's lamp irons are crooked in most scenes.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Henry e a Árvore Dos Desejos
Chinese Mandarin 亨利和许愿树
Croatian Hrvoje i Drvo Želja
Czech Henry a Strom Přání
Danish Henry og Ønsketræet
Dutch Henry en de Wensboom
Finnish Henri ja Toivomuspuu
German Henry und der Wunschbaum
Hungarian Henry és a Kívánságok Fája
Italian Henry e L'albero Dei Desideri
Japanese ヘンリーとねがいのかなうき
Korean 헨리와 소원 나무
Norwegian Henry og Ønsketreet
Polish Henio i Drzewa Życzenie
Romanian Thomas și Copacul Dorințelor
Russian Генри и дерево желаний
Spanish Henry y el Árbol de los Deseos
Swedish Henry och Önsketrädet

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