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“Please stop! I'd rather be back with the chatterbox engines!”
―Murdoch to the sheep

Peace and Quiet is the seventeenth episode of the seventh series.


At the docks, goods are arriving night and day, causing the engines to work so hard that their axles ache. So, the Fat Controller brings in a new engine called Murdoch to help. He has ten driving wheels and looks very strong. The engines all welcome him, but Murdoch thinks they are all very chatty.

Later, Murdoch has a very long train to pull. He looks forward to some peace and quiet, but everywhere he goes is noisy. Murdoch looks forward to a nice rest at the sheds that night. But as he arrives, Salty and Harvey begin to ask him lots of questions about his past. Murdoch becomes annoyed and tells them both that he wants peace and quiet, and that he does not want to share a shed with chatterboxes. Harvey is hurt and thinks Murdoch is rude, while Salty tells him that they are only being friendly.

"Please! I want some peace and quiet, and I don't want to share a shed with chatterboxes!"

The next day, Murdoch has another long train to pull. This time, he travels through the countryside. He is happy to finally have some peace and quiet. But he comes across some sheep strayed on the line, who have escaped through a broken fence. His driver and fireman try to move the sheep, but to no avail. So, Toby is sent to help by bringing the farmer. The sheep are so noisy that Murdoch wishes he was back with Salty and Harvey. Toby finally arrives and the farmer and his two dogs move the sheep off the line. Murdoch continues on his way.

Later that evening, Murdoch arrives back at the sheds with Harvey and Salty. He apologises for being rude to them, and Harvey tells him that they are happy to share the shed with him. Salty proceeds to tell a story, which makes Murdoch smile. The constant bleating of sheep will keep him awake, but he will gladly fall asleep after a story from Salty.




  • Going by production order, this is the twenty-first episode of the seventh series.
  • Stock footage from Fish is used.
  • This was the first of twenty-six episodes from the sixth and seventh series to be used in a PBS Kids, Treehouse TV and Nick Jr. airing of Thomas.
  • On Nick Jr. and PBS airings, the New Series Music at the end is played during the transition, and the stock footage of Fish is the widescreen version as every side of the scene is cropped to fullscreen.
  • In Michael Angelis' dubs, he makes a "Baa!" sound after the line "Murdoch was very unhappy."
  • In a still picture, Arthur is not seen in the shed next to Harvey, Salty and Murdoch.
  • A rare picture shows Harvey with his unused sixth series furious face mask, which is the only time it has been seen.
  • Due to scenes on one particular set across the season being filmed in one go, the deleted scene when Murdoch passes Gordon at Wellsworth and the scene at Wellsworth in Gordon and Spencer have the same passengers and vehicles at the station in the same place, and Thomas, Annie and Clarabel are also there. Also, the scene of Murdoch passing Duck and Percy and the coaling plant and the scene at the coaling plant in Something Fishy have the same arrangement of oil tankers and trucks in front of the coal hopper, the main difference being Duck and Percy have switched positions.
  • Salty asks, "Have you worked Marseille?". Marseille is a city in southern France known for its large harbour.
  • This episode marks Duck's final appearance until the twelfth series episode, Excellent Emily, excluding a stock footage cameo in Not So Hasty Puddings and appearing in a tenth series Music Video.
  • Prior to being released for digital download on Amazon in 2016, Michael Brandon's dub of this episode had only been broadcasted on television.
  • In the US, this episode aired before Emily's New Coaches and The Spotless Record, meaning the audience would not know who Emily and Arthur are unless they had the VHS/DVD release New Friends for Thomas and Other Adventures.


  • In the shot of Murdoch puffing through the Heavy Industrial Area, he is pulling the train he would pull the next day, and Duck appears despite being in the shot of the coaling plant just prior.
  • When Murdoch is about to depart from Brendam for the second time, his eyes are wonky.
  • During Harvey's first line, the end of the track is clearly visible.
  • The narrator says, "The farmer and his dog went to work," but the farmer has two dogs.
  • When Murdoch tells Harvey and Salty off, Harvey does not have a face.
  • For a brief second in the final shot, Murdoch's eyes do not move in alignment with each other.
  • The number of the few black sheep amongst the flock keeps changing.
  • When Murdoch returns to the shed in the last scene, Emily is there too. But in the last two shots, she has disappeared.


  • Harvey: What's the longest train you've ever pulled?
  • Salty: Have you worked Marseille?
  • Harvey: Have you ever crashed?
  • Murdoch: Please! I want some peace and quiet and I don't want to share a shed with chatterboxes.
  • Harvey: [offended] No need to be rude.
  • Salty: We're only being friendly, matey.


  • Murdoch: I'm sorry that I was cross. I'm very pleased to share a shed with you. 
  • Harvey: And we're pleased to have your company.
  • Salty: Aye, we are. It reminds me of a story.


In Other Languages

Language Title
Arabic سلام و هدوء
Chinese Mandarin 和平与安宁
Czech Trocha Klidu
Danish Fred og Ro
Hungarian Csend és Nyugalom
Italian Pace e Silenzio
Japanese あらしのあとのしずけさ
Korean 진정한 평화 (EBS)
평화를 사랑하는 머독 (Adongmoonhak)
Polish Cisza i Spokój
Romanian Linişte şi Pace
Russian Тишина и покой
Swedish Lugn och Ro
Turkish Barış ve Sessizlik
Welsh Mymryn o Dawelwch

Home Media Releases


DVD Packs




  • New Friends for Thomas and Other Adventures (Michael Angelis' US dub)

DVD Boxsets


  • The Complete Series 7

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