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“Whistles are for safety, not for playing games. You must only use your whistle when the time is right.”
―Sir Topham Hatt

Percy's New Whistle is the second episode of the eighth series.

Plot

Whilst delivering trucks to the quarry, Percy whistles a greeting to 'Arry and Bert, who laugh at Percy's whistle. Percy is determined to show the diesels that his whistle is just as good as their horns. As Percy puffs through the countryside, he practices whistling loudly. Later, he goes back to the quarry and sneaks up behind 'Arry and Bert. He blows a great toot on his whistle, which startles the two diesels.

Now that he has a super-loud whistle, Percy cannot wait to use it again. When he sees Thomas in a siding, he blows another loud whistle. Thomas jumps forwards and biffs into his trucks, making him cross, but Percy is too busy having fun to notice. Later, when he sees Bertie, Percy lets off another loud whistle, startling Bertie as he swerves across the road and into a snowy ditch, also making him cross as well, but Percy does not realise this.

That evening, Thomas tells Percy about all the trouble he had caused that day. Percy apologises and promises never to do it again, but the next day, while steaming through the countryside with a milk train, he wishes that he could have one last loud toot on his whistle. Percy does not see anyone about, but he does not know that Trevor was delivering food to feed some sheep on the hill above. Percy's loud whistle startles Trevor and he jolts backward and knocks a log down the hill. The log collects snow and turns into a giant snowball as it rolls down and crashes into Percy at the bottom of the hill. Percy's driver is cross, as he has to go for help.

Soon, the Fat Controller arrives on board Thomas and tells Percy that whistles are for safety, not for fun and games. Percy promises to only use his whistle when the time is right. The next day, Percy is a very quiet engine. But, as he comes out of a tunnel, he spies a snowdrift on the line. Then, he hears Thomas approaching. Percy blows a warning whistle and Thomas grinds to a halt just in the nick of time. Percy is praised by the Fat Controller and now only uses his whistle responsibly.

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Trivia

  • Stock footage from Snow Engine is used.
  • When the episode was first released on DVD in the UK and US, Bertie's eyes are animated using CGI after he crashes.
  • In the All Aboard with the Steam Team UK DVD and US narration (except for the PBS airing), the chuffing sounds and James' whistle when he and Henry pass each other are different. Also, in the UK DVD, when Percy whistles a second time at the end of the episode, his whistle is a long note.
  • In the long shots of Percy blowing his whistle, the steam coming from his whistle use CGI.
  • In the All Aboard with the Steam Team DVD and the Nick Jr. UK airing, Sounds, the timing of a few lines are different:
    • Percy's driver saying "Now I will have to go for help" is played early.
    • The narrator saying "Percy waited in the cold. His funnel was freezing and his axles were shivering" is played later.
    • The narrator saying "At last Thomas arrived with the Fat Controller" is heard later while "He was very cross indeed" is played early.
    • Thomas saying "Cinders and Ashes" and "Thank you Percy!" is played early.
  • Bert's horn is a lorry horn sound.
  • Percy has been given a second wincing face mask, which only appears in this episode.
  • This was the very first time that steam engines are addressed as "steamies," which would become used more often later on in the series.

Goofs

  • When James blows his whistle, the steam is emitting from his dome, not his whistle.
  • Salty has Diesel's horn sound.
  • The quarry is mistakenly referred to as the Smelter's Yard at the start of the episode.
  • 'Arry and Bert start to shake before Percy blasts his whistle at them. Bert's face is also crooked in this scene.
  • In a close up of Percy's whistle blowing at 'Arry and Bert, it still looks as though Percy is moving, even though he stopped alongside the two diesels.
  • When Trevor backs into the logs, his back wheels are not moving.
  • It is said that Trevor's trailer hit the logs, but it is really his coal bunker that hit the logs, and he is not pulling a trailer.
  • When the two logs roll away, the ground moves.
  • When Percy saves Thomas from running into the snowdrift, Thomas' mouth was covered in snow, but in the next scene, it disappears.
  • In the half-hour airing, Sounds, Paul Larson and Abi Grant are erroneously credited for writing this episode instead of James Mason.
  • At the start, Clarabel's roof is damaged.
  • In the close up of the Fat Controller, the yellow stripe around Thomas's cab is peeling off a bit.
  • Thomas's eyes are wonky when he first talks to Percy at the sheds.
  • Percy's eyes are wonky in many scenes in this episode.

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In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese O Apito Novo de Percy
Chinese Mandarin 培西的新汽笛
Croatian Perina Nova Fućkaljka
Czech Percyho Nová Píšťala
Danish Percys Nye Fløjte
Dutch Percy’s Nieuwe Fluitsignaal
Finnish Pekan Uusi Vilehys
German Percy wird laut
Hungarian Percy Fütyül
Italian Il Nuovo Fischio di Percy
Japanese パーシーときてき
Korean 퍼시의 기적 소리
Latin American Spanish El Nuevo Silbato de Percy
Norwegian Percys Nye Fløyte
Polish Nowy Gwizdek Piotrka
Romanian Fluierul Cel Nou al lui Percy
Russian Новый гудок Перси
Scottish Gaelic An Fheadag ur air Pearsdaih
Serbian Persijeva Nova Sirena
Spanish El Nuevo Silbido de Percy
Swedish Percys Vissla

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