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“Percy's been put upon, put upon, put upon, Percy's been put upon. Poor old Percy! (UK Version Only - Tee hee hee hee hee!)
"Percy is being put upon. I am, I am, I am!”
―Annie, Clarabel, and Percy

Put Upon Percy is the ninth episode of the fifth series.


One day, Percy puffs into the yards, feeling "put upon." He tells Thomas, who is at first confused as to what Percy means, but believes it is a silly saying. However, Annie and Clarabel sing about it. Later that day, he is sent to collect metal from the foundry, coal from the coal yards, flour from the mills, rocks from the quarries and fuel from the depot, all of which he then has to deliver to the Docks. He later collects empty trucks who tease him about being dirty and want Thomas or Duck instead; Percy just ignores them. When he returns to the sheds, Percy is exhausted, but the other engines are quite unsympathetic towards him and laugh at his misfortune. However, the Fat Controller silences them and tells Percy to get a good night's rest, as he has done a good day's work.

The next day, Percy brings some trucks to the coal mine. When he gets to the mineshaft, the foreman tells his driver some trucks have become stuck on a piece of mining equipment and Percy is asked to give them a good push to get them moving again. Percy puffs back to a large canvas barrier - which is used to protect the track from loose rocks - and charges the trucks. However, he pushes the trucks too fast and too hard; the trucks break free, but they run out of control into the mine and soon crash into a support beam and derail, causing the mine to collapse and burying them. The mine is evacuated, but Percy is too late to get to safety and has to make a run for it. Unfortunately, the shaking causes a rockslide, and the track Percy is on begins to crumble. However, he remembers the canvas barrier and takes refuge underneath it just before it is buried under the rubble.

Percy and his crew are alright, but the miners do not realise that and they immediately set for a rescue. Thomas and Duck arrive with the Breakdown Train to rescuing Percy to free, after which the Fat Controller rewards Percy for his bravery by sending him to be cleaned and repainted at the works. After he returns, Thomas apologises for teasing him, and remarks that Percy was certainly put upon by the rockslide. Percy agrees, but smiles at his new paint, and states he does not mind that being put upon him.




  • S.C. Ruffey's face appears on the front truck of the runaway train in the mine.
  • A scrap model of Thomas can be seen at the scrapyard. A scrapped cab roof from Thomas is also seen at the entrance to the mine, along with a wheel set from the Dyson lorry's flatbed from Sleeping Beauty.
  • Due to scenes on one particular set across the series being filmed in one go, during the scene of the engines at Tidmouth Sheds, the drivers standing next to the engines are positioned the same, James' tender is tilted the same, and he, Gordon and Henry have the same faces and are in the same berths as in the previous episode.
  • In the scenes where Annie and Clarabel tease Percy and when Percy shunts back to the canvas barrier, music is heard in the US and international dubs; this is absent in the UK dub. The music, however, included in the UK dubbed Korean DVD releases, The Stories that Gives Enlightenment and Character Special Edition Series Vol. 3.
  • Annie and Clarabel's song about Percy is a different tune between the US and UK dubs.
  • The three berth garage and a scrap OBB boxcar from TUGS appear in the episode.
  • A Märklin BR 80 chassis was used to push trucks along in this episode.
  • Toby's Shed can be seen in one of the mine props.
  • In a deleted scene, Percy is shown in the landslide buried in coal. In the actual episode, however, the canvas barrier prevented Percy from being covered in the coal himself.
  • This episode marks the last time the Fat Controller commands "Silence!"
  • In the Korean dub of this episode, had some scenes cut when aired on television, but VHS and DVD dubs featured it as it was originally cut.
  • In the Albanian dub of this episode, when Annie and Clarabel sing a song teasing Percy, the voice actor reads the lyrics only instead of singing the song.


  • When Percy is collecting goods to take to Brendam Docks, he collects twelve trucks. However, when he gets to Brendam, there are only ten trucks in his train.
  • When Percy reverses into the shed, James' tender is tilted.
  • When Percy reverses to bump the trucks, he only reverses a few metres to the canvas barrier. When the mine collapses, he reverses further than before and takes refuge behind the barrier.
  • When the trucks run free in the mine, it is clearly seen that they reach the end, as light from the end of the tunnel and studio equipment can be seen, but in the next shot they are still running through the mine.
  • Before the trucks crash, the tracks that they are on are broken.
  • In the shot of Percy shunting at the coaling plant, a buffer stop is on top of a pile of soil.
  • When Percy enters the yard at the beginning of the episode, his eyes are misaligned.
  • When Percy is shown as the mine is collapsing, his face appears crooked.
  • When the narrator says "Then there was trouble again," a set of wheels can be seen pushing the runaway trucks along.
  • When Percy speaks to Thomas at the end, Clarabel is facing the wrong way.
  • When Percy is talking to Thomas at the end of the episode, you can see the filming equipment in Thomas's pupils.
  • In the Korean dub of this episode, used "화물차" (hwamulcha) to describe Annie and Clarabel. However, "화물차" is the Korean word for "truck," while "객차" (gaegcha) is the correct word for "coach."
  • In the Korean dub of this episode, Annie and Clarabel's song was out of sync with the music.
  • When Percy is rescued, his eyes are wonky, they do not move at the same time, and his right eye (viewers left) moves on its own.
  • In the Polish dub of this episode, when Annie and Clarabel stopped singing, there's a long pause and Percy's line "I am, I am, I am!" isn't said.
  • When Percy shoves the trucks into the mine, there's nine of them that go in. But when the trucks are running down the mine, there's eight of them.


Trucks: Who's this dirty little engine? We want Thomas or Duck!
Percy: Put upon. Put upon. That's who I am!

Thomas: We can see what's been put upon you.
The Fat Controller: Silence. Percy, you've done a good day's work. Now get a good night's rest.
Percy: Yes, Sir. Thank you, Sir.

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Language Title
Albanian Persi i Fundosur
Brazilian Portuguese Percy Sob Pressão
Chinese Mandarin 培西的提名
Danish Sat på Percy
Dutch Percy Wordt Opgejaagd
French Percy se sent écrasé
German Immer auf Percy
Greek Βάλτε Κατά Τζέρι
Hungarian Percy-n Túl Sok a Teher
Italian Percy è Sfruttata
Japanese ゆうかんなパーシー
Korean 일벌레, 퍼시
Latin American Spanish La Exigencia de Percy
Norwegian Modige Percy
Polish Przytłoczony Percy (Original)
Zawalony Piotruś (Alternate)
Romanian Exploatați-l pe Percy
Russian Перси нагрузили
Slovenian Kaj Vse se Zgrne na Poldija
Swedish Percy och Överfallen
Welsh Gormod o Waith

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