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“Nothing's happened! Nothing's happened! Silly old diesel, clever me!”

Rock 'n' Roll is the tenth episode of the fourth series.


Skarloey tells Rusty the railway looks drastically different since his return from the works because of the fixes to the lines. Rusty explains that he and the manager had planned to give Skarloey a surprise upon his return. He then warns Skarloey that there is still a damaged piece of line just outside the first station and worries that Duncan, with his habit of "rock 'n' roll," will derail there. Duncan overhears the engines' conversation and demands to know why they are talking about him. Rusty attempts to warn him, but Duncan dismisses Rusty.

Duncan collects his coaches and arrives at the station where James is waiting for him. When Duncan explains his grievances with Rusty, James tells him of the time he supposedly sent Diesel packing. Filled with admiration and unaware James was bragging and sometimes lies, Duncan becomes more reckless and begins to "rock 'n' roll," which ultimately causes him to derail.

Rusty is sent to help, but initially refuses until Skarloey reminds him that the passengers will be stranded otherwise. He arrives with some workmen who work alongside the passengers to lever Duncan back onto the rails. That evening, Duncan apologises to Rusty and asks if they can be friends. Rusty agrees and promises to mend the damaged line in the morning.





  • When Skarloey meets Rusty, he is on (viewer perspective) the left side of Rusty. Further down the line, they seem to have switched tracks. Skarloey also has a new line of trucks.
  • When Duncan "rocks 'n' rolls" in his first scene, the track is tilted.
  • Duncan’s eyes jitter up and down when he says “Silly old diesel, clever me!”
  • When Duncan comes off the track, he has his happy face mask on.
  • The pole used to derail Duncan is clearly visible.
  • When Rusty says "Oh! I forgot about them!" his right eye pokes in.
  • In the close-up of Duncan's wheels when he is put back on the rails, no people are visible, Duncan's rear wheel remains derailed, and the shadow of the hand putting him down can be seen.
  • Rusty's eyes are wonky in the very last shot.
  • Duncan's coaches have faces when he fetches them, but when Duncan meets James at Crovan's Gate, they lose their faces.
  • In the Latin American version, at the beginning and when Skarloey talks to Rusty about being disappointed due to Rusty's attitude towards Duncan's accident, the narrator mistakenly says Skarloey's name as Sharloey.

In Other Languages

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Language Title
Chinese 摇滚乐
Czech Rokenrol
Danish Rock'n'roll
Dutch Rock 'n' Roll
Finnish Rock n Roll Veturi
German Rock ,n' Roll
Greek Ροκ'ν'ρολ
Hungarian Rock and Roll
Italian Rock 'n' Roll
Japanese ロックンロール
Korean 친구가 된 러스티와 덩컨
Norwegian Rock 'n' Roll
Polish Tańczący Damian
Romanian Rock 'n' Roll
Russian Рок н ролл
Slovak Rok en Rol
Slovenian Ples na tirih
Spanish Rueda que te Rueda
Swedish Rock 'n' Roll
Thai รัซตีมาช่วยดันแคน
Ukrainian Танцюрист
Welsh Roc a Rôl!

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  • Rock 'n' Roll and other Stories


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