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“'Those be dark clouds, matey.'"
"'There be a fierce storm on the way, captain!'"
"It's no/not nice to copy the way others speak! You hurt Salty's feelings."
"We were just having fun."
"We'll say sorry to him.”
―Thomas, Percy, and Emily

Salty's Stormy Tale is the thirteenth episode of the seventh series.


It is a sunny day at the docks, and Salty warns Thomas and Percy that a storm is coming. But the two tank engines begin to mimic his voice, which offends Salty without knowing it but is glad to be sent to collect Fergus from the smelters. Emily rolls up wondering what was wrong, and he tells Emily that no one likes to be made fun of by silly tank engines and leaves for the smelters. Emily knows Salty was talking about Thomas and Percy and goes off to find them.

Dark clouds fill the sky when Emily finds Thomas and Percy, who start to mimic Salty's voice again. Emily gets cross and scolds the two engines for offending Salty, who agree to go apologise to Salty, but he is nowhere to be found and the two become worried. Meanwhile, Salty arrives at the smelters yard and picks up Fergus, and the two set off to work.

On the way home, the storm arrives and a fuse blows in the lighthouse, confusing a ship's captain at sea. However, Salty and Fergus see the lighthouse keeper, who informs them that the lighthouse's light has gone out and that the generator has broken down. Salty suggests using Fergus' flywheel to power the generator. Fergus is attached to the generator and the light is back on just as the ship is about to be in danger and they back up.

When Salty and Fergus arrive at the docks the next day, they are delighted to be lauded by, amongst others, the ship captain and the Fat Controller. Thomas and Percy then show up and apologise for teasing him, but the reason they were imitating him was because they think Salty is grand, for which Salty is flattered.




  • Going by production order, this is the fourteenth episode of the seventh series.
  • Since Fergus' driver does not know the line, this episode takes place prior to Bill, Ben and Fergus, which this episode is directly prior to in production order.
  • This is the last episode to have "real rain" in the model series. Starting from the eighth series to the twelfth series, all scenes of rain would be done with CGI effects.
  • When Salty backs into the siding, the footage is sped up.
  • Michael Brandon's dub on the Thomas and the Jet Engine VHS/DVD uses the original music composed by Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell instead of the new music composed by Robert Hartshorne.
  • This marks Salty's last starring episode role until the seventeenth series episode, Away From the Sea.
  • Prior to being released on Amazon for digital download in 2016, Michael Brandon's dub of the episode with new music had only been broadcast on television, and the dub itself was never released on DVD.
  • This is the last seventh series episode released during the eighth series' Nick Jr, PBS Kids and Treehouse TV half-hour airings. However, there is one episode, Rheneas and the Roller Coaster, that was released January of 2005 on the US VHS/DVD Hooray for Thomas and Other Adventures.
  • This episode was released in the US before the airing of Bill, Ben and Fergus meaning the American audience would not know who Fergus is.
  • This episode was released in Australia before the airing of Emily's New Coaches and Bill, Ben, and Fergus meaning the Australian audience would not know who Emily and Fergus are.


  • There is a crew member's shirt and hand visible from behind the ship in the widescreen version during the storm.
  • When the narrator says "Salty knew they were making fun of him," a cattle truck behind Salty appears to be on the ground rather than the rails.
  • The narrator says "Salty and Fergus chugged back to the docks," but Salty is a diesel engine. Also, when they return to the docks, Cranky is missing.
  • When Salty is making his way through the storm, a black box is attached to his left side. This is most likely the power source to his headlamp.


Salty: It may be sunny now, matey. But there be a storm comin'.
Thomas: [mocks him] It may be sunny now, matey. But there be a storm comin'.
Percy: There be a fierce storm on the way, cap'n!

Emily: What's wrong?
Salty: Nobody likes to be made fun of by silly tank engines. Goodbye.

Thomas: Those be dark clouds, matey.
Percy: There be a fierce storm on the way, captain!
Emily: It's not nice to copy the way others speak! You hurt Salty's feelings.
Percy: We were just having fun.
Thomas: We'll say sorry to him.

Thomas: Sorry if we hurt your feelings.
Percy: We were only copying you because we think you're grand.
Salty: Then say no more, me hearties!


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Language Title
Chinese Mandarin 塞尔缇的暴风雨之夜
Danish Fyrtårnet
Hungarian Salty és a Vihar
Italian Tempesta in Arrivo
Japanese ソルティーとあらし
Korean 솔티의 폭풍주의보
Polish Sztormowa Opowieść Sylwka
Romanian Povestea Furtunoasă a lui Salty
Russian Солти рассказывает о шторме
Serbian Soltijeva Priča
Swedish Saltis Stormiga Berättelse
Turkish Salty'nin Fırtına Masalı
Welsh Hanes Stormus Salti

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