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“Edward took on the wrong sort of coal, sir."
"The wrong sort of coal?! What nonsense, Thomas! I'll find out what Edward had to say about this later!”
―Thomas lying to the Fat Controller

Saving Edward is the twenty-third episode of the ninth series.


Edward is an old engine, and is losing a lot of steam on his journeys. When he is given the task of collecting produce from Brendam Docks, he begins to worry. He asks Thomas (who is also going to the Docks to arrange his goods train) not to tell the Fat Controller, as he is worried about being scrapped. Thomas promises to keep Edward's problem a secret and he quickly heads for the Docks, whilst Edward carries on slowly. Though he is pretty much worried.

Once at the Docks, Edward tries his very best to move his goods train, but to no avail. Feeling sorry for Edward, Thomas leaves the Docks to carry out his own jobs first and, afterwards returns to take Edward's goods train. However, when Thomas arrives at Knapford Station with the goods train, the Fat Controller is very cross. Not only is the train late, but Edward is not the one pulling it. Thomas makes an excuse that Edward took on the wrong sort of coal, but the Fat Controller knows that Thomas is lying and he is in trouble and gives him another job as his punishment.

Gordon is sent by the Fat Controller onto the main line to look for Edward and finds him resting in a siding. Gordon tells Edward what Thomas told the Fat Controller. Realising that he made the whole situation worse, Edward heads for Knapford Station wheezing and hissing, and upon arrival tells the Fat Controller about his problem. Thomas makes it back to Knapford, completely exhausted from his extra job. The Fat Controller reminds Thomas and Edward that honesty is the best policy, even when it is difficult before sending Edward to the works for repairs, much to the two engines' relief.




  • Going by production order, this is the nineteenth episode of the ninth series.
  • It is also likely that this episode takes place before Henry and the Flagpole, as in that episode, the old ship had its mast removed to make a flagpole. But in this episode, the old ship still has its mast.
  • This episode marks the last of two things:
  • The term "wrong sort of coal" could be a play on the railway term "wrong sort of snow." In winter, some railway staff tell passengers that there are no trains because of the "wrong sort of snow" - passengers just take this as an excuse.


  • In the close-up of Edward's wheels, a red wire is visible.
  • In the closeup of the truck saying, "What for?! What for?!", its face is on the back end.
  • A rare photo and a deleted scene from Sodor's Special Places, Brendam Docks (part 2) shows that Cranky is not in his usual spot.
  • As Edward leaves the siding, the track does not reach all the way to the buffers.
  • At the end of the episode, Edward's eyes are wonky.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Arabic إنقاذ إدوارد
Brazilian Portuguese Salvando Edward
Chinese Mandarin 救救艾德华
Croatian Spašavanje Ede
Czech Zachraňte Edwarda
Danish Edward i knibe
Dutch Thomas Helpt Edward
Finnish Pelastakaa Edvard
German Hilfsaktion für Edward
Greek Σώστε τον Έντι
Hungarian Thomas Füllent
Italian Il Salvataggio di Edward
Japanese エドワードをすくえ
Korean 힘내, 에드워드!
Latin American Spanish Salvando a Edward
Norwegian Edward trenger hjelp
Polish Na pomoc Edkowi
Romanian Salvându-o pe Edward
Russian Спасая Эдварда
Scottish Gaelic A' Dion Eideird
Spanish Ayudando a Edward
Swedish Ställa upp för Edvard
Turkish Edward'ı Kurtarmak

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