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“We found him! We found our sleeping beauty!”
―The visitors

Sleeping Beauty is the second episode of the fourth series. It is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Duke the Lost Engine.


After a hard day's work, the engines return to the shed and ask Thomas to continue the story of Duke. Thomas then reminds them of the story thus far.

While Duke was in his shed for many years, he was certainly not forgotten and recently a team of people visited the Fat Controller intending to find and rescue Duke. The team was prepared with maps and knew where to look, so the Fat Controller agreed. Everyone set off to the mountains in a train and began the long search. As the days passed, the search grew harder and there was no sign of Duke, but the rescuers were just as determined to find him.

Finally, the search ended, quite by accident, when one of the team members fell through the roof of Duke's shed, having not realised he was standing on it and age had weakened the roof to where it could collapse. Duke woke up and asked the men if they were vandals, but they assured him that they are there to rescue him and reunite him with Stuart and Falcon. After digging him out of the shed, they took Duke to his new home, the Skarloey Railway. Falcon and Stuart, now renamed Sir Handel and Peter Sam, were ready to greet their old friend, but they saw that he was asleep in the shed. They hushed each other, but it was too late as they had already disturbed him, so he complained that they woke him up and started to tell them about the older days.

The two engines laughed at this and told Duke that they were all due to go back to work tomorrow and they could keep Duke in order. Duke pretended to be cross, but he could not have been happier to be reunited with the engines.

And that is the end of Thomas' story. All the engines agree on what a good story it was and how glad they are that it had a happy ending before they go to sleep.




  • Stock footage from Granpuff is used.
  • Duck is the only standard gauge engine from the previous episode not to appear when Thomas is telling the story; even though James takes his place.
  • The Mandarin dub of this episode credits George Carlin as the narrator.
  • Many whistle sounds are missing in the American version and early UK version of this episode, such as Thomas' whistle at the beginning.
  • This episode was reran back to back with Duncan Gets Spooked on Storytime with Thomas.
  • This is the first episode to use a larger scale model for a Skarloey Railway engine.
  • This episode's title refers to the fairy tale of the same name about a princess who falls asleep for one hundred years due to a curse.
  • In the early UK version and the US version, in the scene when Stuart and Falcon left, their whistle sounds are omitted.
  • The three berth garage from TUGS is visible at the end.
  • This is the only fourth series episode to feature the short wheelbase plank trucks.


  • In the last scene of Falcon and Stuart, Stuart is tilted slightly.
  • In the British and international versions, Skarloey has Rheneas' whistle sound.
  • Despite being renamed, Sir Handel and Peter Sam still are referred to by their original names.
  • In the early British and American versions, when Stuart and Falcon meet Duke on the Skarloey Railway, one of them has Smudger's whistle.
  • When Skarloey starts his journey, he is facing forwards, but in every shot after that, he is facing backwards.
  • The map of the Mid-Sodor Railway is not even that of the Island of Sodor; it is actually a map of the Isle of Wight railway network, but upside-down. 


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Chinese 睡美人
Czech Šípková Růženka
Danish Sovetrynen
Dutch De Schone Slaper
Finnish Unikeon Etsintä
French La Belle au Bois Dormant
German Schlafende Schönheit
Greek Το τρένο που κοιμόταν
Hungarian Csipkerózsika
Italian Bella Addormentata
Japanese ねむりひめをさがせ
Korean 잠자는 듀크
Norwegian Syvsoveren
Polish Śpiąca Królewna
Romanian Frumoasa Adormită
Russian Спящая красавица
Serbian Uspavana Lepotica
Slovak Spiaca Krása
Slovenian Trnjulčica
Spanish La Bella Durmiente
Swedish Sömntuta
Thai ดุ๊กดีใจได้เจอเพื่อนเก่า
Ukrainian Сплячий Красень
Welsh Y Cysgadur

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