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“Saving you from scrap is getting to be a habit, Stepney. Please stop it."
"Yes, Sir! But I have learned something."
"What's that?"
"There's no place like home!"
"And that's exactly where you're going now."
"Bluebells forever!”
―The Fat Controller and Stepney

Stepney Gets Lost is the thirteenth episode of the fifth series. It aired back to back with Rusty and the Boulder on Storytime with Thomas in the US.


One morning, the Fat Controller comes to Stepney's shed to tell him that Rusty has told him that he is in need of change. Because of this, he is having him help Toby and Mavis at the quarry for the day. The Fat Controller warns Stepney that it is easy to get lost and to be back before dark. Stepney arrives at the quarry and is really enjoying himself and Mavis and Toby are impressed with his hard work, no matter how dusty he became. The quarry foreman asks Stepney's crew if they would like to take the night special to a building section of a new branch line. The driver agrees to take the train, but Stepney thinks that they should have asked the Fat Controller first. 

As night falls, Toby and Mavis warn Stepney to be careful and Stepney leaves the quarry with the special train. He arrives on time with his delivery and then sets off for home, only for the fog to soon come down and make everything look spooky. Stepney's driver notices a signal at green and thinks that someone is expecting them, but they had not. The points ahead are set in the wrong direction but Stepney does not realise this and makes a wrong turn, ending up in an unknown area. The driver decides to rest until the fog clears. Stepney hears strange sounds and soon the fog slowly lifts revealing that they are in the scrapyards. Stepney's crew go for help, leaving Stepney all alone, but not for long as two diesel engines called 'Arry and Bert approach him saying that he will make very fine scrap indeed. The diesels buffer him up and take him to a large smelter's shed and leave him alone, intending to scrap him.

Stepney looks up and above him is a huge grabber. Stepney pleads he is not for scrapping, but the grabber slowly lowers to grab Stepney. But just as it is about to grab hold of him, it stops. The Fat Controller appears with Stepney's crew and the yard master, having come to visit the scrapyards and he jokingly tells Stepney that saving him from scrap is becoming a habit. Stepney then tells the Fat Controller that he learned that there is no place like home, which is where he is going now. Stepney then leaves the scrapyards saying "Bluebells Forever!"




  • Stock footage from Rusty to the Rescue and Double Teething Troubles is used; a deleted scene from the former is used as well. Footage from the latter is not cut properly, as the line of trucks next to Mavis disappears and a fragment of BoCo can be seen further in the back.
  • This episode marked the only episode of a few things:
    • Mavis' only speaking role in the fifth series.
    • Stepney, 'Arry and Bert's only appearances in the fifth series.
  • This episode marked the last of a few things:
  • The load that Cranky drops on Percy from Cranky Bugs is seen at the building site when Stepney drops off his trucks.
  • CGI smoke is added in the shot looking down over a beam when Stepney enters the unknown area.
  • Scrap models of ThomasGordon, Donald/Douglas, City of Truro, Märklin Engine and the goods engine from TUGS are seen at the scrapyard.


  • The camera shot looking over a beam and down at Stepney is differently configured with scattered objects when 'Arry and Bert approach.
  • Throughout this episode, Stepney has Skarloey's whistle sound.
  • In some of the shots of Stepney puffing through the fog, a black box is attached to one side of his cab.
  • When Stepney puffs through the fog after dropping off the stone loads, studio equipment can be seen in the top left corner of the screen.
  • The opening music is briefly cut off in the US version.
  • When Bert buffers up to Stepney, there are large gaps between his eyes and his facemask, also Bert's engine does not hiss when he stops to buffer up Stepney.
  • In the Polish dub, Rusty's English name is used by accident.


  • ('Arry and Bert approach Stepney)
  • 'Arry: Gotcha this time, Stepney. You'll make very fine scrap indeed! Buffer him, Bert! (Bert does so, and the two diesels take him to the smelters' shed) Bye-bye, Stepney!
  • US narration only (laughs): Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!


  • Stepney: (looks up at the lowering grabber) This engine's not for scrapping!


  • The Fat Controller: It's a good thing I've chosen to visit this yard tonight. Saving you from scrap is becoming a habit, Stepney. Please stop it.
  • Stepney: Yes, Sir! But I have learned something.
  • The Fat Controller: What's that?
  • Stepney: There's no place like home!
  • The Fat Controller: And that's exactly where you're going now.
  • Stepney: Bluebells forever!


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Chinese 斯德普尼迷失
Danish Stepney farer vild
Dutch Stepney verdwaalt
German Stepney Verirrt Sich
Greek Στεπνί χάνεται
Hungarian Stepney Eltéved
Italian Stepney si smarrisce
Japanese まいごになったステップニー
Korean 길을 잃은 스테프니
Norwegian Stepney går seg vill
Polish Zagubiony Stefcio
Romanian Stepney se Rătăceşte
Russian Степни потерялся
Slovak Stepney sa Stratí
Slovenian Gustek se izgubi
Spanish Stepney se Pierde
Swedish Stepney på villovägar
Thai สเตปนี่หลงทาง
Welsh Ar Goll

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  • Complete Series 1-10
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  • Series Five and Series Six Double Pack


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