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“Once, an engine attached to a train was afraid of a few drops of rain.
It went into a tunnel and squeaked through its funnel and wouldn't come out again.”
― Narrator

The Sad Story of Henry, retitled Come Out, Henry! on North American releases, is the third episode of the first series. It is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book The Three Railway Engines.



"Once an engine attached to a train, was afraid of a few drops of rain. It went into a tunnel and squeaked through its funnel and wouldn't come out again."

It is a very rainy day on Sodor and a large green engine named Henry is pulling a passenger train. He runs into a tunnel and stops there, refusing to go any further. Henry's driver and fireman argue with him but he refuses to come out, reasoning that the rain will spoil his green paint with red stripes. The guard tries blowing his whistle and waving his flag but Henry still refuses to move and blows steam at him.

Just then, another passenger train arrives and on board is the railway's director Sir Topham Hatt who is also known as the Fat Controller. He decides that Henry will be pulled out of the tunnel. The passengers tie a rope to Henry and try to pull him out, all except for the Fat Controller citing it as his doctor's orders. When Henry does not move, the passengers try pushing him out from the other end, again without the Fat Controller's help but with the same results.


"We shall take away your rails and leave you here for always and always and always."

Henry's crew and passengers point out to him that the rain has stopped but Henry still refuses to move, believing that the rain will start again. Meanwhile, Thomas arrives to help and tries to push Henry out but even with another engine pushing, Henry refuses to move from inside the tunnel. The Fat Controller finally admits defeat, having had enough of Henry's stubbornness and tells him that they will let him stay there for always and always and always. Soon the rails in front of Henry are taken up and a brick wall is erected in front of him.

Henry can only sit and watch the other engines passing through the other tunnel. He often sees Edward and Gordon pass by; Edward always toots hello with his whistle, while Gordon laughs and tells Henry it serves him right. Because Henry's fire has gone out, he has no steam to respond. Dirt and soot from the tunnel's roof has already ruined his paint anyway. Now that Henry is very sad, lonely and cold, he wonders if he will ever be let out to pull trains again.




  • The first two lines of the narration are based off the British nursery rhyme, Dr. Foster.
  • The scene featuring Henry being bricked up was recreated in CGI during a flashback in the 2012 special, Blue Mountain Mystery. The story was later re-adapted for the 2015 special,The Adventure Begins. The event was later mentioned by Percy in the second series episode, Percy Takes the Plunge, James in the fourth series episode, Henry and the Elephant, Gordon in the twentieth series episode, Henry in the Dark, as well by Rosie in Big World! Big Adventures! during the song, Where in the World is Thomas? and Henry himself in the nineteenth series episode, Henry Spots Trouble.
  • Four scenes in this episode were recreated in 1988 for the Ladybird book The Sad Story of Henry and Thomas's Train and Thomas and the Guard.
  • In the Nick Jr. airing of the Shining Time Station episode, Mysterious Stranger, the sequence of Henry being bricked up is shortened.
  • This is the first episode with several things:
    • The first episode where the narrator breaks the fourth wall as he addresses the viewers in regards to the lesson of the story.
    • The first episode to feature Henry's sad and angry faces.
    • The first episode to have a punctuation mark in the title in the US dub.
    • The first episode to use stop-motion animation in a live-action model era episode.
    • The first episode to feature just one location as a central part of its narrative (not counting the Pond Runby).
    • The first episode in a series of four repeats in the late summer of 1990, beginning on Monday 30 July.
    • Henry and the Fat Controller's first speaking roles and Henry's first leading role in the television series.
  • Following on from the 1953 adaptation, this episode marks the second television adaptation of the story.
  • On the Shining Time Station episode, Does It Bite?, the last few seconds are cut off.
  • The UK narration keeps the original format from the Railway Series where the Fat Controller intended to leave Henry in the tunnel forever. In the North American ones, it was said to be until Henry was ready to leave and the wall was to prevent other engines from bumping into him. The narration change was to make the Fat Controller more lenient and so first-time viewers would understand the context of the storyline better so they could predict what happens later.
  • The Welsh title of this episode is simply Henry's name in Welsh.
  • In 1999, The Fat Controller (portrayed by Simon Fisher-Becker) visited The Den in Ireland, meeting puppets Soky and Dustin the Turkey. During the interview, Soky mentioned the events of The Sad Story of Henry, and incorrectly stated that Gordon was the one who did not want to leave the tunnel, when it was actually Henry. The Fat Controller continues by saying he bricked Gordon up into the tunnel.


  • In a few close-ups of Henry in the tunnel, the tracks in front of him have already been taken up.
  • In the first scene of Henry having stopped at the other end of the tunnel, the points in front of him appear misaligned from the connector track. They are properly connected in subsequent scenes, however.
  • In some shots, purple marks are visible on the Fat Controller's hand, such as when he says, that his doctor has forbidden him to pull.
  • When the passengers try to pull Henry out of the tunnel, almost all of them have blu-tack on their feet.
  • At some stages, the level of the wall can be seen being decreased in the original version and Henry also moves a bit both in the original and restored versions.
  • In the restored version, when the guard tries to get Henry out by blowing his whistle and waving his flags, the scene is played forward and then backward.
  • At first, the buffers of Henry's last coach are at their normal height. But when Thomas comes to push, the buffers have been lowered to accommodate Thomas' buffers. In the close-up of Thomas buffering up to the coaches, his buffer housing is black instead of red and the detail of his buffer housing is different, he is also missing his headlamp lens.
  • When the workmen are walling up the tunnel, the buffers have no track connected to them. But in the last close-up, there is track in front of the buffers.
  • When James leaves after bringing the Fat Controller:
    • The puffing noise can be heard before James starts to move.
    • The edge of the set can be seen and the sky has ruffles in it.
    • The second coach's roof is bent and the train has no brake coach.
  • In the close-up of Edward, his whistle is crooked.
  • As Thomas tries to push Henry, the yellow stripe around his cab is bent.

In Other Languages

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Language Title
Albanian Historia e trishtueshme e Henrit
Brazilian Portuguese Quanto maior a altura, maior o tombo
Saia daí, Henry!
Chinese Mandarin 亨利的悲惨故事
Croatian Tužna priča o Hrvoju
Czech Henryho smutný příběh
Danish Henrys sørgelige historie
Dutch Het droevige verhaal van Henry
Finnish Henrin surullinen tarina
French Les mésaventure de Henri
German Die traurige Geschichte von Henry
Greek Η τιμωρία του Τσάρλι
Hebrew הסיפור העצוב של הנרי
Hungarian Henry szomorú története
Italian Paura della pioggia
Japanese でてこいヘンリー
Korean 굴속에 갇힌 헨리
Latin American Spanish El orgullo de Henry
Norwegian Henrys triste historie
Polish Smutna historia Henia
Romanian Trista poveste a lui Henry
Romansh L'istorgia trista da Hendry
Russian Боязнь дождя
Serbian Tužna Henrijeve priča
Slovak Smutný príbeh o Henrym
Slovenian Žalostna zgodba o Henriku
Swedish Henrys sorgsna historia
Turkish Henry'nin Acıklı Hikayesi
Welsh Henri


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Wooden Railway

Name Released Discontinued Highlights Image
Come Out, Henry Story Pack 1998 1998
  • Includes exclusive sad-faced Henry and Henry's Tunnel


Name Published Publisher Highlights Photo
Henry's Bad Day 2006 Random House

Step Into Reading book

Henry and the Tunnel 1997 Egmont
Random House

My First Thomas book


Home Video Releases


UK VHS/DVD Boxsets


  • Thomas and Gordon and Other Stories



  • Thomas Gets Tricked and Other Stories (Both dubs)
  • The Early Years (UK dub)



AUS DVD Boxsets














NL DVD Boxsets






  • Thomas and the Guard





GRC DVD Boxset