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“I shall never be shy about my special horn again!”

Tuneful Toots is the eighth episode of the ninth series.


Whenever Rusty journeys near the lake, he likes to toot his horn there as it echoes and has high and low notes, like a tuneful toot. However, the other engines think it is the worst noise they have ever heard, making Rusty sad.

One morning, the Thin Controller announces that the Fat Controller and Lady Hatt are visiting the Skarloey Railway, and the brass band have been invited to play. Skarloey and Rheneas are delivering tables and chairs and Duncan and Peter Sam are delivering apples and pears. Rusty is to take the band on a tour of the Skarloey Railway. Thomas arrives with the bandstand and hears Rusty's horn thinking it is very special. After Rusty leaves, the Thin Controller tells him not to return late, but Rusty is busy tooting his horn and does not hear him. He soon forgets all about returning on time to the concert. Rusty decides to take them to the lake, but when he gets there, he runs out of fuel on the causeway.

Thomas arrives with the Fat Controller and Lady Hatt, but they see that everyone is worried about the fact that Rusty has not returned. The band is worried that no one will find them, but Rusty has an idea; if the band plays their instruments loudly while he toots his horn, someone will know where to find them. They start to play, everyone hears Rusty and the brass band, and comes to the rescue. Rusty is surprised that no one is telling him to stop tooting his horn. The engines think that Rusty's sound is a special sounding horn of all. The concert begins with all the engines blowing their whistles and Rusty tooting his horn.




  • Going by production order, this is the tenth episode of the ninth series.
  • This episode marks Skarloey, Peter Sam, Duncan and Rusty's first speaking roles and Rheneas' first appearance since the seventh series, as well as the Sodor Band's only appearances in the ninth series and their last speaking roles to date.
  • This is the only episode until Blue Mountain Mystery where Rusty has a high and low sounding horn.
  • A deleted scene shows Peter Sam helping Rheneas delivering the apples and pears instead of Duncan, as they are going the opposite way.
  • On the PBS Kids airing, Celebration, Rusty is referred to as a female. Radio Times in the UK even refers to Rusty as female in the description for this episode.
  • The first appearance of Skarloey's unused happy face from the sixth series.


  • Throughout this episode, Rusty's driver is not seen inside his cab.
  • The Thai title: "Whistle Choo Choo" is inaccurate, as Rusty is a diesel, and cannot do either of those.
  • When Rusty was on Skarloey Bridge, the narrator says, "The sound of the notes filled Rusty's funnel," but Rusty is a diesel and does not have a funnel.

In Other Languages

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Language Title
Arabic ‏رغمات مرحه
Brazilian Portuguese Apitos Melódicos
Chinese Mandarin 悦耳的嘟嘟声
Croatian Skladno fućkanje
Czech Pískání do rytmu
Danish Koncerten
Dutch Getoeter en Gefoeter
Finnish Soinnukkaat Tuuttaukset
French Rusty Aime la Musique
German Das große Tuten
Hungarian Rusty Különleges Dudája
Italian Una Tromba Melodiosa
Japanese うつくしいねいろのけいてき
Korean 러스티의 경적
Latin American Spanish Silbidos Melódicos
Norwegian Det musikalske toget
Polish Melodyjna Syrena
Portuguese Apitos Melódicos
Romanian Sirena lui Rusty
Russian Мелодичные гудки
Scottish Gaelic Dudaichean Ceolmhor
Spanish Silbatos Armoniosos
Swedish Klangfulla toner
Turkish Melodik bip sesleri

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DVD Boxsets


  • Little Engines, Big Days Out
  • The Complete Series 9

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