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“Goodness! You're a real messy buffers!”
―Madge to Skarloey

Wash Behind Your Buffers is the twenty-third episode of the eleventh series.


There is to be an Engine Rally and Country Show, and Skarloey and Rheneas are to lead the rally. Mr. Percival asks Madge to deliver brushes and soap to make sure the two engines are clean for the event. However, Madge spends too much time making sure they are clean that she does not have time to clean herself. She arrives at the rally filthy and accidentally sprays mud all over Skarloey and Rheneas. However, the workmen begin cleaning them up again and the two engines return the favour by instructing the workmen to give Madge her washdown. They are soon cleaned in time for the rally to begin.




  • Going by production order, this is the twentieth episode of the eleventh series.
  • The opening shot of the episode uses an alternate angle from the Engines and Escapades opening.
  • This episode's title is based on the saying, "Wash behind your ears."
  • This episode marks Madge and Elizabeth's last appearances in an episode to date.
  • Harold was in edited scene of this episode, but was only seen in the song Where, oh Where is Thomas? This was the only Series 11 episode where he was seen.
  • This episode was never dubbed in Brazilian Portuguese but it was dubbed in European Portuguese.
  • This is the only episode where Skarloey, Rheneas, and/or Madge are seen being given a washdown.


  • Madge is carrying the brushes and soap when she goes over the hill at the beginning of the episode.
  • Skarloey is wearing one of Rheneas' face masks in all of the shots at the quarry.
  • After Madge leaves Skarloey, the road she is on bounces up and down.
  • When Madge sprays mud onto Skarloey and Rheneas' faces, their eyes are covered with mud. But in the next shot, their eyes are clean.
  • When the engines are cleaned in the square, their noses are covered with suds. However, when Madge is being cleaned, suds appear on the side of her nose, and no on it.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Chinese Mandarin 清洗你后面的缓冲器
Czech Umyjte se za nárazníky
Danish Husk at vaske dig bag bufferne
Dutch Was je Achter de Bumpers
Finnish Pese puskurien takaa
German Das große Schrubben
Hungarian Tiszta légy az ütköződ mögött is!
Japanese ピカピカのマージ
Korean 엉덩이까지 깨끗하게 씻어요
Latin American Spanish Lávense Detrás de los Parachoques
Norwegian Vask deg bak bufferne
Polish Umyj Się!
Romanian Spasă-te în Spatele Amortizoarelor
Russian Мой свои буфера
Spanish Lávate Detrás de los Topes
Swedish Rent bakom stötfångarna

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