Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends

Season 5 Episode 24

Duncan Gets Spooked

Aired Weekdays 3:30 PM Oct 31, 1998 on ITV
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Duncan Gets Spooked
Peter Sam is pulling some trucks, but when he has to stop to take on water, they use the opportunity to break away. The trucks are thrilled to be on their own - until they come to the ravine bridge and fall in. Peter Sam is told off and Duncan has great delight in teasing him. Rusty tries to stop this by telling the story of an engine who tried to cross the Old Iron Bridge but never made it to the other side due to loss of control. Duncan thinks this is a load of nonsense and puffs away, so the Driver and Fireman plan a trick to play on him for when they cross the bridge that night...moreless

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  • Rusty invents a ghost story to get revenge on Duncan for his teasing of Peter Sam.

    Without a doubt the scariest episode since Ghost Train, possibly the scariest if the entire series. Both bridge accidents are flawless, and the ghost finale is still pretty impressive. A little bit of CGI is used, but nothing to excess. The main drawback is a lack of Bernard Hermann-esque scare musical soundtrack, but this episode does fine with just the imagery aspects. It also conatins the only real locomotive fatality in the Thomas canon, which is a major highlight. Revenge is a pretty good plotline, and it's always nice to see Duncan get his just desserts. A strongly recommended episode, quite possibly the best of Season 5.moreless

    The Narrow Gauge engines are working hard tidying up the lines and Peter Sam and Rusty are working well together. One day, the diesel helps Peter Sam up to the water tower. The trucks are bored and decide to break free. Peter Sam persues, but the trucks derail on a iron bridge and fall into a ravine. The Fat Controller punishes Peter Sam and Duncan laughs. Angry, Rusty tells the story of an engine who derailed on the bridge and fell off and is said to haunt it, though Duncan doesn't believe it. But the drivers all plan a surprise for Duncan. Later, he has to take a late train from the incline and Duncan crosses the bridge. It is full moon and there is mist. There is a splash when the driver throughs coal into the water and some fireflies make the shape of an engine. Duncan rushes home to the shed very scared.

    When I originally saw this episode, I nearly wet myself I was so scared! The whole concept the whole concept of this story is frightening and even now I am still frightened by the mysterious music and the falling engine. Mainly, the best thing about this episode has to be the fact that the Narrow Gauge engines returned, though they had cameos and Skarloey and Rheneas starring in Bye George! It is very sad that Sir Handel and Duke aren't going to be in this one, or the next four seasons, but the other five are still good. Duncan was excellent in this role, though Britt has ruined Rusty and him making up. But Rusty was also good in this episode and I'm glad Duncan got his karma. Peter Sam was very good and it was cool how his story slipped easily into the main storyline. The accident with the trucks was good and I wish that the new part of the railway is seen more often. I don't really like the new models, but they are alright. Overall, this episode was pretty good.moreless
  • The Narrow Gauge Railway returns!!!

    Rusty is helping Peter Sam clear some broken branches, when Peter Sam's trucks break loose. They roll all the way to the old iron bridge where they plunge into the ravine. Duncan wastes no time teasing him about it, so Rusty decides to tell Duncan a scary story in hopes that he will shut him up. He tells him that long ago, an engine fell off the bridge and that he still haunts it to this day. Duncan doesn't believe it. But when he is returning home over the bridge that night, his mind starts to play tricks on him. He sees fireflies in the shape of an engine, and his driver throws a rock into the water. Duncan is terrified and has learned his lesson, for now.

    We all know that season four was the golden age of the Narrow Gauge Railway, but it was time to move on from there. After a brief appearance by Skarloey and Rheneas in Bye George, an earlier episode in this season, they have finally returned with their own episode. Their personalities have remained intact, the storyline was great, and the scenery was almost as great as the previous season. At the time, I was upset that Sir Handel wasn't in this season, but I had no idea how long of an absence it would be. He really would have made a good season five character. But anyway I thought this was an overall amazing episode, and it is my favorite Narrow Gauge story of the season.moreless
  • i like this episode and would be glad to write a review about it!

    This episode gives me the shivers still today! you may laghf at me now for being scared of a childrens tv show episode, but if you ever saw it you'd be wrong! the ecoing whistles, the creepy mist over the old iron bridge, i was terrified by this episode, i recomend it being wathched by those interested in the show.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Duncan: Fancy not securing your trucks on a hill. They'll come back to spook you and your special funnel. WHOO!!
      Rusty: And who's to say you're not afraid of ghosts?
      Duncan: Ghosts? Things that go bump in the night? Rubbish!
      Rusty: Well, I'll tell you a story that'll make your funnel quiver. A long time ago, a little engine was returning home. It was a misty moonlit night. As the engine crossed the old iron bridge, he suddenly lost control, and plunged over the side into the swamps below. He was never found again, but many a workman will tell you that when the moon is full, they have seen the little engine trying to get home. But he never reaches the other side. So, what do you think of that, Duncan?
      Duncan: Pah! Nonsense!

    • Duncan: Haunted bridge. Pah! It's as tame as a pet rabbit.

  • NOTES (12)


    • Rusty: "As the engine crossed the old iron bridge, he suddenly lost control and plunged over the side into the swamps below..."
      The accident the engine in Rusty's story had reminded me of an old film called "Ghost Train" in which some villains and their train are plunged into the Mawddach estuary.

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