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"Never mind him Peter Sam, he'd be frightened if he really saw a ghost."
— Rusty explaining Duncan to Peter Sam

Duncan Gets Spooked is the twenty-fourth episode of the fifth season.


After Rusty helps Peter Sam to the water tower with his train, Peter Sam's trucks break away and fall into a ravine. The Fat Controller punishes Peter Sam by making him work in the yards until he can trust him again. Duncan chortles that Peter Sam's trucks will return to haunt him, so Rusty tells him of an engine who tried to cross the same ravine and fell into the swamp below. Duncan is dismissive, but Peter Sam's driver gets an idea. He and Duncan's crew plan to teach Duncan a lesson and take him across the bridge. After seeing the ghost heading towards him, (though it is actually just an engine formed by fireflies) Duncan is spooked and runs back to the safety of the shed.




  • This is the first episode to use the new large scale models of the Skarloey Railway engines. However, in the fourth season, larger than normal models of the narrow gauge engines were used in close-ups.
  • The ghost engine uses Skarloey's model and Percy's whistle sound.
  • The engine formed by the fireflies resembles Rheneas.
  • In the US version, the lines "Once there, whistled good bye" and "he puffed away" are ommitted.
  • When the trucks break away from Peter Sam, a "boing" sound is heard in the UK, while an actual "snap" is heard in the US version.
  • When the trucks fall into the ravine, music is heard in the US version but not in the UK version.


  • When Skarloey passes by in the first scene, a red wire is visible underneath him.
  • In the UK narration, the narrator says that Rusty whistled goodbye. Rusty is a diesel, and does not have a whistle.
  • In the US and in various international versions, when Rusty leaves Peter Sam at the water tower, he makes puffing noises despite being a diesel.
  • Duncan's face moves when he cries "Whoo-oo-oo!" This also happens to the other engines in this scene.
  • Because both scales of models were used, Rusty's face changes size in the shed scene.
  • When the fireflies form the engine, the end of the tracks is visible.
  • When Peter Sam's driver speaks to Duncan's crew about the trick, his eyes are wonky.
  • In a rare photograph, Peter Sam has his old funnel, in addition, the workman next to him is missing his legs.
  • When the Ghost Engine goes on the bridge he is white, but when he falls, he is red. This is because they used Skarloey's model as the Ghost Engine.
  • Due to a film cut when Duncan's face fades from shut-eyed to looking sad, his cab moves slightly.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish El Susto De Duncan Duncan's Scare
German Duncan sieht Gespenster Duncan Sees Ghosts
Japanese まんげつのよるのできごと Incident On the Night Of the Full Moon
Dutch Een spook voor Duncan A Specter for Duncan
Italian Scherzetto per Duncan Trick for Duncan
Swedish Det spökar for Duncan It Spooks for Duncan
Slovenian Franclja Prestrasijo Duncan Scared
Hungarian Duncan és a Kísértet Duncan and the Ghost
Chinese 受惊吓的邓肯 Frightened Duncan
Korean 유령과 덩컨 Ghosts and Duncan
Danish Duncan får sig en forskrækkelse Duncan Gets a Scare
Romanian Duncan se Sperie Duncan is Scared
Slovak Duncana to vystrašilo Duncan's Scare
Norwegian Duncan Blir Skremt Duncan Gets Scared
Polish Przestraszony Damian Frightened by Duncan
Russian Дункан и приведение Duncan and Bringing
Thai ดันแคนกลัวผีเหมือนกัน Duncan is Fear Alike
French Dominque et le Fantôme Duncan and the Ghosts

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DVD Packs

  • Classic Collection
  • Series Five and Series Six Double Pack