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"First the rain, then an elephant. Whatever will you be afraid of next?"
— Gordon on Henry's plight

Henry and the Elephant is the nineteenth episode of the fourth season. In the US, it aired in the Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode, Paint the Town Red in 1996.


One morning, Gordon, Henry and James are in a bad mood - with Thomas running his branch line and Percy nowhere to be found, they are forced to collect their own coaches. James decides to take out his anger on Henry and mocks him about his fear of the rain. Henry retorts that James looks like he belongs in a circus, which leads Percy, who had just arrived, to believe the engines had heard about the circus that had come to town. He explains that he had been helping to shunt the special trucks and coaches on the Fat Controller's request. The big engines soon forget to be cross and eagerly help out too. When it is time for the circus to leave, James is given the task of pulling the train away, making Gordon and Henry cross once again.

Later that day, the Fat Controller informs Henry that a tunnel is blocked and asks him to take some workmen to investigate. Henry arrives at the tunnel, grumbling all the way, and the workmen enter to examine the blockage. A few moments later, they quickly run out in horror. One explains to the foreman that the blockage is alive and they refuse to go back inside. The foreman does not believe them and decides to have Henry push it out. Henry, horrified of the idea of being stuck in a tunnel with something big and alive, protests this decision, but his driver reminds him that the line has to be cleared.

Henry reluctantly enters the tunnel with the trucks he bought the workmen in, only for the blockage to push him back out again. Both Henry and the foreman are surprised to discover the "blockage" is a large, cross elephant that had escaped from the circus. The workmen offer the elephant some cake and water to calm him down. Unfortunately, Henry then accidentally startles him by letting off steam, causing the elephant to spray him with water. The elephant is soon reunited with his keeper, but Henry is most upset by what happened.

That evening, Henry tells the other engines what happened. Although Gordon and James feel sorry for him, they continue to tease him. Thomas, however, praises Henry for his bravery and how well he handled the situation.




  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Troublesome Engines.
  • A reference to the first season episode, The Sad Story of Henry is made.
  • In the Railway Series, Henry's incident with the elephant was one of the reasons the big engines went on strike, thus leading to the arrival of Percy, while in the television series, due to the adaption being held over the event has no connection to the latter, hence Percy's appearance in the adaptation.
  • On the airings of PBS Sprout and The Greatest Stories DVD, it uses the unrestored opening and end credits.
  • The models of Big Mickey, Izzy Gomez, and S.S. Vienna from TUGS appear.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Henry's Tunnel since the first season, excluding its appearance in a deleted scene from the previous episode.


  • At the beginning of the story, Thomas has Edward's whistle sound.
  • When Thomas arrives at Elsbridge at the beginning, the camera moves slightly to the left.
  • When the workmen look at the elephant in the tunnel, one of them is missing his right eyebrow.
  • James has Duck's whistle sound when he is helping out at the docks and when he takes the circus away.
  • Brakevans should have been added to Thomas and Percy's trains.
  • Gordon's buffers are crooked in the scene at Tidmouth Sheds.


  • Take Along (discontinued)
  • Wooden Railway (discontinued)
  • Books - Henry and the Elephant
  • Step Into Reading Books - Henry and the Elephant

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Henry y el Elefante Henry and the Elephant
Norwegian Henry og elefanten Henry and the Elephant
Japanese トンネルのなかのかいぶつ Monster in the Tunnel
German Henry und der Elefant Henry and the Elephant
Welsh Henri a'r Eliffant Henry and the Elephant
Russian Генри и слон Henry and the Elephant
Ukrainian Генрi i слон Henry and the Elephant
Finnish Henri ja Elefantti Henry and the Elephant
Dutch Henry en de olifant Henry and the Elephant
Hungarian Henry és az Elefánt Henry and the Elephant
Italian Henry e l'elefante Henry and the Elephant
Danish Henry og Elefanten Henry and the Elephant
Slovenian Henrik in Slon Henry and the Elephant
Chinese 亨利和大象 Henry and Elephants
Czech Jindra a Slon Henry and the Elephant
Romanian Henry şi Elefantul Henry and the Elephant
Slovak Henry a Slon Henry and the Elephant
Swedish Henry och Elefanten Henry and the Elephant
Polish Henio i Słoń Henry and the Elephant
Greek Ο Τσάρλι και ο ελέφαντας Henry and the Elephant
Thai เฮนรี่โดนช้างเล่นงาน Henry Attacked by Elephants
Brazilian Portuguese Henry e o Elefante Henry and the Elephant

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