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"What do you mean by leaving me behind?"
"I'm sorry, Refreshment Lady, but Henry said he might leave without us!"
"You silly engine! Henry was teasing you! He wouldn't have gone without our passengers. He's a guaranteed connection!"
"Well! Where's that Henry?
— The Refreshment Lady and Peter Sam

Peter Sam and the Refreshment Lady is the sixth episode of the fourth season. It first aired on Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales in 1996 in the US.


After causing trouble the day before, The Fat Controller has confined Sir Handel to the shed for several days. Peter Sam is now single-handedly running the Skarloey Railway and extremely excited about his new position, despite Skarloey warning him to keep calm. One morning, despite his best efforts, Peter Sam is late to Crovan's Gate. Henry is unimpressed and threatens to leave without his passengers next time. Peter Sam is secretly worried, but soon gets back to work, happy to be running the Skarloey Railway. He begins singing to himself and the coaches happily follow along.

Later that afternoon, Peter Sam makes his scheduled hour-long stop at the Lakeside Station. Whilst there, the crew buy tea and cakes from the refreshment shop at the station. The lady who runs the shop always catches this train home. Peter Sam begins to worry about missing Henry's train as the crew and passengers return. As the Refreshment Lady approaches the platform, Peter Sam suddenly starts, thinking he heard the guard's whistle, whilst the guard believes Peter Sam was simply being too impatient. Whatever the cause was, the coaches quickly tell him of his mistake, causing him to stop and allow the Refreshment Lady on the train.

Fearing that he'll miss Henry, Peter Sam races back to Crovan's Gate as fast as he can. To his relief, he arrives to find that Henry is still there. The Refreshment Lady is cross at Peter Sam and tries to know why he left her behind. Upon hearing his apology and explanation, however, she laughs and explains that Henry was only joking: as a guaranteed connection, he has to wait for the passengers. Peter Sam is furious and is determined to give the larger engine a piece of his mind, but by this point, Henry had already left the station.




  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Four Little Engines.
  • Stock footage from A Bad Day for Sir Handel is used.
  • A modified model of O.J. from TUGS, Lakesider III, appears in the water as Peter Sam enters the lake station.
  • In the US narration, George Carlin gives the Refreshment Lady an Italian accent.
  • Peter Sam's brief song ("I'm Peter Sam, I'm running this line...") has the same melody as "Skip to My Lou."
  • In the Playtime UK VHS, in the last scenes, the guard's and Henry's whistle is omitted.
  • Rheneas and Duncan appear briefly even though the former is supposed to be at the works, while the latter is not meant to be introduced until Home at Last.
  • This episode marks the Narrow-Gauge Coaches last speaking role to date.


  • In several scenes Henry has Gordon's cross face on.
  • Rheneas appears briefly, but he's supposed to be at the Works.
  • When Peter Sam puffs by singing his eyes are wonky.
  • In the American narration George Carlin says "guard" instead of "conductor" twice.
  • As Peter Sam crosses the viaduct the end of the set can be seen.
  • Duncan appears briefly, even though he has not been introduced yet.
  • When Peter Sam puffs backwards his wheels are moving faster than he is.
  • In a close-up of Peter Sam's whistle, the whistle shown is Duck's.
  • When Peter Sam leaves the station with the Refreshment Lady, the coaches are facing froward, but in the following scenes they are facing backwards. And later when he arrives at the station, they are facing forward again.
  • When Peter Sam talks to the Refreshment Lady at the end, blu-tak can be seen under his face.

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  • Classic Collection
  • Series Three and Series Four Double Pack


  • Thomas and the Special Letter and other stories
  • Playtime


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