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"Saving you from scrap is becoming a habit, Stepney. Please stop it."
"Yes, Sir! But I have learned something."
"What's that?"
"There's no place like home!"
"And that's exactly where you're going now."
"Bluebells forever!
— The Fat Controller and Stepney

Stepney Gets Lost is the thirteenth episode of the fifth season.


Stepney is bored on the Bluebell Railway, so he is naturally eager when allowed to help Toby and Mavis at the quarry. However, Stepney's driver forgets the Fat Controller's warnings to be home before nightfall and agrees to take a special train down the branch line.

Toby and Mavis warn Stepney to be careful and Stepney leaves the quarry with the special train. After delivering the train, Stepney then heads home, but takes a wrong turn after fog descends and ends up in the scrapyards. His crew goes for help, but in their absence, two diesels, named 'Arry and Bert, creep up and take him to the smelter shed, where Stepney is shunted underneath a giant grabber.

It looks like the end for the little tank engine, but the Fat Controller arrives in the nick of time and has the grabber shut down. The Fat Controller then sends Stepney back to the Bluebell Railway and Stepney learns that there is no place like home.




  • Near the end, Stepney says the direct quote, "There's no place like home!" from the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz.
  • Stock footage from Rusty to the Rescue and Double Teething Troubles is used; a deleted scene from the former is used as well.
  • Scrap models of ThomasGordon, James, Donald/Douglas and City of Truro are seen at the scrapyard.
  • The load that Cranky drops on Percy from Cranky Bugs is seen at the building site when Stepney drops off his trucks.
  • Big Mickey can be seen in the last scene of the episode.
  • CGI smoke is added in the shot looking down over a beam when Stepney enters the unknown area. Then again smoke is added to the same overhead shot of 'Arry and Bert approaching and when Bert buffers up to Stepney and the following shot after that of the 3 of them.
  • This episode marks Stepney's last speaking role in the US narration.


  • The camera shot looking over a beam and down at Stepney is differently configured with scattered objects when 'Arry and Bert approach.
  • Throughout this episode, Stepney has Skarloey's whistle sound.
  • In some of the shots of Stepney puffing through the fog, a black box is attached to one side of his cab.
  • When Stepney is asked to take the train, he is dirty, but when he is preparing to take the train, he is clean. 
  • When Stepney sets off for home, he is on the same line Henry was on in Haunted Henry. However, Old Bailey's station is not seen. He instead passes a signal box and ends up on a line that leads to the Scrapyards.
  • The opening music is briefly cut off in the US version.


('Arry and Bert approach Stepney)

  • 'Arry: Gotcha this time, Stepney. You'll make very fine scrap indeed! Buffer him, Bert!
  • (Bert does so, and the two diesels take him to the smelters' shed)
  • 'Arry: Bye-bye, Stepney! (laughs in US version)


Stepney: (looks up at the lowering grabber) This engine's not for scrapping!


  • The Fat Controller: It's a good thing I've chosen to visit this yard tonight. Saving you from scrap is becoming a habit, Stepney. Please stop it.
  • Stepney: Yes, Sir! But I have learned something.
  • The Fat Controller: What's that?
  • Stepney: There's no place like home!
  • The Fat Controller: And that's exactly where you're going now.
  • Stepney: Bluebells forever!

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Stepney se Pierde Stepney Gets Lost
Norwegian Stepney går seg vill Stepney Gets Lost
Italian Stepney si smarrisce Stepney is Lost
Japanese まいごになったステップニー Stepney Gets Lost
Welsh Ar Goll Missing
Polish Zagubiony Stefcio Lost Stepney
Swedish Stepney på villovägar Stepney Astray
Hungarian Stepney Eltéved Stepney Gets Lost
Slovenian Gustek se izgubi Stepney is Lost
Russian Степни потерялся Stepney Lost
Romanian Stepney se Rătăceşte Stepney Gets Lost
Slovak Stepney sa Stratí Stepney is Lost
German Stepney Verirrt Sich Stepney Astray
Chinese 斯德普尼迷失 Stepney Lost
Korean 길을 잃은 스테프니 Lost You Stepney
Dutch Stepney verdwaald Stepney Lost
Danish Stepney farer vild Stepney Lost
Greek Στεπνί χάνεται Stepney Lost
Thai สเตปนี่หลงทาง Stepney Astray

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