A Bad Day for Sir Handel is the first story segment of the third episode from the fourth season of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends. This episode would have first aired in May 1994 in the UK and April 1995 in the US.


As always, Skarloey and Rheneas like working on the railway that weaves around the lakes and long mountain sides. Their coaches are filled with visitors and both engines are proud to run the line, no matter the weather. They will never let their passengers down, but they, however, are old and they tire themselves out easily. Their drivers understand this and they then tell them that there is more than enough work for them on the railway and Mr. Percival is sending two more engines to help run the line. Both Skarloey and Rheneas are pleased with the news and they promise that they will give them a big welcome.

The new engines, Peter Sam and Sir Handel arrive on the Skarloey Railway. Peter Sam is kind, but Sir Handel is bad-tempered and insults Skarloey and the sheds. Then Sir Handel is chosen to pull the train to the top station. He does so grudgingly due to wanting a rest and after insulting the coaches by calling them "cattle trucks" and surprising Gordon with his knowledge of coaches, makes his way to the top station. There, he is angry to discover by his driver that he is expected to go to the quarry and collect trucks and refuses to do so, punctuating his point by deliberately derailing himself (as there was a small rock too close to one of the two rails). In the end, Peter Sam helps Sir Handel back on the rails and Mr. Percival sends Sir Handel back to the sheds as punishment. He scolds him for his naughty actions and warns him to behave himself the next time he comes out of the shed.


  • Gordon
  • Sir Handel
  • Peter Sam
  • Narrow Gauge Coaches
  • Mr. Percival
  • Skarloey (does not speak)
  • Rheneas (does not speak)
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)


  • Crovan's Gate
  • Skarloey Railway Engine Sheds
  • Lakeside
  • Lakeside Bridge
  • Lakeside Junction
  • Sodor Castle
  • Skarloey Station
  • Skarloey Bridge
  • Skarloey Railway Mountain Line


  • The music is identical to the actual TV Series version.


  • This would have been the first episode from the fourth season to be aired.
  • The only difference from the real TV Series episode would be Mr. Percival replacing Sir Topham Hatt's role.
  • This marks the official debut of Skarloey, Rheneas, Sir Handel and Peter Sam.
  • This marks the debut of the Skarloey Railway.

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