Peter Sam and the Refreshment Lady is the second 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.


After deliberately derailing himself, Mr. Percival has sent Sir Handel to the shed in disgrace. 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... he claims he thought he heard the guard's whistle, whilst the guard claims 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 furious and demands to know why Peter Sam 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 has already disappeared.


  • Henry
  • Skarloey
  • Sir Handel
  • Peter Sam
  • Narrow Gauge Coaches
  • The Refreshment Lady
  • Mr. Percival (does not speak)
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Rheneas (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)


  • Skarloey Railway Engine Sheds
  • Crovan's Gate
  • Rheneas Viaduct
  • Lakeside
  • Lakeside Junction
  • Neptune Refreshments
  • Sodor Castle
  • Hawin Doorey
  • Skarloey Station


  • This would have been the first episode from the fourth season to be aired.
  • The busy theme would be replaced with Peter Sam's theme based on Toby's Windmill's Peter Sam theme.
  • Duncan would be absent.

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