Come Out, Henry! - US/The Sad Story of Henry is the third episode ever made in Season 1.


It is a very rainy day on the Island of Sodor and Henry is pulling some coaches full of passengers when he runs into a tunnel and stops, refusing to come back out.

Henry's crew argues with him and tries to make him come out of the tunnel. But Henry refuses, claiming that the rain would spoil his green paint and red stripes. The guard blows his whistle and waves his flag, but still Henry would not budge an inch and instead blows steam at him.

Just then, an important man arrives in another train. It is the man in charge of all the engines, Sir Topham Hatt; although he is better known as the Fat Controller. He decides that Henry will be pulled out of the tunnel and Henry responds by blowing steam at him. Attaching a rope to Henry, the passengers try and pull him out of the tunnel - the Fat Controller does not help, citing that it is his doctor's orders - but it is no use at all. Moving to the other end of the tunnel, the passengers try to push Henry out - the Fat Controller is again unable to help - but with the same results.

Thomas arrives to help and the passengers try telling Henry that the rain has stopped. Henry still refuses to move, believing the rain will begin again soon, so Thomas tries to push Henry out of the tunnel. However, the little tank engine does better than the passengers and Henry remains in the tunnel.

The Fat Controller admits defeat and tells Henry that he is going to get what he wanted. Soon the rails are taken up and a brick wall is erected in front of Henry.

All Henry is able to do now is watch the engines go through the other tunnel. Henry soon regets his actions and often sees Edward and Gordon run by. Edward always toots a hello with his whistle, while Gordon laughs at Henry for his foolishness. Henry has no steam to answer them and the soot from the tunnel ruins his green paint with red stripes anyway.

Henry is left in the tunnel cold, dirty, and lonely. He now wonders if he will ever be let out to pull trains again.


  • In the first scene, the ground sinks slightly.