The Break Van - UK/Donald and Douglas - US is the sixteenth episode ever made in Season 2.


Donald and Douglas are twin engines from Scotland who arrive on the Island of Sodor to help out, however the Fat Controller had only sent for one engine. While the twins mean well, their identical appearance causes confusion and the Fat Controller has numbers painted on them; Donald is 9, while Douglas is 10. However the Fat Controller still intends to send one of the engines back.

In the yard, a spiteful brakevan takes a dislike to Douglas and does his best to make things go wrong whenever Douglas takes it out. As a result, Douglas' trains are late causing him to get a bad reputation. Donald is cross at his twin's unfair treatment and bumps the brakevan hard before threatening it. The breakvan starts behaving better after that.

However things start to go wrong when Donald travels along some slippery lines and crashes into a signalbox. The Fat Controller is very cross at Donald and informs him that he had decided to keep him and send Douglas back before this incident. Now Donald needs to have his tender mended and James will have to do his work, which the Fat Controller knows James will not like.

The Fat Controller is right and James is very grumpy about the extra work. Douglas jokes about James' incident with the tar wagons, making him crosser. He takes a train of trucks which includes the spiteful brakevan, who decides to make life difficult for James and has his trucks hold back, quickly tiring James out.

Meeting Douglas, James asks for help climbing Gordon's Hill and the Scottish engine agrees. Douglas and James work as hard as they can to climb the hill, however Douglas pushes too hard and accidentally destroys the spiteful brakevan.

The Fat Controller arrives with Edward and is cross that Douglas has caused even more trouble. Edward stands up for Douglas, having heard what happened and tells the Fat Controller of all the hard work Douglas did. The Fat Controller feels that Douglas went too far, but understands Douglas has good intentions and was only trying his best. The Fat Controller is left unsure about what to do with Donald and Douglas.


  • At the beginning, blu-tak is used to hold Donald's face.