Whistles and Sneezes

Original UK title card

No. of season: 1
No. of epsiode: 20
No. of series: 20
Director: David Mitton
Producer: David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona
Writer: Reverend W. Awdry (original)
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton (adapted)
Narrator: George Carlin (US)
Original air date: 4 December 1984 (US)
14 August 1990 (JPN)
17 March 1998 (GER)
10 January 2000 (HUN)
Previous: Henry and the Flying Kipper
Next: Toby the Tram Engine

Whistles and Sneezes is the twentieth episode of the first season of the series. Gordon has problems with his whistle, whilst Henry pays out some boys for dropping stones on him.


One morning, soon after Henry has returned from Crewe in his new shape, Gordon is jealous that Henry now gets to pull the express and complains that he never needed a new shape. He also claims that Henry whistles too much and too loudly at stations, saying that it isn't wrong, but they just don't do it. For the first time since he got back, Henry stops feeling happy and is hurt at these words.

Later when Henry arrives at Wellsworth, Edward tells Henry that he was glad to hear his whistle, cheering Henry up. Suddenly, the sound of a far-off and continuous whistle can be heard much to the engines joint confusion. It turns out to be Gordon, who flies down the hill and through the station. Edward is surprised, while Henry tells him what Gordon had said about whistling.

Gordon tears down the line, the awful noise from his whistle continuing even when he reaches the last station which causes everyone, including Sir Topham Hatt to hold their ears. Gordon leaves the express behind and is taken to some fitters who hammer his whistle back into place, which causes the noise to finally stop. Gordon sneaks home that night to an empty shed, much to his relief. As the other engines arrive back, Henry whispers that it isn't wrong, but they just don't do it, but says nothing about whistles.

The next day, Henry takes a train feeling as well as ever and soon approaches a bridge where three boys are waiting. Henry whistles in greeting, but suddenly feels pain as the boys don't answer but instead throw stones on him and his train, breaking the coaches' windows, which makes the passengers cross.

The passengers want to call the police but Henry's driver, however, has another plan to get their own back. After getting everyone to promise to keep the plan a secret, the driver tells them. The plan is to have Henry sneeze and release the ashes that are built up in his smokebox. The passengers are excited and on the way back from the other end of the line, the driver makes sure everyone is ready and that Henry is about to sneeze.

Soon Henry approaches the bridge where the boys are waiting with stones. Judging the moment, the driver has Henry sneeze at exactly the right time, covering the boys from head to toe in soot, much to their shock. Henry goes home satisfied knowing that, thanks to a whistle and a sneeze, he was able to teach Gordon and the boys a lesson they will not quickly forget.



In Other LanguagesEdit

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Silbatos y Estornudos Whistles and Sneezes
Norwegian Fløyter og nys Whistles and Sneezes
German Pfeifen und Niesen Pipes and Sneezing
Japanese きてきとクシャミ Whistles and Sneezes
Finnish Vislauksuia ja Aivastuksia Whistles and Sneezes
Welsh Gollwng Stêm Steam Leak
French Sifflements et éternuements Wheezing and Sneezing
Croatian Zviždanje i Kihanje Whistling and Sneezing
Danish Med et fløjt og et nys With a Whistle and a Sneeze
Russian Свистуны и чихуны Whistleblowers and Sneezes
Ukrainian Свист і чхання Whistling and Sneezing
Italian Fischi e Starnuti Whistles and Sneezes
Hungarian Füttyszó és Tüsszentés Whistle and Sneeze
Czech Hvízdání a kýchání Whistling and Sneezing
Slovenian Piskanje in kihanje Wheezing and Sneezing
Chinese 鸣笛和打喷嚏 Whistle and Sneezing
Korean 기적소리와 재채기 Sneezing Whistles
Romanian Fluierături şi Strănuturi Whistles and Sneezing
Slovak Pískanie a kýchanie Wheeze and Sneeze
Polish Gwizdanie i Kichanie Whistling and Sneezing
Swedish Vissla och Nys Whistling and Sneezing
Serbian Zviždanje i kijanje Whistling and Sneezing
Brazilian Portuguese Apitos e Janeals Whistles and Sneezing
Thai เฮนรี่จาม Henry Cham
Hebrew שריקות והתעטשויות Whistles and Sneezes

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