Duncan's Dive is the eighth episode of the fourteenth season.

Duncan's Dive
Season 14, Episode 8
Air date 29 October 2013
Written by MainLineEngines
Directed by MainLineEngines
Episode guide
Dirty Tricks
Something Fishy


Duncan was resting in the Sheds.

He was warm and comfortable. He had just gotten a polish too, and he beamed brightly.

"Duncan. You are to take a load of stone trucks down to Crovan's Gate," said the Thin Controller.

Duncan was not delighted.

"And why me? Paxton can do it."

"The standard gauge line from Crovan's Gate to the Blue Mountain Quarry is closed."

"And the one from Abbey?"

"That closed down in 1974."

"And why can't Rusty or Peter Sam do it?"

"No more arguing Duncan. You will do as you are told," the Thin Controller said sternly.


And Duncan stormed away crossly.

He was not in any better mood when he arrived at the Blue Mountain Quarry.

"Trucks, trucks. Stupid trucks," he grumbled as he arranged them in a line.

"Calm down, Duncan," Skarloey soothed.

"Why can't you take the trucks?"

"I'm needed here to supervise. It's very dangerous up here."

"Now Duncan. You know I don't like that look. Come on, smile. Cheer up," Rheneas said.

"If you want to make me smile, take the trucks for me."

"Uh, no thank you."

And he puffed away.

"Hauling trucks, hauling trucks," he grumbled.

He wondered how to end his journey.

Duncan was 'Rock 'n' Rollin' by the time he reached Crovan's Gate.

There is a small lake near there. And well . . .

"Haulin' . ..  Ahhh!"

He slid right off the track and into the lake!

"Bust my boiler," his voice was muffled by the water.

His Driver and Fireman, who had jumped clear, came over to Duncan.

"Well, you're not a pretty picture."

The Fat and Thin Controllers were not impressed.

"There are many ways to avoid work, but taking a 'dive' is not one of them. I'm bitterly disappointed," the Thin Controller told him.

When Duncan came back, he was a much wiser engine.


  • Skarloey
  • Rheneas
  • Duncan
  • Mr. Percival
  • Rusty (non-speaking role)
  • Sir Topham Hatt (non-speaking role)
  • Owen (cameo)
  • Merrick (cameo)
  • Paxton (mentioned)
  • Peter Sam (mentioned)


  • Skarloey Railway Engine Sheds
  • Blue Mountain Quarry


  • From this point forwards, the Skarloey Railway engines are different colours.
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