Douglas the Brave
Douglas the Brave
Season Four, Episode Three
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Air date Friday 19th October 2012
Written by WildNorWester
Directed by WildNorWester
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Decisions One Good Deed

Douglas the Brave is the third episode of Season 4, and the thirty-ninth episode overall. This episode aired in two separate parts, each part devoted to both Donald and Douglas' escape to the Island of Sodor to avoid being scrapped in their native homeland.


Donald has been ordered to go to the NWR on the Island of Sodor, but Douglas wants to go with him. Spurred on by Neil, they create a plan. Douglas takes 47288's goods train down to Gretna. Once there, Douglas' crew paint over his numbers and they wait for Donald. Once Donald arrives, they set off together.

Before reaching their destination, Douglas recalls his first driver's name, which was Douglas Anderson and Donald's first driver was Donald McTavish. At Barrow-in-Furness, Donald's crew painted over his numbers and they head to Tidmouth where they are to meet Sir Charles Topham Hatt and an Inspector at the station. The Inspector at Tidmouth thought this was a mistake, but Sir Topham Hatt let both engines stay in the end. The story finishes by saying that they had a lucky escape. They also mention that Neil has been preserved at the National Railway Museum in York.



  • Railway Series references include The Missing Coach and Hullo Twins.
  • The episode's title is based on the patriotic song "Scotland the Brave".
  • Stock footage is from the previous episode, Decisions.


  • In non-close up view, Douglas' right cab circle is white. When in close-up, it's light blue when his driver talks.