|Season Four, Episode Nine|
|Air date||Saturday the 1st of December, 2012|
|Rough Engines||Cold Wheels|
Iron Hero is the ninth episode of Season 4, and the forty-fifth episode overall.
Henry brings the express to Barrow-in-Furness and meets Patrick there. The green tender engine applies the reason Gordon was unavailable from last episode and this made Patrick very shocked. Henry also remarked to him that he had trouble getting steam up before, but Bear and James can handle the express train from Tidmouth. Winston was mentioned by Henry following Patrick's question that he said about and he was descripted with no number and was painted red like James but in fact James' design came from Winston. After the long talk, Henry was uncoupled from the express and left Patrick to take it to London.
Henry returned to Tidmouth Sheds with nothing about Winston as both Edward and Thomas had been there due to Diesel and Bear handling passenger and freight trains. Stephen Topham Hatt arrived with a visitor that the engines didn't recognize. The Fat Controller introduced the visitor as Colin Stiles and was surprised about this. Alice was concerned, but Mr. Stiles started his story about 1944. D-Day was coming a week away and Great Britain was using military trains across the country. Mary and Winston were Mr. Stiles' good friends and the Norbridge stationmaster was concerned with the troops in Mary's train. Her injector had failed and Winston came to the rescue with the troops nearly being late.
Winston asks Colin Stiles to get his train ready once the control systems are ready to go. The train set off into the afternoon view. The steam engine worked hard without being late and Colin Stiles was ready with signaling the control systems ready to go. He spotted Winston with a smile, but a moment later was when he spotted smoke coming from the first goods van.
The train was stopped and the passengers were evacuated but James Clarke, his driver knew that the porter was right. The porter uncoupled the van and Winston's fireman said to get clear. The train was out of sight, but eight seconds later an explosion killed his driver.
At the end, Colin Stiles said there was a large hole in the ground and if it wasn't for Winston, the blast could destroy Norbridge. The engines were sad about this and knew they had to agree.
- Stephen Topham Hatt
- Norbridge stationmaster
- Colin Stiles
- James Clarke
- Bear (does not speak)
- Diesel (mentioned)
- D199 (not named; mentioned)
- This episode is based on a true story, that occurred at Soham on June 2, 1944.
- Railway Series references include Thomas and the Breakdown Train and The Flying Kipper. There are also references to Rough Engines and Super Rescue.
- James Clarke's surname came from the guard, Herbert Clarke who survived the explosion although badly injured in the real-life incident on June 2, 1944.
- This is the first appearance of Norbridge Station.
- This is so far the only episode to use a special effect - the fire on the trucks.
- This is the first appearance of Mary in the series.
- This episode marks the last time WildNorWester voices Patrick. Eugene Yu takes over the role from Season 5 onwards.
- The fire on the burning goods van has moved to the left side of the van rather than being in the middle.
- ANB is not listed in the credits for playing both Mary and Alice.
- There is sunlight on Winston's face nearly losing his mouth and chuffing at speed with the burning van.
- Edward's sad face is tilted to the left when the engines are sad about Winston's death.
- The tribute shown at the end shows James Gimbert as the train driver behind the Soham incident. In reality, it was Benjamin Gimbert.
- When the narrator said "Patrick frowned" Patrick is shown to be smiling.
- ANB as Alice and Mary
- WildNorWester as Narrator, Colin Stiles, Thomas, Edward, Winston, James, James Clarke, Gordon, Patrick, Henry, Stephen Topham Hatt and Norbridge stationmaster