One Good Turn..., is the nineteenth episode of the third series. It is based on the magazine stories, Head On and Pulling Together.


Bill and Ben are sent to help in the yard at Wellsworth. When the arrive they tease BoCo like usual, and then start shunting. Soon they finish and as a reward for their hard work, they are allowed to have a go on the turntable.

Bill goes first and stays on the table until the foreman orders him off. Unfortunately, Bill is sent onto the same line as Ben, and they end up buffer to buffer. They argue about who is in whose way until the Fat Controller finally silences both of them.

Each blames the other for the incident, and the next day, they decide to give each other the silent treatment and badmouth one another to BoCo and Edward. Eventually, Edward and BoCo, at the end of their tether, make a plan to get Bill and Ben back together. Their plan is then carried on to the Fat Controller.

The Fat Controller tells the twins to take BoCo's heavy goods train, and Ben claims to be able to pull it himself. When he discovers the train is too heavy for him, the twins realise their mistake and work together to pull the train, therefore making up for their quarrel.




  • When Bill and Ben reply "Oh yes sir, of course," to Sir Topham Hatt at the China Clay Works, there is a building in the background on the left hand side of the screen with the name "Steve" written on it. This could be a reference to the crew member Steve Asquith.
  • Sir Topham Hatt's line "I need you to help the other engines" was also used as a voice sample for the Thomas coin-operated rides by R.G. Mitchell.
  • A shrimper and a twin berth warehouse from TUGS appears.


  • Ben is meant to be surprised when he sees Bill puffing towards him on the same line, but instead he is smiling.
  • During the side-on shot of Bill and Ben, Ben's front wobbles and then he suddenly rises briefly. Also, Ben's face is loose at the bottom.
  • It is clear during the side shot of Bill and Ben hitting into each other that they are being pushed. Their wheels do not move.
  • When Ben pulls up beside BoCo, the film becomes jittery.
  • When Ben is pulling the train, his back wheels seem to be derailed.
  • When Bill and Ben cross the bridge the second time, a sheep is tipped over.
  • In the restored version, Ben is not seen pulling up alongside BoCo.
  • When the narrator says, "Even kind Edward lost patience," one of the twins runs past Edward on a track right next to him, but in the very next shot, when Edward says, "All this grumbling spreads bad atmosphere in the yard," Edward suddenly changes to the track that BoCo arrives on a few seconds later. Then when BoCo arrives, he moves back to the same track as before. Lastly, in the close-up of Edward smiling, he moves back to BoCo's track.
  • When Edward says "All this grumbling spreads bad atmosphere in the yard!" his brake pipe is crooked.
  • When Edward is talking to BoCo, his face is off centre.
  • When the Fat Controller says "If you don't behave, I shall not allow you here again," a faded smile is visible behind his scowl.
  • When the narrator says: "The twins grumbled about each other all day," BoCo's eyes are wonky.
  • In the UK dub, when Bill says "I don't think we'll take turns this time Ben!" Michael Angelis actually says "Terms" instead of "Turns."
  • Throughout much of the episode, a smudge of blu-tak can be seen above Bill's face.
  • In the side shot of Bill and Ben, the train of trucks on the foreground siding has disappeared.
  • At the end, Ben is still for a couple of seconds before he starts to move forward.


  • Buzz Books - The Mischievous Twins
  • Magazine Stories - Turntable Trouble

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