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Harold and the Flying Horse is the twentieth episode of the seventh series.



The Vicar is holding a Summer fête and the engines are busy helping. Harold wants to help, but he has to continue with his safety patrol. When Percy delivers deck chairs, decorations and tables, he reminds everyone to come to the fête, including Harold. Harold thanks Percy, but he declines because of his patrolling, and he flies off to Dryaw Airfield to refuel. When he arrives, he sees Pegasus the carthorse getting ready for the fête to give rides to the children. It leaves Harold even more left out and he wishes he could help.

Thomas arrives at Dryaw to pick up passengers to take to the fête. Harold asks Thomas where he was going, and he answers that everyone is going to the fête. Harold replies that he is the only one not going since he is on duty. Thomas says kindly that being a rescue Helicopter is important, but Harold says no one needs saving.

However, he gets an emergency call from the Fat Controller that Pegasus is stuck in a ditch and the children will be disappointed if he does not get to the party. After Harold leaves, Percy says that Pegasus is a funny name for a horse. The Fat Controller tells Percy that it is the name of a flying horse from "a very old story," but Percy thinks he is being clever and points out that horses cannot fly.

Harold arrives to the rescue, where Thomas is waiting. Thomas tells Harold that while they were loading the cart, Pegasus ran into the ditch and got stuck. Thomas leaves to take the cart to the fête and Harold winches Pegasus out and lifts him into the air. When Percy sees Pegasus, he thinks that Pegasus is flying and the children cheer. Pegasus is hitched to the cart, the fête begins, and Harold is hailed as a hero at the fête afterwards.




  • Going by production order, this is the ninth episode of the seventh series.
  • Stock footage from Trucks, Thomas and the Rumours, Oliver's Find, Make Someone Happy, and James and the Red Balloon is used, In addition, mirrored stock footage from Thomas and the Rumours is also used.
  • The Fat Controller indirectly references the Greek mythology.
  • Pegasus' cart is really Trevor's hay cart from Twin Trouble.
  • Michael Brandon's narration of this episode on Thomas and the Jet Engine]] US DVD uses the original music composed by Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell instead of the new music composed by Robert Hartshorne.
  • This is the last episode for a few things:
    • The final episode to feature music composed by Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell in an episode narrated by Michael Brandon until the sixteenth series episode, Percy and the Calliope (Thomas and the Jet Engine DVD only).
    • The last episode to have Harold's name in the title, and the last to feature Harold as the sole main character.
    • The last episode written by Robin Kingsland.
    • If stock footage counts, this episode marks Donald's last appearance without Douglas, as well as Duke's last appearance.
  • Prior to being released on Amazon for digital download in 2016, Michael Brandon's narration of the episode with new music had only been broadcast on television, and the narration itself was never released on DVD.
  • A production made miniature model of Pegasus was sold to The Coffey Man Preservation from The Prop Gallery.
  • This is one of several episodes from the seventh series to have its title card read on Nick Jr. and PBS half-hour Series 9 airings.
  • This episode aired on Halloween 2003 in the UK.
  • This episode, Twin Trouble, Edward the Very Useful Engine and Edward's Brass Band are the only sixth and seventh series episodes that have Donald and Douglas' ditty theme.


  • When Thomas arrives at the station, steam emits from the ground.
  • In the US narration, the event is referred to as a garden party, but the sign still says fête.
  • When Percy arrives at Maithwaite, Toby and Henrietta pass by, but in the next scene, they are nowhere to be seen.
  • Excluding stock footage, Harold's model is out of scale when he flies around the narrow gauge railway.


Percy: Don't forget to come the Vicar's fête/party!
Harold: Thanks for the invitation, but duty calls!

[upon hearing the bad news about Pegasus]
Percy: Pegasus? That's a funny name for a horse.
The Fat Controller: It's the name of a flying horse in a very old story.
Percy: Flying horse?! Horses can't fly!