The Sad Story of Henry, retitled Come Out, Henry! in American releases, is the third episode of the first series. It is based on the story of the same name from the Railway Series book The Three Railway Engines.
It is a very rainy day on Sodor and a big green engine named Henry is pulling some coaches full of passengers. He runs into a tunnel and stops, unwilling to go any further.
Henry's driver and fireman argue with him but find that he refuses to come out, claiming that the rain will spoil his green paint with red stripes. The guard blows his whistle till he is out of breath, and waves his flag till his arms ache, but fails when Henry instead blows steam at him.
Just then, an important man arrives in the next train; it is Sir Topham Hatt, better known as the Fat Controller. He decides that Henry will be pulled out of the tunnel. Attaching a rope to Henry, all the passengers try and pull him except for the Fat Controller, citing his doctor's orders. When Henry does not move, as they move to the other end of the tunnel, the passengers try to push Henry out (again, the Fat Controller does not help) but with the same results.
Thomas arrives to help while the passengers try telling Henry that the rain has stopped. Henry still refuses to move, believing the rain will begin again soon, so Thomas tries to push Henry out, but even with another engine pushing, Henry remains in the tunnel. Soon, the Fat Controller admits defeat and having had enough of the engine's stubbornness tells Henry that he is going to get what he wanted. Then, the rails are taken up and a brick wall is erected in front of Henry.
All Henry is able to do now is watch the other engines pass through the other tunnel. He soon regrets his actions, as he sees Edward and Gordon pass by. Edward always toots hello with his whistle, while Gordon always laughs saying it serves him right. Henry has no steam to answer them and the soot and dirt from the tunnel ruins his green paint with red stripes anyway. Henry is left in the tunnel cold, dirty, lonely, and very sad wondering if he will ever be let out to pull trains again...
- Sir Topham Hatt
- James (Cameo)
- Thomas (Does Not Speak)
- This is Henry's first official appearance.