Face to Face

Thomas Dibden


Thomas Dibden


Thomas Dibden


Thomas Dibden

Guest starring

Stuart Steel as Five
Anthony Sims as Barry and Buzz
Christian Rasmussen as Mr. B
Callum Hancock as Clyde

Air date

May 15th, 2018

Previous episode

De la Trip

Next episode

The Great Custard Cream Robbery

Face to Face is the fourth episode of the eighth series of The Dark Railway Series.


After the confrontation with Mr. B, De la Trip remains completely silent when around the other engines. Whenever 257 tries to speak to him, he quickly leaves, leaving 257 downhearted. Hannah assures him that he'll calm down eventually, but as the summer rolls around, De la Trip continues to avoid 257.

Meanwhile, Turbo is enjoying his stay in the museum. One morning, he finds several engines have been moved outside and that Buzz is approaching him. Buzz explains that Dave, Ed and Sid are being moved into the works, while Turbo is being moved closer to Otto. At the back of the museum, Eddie overhears them say that he is being left where he is, and starts talking to an imaginary version of Colin. "Colin" tells him that Eddie is being forgotten about and discarded, upsetting Eddie greatly until he screams at the vision to go away. Turbo and Buzz overhear him, concerned.

Eventually, 257 has had enough of being ignored and confronts De la Trip while is is at the sheds without a crew. Despite his attempts to apologise and make amends, De la Trip once again denounces him, declaring that he wishes he had never met 257 or that 257 had ever been built. The other engines are shocked by this outburst, and Mr. B finally decides that De la Trip has gone too far. Despite his pleas, Mr. B informs the engines that, contrary to his past claims, De la Trip is not actually a Southern built engine, having been built by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow. 257 is devastated to learn of De la Trip's lies, and leaves the sheds without a word. As the other engines begin to round on him, De la Trip explains that he began lying about his origins to avoid being bullied by the other engines on the Southern Railway, and that he ended up losing himself over time. Despite this story, the other engines remain furious with him, with each engine present berating him before leaving the N15 feeling very stupid indeed.




  • The title of this episode is a reference to the Daft Punk song, "Face to Face".
  • The credits for the episode foreshadow the events of the following episode.
  • This episode marks the final appearance of Five, as the character was written out of the series at the beginning of the ninth series.


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