De la Trip

Thomas Dibden


Thomas Dibden


Thomas Dibden


Thomas Dibden

Guest starring

Anthony Sims as Barry
Christian Rasmussen as Mr. B

Air date

May 7th, 2018

Previous episode

Revolution 909

Next episode

Face to Face

De la Trip is the third episode of the eighth series of The Dark Railway Series.


One evening, 257 Squadron is resting after a mainline train at Colhapper shed when he sees an engine approaching him. As the engine gets closer, he recognises him as an old friend from his past, De la Trip. Mr. Smash steps down and introduces the engine. He asks 257 to show De la Trip around on a train to Merecombe, and the two engines head out, catching up with each other as they go.

However, once they reach Merecombe, 257 is worried about De la Trip's reaction to their colleagues. When he sees that there are no other Southern engines besides the Bulleid Pacifics, the N15 is outraged and storms off to confront the others. As Eustace and 257 discuss De la Trip's Southern supremacist attitude, he ends up driving Hannah to tears and causing an almighty argument with the other engines. Eventually, De la Trip leaves the shed, not wanting to be near any non-Southern engines.

Eustace heads over to talk with De la Trip, who has settled himself in the Merecombe goods shed. He calls him out on his attitude and brings up how he and several other Southern built engines once refused to work during a snow storm to demonstrate how Southern engines are not perfect. De la Trip argues that 257 worked and is a Southern built engine, but Eustace reveals that 257 is a British Railways built engine. De la Trip is shocked and angered by this news, and when 257 comes over he forces him to confess his deceit himself. As 257 tries to explain himself, his old friend denounces him and orders him to leave. 257 sadly leaves, and as De la Trip continues to seethe, Mr. B suddenly emerges from the side of the shed. Mr. B reveals that he knows his secret about his past, and tells the N15 to watch himself around the others unless he wants that secret revealed.




  • The title of this episode is a reference to the Ian Pooley song "De la Trip".
  • This episode features a remixed version of the theme song incorporating a drum beat similar to the titular song.
  • The credits for the episode foreshadow the events of the following episode.