Stepney the "Bluebell" Engine First appearance Last appearance Creator(s) Name Stepney Nicknames Stepney the "Bluebell" Engine, and the Bluebell Engine Gender Male Relative(s) Affiliation Gauge 4'8½" (1,435 mm; standard gauge) Power type Steam Vehicle Locomotive Type Tank engine Fuel type Coal Configuration 0-6-0T Top speed 40 mph Designer(s) William Stroudley Builder(s) Brighton Works Year built 1875 Year rebuilt 1912 Visited Sodor 1962 “Bluebells forever!” ―Stepney, Stepney Gets Lost, fifth season Stepney, named after a district in London, is a tank engine who lives and works on the Bluebell Railway, hence his nickname, "the Bluebell engine".
He is Boxhill's brother. In the Railway Series, Stepney lives on the Mainland and works on the Bluebell Railway. In Thomas & Friends, Stepney works on a branch line neighboring the Skarloey Railway, also known as the "Bluebell Railway". Biography The Railway Series Stepney was built at Brighton Works in Brighton, England in 1875 as an LB&SCR A1 class engine and later rebuilt as an A1X in 1912.
He arrived on the Bluebell Railway on 17th May 1960, after the railway's founder Bernard Holden MBE helped to save the line for preservation. Stepney was the first engine to be rescued by the Bluebell Railway. In 1962, Stepney came on loan to Sodor and worked briefly with Duck at Tidmouth before working on Thomas' Branch Line, which during the time he caught a cricket ball in one of his trucks while passing the Elsbridge Cricket Field.
Towards the end of his stay, he returned to Tidmouth and on his last day double-headed the Express with Duck after the Diesel failed. Thomas & Friends Stepney was stranded on a siding in the scrapyard at the Vicarstown Goods Depot where Rusty found him and helped arrange for him to be put back into service. He now runs the Bluebell Branch Line. Stepney later wanted to have a change from his branch line and he was sent to help Toby and Mavis at Anopha Quarry.
This excursion nearly ended in disaster after 'Arry and Bert tried to scrap Stepney, luckily without success, after Stepney accidentally ventured into the Sodor Ironworks. Stepney later helped Edward with the running of The Loop Line and when there was a Hot Air Balloon flying across the island, Duck accidentally ran into him due to gazing up at it. A while later, he was hit by a truck of sugar in an incident caused by Rosie.
Personality Stepney is a bubbly, honest and humble chap who is busting with enthusiasm. He is very eager to please and is every engine's friend. Even if an engine might not like him at first, his personality wins them over. After being saved from scrap by Rusty and the Bluebell Railway, he now runs his own branch line, but loves helping out on the Fat Controller's Railway. He has an enthusiasm for learning and listening to advice, as well as keeping busy.
Stepney can feel down in the dumps if he does not get enough work to do or if he does not get a good long run to stretch his wheels. Stepney is high-spirited, lively and is keen to see fair play. He is popular amongst the engines and is always game for more work. Technical Details Real-life History Stepney was built by Brighton Works in 1875, and was rebuilt into an A1X in 1912. During his final working years, Stepney worked on the Hayling Island branch line, until he was taken out of service in 1960 and placed on an out-of-use siding.
He was bought by the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society and arrived on the railway on 17th May, making him the first standard gauge steam locomotive in the United Kingdom to be preserved. Since his first appearance in the Railway Series and Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, Stepney has become one of the most popular engines on the railway, with children all across the country coming to see him.
Stepney has even participated in "Day Out with Thomas" events, and has carried a face for these events. Stepney was taken out of service in 2008 after his boiler ticket expired, but underwent a fast-track overhaul and returned to working order in 2010, just in time for the line's 50th Anniversary. In March 2014, Stepney was withdrawn from service following the failure of his main steam pipe. He is currently awaiting new cylinders and significant work on his frames and boiler.
Livery Stepney is painted in the LB&SCR goldenrod livery, formally known as "Stroudley's Improved Engine Green", with green, red, white and black lining. His name is painted on his side tanks and the number "55" is painted on the sides of his bunker, both in white. The real Stepney has a brass funnel top and numberplates. In 2010, he was painted in "Bluebell Black". On 14th January 2012, Stepney made an "only-morning" appearance in BR Lined Black with "cycling lion" crest and his BR number, 32655, for a special photographic charter.
He carried the same BR Lined Black livery again on 17th April 2012 for another photographic charter; this time though with the later "ferret and dartboard" crest. He returned to "Bluebell Black" in time for his visit to the National Railway Museum's "Railfest" in the first week of June 2012. As of August 2014, he has returned to his famous "Improved Engine Green" livery, officially being released to the public in May 2015.
Appearances Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Music Videos Thomas' Anthem, Let's Have a Race, Don't Judge a Book By Its Cover, The Island Song, It's Great to be an Engine, Night Train, Come for the Ride, Little Engines, Boo! Boo! Choo-Choo, The Red Balloon, There Once Was an Engine Who Ran Away and The Whistle Song Voice Actors Trivia Stepney is, as of 29th March 2014, withdrawn from service, following the failure of his main steam pipe.
He was repainted from his British Railways black livery with red lining, which replicates that which he carried upon his arrival at the Bluebell Railway in May 1960. He now carries his original London, Brighton and South Coast Railway "Improved Engine Green Livery". A future overhaul has not been entirely ruled out. Alec Baldwin gives Stepney a Cockney accent. This may have been intentional, as Stepney is a region of East London and the inhabitants of that area, amongst others, were known as Cockneys.
The prototype of Stepney's 1996 Wooden Railway toy has the original face and magnets of Thomas. When the president of the Bluebell Railway Bernard Holden MBE died at the age of 104 on 4 October 2012, Stepney headed his funeral train on the 16th, due to being the first engine that the railway rescued. In 2014, Stepney also headed the funeral train for Jack Owen, who was his ex-driver. At one time, the Official Website incorrectly stated that Stepney was a narrow gauge engine.
Stepney was also incorrectly stated to be narrow gauge in Railway Rhymes. He was also included in a Take Along Narrow Gauge Gift Pack. The narrow gauge engines' nameboards sequence also includes Stepney. In the Spanish dub of the show, he is known as the Hyacinth engine instead of the Bluebell engine. In the Dutch dub, he is known as the Violet engine. Both of Stepney's appearances in the seventh season were made up of stock footage.
In the television series, Stepney has had several whistles. During most of his appearances in the fourth season, he had Rheneas' whistle sound; in one scene in Thomas and Stepney, he had Duke's whistle sound, he had Smudger's whistle sound in the episode's US narration, and he had a different one in Bowled Out. In the fifth-seventh seasons, he shared the same whistle sound with Skarloey. Then in Rosie's Funfair Special, it became Thomas' at one half-step higher in pitch.
Stepney was featured in the music video for Tracy Ullman's "Move Over Darling" in 1983. According to Thomas-saurus Rex, he knew both Sir Topham Hatt and his grandfather prior to his arrival. In the fourth season episode Thomas and Stepney, in some illustrations in books, and for some of his merchandise models, Stepney is shown wearing two LNER lamps. From the sixth season onwards, the block under Stepney's smokebox became the same colour as his livery.
A Wooden Railway toy of Stepney, along with Thomas and a Fossil Truck, cameos in the 2nd season of The Big Bang Theory, in the 13th episode "The Friendship Algorithm." Stepney's television series model is on display at Drayton Manor in the UK. Stepney's name is often mispronounced as "Stephanie". Merchandise External link Stepney on the Bluebell Railway website. References * RWS only | ** T&F only | --- DroppedSee Also: Womens Motorcycle Helmets
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Gordon the Big Engine First appearance Last appearance Creator(s) UK voice actor US voice actor Other voice actors Name Gordon Gender Male Relative(s) Affiliation Gauge 4'8½" (1,435 mm; standard gauge) Power type Steam Vehicle Locomotive Type Express engine Fuel type Coal Configuration 4-6-2 Top speed 100 mph Designer(s) Builder(s) Year built 1922 Year rebuilt 1939 Arrived on Sodor 1923 Number NWR 4 “You don't understand, little Thomas.
We tender engines have a position to keep up. It doesn't matter where you go, but we are important. And for the Fat Controller to make us shunt trucks, fetch coaches, and go on some of those dirty sidings, it's... It's... Well, it's not the proper thing!” ―Gordon to Thomas[src] Gordon is a big blue express engine who works on the Main Line. He is Flying Scotsman's only remaining brother. When Gordon was streamlined to compete in the Great Railway Show, he ran under the name The Shooting Star.
Biography The Railway Series Gordon was built at Doncaster in 1922 as an experimental prototype for Sir Nigel Gresley’s A1 Pacific design for the Great Northern Railway. Inevitably there were faults which needed correction; so Gordon was kept "hush hush" and, apart from test runs, was never put into regular traffic or given a GNR number. He was used experimentally untill all defects had been cured and the first batch of Pacifics had appeared in 1922/23.
In 1923 therefore Gordon was no longer needed, and was sold to the NWR together with a spare boiler and firebox. During Gordon's early years on the railway, he often looked down on the smaller engines like Edward and Thomas. However, he would soon find he needed help from Edward to be his banker after he got stuck on a hill with a train of trucks. He also needed Edward and Henry to pull his passenger train after he broke his safety valve in front of Henry's Tunnel.
Gordon often found Thomas very annoying for whistling rudely at him, so he taught him a lesson by bringing him along his express train before he could be uncoupled. Thomas usually fetched the coaches for him, however, after Thomas left the yard when he was given a branch line, Gordon, along with Henry and James, soon found that they had to fetch their own coaches. After the big engines had several mishaps, one of which involved Gordon having to pull his train backwards, Gordon proposed that they all go on strike, where they would only pull their coaches if another engine fetched them.
Edward was the only engine left and since he was a tender engine and that Gordon proposed that tender engines do not shunt, they started to discriminate against Edward until the Fat Controller decided to leave them in the shed until they learned the error of their ways. After Gordon, Henry and James saw how silly they were, the Fat Controller let them out, reminding them to behave and bought a tank engine named Percy to help fetch their coaches.
Gordon almost had a run-in accident with Percy when he carelessly stood on the Main Line. After Percy ran away backwards and stopped in a pile of dirt, Gordon helped him out. Gordon was still arrogant and insulted Henry for the way he whistled. However, he ate his own words when his whistle jammed and he went running down the main line whistling continuously. He did not stop until a fitter climbed up and knocked his whistle in place.
Gordon is mainly used for passenger duties, pulling the North Western Railway's express, the Wild Nor' Wester, but has occasionally pulled goods trains, much to his dislike. He has been known to run into ditches and stop on hills to get out of doing these jobs, as he believes that these are below him. In 1939, Gordon went to Crewe for a rebuild. His conjugated valve gear, which had been giving much trouble, was replaced by a two-cylinder chassis (designed by the Fat Controller), he received a smoother running plate, Stanier underframes and cylinders.
This rebuild effectively made him a Gresley/Stanier hybrid. Gordon has become famous after his adventures: In 1953, he pulled Queen Elizabeth II's royal train and in 1956, he travelled to London, where he was lauded by a large crowd. Gordon did not like the visit, however, as he discovered that London's big station was St. Pancras. In 1957, when Diesel arrived on trial and was having trouble moving some old trucks, he decided to make rumours about Duck giving Gordon a bad nickname, the "Galloping Sausage.
" So he, Henry and James decided to forbid Duck from the shed. However, when the truth came out that Duck had not made the nicknames, they begin to feel very silly about jumping to conclusions before knowing the true story. In 1965, Gordon complained about BoCo going on the main line, because the diesel only works on Edward's Branch Line. He claims that the Fat Controller would never agree and states that branch lines are vulgar.
That night, Gordon's crew mistakenly claimed that the passenger with a green hat is the guard waving his green flag. As a result, Gordon leaves with the majority of the passengers, the luggage, and the guard stranded on the platform. Everyone is surprised, but the surprise quickly gives way to anger. This makes Gordon so embarrassed, he brought his train back down to the big station as Edward was already late with his train.
But the signalman at the junction wasn't told about the change. Because of this, Edward was sent to the main line and Gordon was sent down to Edward's branch line. In 1967, Gordon felt devastated about his siblings were all scrapped on the Mainland, but happy to hear that his brother Flying Scotsman was preserved, when the Fat Controller brought him to reunit with Gordon. Then, in 1986, Gordon got to visit Carlisle when a Diesel taking a Railtour failed.
In 2011, he was dismissed from pulling the express regularly to Barrow due to the purchase of Pip and Emma. He likes this, because he can do two trips a day instead of one and he does not have to hurry. Thomas & Friends Gordon has, to date, been the fastest engine on Sodor, but has sometimes had accidents, due to him trying to show off. In the fifth season, his brakes were not working and he could not stop, resulting in him crashing through the Kirk Ronan Station wall.
Also, in the sixth season, he ignored Salty's advice about going slow while pulling trucks, resulting in him speeding down a rickety old branch line and tumbling into a field. Though he has proven to not be too big for his wheels and to be useful instead, like when Spencer first arrived on Sodor, he gave him advice about taking on water before going to Maron Station; in result, he ran out of water on Gordon's Hill and Gordon had to pull him from there.
In the tenth season, he, along with Edward, criticised Rocky when he first arrived on Sodor and called him "new-fangled nonsense." Afterwards, when he crashed into Edward's pipes, which had fallen off his flatbeds, he derailed. In result, Rocky came and lifted him back onto the rails and cleared the pipes, proving how useful he is. Gordon once tried taking a shortcut in order to beat Stanley to Great Waterton, but accidentally crashed into Ben's logs, but luckily, saved Stanley from crashing into them on the track below.
When Gordon was given the task of taking the Lion of Sodor to the Duke and Duchess of Boxford's Summer House with Ferdinand, he ignored his advice about going slowly over the Fenland, with the result of the statue falling into the muddy marsh. After the statue was cleaned, Gordon let Ferdinand be his front engine and they delivered the statue safely to the summer house. They have since then been good friends.
One day, Gordon accidentally broke his buffer beam after colliding with a truck at the Dieselworks and Den and Dart gave Gordon a yellow and hazard buffer beam (similar to Den's), but Gordon refused to wear it until he later found that he can still be really useful as what Thomas said. One winter he, along with the rest of the Steam Team, had to find places to sleep, when the turntable at Tidmouth Sheds was frozen, so he decided to sleep there, in the one accessible berth, resulting in him getting stuck in there the next morning and remaining there for the rest of the day.
He has since become a more sensible engine. Once, he was waiting at Kellsthorpe Road Station while a workman was painting a telephone box on the other platform. But the man accidentally kicked his paint can onto the track next to Gordon, just as Connor raced through the station, splattering red paint all over Gordon. When Henry saw red spots all over Gordon, he assumed the blue engine had chicken pox.
Later, as he was filling up with water, he told Philip to get on with his work and keep out of his way. He explained to Philip that he pulls the express and is very fast. As Gordon returned to Knapford with the express, Philip reversed back to the station as Gordon braked hard and told him that he nearly caused an accident. As he was resting in the yard, Philip challenged Gordon to a race and started to race away, but Gordon went back to resting instead of racing him.
That night, Gordon was not very happy and decided to show Philip how fast he can go tomorrow and told him to have another race. In Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, Gordon called Thomas a silly little engine, making Thomas upset. Thomas wanted to take revenge, but ended up running Gordon's express coaches off the rails. Due to this incident, Thomas was sent away. Later, while he was pulling the express, Thomas nearly collided with him while chasing Sailor John and Skiff.
In the twentieth season, he was not ready to leave the sheds as his firebox had not been cleaned out in the morning. As Henry was pulling the express, Gordon arrived into Knapford to fetch his train, but the Fat Controller scolded Gordon for coming in late and told him that he had been assigned to a goods train for the rest of the day. Gordon was grumpy as he arrived at Brendam Docks with his goods train.
Salty, Porter and Cranky greeted him. Gordon was given a train of coal. When he returned to Knapford, he asked the Fat Controller if he could pull the express again, but he was told to go to the Blue Mountain Quarry instead. As he arrived at the quarry, Gordon was still in a bad mood as he collected a train of stone. As he began to leave, the trucks put their brakes on and then released them, causing Gordon to jump the points and hit a buffer stop.
Finally fed up with his work, he ordered to be uncoupled so he could go back to the sheds. That night, the Fat Controller scolded him again for not doing all his jobs that day and ordered him to pull the Flying Kipper as punishment. Henry and Thomas teased him about it not being an easy job, but Gordon was determined to prove them wrong and left the sheds to pull the Flying Kipper. As he returned to the sheds next morning, the Fat Controller praised him for successfully delivering the Kipper on time and told him that he could now go back to being the express engine again much to Gordon's delight.
When the other engines noticed how smelly he was after pulling the Flying Kipper, he quickly went to the washdown whilst the other engines laughed. In The Great Race, Gordon introduced Thomas to his brother, the Flying Scotsman, at Vicarstown and later teased Thomas for wanting to compete in the Great Railway Show, believing that he is too small to compete. Gordon was selected by the Fat Controller to participate in the Great Race and was temporarily streamlined for the event.
However, Gordon refused to undergo the final safety checks and as a result, the workmen forgot to attach his safety valve. Thomas brought the new safety valve to the Mainland and tried to warn Gordon, but he competed in the race without it and his boiler exploded when he refused to heed Thomas and Flying Scotsman's warnings. Gordon had to drop out of the race as a result. After the Great Railway Show was over and all of the foreign engines (bar Ashima) had gone home, Gordon met up with Flying Scotsman, who admitted that his opinion on Sudrian engines has improved significantly since the race.
In the twenty-first season, he and Spencer love to have a race who is the fastest. However, Spencer was on platform one that he was on platform one before, instead he going on platform two. Then, Thomas and Philip shunted their coaches to him and Spencer for wrong platform mixed up and sets off without realize that they had a wrong coaches. After they raced along the main line, he stops at Wellsworth with Spencer's Coaches while Spencer thundered down with the express and he realise that Spencer got the wrong express coaches and chase after him all the way to Callan Castle of upsetting passengers is missing their stops and they didn't realise that they had a wrong coaches that they shunted on the platform for the first place.
Then, he and Spencer takes the passengers to the right stations and returned to Knapford, and apologised to each other as they watched the fireworks all together. Thomas & the Magic Railroad Gordon in Thomas & the Magic Railroad In the film, Gordon complained to Thomas, who was late and Thomas retorted that Gordon was being bossy and told him that he had to find Mr. Conductor, who was coming to visit Sodor to look after the North Western Railway while Sir Topham Hatt was taking a holiday.
He thought Mr. Conductor was not needed until Diesel 10 sped through Thomas and Gordon at Killaban by. Later, he, James and Thomas argued about who should have taken Mr. Conductor and retorted that James is a big engine and Thomas is a small blue engine. Personality Gordon is the fastest and most powerful engine on Sodor. He is extremely proud of this and is inclined to boast. He is goodhearted, always willing to forgive and uses his superior strength to help smaller engines out of trouble.
Gordon's important position as the engine who pulls the Express has made him proud, pompous and self-important, with good reason too; he is the fastest engine on Sodor. His philosophy "tender engines don't shunt" meant that he looked down on tank engines and tender engines who do shunt, but after being locked in the shed with Henry and James after going on strike and before the seventeenth season, he seemed to have abandoned this philosophy.
Because of his rank in the social order of the North Western Railway, Gordon expects to get the important passenger jobs and either sulks when he does not or gets jealous of engines who do. Sometimes, Gordon acts as a bully, particularly towards Edward, but following misadventures where Edward had to help him, Gordon had to acknowledge that despite being old, Edward is still a very useful engine. However, sometimes Gordon still doubts Edward is still reliable, such as the time he did not believe Edward could win a race against Spencer because he's only "a back engine" and "a waste of steam.
" He would soon stop belittling Edward after being tricked by Thomas; he learned his lesson and apologised to Edward saying that he promised not call him old or unreliable anymore. Sometimes, Gordon shows a kinder side and gives the younger engines advice, usually after he has had some mishap as a result of his foolhardiness. Some of his advice is not exactly helpful, though, as James and Sir Handel have discovered.
As of the twentieth season, Gordon seems to have developed a tendency of pinning his own faults on others, as shown when he blamed Henry over having to do his jobs for the day and vice-versa, or when he and the rest of the Steam Team got in trouble for refusing to leave the shed at night, believing there was a ghost train (which was actually Henry with a coat of luminous paint) - again, Gordon blamed Henry for the predicament.
Technical Details Basis According to The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways, Gordon is the experimental prototype for Sir Nigel Gresley's A1 Pacific design for the Great Northern Railway. Gordon was built at Doncaster Works in Yorkshire. Once the first batch of A1 Pacifics appeared in 1922 Gordon would have more than likely have been reclassified A1/1 - the '/1' indicating he is slightly different to the rest of the class.
Gordon, being an experimental engine, never received a number and was never put into regular traffic, he was only ever used on test runs. Owing to various problems Gordon was rebuilt in 1939 at Crewe. Sir Topham Hatt and Sir William Stanier worked together to rectify these problems - everything under the running board is of Stanier's design while the running board itself is that of Sir Topham Hatt's.
In both the Railway Series and television series, Gordon is depicted with a Fowler tender As "The Shooting Star", Gordon's appearance is based on a streamlined Pennsylvania Railroad K4 (Hank's class), specifically #3768. Gordon's basis Pennsylvania Railroad K4 class A Fowler tender Livery Gordon is painted in the North Western Railway's sky blue livery with red and yellow lining.
The number "4" is painted on his tender sides in yellow. Before arriving on Sodor, he was painted in the Great Northern Railway's Apple Green livery with white and black lining. In the Railway Series, he carries two builder's plates on the sides of his cab. In the sixteenth season episode, Bust My Buffers!, Gordon received a yellow and black hazard stripe painted bufferbeam akin to Den's. In The Great Race, in his streamlined form, he is painted in the North Western Railway's sky blue livery with silver, red and dark blue lining.
His number is still painted on his tender in yellow, smaller and surrounded by a dark blue circle. Appearances The Railway Series The Three Railway Engines - Edward's Day Out (cameo), Edward and Gordon and Edward, Gordon and Henry Thomas the Tank Engine - Thomas and Gordon and Thomas and the Breakdown Train James the Red Engine - James and the Top-Hat (mentioned), James and the Bootlace (mentioned), Troublesome Trucks (mentioned) and James and the Express Troublesome Engines - Henry and the Elephant, Tenders and Turntables, Trouble in the Shed and Percy Runs Away Henry the Green Engine - Coal (mentioned), The Flying Kipper (mentioned), Gordon's Whistle and Percy and the Trousers (cameo) Gordon the Big Engine - Off the Rails, Leaves, Down the Mine and Paint Pots and Queens Edward the Blue Engine - Cows Four Little Engines - Sir Handel Percy the Small Engine - Percy and the Signal and Duck Takes Charge The Eight Famous Engines - Gordon Goes Foreign, Double Header (mentioned) and The Fat Controller's Engines Duck and the Diesel Engine - Domeless Engines, Pop Goes the Diesel, Dirty Work and A Close Shave (does not speak) The Little Old Engine - Trucks! The Twin Engines - Hullo Twins!, The Missing Coach, Break Van (does not speak) and The Deputation Stepney the "Bluebell" Engine - Stepney's Special (cameo) and Bowled Out Main Line Engines - Buzz, Buzz, Wrong Road and Edward's Exploit Small Railway Engines - Ballast (not seen) Enterprising Engines - Tenders for Henry and Little Western Oliver the Western Engine - Resource and Sagacity Really Useful Engines - Fish (mentioned) and Triple-Header James and the Diesel Engines - Fire-Engine Great Little Engines - Patience is a Virtue More About Thomas the Tank Engine - Better Late Than Never (cameo) Gordon the High-Speed Engine - High-Speed Gordon, Smokescreen, Fire Escape and Gordon Proves His Point Thomas and the Twins - Scrambled Eggs (mentioned) Thomas and the Great Railway Show - Museum Piece and Not the Ticket (does not speak) Thomas Comes Home - Snow Problem Henry and the Express - Out of Puff (does not speak), Sliding Scales (cameo) and Henry Sees Red (does not speak) Thomas and the Fat Controller's Engines - Birdstrike and Golden Jubilee Thomas and his Friends - Thomas and the Swan, Gordon's Fire Service and Centenary Thomas and the Evil Diesel (cameo) Companion volumes Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Season 1 - Thomas and Gordon, Edward and Gordon, The Sad Story of Henry, Edward, Gordon and Henry, Thomas' Train, Thomas and the Trucks (does not speak), Thomas and the Breakdown Train, James and the Coaches (mentioned), Troublesome Trucks (mentioned), James and the Express, Tenders and Turntables, Trouble in the Shed, Percy Runs Away, The Flying Kipper (does not speak), Whistles and Sneezes, Off the Rails, Down the Mine and Thomas' Christmas Party Season 2 - Cows, Saved from Scrap (cameo), Old Iron (cameo), Percy and the Signal, Duck Takes Charge, Pop Goes the Diesel, Dirty Work, A Close Shave (cameo), Break Van (cameo), The Deputation, Wrong Road, Edward's Exploit and Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree (cameo) Season 3 - Time for Trouble, Gordon and the Famous Visitor, Thomas, Percy and the Dragon, Henry's Forest (does not speak), The Trouble with Mud, No Joke for James, Trust Thomas, Tender Engines, Escape, Oliver Owns Up, Heroes, Percy, James and the Fruitful Day and Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure (cameo) Season 4 - Granpuff (cameo), Sleeping Beauty (cameo), Bulldog, A Bad Day for Sir Handel, Trucks!, Rock 'n' Roll (cameo), Gallant Old Engine (cameo), Rusty to the Rescue (cameo), Thomas and Stepney (cameo), Bowled Out, Henry and the Elephant, Thomas and the Special Letter, Paint Pots and Queens and Fish (mentioned) Season 5 - Cranky Bugs, Horrid Lorry (cameo), A Better View for Gordon, James and the Trouble with Trees (cameo), Gordon and the Gremlin, Bye George!, Baa! (cameo), Put Upon Percy (cameo), Haunted Henry (does not speak), Thomas and the Rumours, Busy Going Backwards and Snow Season 6 - Salty's Secret (cameo), Harvey to the Rescue, No Sleep for Cranky (stock footage/deleted scene cameo), A Bad Day for Harold the Helicopter (cameo), The Fogman, It's Only Snow (cameo), Twin Trouble (cameo), The World's Strongest Engine, Scaredy Engines, Percy and the Haunted Mine (cameo), Middle Engine (does not speak), Jack Frost (cameo), Gordon Takes a Tumble, Percy's Chocolate Crunch, Thomas, Percy and the Squeak, Thomas the Jet Engine and Edward the Very Useful Engine Season 7 - Percy Gets it Right, Edward's Brass Band (cameo), What's the Matter with Henry? (cameo), James and the Queen of Sodor, The Spotless Record (cameo), Something Fishy (cameo), Peace and Quiet (deleted scene), Bulgy Rides Again (cameo), Harold and the Flying Horse (cameo), Best Dressed Engine and Gordon and Spencer Jack and the Sodor Construction Company - Mud Glorious Mud (cameo) Season 8 - Thomas and the Tuba (does not speak), Thomas to the Rescue (cameo), Henry and the Wishing Tree, James Gets a New Coat (does not speak), Thomas Saves the Day (cameo), Percy's Big Mistake, Thomas, Emily and the Snowplough (cameo), Don't Tell Thomas (cameo), Emily's New Route (deleted scene), Thomas and the Firework Display (does not speak), Gordon Takes Charge, Spic and Span, Edward the Great, Squeak, Rattle and Roll, Thomas and the Circus (cameo), Thomas Gets it Right, As Good as Gordon, Fish (does not speak), Halloween (cameo), You Can Do it, Toby!, Chickens to School, James Goes Too Far and Percy and the Magic Carpet Season 9 - Percy and the Oil Painting (does not speak), Thomas and the Rainbow (cameo), Molly's Special Special, Thomas' Milkshake Muddle (cameo), Thomas and the Toy Shop (cameo), Respect for Gordon, Thomas and the Birthday Picnic, Thomas and the New Engine (cameo), Toby Feels Left Out, Thomas Tries His Best, Thomas and the Statue, Emily Knows Best (cameo), Thomas' Day Off (cameo), Thomas' New Trucks (cameo), Bold and Brave (cameo), Saving Edward, Thomas and the Golden Eagle (cameo) and Keeping Up with James (does not speak) Season 10 - Percy and the Funfair (does not speak), The Green Controller, It's Good to be Gordon, Seeing the Sights, Toby's New Shed (does not speak), Edward Strikes Out, Topped Off Thomas (does not speak), Thomas and the Shooting Star, Big Strong Henry, Thomas' Frosty Friend (does not speak), Emily and the Special Coaches, Thomas and the Colours (cameo), Thomas and the Treasure (cameo), James the Second Best (mentioned) and Thomas and Skarloey's Big Day Out (mentioned) Season 11 - Thomas and the Storyteller (cameo), Emily's Rubbish, Dream On (cameo), Gordon and the Engineer, Thomas and the Spaceship, Henry's Lucky Day (cameo), Thomas and the Lighthouse (cameo), Thomas and the Big Bang (cameo), Thomas Sets Sail, Don't be Silly, Billy (does not speak), Hide and Peep (cameo), Toby's Triumph (cameo), Thomas and the Runaway Car, Thomas in Trouble and Percy and the Left Luggage (cameo) Season 12 - Thomas and the Billboard, Steady Eddie (does not speak), Rosie's Funfair Special (mentioned), Henry Gets it Wrong (cameo), Heave Ho Thomas! (cameo), Toby's Special Surprise, Excellent Emily (cameo), Saved You! (does not speak), Tram Trouble (cameo), Gordon Takes a Shortcut and Thomas Puts the Brakes On Season 13 - Creaky Cranky (cameo), The Lion of Sodor, Tickled Pink, Double Trouble, Slippy Sodor, The Early Bird, Play Time, Time For a Story (cameo), Toby's New Whistle, A Blooming Mess (cameo), Steamy Sodor (cameo), Splish Splash Splosh (cameo), The Biggest Present of All (cameo), Snow Tracks and Buzzy Bees (cameo) Season 14 - Thomas' Tall Friend, Pingy Pongy Pick Up (cameo), Charlie and Eddie (cameo), Henry's Health and Safety (cameo), Pop Goes Thomas (cameo), Victor Says Yes, Thomas in Charge, Merry Winter Wish (cameo), Being Percy, Henry's Magic Box (does not speak), Thomas and Scruff, O the Indignity, Jitters and Japes (cameo) and Merry Misty Island (does not speak) Season 15 - Gordon and Ferdinand, Percy's New Friends, James to the Rescue, Happy Hiro (cameo), Up, Up and Away!, Henry's Happy Coal (cameo), Let it Snow, Surprise, Surprise (cameo), Spencer the Grand, Stuck on You, Big Belle (mentioned), Percy the Snowman (does not speak), Tree Trouble and Fiery Flynn Season 16 - Race to the Rescue (cameo), Ol' Wheezy Wobbles (cameo), Express Coming Through, Percy and the Monster of Brendam (cameo), Ho Ho Snowman (does not speak), Flash Bang Wallop!, Thomas and the Rubbish Train, Thomas Toots the Crows, Bust My Buffers!, Thomas and the Sounds of Sodor, Salty's Surprise (cameo), Sodor Surprise Day, Muddy Matters (cameo), Whiff's Wish (does not speak) and Happy Birthday Sir! (cameo) Season 17 - Scruff's Makeover, Wayward Winston, Gordon Runs Dry, Calm Down Caitlin, Steamie Stafford (does not speak), Henry's Hero, Not Now, Charlie!, The Lost Puff (does not speak), The Thomas Way, The Phantom Express (cameo), No Snow for Thomas (cameo), The Missing Christmas Decorations, The Frozen Turntable, Gone Fishing, The Afternoon Tea Express, The Smelly Kipper and Thomas' Shortcut (cameo) Season 18 - Old Reliable Edward, Flatbeds of Fear (cameo), Signals Crossed, Toad's Adventure (mentioned), Duck and the Slip Coaches, Marion and the Pipe, Missing Gator (mentioned), Spencer's VIP, Long Lost Friend, Duncan the Humbug (cameo), The Perfect Gift (cameo), Emily Saves the World and Samson at Your Service Season 19 - Who's Geoffrey?, The Truth About Toby, Lost Property, Henry Spots Trouble, Toad and the Whale (cameo), Very Important Sheep, Salty All At Sea, Helping Hiro (cameo), The Beast of Sodor, Slow Stephen, Best Engine Ever, The Little Engine Who Raced Ahead, Philip to the Rescue, Thomas the Babysitter (cameo), The Other Side of the Mountain and Goodbye Fat Controller Season 20 - Sidney Sings, Toby's New Friend (mentioned), Henry Gets the Express, Diesel and the Ducklings, Bradford the Brake Van, Saving Time (mentioned), Pouty James, Letters to Santa (cameo), Love Me Tender (cameo), The Christmas Coffeepot (cameo), Over the Hill, Henry in the Dark, Three Steam Engines Gruff, Engine of the Future, Hugo and the Airship, Cautious Connor (does not speak), All in Vain, and Buckled Tracks and Bumpy Trucks Season 21 - Dowager Hatt's Busy Day, Stuck in Gear (cameo), Hasty Hannah (cameo), Cranky at the End of the Line (cameo), Unscheduled Stops (cameo), Philip's Number, The Fastest Red Engine on Sodor, A Shed for Edward, Confused Coaches, Emily in the Middle and The Big Freeze Other - Thomas & Friends in 4-D: Bubbling Boilers (cameo) Specials: Learning Segments: Models: Animation: Videos Books Magazine Stories 1987 - Thomas and Gordon, Edward and Gordon, Thomas' Train, Thomas and the Trucks (mentioned), Thomas and the Breakdown Train, James and the Coaches (mentioned) and Thomas' Christmas Party (cameo) 1988 - James and the Troublesome Trucks (mentioned), James and the Express, The Golfers (does not speak), Tenders and Turntables, Trouble in the Shed, Percy Runs Away, Percy and the Signal, Wrong Road, Edward's Exploits, Thomas' Present, The Train Spotters, Duck Takes Charge, Cows and The New Coaches (cameo) 1989 - Gordon's Express, In a Sulk, Thomas and the Whistle, In a Muddle, An Important Visitor, Hurricane!, A Second Chance, The Party (cameo), The Missing Holly!, A Surprise for Thomas (cameo) and A Fishy Smell 1990 - Thomas For Sale, Rumours and Speculation, Edward and the Express, Timetable Trouble, The Backlog (does not speak), Percy and the Dragon, Henry's Forest (mentioned) and Go Easy 1991 - Duck's Service, Thomas and the Blue Wheel (does not speak) and Gordon Forgets 1993 - The Special Stationmaster!, Percy and the Parrot!, The Visitor and First with the Food! (mentioned) 1994 - Thomas and Trevor (not seen), The Nature Bus! (mentioned) and Puffing Pots! 1995 - Keeping Clean!, Gordon Gets Going!, Watch Out, Gordon!, The Engine Parade!, The New Guard (mentioned) and Keeping Clean! 1996 - Percy's Squeak!, Gordon's Spots!, Important Passengers!, Timetable Trouble, Thomas Takes a Ride!, The Little Line, Too Tired!, Sunday Schedule! and The Trouble With Mud! 1997 - Henry's Busy Day, Henry's Hills, Henry, 'Smile, Please!', April Fools, Gordon and Silly Skarloey! 1998 - The Red Squirrel!, Fancy Dress!, Runaway Percy! (mentioned), The Big Speech! (does not speak), The Posh Coaches, The Greenhouse Bus! (does not speak) The Exhibition! and James' Hotel! 1999 - Bill and Ben's Trick 2000 - Henry, Night Work (does not speak), The End of the Rainbow! (mentioned), Henrietta's Holiday, Lucky to be Lost! (cameo) and Painting the Shed (cameo) 2001 - A Special Story About Harold, Sir Handel, Harold Goes Quiet, Thomas Chimes In (does not speak), Snow Fun for Henry (cameo) and Hill Spill! (mentioned) 2002 - Henry Helps, Sodor Goes Pop!, The Blue Engine Club, Diesels and Steam Engines (cameo), Clean Up Chaos (does not speak) and Diesel's Drums (cameo) 2003 - Gordon's Surprise, The Boatshow (cameo), Harold's Bad Day (cameo), A Foggy Friend (cameo), The Most Beautiful Station (cameo), Harvey to the Rescue!, Cook Controller! (does not speak), Fast Food! (does not speak), Dirty Work, The Cat Controller! and Thomas Goes Squeak! 2004 - Rocket Power, Scrapes and Spills, The Train Trolley (does not speak), Thank You, Thomas!, Percy to the Rescue, Dockers' Dinner, Dirty Percy! (cameo), Harold's Bad Day (cameo), Edward to the Rescue!, Thomas Gets It Right, Scary Jack Frost (cameo), James' New Coat (cameo), A Nice Quiet Day, Fishy Business, On the Fast Track!, Problem Passenger, The Haunted Mine, Colour Quarrel!, Sparks Fly (cameo), Off to Market! (cameo) and The Talking Horse 2005 - Gordon's Snow Show, Slide and Ride (mentioned), Magic Mischief, Percy and the Magic Carpet (cameo), Eerie Engine, Henry's Forest, Spick and Span (does not speak), You Can Do it, Toby!, Model Engines, Hooray, Henry (does not speak), Percy and the Big Mistake (does not speak), A Treat for Trying (mentioned), Cat and Mouse (mentioned), Squeak, Rattle and Roll, Chickens to School, A Jumbo-Sized Surprise (cameo), Relay Rescue (does not speak), Edward the Great, As Good as Gordon and Choc-o-BoCo! (cameo) 2006 - No Trouble for Toby, First-class Carriage, Heavy Load, Splendid Sight (cameo), Saving Edward (cameo), Thomas, Emily and the Snowplow (cameo) and Thomas and the Statue 2007 - Airship, Everyone's Friend, The Santa Engine, Blown About! (does not speak), Seeing the Sights, Edward Strikes Out and Emily's Present (does not speak) 2008 - Fast and First! and Funny Faces! (does not speak) 2009 - Night Light Train (cameo) 2010 - The Best Present of All (does not speak), Henry Gets It Wrong! (cameo), Misty Island Rescue (cameo), The Water Wheel, Ready, Jet Set, Go! (cameo), Seeing Sheep! (does not speak), Percy Ploughs In!, Halloween Hats (mentioned; seen in toy form), Snow Tracks, Creepy Causeway, Bubble Trouble and Silly Billy (cameo) 2011 - Being Percy, Slowcoach Diesel, Smiles All Round, O, the Indignity!, Rosie's Really Useful Scrap!, Steam on Stamps (mentioned), Victor Says Yes (does not speak), Thomas and Scruff (does not speak), Making Annie Smile, Tickled Pink, Speedy Spencer (mentioned), Snow Tracks, Bird Talk, Show Time (does not speak), Heave Ho Thomas! (cameo), Perfect Plough (cameo), Ready, Jet Set, Go! (cameo), Rope Rescue (cameo) and Fuss and Fumes (mentioned) 2012 - Rescue Team, Percy's New Friends, Flaming Flynn (does not speak), Express Delivery!, Fiery Flynn!, Express Coming Through!, Edward the Hero (does not speak), Clever James (cameo), Paint for Percy (cameo), Hooray for Henry (does not speak), Sound Around, Paint for Percy (cameo), The Railway Show (mentioned), Sand Express, Up, Up and Away! (mentioned), Thomas and the Rubbish Train, Thomas and the Sound of Sodor (does not speak), Clock Countdown, Express Delivery!, Percy the Snowman (does not speak) and Thomas Toots the Crows (does not speak) 2013 - Gordon and Ferdinand, The Fat Controller's Bedtime Story (Issue 657) (cameo), Flash! Crash! Wallop!, Whiff's Wish (mentioned), Sodor Surprise Day (speaks in speech bubble only), Early Bird!, Being Percy (does not speak), James and the Giant Animals, Henrietta's Holiday, The Lost Puff (mentioned), Thomas the Spotter (mentioned), Platform Number 1!, Gordon Runs Dry, The Railway Rink (cameo) and Henrietta's Holiday 2014 - Engine Trouble, Valentine's Surprise, The Royal Carriage, Confusion and Delay, The Afternoon Tea Express, The Extra-Special Solo (speaks in speech bubble only), Harvey the Crane Engine (mentioned), Leaves on the Line!, Frozen Turntable, Not Now, Charlie! (cameo) and Speedy Steamies 2015 - Old Reliable Edward, Signals Crossed (does not speak), Easter Egg Express, Silent Puffing!, Don't Be Late, Percy! (speaks in speech bubble only), The Perfect Present (does not speak), Bust My Buffers!, Henrietta's Holiday and Not Now, Charlie! (cameo) 2016 - Thomas Toots the Crows (does not speak), Tickled Pink!, Victor Says Yes, Henry Spots Trouble and Speedy Steamies 2017 - Engine Trouble, Not Now, Charlie! (cameo), Flash! Crash! Wallop!, Bedtime Story and Diesel and the Ducklings (cameo) Gordon also appears in the magazine stories, A Long Way Up!, A Puzzle for Percy, A Special Story about Steam, Arthur and Emily, Back-to-Front, Behind Schedule, Bricks and Tunnels, Clean Getaway!, Diesel's Nasty Turn, Fast Food!, Fish and Fog!, Flying James, Gordon and Edward, Gordon the Town Engine, Henry's Secret, High-Speed Henry, How Does Percy Work?, Lazy Wheels, Leaves on the Line, Letting off Steam!, Looking Splendid, Lots of Luggage, Mighty Magnet!, Percy's Plight, Percy and Terence, Picture Posters, Proud Percy!, Railway Open Day, Really Useful Edward, Rhyming Engines, Rude James, Rushing Around, Rusty and the Cheeky Boys, Sodor Goes Pop!, Sodor Rock, Squeaky Wheels, Steaming!, Steaming Along!, Stick with Steam, Stolen Apples, Super Stunt, That Caps it All, The Best Engine, The Big Ship, The Blue Engine Club, The Cloud Factory!, The Lighthouse Light, The Runaway Percy and The Strongest.
Annual Stories Video Games Jack and the Pack are working here This article is currently under construction. Please come back later. Trivia Gordon is named after a rude boy that lived on the Awdrys' street when Christopher was a child. One of Gordon's models was on display at Nitrogen Studios, but is now on display at the Hara Model Railway Museum. The Halloween Engine in the eighth season episode, Halloween, was recycled from one of Gordon's scrap models.
In real life, Gordon's Shooting Star look would be too large for the British loading gauge. Gordon's upset face is used for Boulder in Rusty and the Boulder. In the Greek narration of the Classic Series, Gordon is called Johny. From thirteenth season onward, Gordon has been referred to with his original name. According to the Rev. W. Awdry in the book The Thomas the Tank Engine Man, the reason why Gordon has square buffers is because not long after he got his new safety valve following the events of The Three Railway Engines, he was showing it off and not paying to his surroundings.
He crashed into the end of the "Big Station" at Tidmouth, damaging his buffers and had to go to the Works to have them replaced. The only buffers available were long, square ones, which Gordon despised at first, but soon got used to them and became proud of being the only engine on the railway with square buffers. Then Henry had a similar incident to Gordon and got square buffers himself (explaining the illustration error in "Thomas and the Guard"), now the subject of buffers offends Gordon greatly when mentioned to him.
Two of Gordon's face masks, one grinning and one eyes shut, are now owned by Twitter user Thomas Merchandise. From Big World! Big Adventures! onwards, Gordon and Thomas are the only members of the Steam Team to be the exact same color. Gordon has went through several aesthetic changes in the television series: Season 4: His brake pipe is facing downward. He shares the same whistle sound as Duck in nearly all of his roles.
The eyebrows on his first shocked face are thickened. Season 5: He regained his old whistle sound, excluding "Bye George!". Thomas and the Magic Railroad: His brake pipe is facing upward again. He gained red lining on the cab side of his tender. His trailing wheels became larger and moved forward, joining to his driving wheel chassis. The wonky eyebrow on his second shocked face is corrected. Season 6: The lining on his pistons was moved slightly inwards.
Season 8: His eyebrows become thinner and arch more. Season 10: His cylinders, which appeared to be broken, were fixed. His eyebrows change shape completely. Season 12: The lining on the cab side of his tender was removed. Hero of the Rails: He lost facial detail; wrinkles on his forehead when cross or worried. He became slightly bigger. Season 13: The middle sections of his driving wheels are painted black.
Season 17: He gained a permanent head lamp and tail lamp. His wheels are fully blue again. The Adventure Begins: His side rods become silver. Quotes "If you were a nice tank engine, you'd be alright! Now you'll have to pull the next train backwards." "Look! There's a new tank engine... oh, it's only Gordon back to front." "Hullo! Playing Tank Engines? Sensible engine. Take my advice; scrap your tender and have a nice bunker!" - Gordon jokingly mistaken for a tank engine, "Tenders and Turntables" "Good riddance! Chatting all night keeping important engines awake, who is he anyway?" "He's City of Truro.
He's famous." "As famous as me? Nonsense!" "He's famouser than you. He went 100 miles an hour before you were drawn or thought of!" "So he says. But I didn't like his looks. He's got no dome! Never trust domeless engines, they're not respectable! I never boast, But a 100 miles an hour would be easy for me! Goodbye." - Gordon and Duck arguing about City of Truro, "Domeless Engines" "It's not fair!" "What isn't fair?" "Letting branch line diesels pull main line trains!" "Never mind, Gordon.
I'm sure BoCo will let you pull his trucks sometime." "I won't pull BoCo's dirty trucks! I won't run on branch lines!" "Why not? It would be a nice change." "The Fat Controller would never approve! Branch lines are vulgar!" - Edward and Gordon taking about branch lines, "Wrong Road", second season "When Gordon smiles, it changes his whole face. Hehehe. It is most interesting!" - Hiro talking about Gordon, "Hero of the Rails" "Oh, the indignity!" "Express coming through" - Two of Gordon's catchphrases throughout the series.
"Yes Thomas, we know each other, this is my brother, they call him the Flying Scotsman." - Gordon introducing Thomas to Flying Scotsman, "The Great Race" Merchandise ERTL (normal and Gold Rail; both discontinued) Wooden Railway (normal, talking, and limited edition A Better View for Gordon, limited edition discontinued, Battery-Operated) Take Along (normal, metallic, and lights and sounds; discontinued) Interactive Learning Railway (discontinued) Limited Edition Collection My First Thomas (discontinued) Motor Road and Rail (normal, talking, angry, and Shooting Star; discontinued outside Asia) TrackMaster (normal, talking, RC and greatest moments) Hornby Bachmann Tomix Trains (Cancelled) My Thomas Story Library (discontinued) Engine Adventures Thomas Engine Collection Series (discontinued) Mini Die Cast Collection (normal and with Santa hat; discontinued) Departing Now (discontinued) Thomas Town (discontinued) Capsule Collection Take-n-Play (normal, talking, pull back, snowy, and Shooting Star) De Agostini (discontinued) Trading Cards Tomica Woody Capsule Series Brio (discontinued) Wind-up (normal, several different expressions, and metallic) Pocket Fantasy (discontinued) Pez Nakayoshi Mega Bloks (discontinued) Diablock Collectible Railway (normal and Shooting Star) Motorized Railway Push Along (large and small) Boss (with grey express coach; discontinued) Padlock and Key Switch-On Keychains Micro Rubber Engines New Block Pico Pico Minis Classic Minis Metallic Minis Racers Minis Chillin' Minis DC Super Friends Minis (as Azrael Batman and Darkseid) Graffiti Minis SpongeBob SquarePants Minis (as Squidward Tentacles) Tootsie Minis (Andes) Space Minis Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Minis (as a Putty Patroller) Choro-Q Pre-Cut Model Engine Books (discontinued) Rail Rollers Adventures Waku Waku Wood * RWS only | ** T&F only | --- Dropped