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“What a boring view! Important engines like me should have a panoramic view, where I can see people and people can see me!”
―Gordon complaining about Kirk Ronan station

A Better View for Gordon is the third episode of the fifth series. It aired back to back with Gordon and the Gremlin on Storytime with Thomas in the US.


One morning, Gordon is complaining. This is annoying James, who asks why the express engine complains all the time. Gordon replies that he is a big engine that knows everything and shall complain whenever he wants, while James is just a small red engine with ideas above his station and that one day he will show just what a big engine can really do.

Later, Gordon is ordered by the Fat Controller to pull an empty express train to Kirk Ronan for a dress rehearsal to test the new station building. At first he does not want to do it since Henry usually likes idling in stations, but the Fat Controller does not care and tells him to do as he is told. But while along the way, he begins to feel sick. His fireman tells him that he should go to the Works as his pipes are clogged. Gordon soon arrives at the station. He is impressed, but is disappointed when in front of him is a blank wall and a huge set of buffers. Gordon remarks the "view" to be boring and says that important engines should have a panoramic view so that people can see him, but is relieved when it is time for his return journey.

On the return journey, Gordon tries to build up speed, but he breaks down and comes to a complete stop in a siding. His fireman tells him that something inside of him is broken and that he is in complete need of repairs at the Works. When James arrives to collect his coaches, he tells Gordon that he was too puffed up in his smokebox and it serves him right.

''Well, Gordon, I know you wanted a panoramic view, but this is not the way to achieve it''.

When Gordon is repaired a few days later, he is still boasting and claims he is the finest engine on the Island of Sodor, and probably the world. He then leaves for the official opening of Kirk Ronan with the Fat Controller riding in the cab with his crew. When he approaches the station however, there is trouble; his crew are unable to apply his brakes due to an unknown jam. His driver reduces steam but Gordon is still going too fast to stop in time and crashes through the back of the station, completely destroying the wall and suffering damage to his buffers and front undercarriage. His crew and the Fat Controller also suffer minor injuries. The Fat Controller tells Gordon that he knew he wanted a panoramic view, but is not the way to achieve it.

Upon his second return from the Works, Gordon arrives back at the station for its second official opening and this time he arrives safely. Gordon is delighted to discover the broken wall has been turned into a panoramic window, affectionately named, "Gordon's View." The Fat Controller tells him that it is here to stay and he trusts that he will always see through it from the safety of his own rails. Gordon heartily agrees.




  • Gordon's crash at Kirk Ronan was inspired by the Gare Montparnasse derailment in Paris, France. On 22nd October 1895, the Granville-Paris Express ran through the buffer stop, across the station concourse, and crashed through the station wall, landing in the Place de Rennes below. This event was also depicted in the 2007 novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret and its 2011 film adaptation Hugo. David Maidment showed the production team a poster of the disaster. A small picture of the real-life incident can be see in the Thomas & Friends Exhibition at Drayton Manor at Bluff's Cove in the waiting room.
  • The barrel that the Fat Controller is standing on when he is talking to Gordon near the beginning is the "Best Quality Diesel Oil" barrel from the fourth series episode, Bowled Out.
  • This is the first of three things:
    • The first appearance of Kirk Ronan station in the television series, replacing Knapford for the fifth series.
    • The first and only episode to have injuries during the crash, with Gordon's fireman breaking his arm and Sir Topham Hatt getting a black eye.
    • The first appearance of Gordon's unused astonished face mask from Series 2.


  • When Gordon leaves for Kirk Ronan, the Fat Controller is still standing there.
  • The title card of the Norwegian narration says: "Let's Have a Race by Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell".
  • When James is talking to Gordon at the siding, James' dome is scratched.
  • When Gordon was boasting on the turntable, his left buffer is crooked.
  • When Gordon's crew attempts to apply his brakes, a wire can be seen out the cab window.
  • Just before Gordon crashes into the wall, his tender buffers are crooked.
  • In the shot of Kirk Ronan before Gordon crashes, a fake wall is used for Gordon to crash through.
  • The Hindi narration of this episode credits Michael Angelis as the narrator.
  • In the Czech dub the line "he likes hindling up in stations" is said by Sir Topham Hatt instead of by Gordon.
  • In a close-up of James, his whistle is crooked.
  • When the crew are trying to put on the brakes and reduce the steam, the fireman has blond hair and the driver has brown hair. But when they and Sir Topham Hatt come to see Gordon on an elevator, none of the crew members have blond hair. Both of them have brown hair. The error also occurs with James' crew in the first series episode, James and the Coaches.
  • The studio is reflected on Gordon's paintwork when he approaches Kirk Ronan for its second official opening.


  • James: Why are you complaining all the time?
  • Gordon: (to James) Because I'm a big blue engine and I know everything. I shall complain whenever I want! You're just a small red engine with ideas above your station!
  • Percy: I can't see any, where are they?
  • Gordon: Any what?
  • Percy: "Ideas above the station", the sky is empty!
  • James: Like your smoke box, Percy!
  • Gordon: One day I'll show you just what a big engine can really do!
  • Percy: So what can a big engine really do?
  • Gordon: Not speak to silly little green engines for a start.


  • Gordon: (about his speed) Come on! Come on! I can go faster than this! Sick, me?! Never!


  • James: (after Gordon breaks down) Well, well, well, so much for knowing about everything! You got too puffed-up in the boiler, so it serves you right!


  • (after the crash)
  • Gordon: Help me. Please!
  • (later, The Fat Controller arrives on a scissor lift)
  • The Fat Controller: Well, Gordon, I know you wanted a panoramic view, but this is not the way to achieve it.
  • Gordon: Yes, sir. Sorry, sir.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Uma Visão Melhor Para Gordon
Chinese 更清楚地了解高登
Danish En Bedre Udsigt for Gordon
Dutch Een Beter Uitzicht voor Gordon
Finnish Parempi Näkymä Jorille
French Une Meilleure Vue pour Gordon
German Schöne Aussicht für Gordon
Greek Ο Τζόνι και η πανοραμική θέα
Hungarian Jobb Kilátás Gordonnak
Italian Aria di Guai
Japanese ゴードンのまど
Korean 잘난 척 대장, 고든
Norwegian Et Bedre Syn for Gordon
Polish Lepszy Widok dla Gabrysia
Romanian O Privelişte Mai Bună Pentru Gordon
Russian Гордону лучше видно
Slovak Lepší Pohľad na Gordona
Slovenian Lepši Razgled za Gorazda
Spanish Mejoras para Gordon
Swedish Bättre Utsikt för Gordon
Thai กอร์ดอนได้เห็นวิวสมปรารถนา

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