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“I told you so. Why not let Henry try?"
"Yes, I will.”
―Gordon and the Fat Controller about Edward not moving the express

Edward, Gordon and Henry, retitled Henry to the Rescue in American releases, is the fourth episode of the first series. It is based on the story of the same name from the Railway Series book The Three Railway Engines.


Gordon always pulls the Express and is proud to be the only engine strong enough to do it. One day, he heads down the line with the Fat Controller onboard the train, when he sees the tunnel that Henry has been left bricked up in and abandoned for refusing to come out. Henry feels sorry for himself and wonders if he will ever be forgiven and let out.

Gordon plans to whistle rudely at Henry, only to burst his safety valve and he is forced to stop just in front of the tunnel. Upon being told by his driver what has happened and that he can no longer pull his train, Gordon is most embarrassed, especially since Henry has seen his mishap and is laughing at him. The passengers come out to see Gordon, including the Fat Controller, who promptly orders for another engine to come to take the Express, while Gordon is uncoupled and limps onto a siding. Edward is the only engine left in the yard and offers to take the train, but when he tries to push the coaches, he finds that he is simply not strong enough. Gordon suggests that Henry should be allowed to try and the Fat Controller agrees, as does Henry upon being asked.

Soon workmen break down the wall and replace the rails, then Henry comes out of the tunnel. His paint is very dirty and he feels stiff, but after having a quick run to loosen his joints and being turned on a turntable, he feels a lot better and then he is coupled to the coaches. With Henry pulling and Edward pushing, the two engines manage to move the long train. The Fat Controller leans out the window to wave to them, but the train ends up moving very fast and causes his hat to blow off and land in a field where it is eaten by a goat. The two keep running until they reach the last station where the passengers cheer, and on the way home, they help Gordon back to the sheds.

Henry is rewarded with a new coat of paint and no longer minds the rain as he now knows that the best way to keep his paint nice is not to hide in tunnels but to ask his driver to wash him down after the day's work is done.




  • The events of this episode were mentioned by Edward in The Adventure Begins.
  • This is the first episode of three things:
    • The first episode in which Thomas does not physically appear since his debut.
    • The first time Gordon's neutral face is used.
    • The first time that a spare engine (in this case two engines) had been sent to take a train while the other was incapacitated. In this case, Henry and Edward had to take Gordon's express to the top station.
  • Stock footage from The Sad Story of Henry is used, this is also the first time in the series to use stock footage and this episode also takes place after this episode.
  • When George Carlin's dub aired on the Shining Time Station episode, Mysterious Stranger, the first few seconds of the opening were cut.


  • Ringo Starr's US dub is slightly out of sync from the point when Henry leaves the tunnel to when he arrives at Wellsworth. This is caused due to a brief pause in the soundtrack after the Fat Controller says "And find a turntable."
  • In the shot when Ringo Starr starts to say "In a minute...", Gordon's funnel seems to be expelling no smoke at all while he puffs along.
  • When Gordon says "I'm going to poop, poop at Henry," studio equipment is visible in the top right corner and his driving wheels are going backwards. The same errors occur as he slows down.
  • After being uncoupled from his coaches, as Gordon passes over the points, his trailing wheels jam as he moves offscreen.
  • Gordon rolls over the points incorrectly; he should have gone over the crossover, but he instead goes straight ahead.
  • When Gordon moves to the siding, the coaches have moved back without explanation.
  • The Express has two brake coaches.
  • While Henry is in the tunnel, his face is covered with black dust, but in the close up of Henry going backwards from the tunnel, he is spotless because it is footage from earlier episodes. The same thing happens after Henry has pulled the express through the tunnel and when he arrives at the station, he is spotless again.
  • When Gordon says "Huh! That's no use. Edward can't push the train," his eyes shift very quickly, indicating a scene cut.
  • In the closeup of Edward's wheels slipping, there was a tint of red paint on one of the spokes.
  • In the closeup of Edward looking sad, the hill next to him is nowhere to be seen.
  • Henry is smiling after he says "Ooh, I'm stiff! I'm stiff!"
  • Because stock footage is used, the scene where the Fat Controller tells Henry to turn around is darker and blue ink can be seen smeared on his hand.
  • When Edward and Henry set off, the last coach is passing Gordon as the scene ends. But in the next scene, the coach can be seen passing him again. Also, in that same scene, Gordon is derailed.
  • When Henry passes the goat, Edward is not behind the train.
  • In the close-up of Henry when he is coming out of the tunnel, his cylinder red stripe is sticking out.
  • When the Fat Controller asks Henry to pull the train Gordon is not seen in front of the buffers.
  • Blu-Tack is visible under some of the people's feet.
  • When Edward says "I'm ready," he already starts to move because stock footage from earlier in the episode is used.
  • The narrator says that they never stop until they came to the station at the end of the line, but Wellsworth is not on the end of the line. This is because the narration was taken from the original book.
  • On the US digital release, the episode is shown with its UK title.

In Other Languages

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Language Title
Albanian Eduardi, Gordoni dhe Henri
Brazilian Portuguese O Resgate de Henry
Chinese Mandarin 艾德华,高登和亨利
Croatian Edo, Gordon i Hrvoje
Czech Edward, Gordon a Henry
Danish Edward, Gordon og Henry
Dutch Edward, Gordon en Henry
Finnish Edward Jori ja Henri
French Edouard, Gordon et Henry
German Gordon in Not
Greek Τσάρλι, ο Ήρωας της Ημέρας
Hebrew אדי, גורדון והנרי
Hungarian Edward, Gordon és Henry
Italian Libertà Ritrovata
Japanese ヘンリーだいかつやく
Korean 세 친구
Latin American Spanish Edward, Gordon y Henry
Henry al Rescate
Norwegian Edward, Gordon og Henry
Polish Edek, Gabryś i Henio
Romanian Edward, Gordon şi Henry
Romansh Eduard, Gordi e Hendry
Russian Вновь обретенная Свобода
Serbian Edvard, Gordon i Henri
Slovak Eduard, Gordon a Henry
Slovenian Edvard, Gorazd in Henrik
Swedish Edward, Gordon och Henry
Turkish Edward, Gordon ve Henry
Welsh Edward, Gordon a Henri


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Name Published Publisher Highlights Photo
Edward, Gordon and Henry and Gordon Off the Rails 1984 Ladybird Books
  • Ladybird book
  • Also features Off the Rails
Edward, Gordon and Henry 1990 Buzz Books
  • Buzz book #05
Henry and the Tunnel 1997 Egmont
Random House


Home Media Releases


DVD Boxsets



  • Thomas Gets Tricked and Other Stories (Both dubs)
  • The Early Years (UK dub)



DVD Boxsets

  • Complete Series 1-10
  • Classic Collection
  • Series One and Series Two Double Pack






  • Thomas and Gordon and other stories


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DVD Packs