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Edward and Gordon, retitled Edward Helps Out in American releases, is the second episode of the first series. It is based on the stories Edward's Day Out and Edward and Gordon from the Railway Series book The Three Railway Engines.


Edward is an old, blue engine, who is feeling sad, as he has not been out in a long time. One day, his driver and fireman see how upset he is, so they choose him over the other engines. Edward has a wonderful day pulling coaches. The coaches are very proud and impressed with Edward, as is his crew. That night, Edward tells the other engines that he will go out again tomorrow, but falls asleep before he could understand what they thought of it.

Next morning, Gordon is bragging to Edward. He tells the old engine to watch him rush by with the express that afternoon. Edward ignores him and goes to shunt trucks in the yard. However, instead of coaches, Gordon is pulling a train of dirty trucks, much to his anger. He soon begins to climb a hill, and stops halfway up. Edward is soon called to be Gordon's banker. The big blue engine does not think that Edward can do it, though he pushes all the same. The train is brought back to the bottom of the hill and then both engines puff together up the hill. All the while Gordon persistently complains but to his surprise, they have made it to the top. Gordon thunders away at high-speed, cheering for himself, and leaves Edward far behind forgetting to thank him. Out of breath, Edward slowly runs into a siding at Maron Station, where his crew give him a long drink and promise to reward him a new coat of blue paint with red stripes.



Adaptation Notes

  • "Once upon a time" is swapped out for "one day."
  • The number of engines in Edward's shed is not specified, due to 87546, 98462 and the Red Engine not being included in the adaptation. Their roles are replaced by Thomas and James, despite Thomas being the smallest engine in the episode and James being the same size as Edward.
  • The engine who says "the driver won't choose you again; he wants big, strong engines like us" is specified to be Gordon.
  • The narration about Edward having not been out for a long time and feeling sad is omitted.
  • The dialogue of the driver asking Edward why he is sad is removed.
  • The line "the driver pulled the lever" is omitted.
  • Edward's line, "look at me now!" is removed.
  • The rest of Edward's Day Out - barring the ending scene of Edward at the sheds - is heavily condensed, with entire sections such as Edward fetching the coaches and the guard being late being removed.
  • Edward's Day Out and Edward and Gordon are merged into one continuous story.
  • Gordon's introduction is omitted, having already been introduced in the previous episode. This is replaced by the line "next morning, Edward woke up to find nothing had changed; Gordon was still boasting."
  • The line "just then, his (Gordon's) driver pulled the lever" is removed.
  • The narration about Edward shunting is condensed.
  • The narration when Edward first sees Gordon come into the yard with his goods train is different.
  • Gordon's trucks are not specified to be coal trucks.
  • The narration surrounding the porter talking to Edward's driver is different.
  • The narration when Edward sees Gordon halfway up the hill is altered.
  • Gordon's line, "if they were coaches now - clean, sensible things that come quietly - that would be different" is removed.
  • The narration when Edward comes up behind the brake van is removed.
  • The guard blowing his whistle is omitted.
  • The lines "Gordon pulled" and "Edward pushed" are omitted.
  • The narration about Gordon going through two stations before his driver could make him stop is omitted.
  • The narration about Edward being left behind is altered and condensed.
  • The guard waving to Edward is omitted.


  • In an interview, Rev. W. Awdry says this episode was based off an incident in real life.
  • The second half of this episode was recreated and re-adapted for The Adventure Begins.
  • George Carlin's dub of the episode was never featured in an episode of Shining Time Station. It first appeared on the 1995 version of Thomas Gets Tricked and Other Stories on 15 August 1995.
  • When Gordon races through Maron, the footage is sped up.
  • This episode marks the first of several things:
    • The first episode in which the narrator says the line, "Then there was trouble."
    • The first appearance of Edward in the television series.
    • The first episode of Edward as a main character.
    • The first episode in which Thomas appears, but does not speak.
    • The first time where Gordon is seen pulling trucks instead of coaches.
    • The first episode that was adapted from two Railway Series stories.


  • In the scenes of where Edward and Gordon cross the turntable, the rotating part of the track tilts and moves slightly.
  • During Edward's morning train of coaches, the guard coach is backwards, this being due to the coaches only being painted on one side.
  • In the scene that immediately follows Edward leaving the sheds, his eyes are wonky.
  • When Edward says "I'm going out again tomorrow," steam is venting from an empty siding in the background. In the siding where steam is venting, the rails end at the bottom of the screen.
  • When Edward puffs out of the shed to shunt trucks, the shadow of a camera can be seen.
  • When Edward is shunting trucks, his cab roof is raised and a truck on the line next to him is missing an eye.
  • When Edward buffers up behind Gordon, the sound comes earlier than it should, Gordon's brake van has changed, and the open truck is empty.
  • In both US dubs, it is said that Edward was happy because he had been so helpful, but he looks sad.
  • Edward is wearing James' sad face when he approaches the water tower. Due to this, his nose and eyebrows also change shape.
  • When the narrator says "Gordon was very cross," there are bushes beside Gordon instead of the yard and sheds.
  • In the restored version:
    • As Gordon says "The shame of it!" he is not pulling the trucks.
    • When Gordon is on the hill, the edge of the set can be seen.
  • In a close-up of Gordon at Tidmouth Sheds, Henry is not next to Thomas.
  • In the first scene, James' eyes are wonky.
  • Edward's eyes are a bit wonky in the final scene of the episode.
  • At the start of the episode, the narrator mentions that all the other engines are bigger than Edward. This is not true, as Thomas is actually the smallest engine and James is the same size as Edward.
  • In the first close-up of Edward's driver and fireman in his cab, the shed cannot be seen behind him. The same thing happens when Edward says "Oh yes please!" and in the close-up of Edward's funnel.
  • In the second close-up of Edward's driver and fireman in his cab, Gordon is not next to Edward.
  • When Gordon and Edward reach the top of the hill, the ground underneath the tracks moves slightly.
  • When Gordon talks to Edward's driver his eyes jitter a couple times.
  • Gordon middle lamp iron is crooked, and some stains can be seen on his running.
  • When Edward's driver says "I'll get out my paint tomorrow" he has a stain on his right shoulder (viewers' left).

In Other Languages

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Language Title
Albanian Eduardi dhe Gordoni
Brazilian Portuguese A Ajuda de Edward
Chinese Mandarin 艾德华和高登
Croatian Edo i Gordon
Czech Edward a Gordon
Danish Edward og Gordon
Dutch Edward en Gordon
Finnish Edward ja Jori
French Edouard et Gordon
German Hilfe vom kleinem Edward
Greek Έντι, το πιο καλό Τρενάκι
Hebrew אדי וגורדון
Hungarian Edward és Gordon
Italian Edward e Gordon
Japanese エドワードのおてがら
Korean 에드워드와 고든
Latin American Spanish Edward al Rescate
Norwegian Edward og Gordon
Polish Edek i Gabryś
Romanian Edward şi Gordon
Romansh Eduard e Gordi
Russian Эдвард и Гордон
Serbian Edvard i Gordon
Slovak Eduard a Gordon
Slovenian Edvard in Gorazd
Swedish Edward och Gordon
Turkish Edward'ın Yardımı
Welsh Edward a Gordon


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Name Published Publisher Highlights Photo
Gordon 2004 Egmont
Gordon (Book & CD) 2007 Egmont
  • My Thomas Story Library book
  • The book was released with a CD narrated by Michael Angelis
Gordon the Big Engine Book Pack 2015 Egmont
Gordon 2016 Egmont

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