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“But Sir, I am Gordon and I pull the express."
"I know who you are, Gordon.”
―Gordon and Sir Topham Hatt

Express Coming Through is the third episode of the sixteenth series.


Dowager Hatt is planning a "Welcome to Sodor" party at Knapford for some very important visitors from the Mainland. The station is being decorated and undergoing a thorough clean before the party. Both Thomas and Gordon think they will be chosen to carry the important visitors and as such, they set off to the docks where the important visitors have arrived. The Fat Controller gives Thomas the job of taking the visitors on a tour of the Island before taking them to the party, much to Gordon's surprise. The Fat Controller tells Gordon to go to Misty Island to collect some Jobi Wood as he needs a very strong engine for that job. Gordon is fairly happy at being called a very strong engine in front of the important visitors. After the Fat Controller leaves, Thomas asks Dowager Hatt if she and the visitors want to travel in the express coaches. Dowager Hatt accepts the offer, but Gordon scoffs; he thinks Thomas is not strong enough to haul the heavy express.

Thomas realises that the express is heavier than he imagined as he pulls into the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre. Rocky, Harold, Captain and Butch are surprised to see Thomas with the express. Rocky asks if the express is too heavy, but Thomas assures Rocky that he can pull the express easily. Then Gordon emerges from the Misty Island Tunnel with the Jobi wood just in time to hear Thomas declare: "Express Coming Through!" Gordon groans as Thomas chuffs on to the next stop in his tour. On the way, Thomas admits to himself that the express is too heavy for him, but he has an idea. He decides to leave some of the visitors at various sights of Sodor to lighten the load.

First he drops off a few of the visitors at the Slate Quarry. The visitors do not think the quarry is a very special site, but Thomas is pleased. He is sure that Gordon would not visit the quarry. This is important because Thomas does not want Gordon to know that he was right about the express being too heavy for the little tank engine. Meanwhile, the Dowager is unaware that some of her visitors are missing; she is too busy enjoying the cake in the buffet car. She is also unaware that Thomas is still struggling with the express. Soon Thomas arrives at a cow field where he drops off even more visitors. He leaves the visitors and heads to Knapford.

At Knapford, the other engines are waiting for the party to begin and the Fat Controller is very surprised to see Thomas with the express. Dowager Hatt steps onto the platform and thanks Thomas. Her mood soon changes when she finds out that Thomas has dropped her visitors off all round the Island. Thomas is forced to admit in front of everyone that he cannot pull the express and explains the logic behind his plan. Furiously, Dowager Hatt demanded Thomas to do something. Thomas asks Gordon to pick up the important visitors as he is the strongest and fastest engine.

Later Dowager Hatt welcomes all of the visitors to her party, but the Fat Controller is concerned about the lack of balloons. Thomas tells the Fat Controller that the balloons for the party are still at the docks and offers to collect them. When he arrives back, the party is soon being enjoyed by everyone. The Fat Controller welcomes the visitors to Sodor and declares that some of his engines are strong and some are fast, but every one of them is really useful.







  • The title comes from one of Gordon's catchphrases, said multiple times in the series by engines pulling the express.


  • When Gordon says "Express coming through!" he gives three toots from his whistle, but steam can only be seen coming from it twice.


In Other Languages

Language Title
Chinese 特快车来了
Czech Projíždí expres
French Thomas et l'express
German Der Schnellzug fährt jetzt durch!
Hungarian Utat a gyorsvonatnak!
Italian Attenzione sta passando l'Espresso
Japanese トーマスときゅうこうれっしゃ
Korean 특급열차 나갑니다
Norwegian Ekspressen kommer!
Polish Ekspres Jedzie Tu
Portuguese Expresso passando
Romanian Trece Expressul!
Russian Чужая работа
Spanish Express en Camino
Thai รถด่วนมาแล้ว
Turkish Ekspres Geliyor

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