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"Gordon's Hill" is the nickname of the steep grade on the Main Line, between Wellsworth and Maron. It got its name after Gordon stalled there while pulling a goods train in 1923.


The Railway Series

Over a distance of eight kilometres (five miles), the line climbs around a hundred metres (280 feet) from Suddery Junction to reach Maron, meaning a gradient of 1:75 and a severe test for engines on the North Western Railway.

Bankers are often required to help trains up the hill. However, they run the risk of being chased by a runaway train or rear ending the train they are helping - something Duck found out the hard way twice, once with Edward and again with Henry.

When the railway was first built, this stretch was made even more difficult by strong winds blown in by the sea. This was attempted to be countered by the planting of trees on either side of the line, but in autumn there can be the additional risk of slippery leaves on the line, as James soon discovered.

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Learning Segments



  • Gordon's Hill is based on the Lickey Incline near King's Norton station on the Midland Railway.
  • Whilst it is probably a coincidence, there is a real place in London called "Gordon Hill".
  • While the occasional accidents/events have happened on the hill, it has been the starting place for countless runaway trains, with either couplings breaking or an engine has faulty brakes.
  • Gordon's Hill has had numerous modifications throughout the years:
    • Series 1:
      • The incline was curved and single sided (with Wellsworth at the bottom and Maron at the top).
    • Series 8:
      • The rails on the hill became straight with the track being curved at the bottom of the hill.
      • The bridge at the bottom also disappeared.
    • Series 9:
    • Hero of the Rails:
      • It becomes double sided and much steeper.
        • There also appears to be two models of the hill. On one version, the ocean could be seen on the curved rail side and the other model has the ocean on the straight rail side.
    • Series 15:
      • In Big Belle, the hill was much taller and steeper than usual.
    • King of the Railway: