Thomas the Tank Engine Wikia
Main Page

“Thank you for helping me today. Maybe an important engine like me needs help sometimes.”
―Gordon thanking Donald and Douglas for helping him

Gordon and the Engineer, retitled Gordon and the Mechanic in American releases, is the sixth episode of the eleventh series.


The points on the Fat Controller's Railway are jammed and Gordon is asked to collect an engineer from Maron. When he arrives, he sees a man with a toolbox, thinking he is the engineer and has him climb onboard. The stationmaster warns him to wait for Bertie to bring more passengers, but Gordon, knowing that fixing the points is important, leaves anyway. However, Gordon does not know that the engineer is in fact one of Bertie's passengers back at Maron and that the man in his express is not the engineer.

When Gordon arrives at the signal box, Thomas tells the man about the points, but he says that he is a carpenter who thought Gordon was taking him to Brendam. Gordon realises he left the engineer behind and that he has to go back to get him, but the signalman tells him he cannot go back on the express line with his coaches. Thomas suggests that Gordon uses his line to reverse down to Maron. Gordon leaves his coaches and reverses to the next station, but Douglas is in the way. He tells him to move, but Douglas says he can go as far as where Donald is. Thinking quickly, Gordon suggests Douglas reverse to the next station to get Donald to reverse to Maron to collect the engineer and then work forwards again. The idea works and the railway returns to running normally again.




  • Going by production order, this is the second episode of the eleventh series.
  • On the US Digital Download, Fun on the Rails, PBS Kids Sprout Channel airings and the Japanese narration, James angrily says, "Hurry up, Gordon!"
  • Stock footage from Emily's Rubbish is used.
  • A deleted alternate angle of the scene of Percy, Toby and Gordon at Brendam Docks is used in another eleventh series episode.
  • This episode marks the first of three things:
  • Gordon's original plastic model was being used when he leaves Brendam Docks at the beginning of the episode and passing James and Henry being halted on the main line. This is the last episode to have the perspex model in use.
  • This episode marks the last appearance of Abbey.


  • Donald and Douglas have Duck's whistle sound.
  • When Gordon comes back to the signal box with the engineer, he is travelling on his express line and his coaches have disappeared.
  • Although one is not seen, a shadow at the top of the screen reveals that there are at least three signals in the shot of Gordon with the express. However, there are only two tracks, so the third signal is redundant, and they are all up, so Gordon is passing a signal at danger.

In Other Languages

View content
Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Gordon e o Mecânico
Chinese Mandarin 高登和工程师
Czech Gordon a pan technik
Danish Gordon og teknikeren
Dutch Gordon en de Spoortechnicus
Finnish Jori ja Mekaanikko
German Gordon und der Ingenieur
Hungarian Gordon és a mérnök
Japanese ゴードンとせんろのしゅうり
Korean 고든과 기술자
Norwegian Gordon og mekanikeren
Polish Gabryś i Inżynier
Portuguese Gordon e o Engenheiro
Romanian Gordon și Inginerul
Russian Гордон и инеженер
Spanish Gordon y el Mecánico
Swedish Gordon och ingenjören

Home Media Releases