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“Who does he think he is calling me little? He can't tell me what to do. It's bad enough being told what to do by one Gordon!”

The Other Big Engine is the fourth episode of the twenty-third series.


Thomas is working on the Brazilian Railway when a big blue engine rushes past him and Gabriella. Thomas later sees the engine, who introduces himself as Gustavo and asks Thomas about how he is liking it on the Railway. When Thomas says he loves it, Gustavo tells Thomas that Brazil is seen as the land of the future. He then tells Thomas that he will see him later, while calling him a little engine.


Oh, indignidade!

Thomas cannot help but think that Gustavo reminds him of another engine on Sodor, but cannot think of who it is. After accidentally causing Cassia to knock some crates of fruits off Gabriela's truck, Gustavo accidentally crashes into the fruit while saying "Oh the indignity" in Portuguese. After Thomas apologizes for what he did, this also makes him realize that Gustavo reminds him of Gordon. This makes Thomas shocked to find he has traveled to another railway to meet an engine like Gordon.

Gustavo later pulls up alongside Thomas at a signal and accidentally offends Thomas when Gustavo calls him a little engine while telling him not to take the express line. Thinking Gustavo is being bossy to him, Thomas decides to take the express line anyway. Although he initially likes the view of it, he ends up running low on coal and water, but can't find a coal bunker or water tower for miles. He runs out of fuel just in front of a tunnel, only to see an engine coming up ahead that's set for a collision course to Thomas.

The engine is revealed to be Gustavo, who is able to stop in time. While Thomas attempts to explain to Gustavo that he did not listen to what Gustavo told him to do because of his dislike for being bossed around by big blue engines, Gustavo tells Thomas he was only trying to help him, explaining that he runs on an electric line that has no coal or water stops. He then states that he likes Thomas, thinking he has fire and pushes him back to help him get some coal. The two resolve to start over and become friends, and Thomas then tells Gustavo about Gordon, the engine Gustavo initially reminded him of, when he first saw him.






  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • Kerry Shale as Gordon
  • Francisco Labbe as Gustavo
  • Monica Lopera as Gabriela
  • Laura Cucurullo as Cassia and Two Parrots


  • Going by production order, this is the seventh episode of the twenty-third series.
  • This is the first episode that takes place in Brazil.
  • As Gustavo shunts Thomas away, Thomas makes a reference to The Great Race.
  • Francisco Labbe, Monica Lopera and Laura Cucurullo join the voice cast, the latter taking over as Cassia from Teresa Gallagher.
  • This marks Gustavo and the Flying Scotsman’s only appearances in the twenty-third series.
  • On the Nick Jr. USA airing, this episode is paired with Grudge Match.
  • With the exception of the Flying Scotsman, the engines Thomas compares Gustavo to are all the former members of the Steam Team who were dropped for the Big World! Big Adventures! rebrand.
  • Thomas' fantasy sequence references a scene from the 2003 Teen Titans episode, "Overdrive" where the centering character Cyborg uses holograms to clone the titular team.


  • When Gabriela is translating Gustavo's "oh, the indignity" to Thomas, he is missing from the scene in her lamp's reflection.
  • In the fantasy sequence, one of the Gustavo clones is not on the rails and clipping through the sheds.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese A Outra Grande Locomotiva
Dutch De Andere Grote Locomotief
Finnish Toinen Iso Veturi
German Die andere große Lok
Italian L'altre Grande Locomotiva
Japanese えらそうなグスタボ
Polish Inna Duża Lokomotywa
Russian Двойник
Spanish La Otra Gran Locomotora

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