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"Are you lost?"
"Would you like some help?"
"No, thank you. I'm not lost.
— Oliver, Toad, and Gordon
Gordon Takes a Shortcut

Steve Asquith


Simon Spencer


Wayne Jackman


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon
Pierce Brosnan
(original cut)

Air date

September 19th,
2008 (UK)
November 18th,
2008 (AUS)
November 22nd,
2008 (US)
May 14th,
2009 (GER)

Previous episode

Don't Go Back

Next episode

The Man in the Hills

Gordon Takes a Shortcut is the fifteenth episode of the twelfth season.


Some workmen and a group of VIP's are waiting at Great Waterton. Gordon tries to take a shortcut to beat Stanley there, but when he ignores advice from Duck, Oliver, and Toad he ends up getting lost. After banging into Ben's log truck, spilling logs onto Stanley's line, he realises that trying to take a shortcut hadn't been such a good idea after all. Gordon knows he must stop Stanley from hitting the logs, so he asks for advice from the other engines on how to get down to Stanley's line. He manages to stop Stanley just in time. The two go to Great Waterton, and as a sign of friendship, Gordon allows Stanley to take the VIP's.





  • Duck's face is smaller than usual.
  • Toad's face is bigger than usual in some scenes.
  • Stanley's whistle sound has changed since The Great Discovery.
  • Gordon's tender shakes when he arrives at the Logging Station.
  • One of the vans in the siding with 'Arry and Bert is derailed.
  • When the narrator says, "But Gordon didn't know which track to take to find Stanley," Ben's eyes are wonky.
  • Throughout the episode, Gordon's driver and fireman cannot be seen in his cab.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
German Gordon nimmt eine Abkürzung Gordon Takes a Shortcut
Italian Gordon Prende una Scorciatoia Gordon Takes a Shortcut
Indonesian Gordon Mengambil Jalan Pintas Gordon Takes Shortcuts
Polish Gabryś Jedzie na Skróty Gordon Goes Shortcuts
Spanish Gordon Toma Un Atajo Gordon Takes a Shortcut
Czech Gordon to bere zkratkou Gordon Takes a Shortcut
Slovak Gordon to berie skratkou Gordon Takes a Shortcut
Chinese 高登选择走近路 Gordon Approached the Road Choice
French Gordon prend un raccourci Gordon Takes a Shortcut
Thai กอร์ดอนใช้ทางลัด Gordon Shortcuts
Portuguese Gordon Pega um Atalho Gordon Takes a Shortcut

Home Media Releases



  • The Complete Twelfth Series

DVD Boxsets


DVD Boxsets


Latin America

  • Team Up With Thomas






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