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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 is the fifteenth episode of the twelfth season.


Some workmen and a group of VIPs 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 had not 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 VIPs.




  • A sampled recording of the story with Pierce Brosnan's original narration is featured on Dino Athanassiou's website.
  • Stock footage from Gordon and the Engineer is used.
  • This episode marks Oliver and Toad's first speaking roles since the seventh season episode, Snow Engine as well as the latter's first appearance since that episode.
  • Going by production order, this is the tenth episode of the twelfth season.
  • This episode aired before The Great Discovery premiered in the UK, meaning the audience may have not known about Stanley or Great Waterton.
  • Harvey appears in the annual story of this episode, which means he may have originally played a role in this episode.
  • This episode aired before Edward Strikes Out in Australia, meaning the audience would not know who Rocky is.
  • This episode marks the last appearances/or speaking roles of several characters:
    • Ben's last appearance until the seventeenth season episode, Percy's Lucky Day and his second and last appearance without Bill.
    • The last episode until the seventeenth season episode, Luke's New Friend, and thus, the last episode in the model series, where Thomas does not appear at all.
    • Oliver's last appearance until Tale of the Brave and Toad's last appearance until the eighteenth season episode, Signals Crossed and their last speaking roles until Toad's Adventure.
    • The last time Duck and Oliver are seen together until Tale of the Brave.
    • Duck's last speaking role until the seventeenth season episode, Henry's Hero, and thus, his last speaking role in the model series.
    • This was the only episode this season written by Wayne Jackman and the last episode written by him to date.


  • 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

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