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"Well, Gordon, you wanted to show Salty a thing or two and you've certainly done that. You've shown him how silly it is to ignore "go slow" signs!"
— Sir Topham Hatt scolding Gordon

Gordon Takes a Tumble is the seventeenth episode of the sixth season.


None of the engines are more important than Gordon. Salty rolls up teasing Gordon that pulling trucks is a silly job for an express engine. Gordon brags that it would not be dignified for an express engine to pull trucks. Gordon explained what it means to Percy, but Salty interrupted, saying that it means someone is too big for his buffers and Gordon puffed furiously away.

Later that night, the Docks was packed with trucks due to the fog covering the Island of Sodor causing confusion and delay. Sir Topham Hatt came to the sheds and ordered Henry, Thomas and Percy to go to the Docks and Gordon to take the trucks somewhere where they will not be in the way, much to Gordon's shock. Gordon was waiting impatiently for his trucks, to show Salty how an express engine pulls trucks. Salty teased him again, but this time Gordon ignored him.

The next day when Gordon is puffing along the mainline, a signalman leaves the points onto an old, rickety branch line. The signalman sees Gordon going to the branch line, knowing that the express engines cannot go there, but it is too late. The branch line is weak and rusty and even had a "go slow" sign to warn trains, but Gordon ignores the sign and goes even faster. The old rails can not hold his weight and Gordon tumbles off the tracks and ends up in a field. He ploughs through a dirt mound, a pile of tyres (losing his tender in the process) and a barn - and finally halts in front of a scarecrow. Gordon felt very undignified wondering what Sir Topham Hatt would say. Sir Topham Hatt arrived and scolded Gordon, for showing Salty a thing or two by showing him how silly it is to ignore "go slow signs".

Gordon was repaired and returned back for work, but was still sad with himself. Thomas cheered him up by saying everyone makes mistakes and James told Gordon that Salty was sorry and Gordon apologised for being too big for his buffers. Everyone gave a jolly toot, even Gordon.




  • Stock footage from The Fogman is used.
  • The model of the scarecrow is on display at Drayton Manor at the Thomas and Friends Exhibition.
  • This is one of the few episodes of the sixth season later re-narrated by Michael Brandon in the US and Michael Angelis in the UK with music composed by Robert Hartshorne and Ed Welch.
  • This is the second time an engine pulls a freight train and falls off the tracks and crashes into a barn. First being Thomas in Bye George!



Salty: Careful Captain, You don't wanna get to big for your buffers.


  • In the first scene, Clarabel is facing the wrong way.
  • In the shot of Gordon on the old branch line, a cable is attached to his coupling.
  • When Gordon derails, his trailing wheels are slightly coming off.
  • When Gordon's trucks come off the rails, they come off differently in certain shots.
  • As the trucks derail and tumble down the slope, the ground bounces up and down.
  • A wire is visible pulling Gordon at one point when he derailed.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Dutch Gordon Tuimelt Omlaag Gordon Tumbles Down
Norwegian Gordon Får seg en Luftetur Gordon Gets a Tumble
Danish Det Overlegne Lokomotiv The Superior Engine
Japanese すべったゴードン Gordon Has Slipped
Welsh Tymbl Gordon Gordon's Tumble
Swedish Gordon Spärar ur Gordon Gets Out
Czech Gordon Padá Gordon Falls
Slovenian Gorazd se Prevrne Gordon Overturns
Hungarian Gordon Fennhordja az Orrát Spread the Nose of Gordon Reserved
Italian Gordon fa un Capitombolo Gordon Takes a Tumble
Russian Урок для Гордона Lesson for Gordon
Romanian Gordon Face o Tumbă Gordon Does a Somersault
Slovak Gordon sa Prepadne Gordon Will Fall
Polish Gabryś Dostaje Nauczkę Gordon Gets a Lesson Herem
Chinese 高登遭遇挫折 Gordon Suffers Setbacks
Korean 고든의 체면 Gordon's Face
Thai กอร์ดอนหยุดผยอง Gordon Stopped Swagger

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