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"You're just a small red engine with ideas above your station!"
"I can't see any. Where are they?"
"Any what?"
"'Ideas above the station,' the sky is empty."
"Like your smokebox, Percy!
— Gordon, Percy and James arguing

A Better View for Gordon is the third episode of the fifth season.


One morning, Gordon is complaining, which makes James cross. James asks why Gordon complains all the time, and Gordon tells him that he is a big engine, and that he shall complain whenever he wants, and he then tells James that he is just a small red engine with ideas above his station, and that one day he will show them just what a big engine can really do.

Later, Gordon is ordered by the Fat Controller to pull an empty express train to Kirk Ronan to test the new station building. Along the way, he begins to feel sick. His driver tells him that he must go to the works when his pipes are clogged. Gordon soon arrives at the station. He is impressed, but his mood soon changes when in front of him is a blank wall and a set of buffers. Gordon is bored by the blank plaster wall in front of his buffers, and says that important engines should have a panoramic view so that people could see him.

On the return journey, Gordon tries to build up speed, but he then breaks down and comes to a complete stop in a siding. Gordon's driver tells him that something inside of him is broken, and that he will have to go to the works. When James arrives to collect his coaches, he tells Gordon that he was too puffed up in his smokebox and it serves him right.

Gordon is repaired in time for the opening of the new station, but still acts puffed up. When he approaches Kirk Ronan, neither the driver and fireman can apply his brakes. Something is jammed and Gordon loses control and crashes through the wall. His crew and the Fat Controller suffer minor injuries. The Fat Controller tells him that he knew he wanted a panoramic view, but this is not the way to achieve it.

Upon his return from the Works, Gordon arrives back at the station for its second official opening, and this time he arrives safely. Gordon is delighted to discover the broken wall has been turned into a panoramic window. The Fat Controller tells him that it is here to stay, and he trusts that he will always see through it from the safety of his own rails.




  • Gordon's crash at Kirk Ronan was inspired by the Gare Montparnasse crash of 1895.


  • In the beginning, one of Gordon's buffers is crooked.
  • When Gordon leaves for Kirk Ronan, his crew and the Fat Controller are still standing there.
  • When Gordon approaches Kirk Ronan he lets off steam. In the next shot, it has disappeared and he lets off more steam.


  • Gordon: One day I'll show you just what a big engine can really do!


  • Percy: So what can a big engine really do?
  • Gordon: Not speak to silly little green engines for a start.


  • Gordon: (about his speed) Come on! Come on! I can go faster than this! Sick, me?! Never!


  • The Fat Controller: (after the crash) Well, Gordon, I know you wanted a panoramic view, but this is not the way to achieve it.
  • Gordon: Yes, sir. Sorry, sir.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Mejoras Para Gordon Enhancements for Gordon
Norwegian Et Bedre Syn for Gordon A Better View for Gordon
Japanese ゴードンのまど Gordon's Window
Polish Lepszy Widok dla Gabrysia Better View for Gordon
Italian Aria di Guai Air of Trouble
Swedish Bättre Utsikt för Gordon Better View for Gordon
Slovenian Lepši Razgled za Gorazda The Most Beautiful View for Gordon
Hungarian Jobb Kilátás Gordonnak Improved Visibility Gordon
Russian Гордону лучше видно Gordon is Better Seen
Greek Ο Τζόνι και η πανοραμική θέα Gordon and the Panoramic Views
Romanian O Privelişte Mai Bună Pentru Gordon A Better View for Gordon
Slovak Lepší Pohľad na Gordona A Better View for Gordon
German Schöne Aussicht für Gordon Nice View for Gordon
Dutch Een Beter Uitzicht voor Gordon A Better View for Gordon
Chinese 更清楚地了解高登 A Clearer Understanding of Gordon
Korean 잘난 척 대장, 고든 Smug Boss, Gordon
Brazilian Portuguese Uma Visão Melhor Para Gordon A Better View for Gordon
Danish En Bedre Udsigt for Gordon A Better View for Gordon
Thai กอร์ดอนได้เห็นวิวสมปรารถนา Gordon Has Views of Realization

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