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"I can't do it! I can't do it! I can't do it!"
"I will do it! I will do it! I will do it!
— Edward and Gordon
Edward and Gordon/
Edward Helps Out

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona


Reverend W. Awdry
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton (adapted)


Ringo Starr (UK/US)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

September 9th,
1984 (UK)
January 29th,
1989 (US)

Previous episode

Thomas and Gordon/
Thomas gets Tricked

Next episode

The Sad Story
of Henry
Come Out, Henry!

Edward and Gordon, retitled Edward Helps Out in American releases, is the second episode of the first season. It first aired on Shining Time Station in the episode A Place Unlike Any Other in 1989.


Edward is an old, blue engine and was feeling sad as he had not been out in a long time. The other engines that lived in Tidmouth Sheds with Edward told him the driver wouldn't choose him, making Edward even more depressed. One morning, the driver and fireman saw that he was upset and chose him over the other engines! Edward had a wonderful day pulling coaches. The coaches were very impressed with Edward, as was his crew. He went back to the sheds that evening and fell fast asleep.

Next morning, Gordon was bragging to Edward. He told the old engine to watch him rush by with the express that afternoon. Edward ignored him and went to shunt trucks in the yard. Edward loved shunting; he would biff the trucks and they would scream in horror.

Edward worked very hard all day. That afternoon, he went for a rest in the sidings. Presently, he heard Gordon's whistle. But instead of coaches, the express engine was pulling a line of dirty trucks. Gordon moaned as he slowly pulled his goods train. He soon began to climb a hill and stopped halfway up. Edward was soon called to be Gordon's banker. The big blue engine didn't think that little old Edward could do it, but he pushed all the same. Up the hill went the train all the while Gordon kept saying, "I can't do it, I can't do it". But to Gordon's surprise, they did make it to the top. Gordon thundered away, cheering for himself, leaving Edward in the dust. Edward slowly ran into a siding at the next station, where his driver and fireman promised to give him a new coat of paint.




  • This episode is based on the stories Edward's Day Out and Edward and Gordon from The Railway Series book, The Three Railway Engines.
  • George Carlin's narration was not featured on any Shining Time Station. It was only on the "Thomas Gets Tricked and Other Stories" DVD.
  • Three unmodified coaches appear in the yard.

Dub Edits


  • In the UK narration, Gordon was said to be pulling "a lot of very dirty trucks" and grumbles, "A goods train! A goods train! A goods train!" In the US narrations, he was pulling "a very dirty freight train," and grumbles, "A freight train!" in the same manner.
  • In the UK narration, after Gordon makes it over the hill, it was said that Gordon "forgot all about Edward and didn't wait to say 'thank you'." In the US narrations, Gordon "forgot all about kind Edward and didn't say 'thank you'."
  • In the US narrations, after it was said that Edward was out of breath and far behind, the line "...but he was happy he had been so helpful" was added.


  • Instead of calling Edward "little Edward", Gordon calls him "small child".
  • Where the narrator would say "Gordon was very cross", no narration is used, and Edward can be heard saying, "Huh"?


  • James and henry are not meant to appear until Thomas and the Breakdown Train, so his presence creates a continuity error.
  • The narrator says that "the other engines were all bigger than Edward", but Thomas is smaller.
  • When Edward leaves the turntable, one side jerks up a little.
  • Edward's brake coach is backwards.
  • When Edward says "I'm going out again tomorrow" an empty siding in the background has steam venting from it.
  • In the siding where steam is venting, the rails end at the bottom of the screen.
  • When Edward puffs out of the shed to shunt trucks the shadow of the camera can be seen.
  • Edward's cab roof is raised when he is shunting trucks.
  • Studio equipment is seen in the top left corner when Edward's driver talks to Gordon.
  • When Edward buffers up behind Gordon, the sound comes earlier than it should.
  • When Gordon says "I've done it!" the ground sinks slightly.
  • In the US narrations, as Edward approaches the station, the narrator says that Edward was happy because he was so helpful, but he looks very sad.
  • When Edward approaches the water tower, he is wearing James' sad face.
  • When Edward stops at Maron his paintwork becomes dirty.
  • When the narrator says, "Gordon was very cross," there are bushes beside Gordon instead of the yard and the sheds.
  • In the restored version, as Gordon says "The shame of it!", his trucks disappear.
  • When Edward shunts the trucks, a truck on the next line is missing an eye.
  • In a close-up of Gordon at Tidmouth Sheds, Henry is not next to Thomas.
  • In one scene, Henry is in his new shape.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Edward al Rescate / Edward y Gordon Edward to the Rescue / Edward and Gordon
German Hilfe vom kleinem Edward Help from the little Edward
Japanese エドワードのおてがら Edward's Exploit
Brazilian Portuguese A Ajuda de Edward The Help of Edward
Norwegian Edward og Gordon Edward and Gordon
Italian Edward e Gordon Edward and Gordon
Croatian Edo i Gordon Edward and Gordon
Welsh Edward a Gordon Edward and Gordon
Finnish Edward ja Jori Edward and Gordon
Polish Edek i Gabryś Edward and Gordon
Slovenian Edvard in Gorazd Edward and Gordon
Chinese 艾德华和高登 Edward and Gordon
Korean 에드워드와 고든 Edward and Gordon
Russian Эдвард и Гордон Edward and Gordon
Hungarian Edward és Gordon Edward and Gordon
Dutch Edward en Gordon Edward and Gordon
Danish Edward og Gordon Edward and Gordon
Hebrew אדי וגורדון Eddie and Gordon
Swedish Edward och Gordon Edward and Gordon
French Edouard et Gordon Edward and Gordon
Romanian Edward şi Gordon Edward and Gordon
Slovak Eduard a Gordon Edward and Gordon
Czech Edward a Gordon Edward and Gordon
Serbian Edvard i Gordon Edward and Gordon
Thai เอ็ดเวิร์ดมาช่วยแล้ว Edward Came to the Rescue

Home Media Releases


DVD Packs



DVD Packs

  • 60th Anniversary - Limited Edition Boxset


  • The Adventures of Thomas


DVD Packs


  • Thomas the Tank Engine Vol.1 (Japanese VHS)
  • Thomas and Gordon
  • Best of James and Edward
  • The Complete Works of Thomas the Tank Engine 1 Vol.5
  • Fun Stories Popped Out from Picture Book
  • Toby and Edward the Little Engines
  • The Complete DVD Box 1
  • I Love Thomas DVD Collection
  • Keep It Up Thomas!



  • All Beginnings Are Difficult
  • Thomas and Gordon and 4 Other Adventures


  • Helping the Friends
  • Learning with Thomas


  • Thomas and the Guard (Swedish VHS)


  • Volume 1 (VHS)


  • Thomas and Gordon and Other Adventures


  • ...Taken by the Nose!
  • The Greatest Stories: The Adventures of Edward, Toby and the Diesels



  • A Vicious Train


  • Thomas and the Trucks (Romanian DVD)

DVD Packs

  • Triple Pack 1



  • Welcome Thomas!


  • Thomas and Gordon (Croatian DVD)


  • Thomas Gets Tricked (Philippine DVD)


  • Thomas and Gordon and Other Stories (DVD)


  • Thomas and Friends Season 1-4 (DVD)


  • Thomas and Gordon and Other Stories (Danish DVD)


  • Thomas and Friends - Volume 1 (Thai DVD)


  • Thomas and Friends Volume 1 (Taiwanese DVD)


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