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|A Better View for Gordon|
September 5th, 1998
A Better View for Gordon is the third episode of the fifth season.
Gordon is asked to pull an empty express train to Kirk Ronan to test the new building. Gordon is bored by the blank plaster wall in front of his buffers, but has other things to think about when he becomes ill. Gordon is repaired in time for the opening, but when he approaches Kirk Ronan, Gordon loses control and crashes through the wall. Upon his return from the Works, Gordon is delighted to discover the broken wall has been turned into a panoramic window.
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Henry (does not speak)
- Thomas (cameo)
- Edward (cameo)
- Duck (cameo)
- Stephen Hatt (cameo)
- Jeremiah Jobling (cameo)
- The Vicar of Wellsworth (cameo)
- The Storyteller (cameo)
- Nancy (cameo)
- Gordon's crash at Kirk Ronan was inspired by the Gare Montparnasse crash of 1895.
- The Italian title of this episode is "Air of Trouble". In Japan, this episode is called "Gordon's Window". The German title is "Nice View for Gordon".
- 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.
- The title card of the Norwegian narration says "Let's Have a Race by Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell".
- 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: Sick? Me? Never!
- Wooden Railway (discontinued)