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"Decorations are undignified. Huh! Who cares about the competition anyway?"
— Gordon
Best Dressed Engine

David Mitton


Phil Fehrle


Polly Churchill


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

November 4th,
2003 (UK)
March 9th,
2004 (US)
April 15th,
2004 (KOR)
May 8th,
2004 (JPN)
November 10th,
2004 (AUS)
September 24th,
2009 (HUN)

Previous episode

The Grand Opening

Next episode

Gordon and Spencer

Best Dressed Engine is the twenty-second episode of the seventh season.


The Engines were celebrating May Day. Knapford Station was being decorated & Sir Topham Hatt agreed to let the engines be decorated, but Gordon states that decoration are dignified for an important engine like him & puffs away.

At Tidmouth Sheds, everyone was being decorated. Percy had flags & streamers, Thomas had big red banners & Murdoch was decorated, even though he was shy. James gets the idea of having a competition for the "Best Dressed Engine". When Gordon arrived & heard about a competition, he wanted to join in, but James tells him that he needs to be decorated & that it's a Best dressed engine contest. Gordon rejects the competition after hearing everything.

Later, Gordon is crossing a bridge when a banner is blown onto his front. Since Gordon is pulling the express, he can't stop and so remains "dressed up". Trevor was pulling a cart of apples for the children's apple bobbing. When Trevor heard Gordon's whistle, he tried to go as fast as he could, but it was no use & Gordon smashed all the apples. James was the last to reach the station for the contest, until Gordon arrived. Everyone wasn't expecting Gordon to be decorated, but Gordon said he didn't, but James says that he's defiantly the Best Dressed Engine, everyone agreed & Gordon was announced the winner of the "best dressed" competition.





  • It is said that the banner wraps around Gordon's firebox, but it actually does so on his smokebox.
  • When Trevor is chuffing along, studio equipment is reflected in his paintwork.
  • When Gordon breaks through the crossing gates, Trevor's cart isn't hit, but in the next scene the cart is smashed.
  • Gordon goes under the same bridge twice. However, an effort: the removal of the upper part of the bridge, is made to disguise it the second time.
  • After Gordon collides with the cart, his left (viewer's right) buffer becomes severely damaged, but later at Knapford, it's still intact.
  • When Trevor passes the farm, the shot is mirrored.
  • Because stock footage is used, Bulgy is in his red livery. Additionally, when Gordon leaves Knapford, he's pulling four coaches, but in the next scene, he's pulling three.
  • Because the stock footage from Thomas and the Breakdown Train is mirrored, Thomas' number 1 is flipped.
  • When Gordon collides with the banner, he is not moving for the first second of the footage.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Danish Det flotteste lokomotiv The Beautiful Engine
Hungarian A Legszebb Díszbe Öltöztetett Mozdony The Ornament Dressed Locomotive
Japanese ベストドレッサーはだれ Who is Best Dressed?
Welsh Dillad Gorau Best Clothing
Italian Le Locomotive Addobbate The Dressed Engines
Russian Самый красивый паровоз The Most Beautiful Locomotive
Romanian Cea Mai Împodobită Locomotivă The Adorned Locomotive
Slovak Najlepšie oblečená lokomotíva The Best Dressed Locomotive
Swedish De bäst pyntade lokomotiven The Best Draped Locomotive
Chinese 最漂亮的小火车 The Most Beautiful Train
Korean 고든이 제일 멋져 Gordon is the Most Wonderful
Polish Najlepiej Udekorowana Lokomotywa Best Decorated Locomotive
Thai หัวรถจักรแข่งกันแต่งตัว Engine Dress Race

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