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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)
November 10th,
2004 (AUS)

Previous episode

The Grand Opening

Next episode

Gordon and Spencer

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


A "best dressed engine" competition is being held to celebrate May Day. Most of the engines get in on the fun, but Gordon denounces the competition and refuses to participate. 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" until he reaches Knapford where he is announced the winner of the "best dressed" competition.





  • Gordon's smokebox is called a firebox.
  • When Trevor is chuffing along, studio equipment is reflected in his paintwork.
  • Gordon should have smashed the crossing gates to pieces, but he simply pushes them open.
  • 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.
  • Gordon's driver could have stopped since he could see what's going on outside.
  • If Gordon was approaching the crossing, the gates should have been in front of the road.
  • After Gordon crashes into 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.
  • Nothing is said about Trevor after the accident.
  • Because stock footage is used, when Gordon leaves Knapford, he's pulling four coaches, but in the next scene, he's pulling three.
  • Because stock footage is used, Bulgy is in his red livery.
  • Because stock footage is used, the Scottish Castle appears in its old design.



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