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“I can't see! Stop!"
"You can't stop Gordon, you're the express!”
―Gordon and his driver

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


The Engines are celebrating May Day. Knapford Station is being decorated and Sir Topham Hatt agrees to let the engines be decorated, but Gordon states that decorations are dignified for an important engine like him and puffs away.

At Tidmouth Sheds, everyone was being decorated. Percy had flags and streamers, Thomas had big red banners and Murdoch was decorated, even though he was shy. James gets the idea of having a competition for the "Best Dressed Engine." When Gordon arrived and heard about a competition, he wanted to join in, but James tells him that he needs to be decorated and that it is 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 cannot 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 and Gordon smashed all the apples. James was the last to reach the station for the contest, until Gordon arrived. Everyone was not expecting Gordon to be decorated, whereas Gordon says he never wanted to, but James says that he was definitely the Best Dressed Engine. Everyone agreed and Gordon is 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 is not hit over, but in the next scene the cart is smashed.
  • After Gordon collides with the cart, his left (viewer's right) buffer becomes severely damaged, but later at Knapford, it is still intact.
  • The shot of Trevor passing the farm with the apple cart is mirrored, as his flywheel is on his right side, when it should be on his left side.
  • The stock footage from Bulgy Rides Again causes a few inconsistencies:
    • Bulgy is in his red livery.
    • When Gordon leaves Knapford, he is pulling four coaches, but in the next scene, he is pulling three.
    • 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.
  • Because stock footage from Thomas and the Breakdown Train is mirrored, Thomas' number 1 is reversed and his lamp is on the wrong side of his running board.
  • When Murdoch asks Gordon "What decorations will you have Gordon?" his left eyebrow (viewer's right perspective) is scratched.
  • In the shot of Trevor chuffing along before Gordon hits the crossing gates, Gordon cannot be seen behind him puffing.
  • If you look closely and slowed the episode in the part where Gordon collided with the banner, you can see the banner actually rolled up in Gordon's funnel like when he was at Knapford by the end.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Chinese 最漂亮的小火车
Danish Det Flotteste Lokomotiv
Hungarian A Legszebb Díszbe Öltöztetett Mozdony
Italian Le Locomotive Addobbate
Japanese ベストドレッサーはだれ
Korean 고든이 제일 멋져
Polish Najlepiej Udekorowana Lokomotywa
Romanian Cea Mai Împodobită Locomotivă
Russian Самый красивый паровоз
Serbian Najbolje Obučena Lokomotiva
Slovak Najlepšie Oblečená Lokomotíva
Swedish De Bäst Pyntade Lokomotiven
Thai หัวรถจักรแข่งกันแต่งตัว
Welsh Dillad Gorau

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