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“An honest Steamie can beat a pouty puffer ANY day!”

Edward the Great is the fourteenth episode of the eighth season.


Edward enjoys being useful and helpful, but he feels left out when he is not as strong as the other engines. The Duke and Duchess of Boxford are visiting along with their engine, Spencer to see their new summerhouse. When Spencer arrives at Knapford, his driver tells him that he beat Gordon's record. Spencer boasts that he is faster and finer than all the engines on Sodor put together which makes Sir Topham Hatt's engines very cross. Sir Topham Hatt arrives and tells them that whilst Spencer is taking the Duke and Duchess to their new summerhouse, another engine will take their furniture. Thomas, Percy, James and Gordon want the chance to pull it to show Spencer that they are faster than him, but Sir Topham Hatt lets Edward take the furniture as the others have other work to do. James and Gordon believe that Edward will lose the race, but Thomas and Percy stand up for Edward and that he can beat Spencer. Edward takes off, but Spencer speeds past Edward until he is out of sight.

Edward struggles up Gordon's hill with the heavy furniture, but makes it to the top and races down the hill to catch up to Spencer. Later Spencer stops at Wellsworth for the Duke and Duchess to have tea and cakes. Edward catches up and is very tired and wishing for a rest, but continues on when the stationmaster and the porters cheer for him when they hear about the race. The Duke and Duchess finish their tea and cakes and Spencer goes off in a flash speeding pass Edward once again leaving him to struggle with the heavy furniture.

Later, Spencer stops once again for the Duke and Duchess to take some photographs of the countryside and Spencer goes to sleep to pass the time, not worrying that he will not lose. When Gordon is puffing by and sees Spencer, he believes Edward is losing the race and says that Edward is a waste of steam. But when sees Edward trying so hard to catch up, he feels bad about what he said and congratulates Edward and that he is a credit to the railway. Edward is so happy that he picks up speed and finds puff he never knew he had.

When the Duke and Duchess finish taking the photographs and get back on board, Spencer's driver rings the bell for him to go, but Spencer does not hear the bell as he is still asleep dreaming of victory. He also does not hear that Edward puffed passed him. When Spencer's driver rings the bell again, Spencer wakes up shocked to see that Edward is heading towards the summerhouse and tries to catch up with him, but his driver tells him to slow down because of the old tracks. Spencer slows down and knows he is going to lose the race. Edward makes it to the summerhouse and is happy that he had won the race against Spencer and he feels like the pride of the Sodor Railway.




  • This is the last episode where Spencer is seen in his blue grey livery as starting from his next appearance onward, his paint changes to metallic silver.
  • While the Duke and Duchess have refreshments, posters advertising the White Star Line and the London, Midland, and Scottish Railway are visible in the top left corner. A picture of the City of Truro can also be seen inside of Spencer's coach.
  • Stock footage from Gordon and Spencer is used. This is also the last time stock footage from the Classic Series is used.
  • The concept of Spencer falling asleep and unintentionally allowing Edward to overtake him by having him win the race is extremely similar to Aesop's fable, The Tortoise and the Hare.
  • Going by production order, this is the eighth episode of the eighth season.
  • Donald and Douglas were going to appear in the episode, but they were cut for unknown reasons. This would have been their only full appearances in the eighth season.
  • A poster at Knapford reads "Allicia Botti Flower Show Grand Opening!" in the closeup of Spencer's driver.
  • From this episode throughout the rest of the season, Salty's horn sound is Derek's in two half steps higher in pitch.
  • In The Complete Series 8 DVD and other television broadcasts, the last bit of music was omitted at the end.
  • Donald and Douglas's deleted scene appeared in the my Thomas library book of Spencer with the twins cheering Edward on and telling him he’s a first rate engine


  • When Edward stops to rest on a siding, Henry has Gordon's whistle sound.
  • In the first overhead shot of Edward and Spencer racing, Spencer's steam platform is visible.
  • The narrator says that Spencer's driver rang the bell, but there is no bell in Spencer's cab.
  • In the last shot, Spencer appears to be smiling, when he should be sad.
  • When Edward is climbing Gordon's Hill, it has one more track than it normally does.
  • A rare deleted scene still shows one of the furniture truck's wheels derailed.
  • A camera shadow can be seen on Edward when he leaves Knapford station.
  • Edward's whistle is bent in the opening shot.
  • When Spencer stops, the Duke and Duchess are already out of the coach taking pictures.
  • When Spencer stopped for the Duke and Duchess to take photos, his puffing is out of sync with his speed.
  • Spencer has the sound of an airplane landing down, but Spencer is a steam engine.


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  • The Complete Series 8

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