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“Duck should play with other ducks,
'cause he's no good at pulling trucks! Quack! Quack! Quack! Quack! Hold back! Hold back!”
―The Troublesome Trucks teasing Duck

Edward the Very Useful Engine, retitled Edward the Really Useful Engine in some releases, is the twenty-third episode of the sixth season.


Gordon thinks that Edward is old and should be retired. Henry and James agree with him, but Percy is concerned about this. He tells his driver about what Gordon said about Edward and the driver tells the Fat Controller, who attends to the matter immediately.

The Fat Controller arranges for Edward to teach Stepney to run a new loop line, while Duck does Edward's work. Henry was happy about this, but it makes no difference to Gordon. Edward enjoys working with Stepney, but Duck does not enjoy working with the trucks, especially when they hold him back on Gordon's Hill. Duck is stuck on Gordon's line and it is too late to switch him to the middle line, so the guard tries to flag Gordon down. However, Gordon passes by and tries to push Duck up, but it is no good.

Gordon's crew sends for Edward to help both engines and as the strange train sets off and pulls into the station, Gordon feels rather embarrassed and is told off by the Fat Controller for saying very rude things about Edward who has proven to be responsible, reliable and very helpful. The next day, Gordon apologises to Edward and tells him that he really is a useful engine. Now, there is no more talk about Edward retiring.




  • This is the only episode David Mitton wrote solo.
  • An alternative shot from Thomas the Jet Engine is used.
  • This is one of the six episodes of the sixth season re-narrated by Michael Brandon in the US and Michael Angelis in the UK with music composed by Robert Hartshorne.
  • Three posters at Knapford read "Allicia Botti in concert tonight at the castle".
  • In Michael Angelis' 2005 re-narration, the term "freight cars" is used at the beginning.
  • This is the last episode until the thirteenth season episode, Snow Tracks to be narrated by three people in the English dubs.
  • Despite Edward being the titular character, he only has two lines throughout the whole episode.
  • Not counting on stock footage used in seventh season, this would be Stepney's last appearance in new material until the twelfth season episode, Rosie's Funfair Special.


  • In the American narration, after Alec Baldwin says, "Sir Topham Hatt spoke severely to Gordon", a voice can be faintly heard saying "Take six".
  • Tidmouth Bay is incorrectly shown as being located on the Loop Line.
  • When Gordon gets closer to Duck to push him, the guard is seen waving a red flag, but in the very next shot, he is in the brake van.
  • Duck has Oliver's whistle sound at the beginning.


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