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"Out of the way! Express coming through!"
— Gordon, Thomas' Tall Friend, fourteenth season

  • Number: 4
  • Class: "A0" Pacific
  • Designer: Sir Nigel Gresley
  • Builder: Doncaster Works, rebuilt Crewe Works
  • Configuration: 4-6-2
  • Built: 1922, rebuilt 1939
  • Arrived on Sodor: 1923
  • Top Speed: 108 mph

Gordon is a bright blue pompous express engine. He is Flying Scotsman's only remaining brother and Mallard, Green Arrow, and Spencer's cousin.


Gordon was built experimentally by Sir Nigel Gresley at Doncaster Works between 1920 and 1922 as an "A0" Pacific. When Gresley was finished using Gordon for designing his A1 Pacifics, he sold Gordon, along with a spare boiler and firebox, to the North Western Railway.

Gordon is mainly used for passenger duties, pulling the North Western Railway 's express, the Wild Nor' Wester, but has occasionally pulled goods trains. He has been known to run into ditches and stop on hills to get out of doing these jobs, as he believes that these are below him.

In 1939, Gordon went to Crewe for a rebuild. His conjugated valve gear was replaced by a two-cylinder chassis (designed by the Fat Controller), he received a smoother running plate, Stanier underframes wheels, cylinders, squared-off side windows, rectangular buffers, and a Fowler tender.

Gordon has become famous after his adventures: In 1953 he pulled Queen Elizabeth II's royal train and in 1956 he traveled to London, where he was lauded by a large crowd. Gordon did not like the visit, however, as he discovered that London's big station was St. Pancras. Then, in 1986, Gordon got to visit Carlisle when a Diesel taking a Railtour failed.

In 2011, he was dismissed from pulling the express regularly to Barrow due to the purchase of Pip and Emma. He likes this, because he can do two trips a day instead of one and he doesn't have to hurry.


Gordon's important position as the engine who usually pulls the Express has made him proud, pompous and arrogant, with good reason too; he is the strongest engine on Sodor. Gordon's philosophy "tender engines don't shunt" meant that he looked down on tank engines and tender engines who do shunt, but after being locked in the shed with Henry and James after going on strike, he seems to have abandoned this philosophy.

Because of his rank in the social order of the North Western Railway, Gordon expects to get the important jobs and either sulks when he does not, or gets jealous of those who do. Sometimes, Gordon acts as a bully, particularly towards Edward, but following misadventures where Edward had to help him, Gordon had to acknowledge that despite being old, Edward is still a very useful engine.

Sometimes Gordon shows a kinder side and gives the younger engines advice, usually after he has had some mishap as a result of his foolhardiness. Some of his advice is not exactly honest, though, as James and Sir Handel have discovered.


According to Sudrian "historian" Martin Clutterbuck, Gordon is supposed to be an experimental prototype for Sir Nigel Gresley's A1 Pacific design for the Great Northern Railway - the so-called "A0". Gordon was then built at Doncaster Works, Yorkshire, and tested against a similar NER Pacific in 1923. Gordon, being an experimental engine, never received a number, and was later rebuilt at Crewe with LMS underparts and a six-wheel tender, owing to various problems. Gordon has since been rebuilt below the footplate according to Stanier designs, his running plate being Sir Topham Hatt's own design.


Gordon is painted NWR blue with NWR red-and-yellow lining and the number "4" painted on his tender sides in yellow. Before arriving on Sodor, he was painted Doncaster green with white and black lining.

In the Railway Series, he carries two builder's plates on the sides of his cab.


Railway Series

Television series


Magazine stories

Gordon also appears in the magazine stories, 'Smile, Please!', A Long Way Up!, A Nice Quiet Day, A Puzzle for Percy, A Special Story about Steam, April Fools, Arthur and Emily, Back-to-Front, Behind Schedule, Bill and Ben's Trick, Bricks and Tunnels, Clean Getaway!, Colour Quarrel!, Diesel's Nasty Turn, Fast Food!, Fish and Fog!, Fishy Business, Flying James, Gordon's Surprise, Gordon and Edward, and Gordon the Town Engine, Harvey to the Rescue!, Henry's Forest, Henry's Secret, High Speed Henry, High-Speed Henry, How Does Percy Work?, Lazy Wheels, Leaves on the Line, Letting off Steam!, Looking Splendid, Lots of Luggage, Mighty Magnet!, Night Work, On the Fast Track!, Percy's Plight, Percy and Terence, Picture Posters, Problem Passenger, Proud Percy!, Railway Open Day, Really Useful Edward, Rhyming Engines, Rude James, Rushing Around, Rusty and the Cheeky Boys, Silly Skarloey, Sir Handel, Sodor Goes Pop, Sodor Rock, Squeaky Wheels, Steaming!, Steaming Along!, Stick with Steam, Stolen Apples, Super Stunt, That Caps it All, The Best Engine, The Big Ship, The Blue Engine Club, The Cat Controller!, The Cloud Factory!, The Exhibition!, The Haunted Mine, The Lighthouse Light, The Posh Coaches, The Runaway Percy, and The Strongest.

Voice Actors

Theme Instrumental


  • One of Gordon's models is currently on display in Canada at Nitrogen Studios.
  • As of the CGI television series, Gordon's catchphrase is "Oh, the indignity!"
  • Gordon is named after a rude boy that lived on the Awdrys' street when Christopher was a child.
  • The official website inaccurately states that Gordon is a "Liner" (LNER) A3 Pacific.
  • Since Thomas and the Magic Railroad, Gordon's rear bogie has been joined to his driving wheel chassis.
  • In the second half of the seventeenth season, Gordon gained a permanent lamp and a tail lamp.


"If you were a nice tank engine, you'd be alright!"

- Gordon's driver and fireman, Tender and Turntables, Troublesome Engines.



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See also

North Western Railway
ThomasEdwardHenryGordonJamesPercyTobyDuckDonald and DouglasOliverBarryThe Austerity EngineThe Red EnginesDaisyBoCoBearThe Works DieselPip and EmmaPeel Godred Engines
HarveyEmilyFergusArthurMurdochMollyNevilleRosieWhiffBillyStanleyHankFloraVictorCharlieBash and DashFerdinandScruffBellePorterDerekDiesel 10'Arry and BertSaltyDennisDenDartSidneyPaxtonNormanFlynnWinstonStafford

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