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Gordon Runs Dry is the fourth episode of the seventeenth season.
At Knapford, Gordon is waiting impatiently for Percy to shunt his express coaches. He is only made more upset when Thomas suggests that he should fetch his own coaches. Gordon claims express trains are more important than local trains because local trains stop at every station.
Meanwhile, Paxton is pulling a stone train from Blue Mountain Quarry. Before he reaches the junction to the main line, the signal turns red. He avoids a near collision with Gordon, but one of the rocks from his train bounces off Gordon's boiler. Instead of allowing his crew to check over the damage, Gordon hurries away to stay on time. Gordon's boiler begins to run dry, but instead of filling up on water, he passes by the water tower. However, he cannot help but think about water when he passes a lake and a stream.
Eventually he does stop to fill up, but his passengers complain about being behind schedule. At Wellsworth, Henry makes fun of Gordon for being late. Once again he passes by a water tower instead of filling up, but a little further, he cannot help but stop. On his way with the local, Thomas notices a trail of water on the tracks that lead to Gordon. They conclude that the rock had put a hole in Gordon's boiler.
Thomas takes Gordon's express passengers and Paxton shunts Gordon to the Steamworks. At first Gordon keeps his brakes on, embarrassed that he has to be shunted. After being repaired, the engines still make fun of him for letting his boiler run dry.
- Annie and Clarabel (do not speak)
- Toby (cameo)
- Victor (cameo)
- Henrietta (cameo)
- The Bird Watcher (cameo)
- Dowager Hatt's Friends (cameo)
- Sir Topham Hatt (mentioned)
A man's voice is also heard over a station speaker. He is voiced by Keith Wickham in both versions.
- Tidmouth Sheds
- Crosby Stream
- Sodor Steamworks
- The Fenland Track
- Blue Mountain Quarry (mentioned)
- Tidmouth (mentioned)
- Crosby (mentioned)
- Cronk (mentioned)
- Some fade effects are missing in both the UK version and the televised US version.
- Stock footage from Wayward Winston is used.
- This is the first time that Tidmouth, Crosby and Cronk have been acknowledged/mentioned in the CGI series.
- When Gordon is naming the stations, they are in the order in which they would appear on a map of Sodor.
- This episode's plot is similar to the magazine story Too Hot.
- Going by production order, this is the second episode of the seventeenth season.
- In the Norwegian and Australian versions, the scene where Gordon admits his mistake to Thomas and Paxton uses a different camera angle, and an extra shot of Paxton trying to push Gordon is added. Gordon's lamp is present in all these shots, while it is not seen in the rest of the episode. This is also used on the UK DVD release of Railway Mischief and the PBS broadcast of the episode.
- This episode marks the second time Gordon gets a hole in his boiler with the first being in Gordon and the Famous Visitor.
- Gordon's problem is similar to Henry's from the seventh season episode, What's the Matter with Henry?.
- Thomas' worrying is similar to Emily's from the seventh season episode, What's the Matter with Henry?.
- The Bird Watcher is one of the passengers in Gordon's express, but when Paxton is pushing Gordon to the Sodor Steamworks, the Bird Watcher is standing on the platform at Kellsthorpe. Also, an elderly man who boarded Gordon's train at Wellsworth is standing on the platform at Maron. A young boy can also be seen on the train, but is later seen stood on the platform at Wellsworth.
- The hole in Gordon's boiler moves throughout the episode.
- After the first close up of the grumpy passengers Gordon whistles, but no steam is seen coming out from his whistle.
- Gordon's bogie wheels should not spark when he puts his brakes on.
- After Gordon leaves the first water tower, there is no coal in his tender.
- When James says "Watch out for flying stones," his face slightly moves.
- When Thomas first arrives at Knapford, the bookstall appears to be missing.
- For most of the episode, Gordon is running under North American directional rules.
- When the camera zooms in on Paxton, it is an editing zoom which causes pixelation.
In Other Languages
|German||Gordon verliert Wasser||Gordon Loses Water|
|Japanese||ゴードンのこわれたボイラー||Gordon's Broken Boiler|
|Norwegian||Gordon går tom||Gordon Runs Empty|
|Polish||Gabryś bez wody||Gordon Without Water|
|Portuguese||Gordon Secou||Gordon Dried|
|Spanish||Gordon se Queda sin Agua / Gordon en el Dique Seco||Gordon Runs Out of Water / Gordon in the Dry Dock|
|Russian||Вода для Гордона||Water for Gordon|
|Ukrainian||Гордон пересох||Gordon Runs Dry|
|Hebrew||גורדון מתיבש||Gordon Dries|
|Hungarian||Gordon kiszárad||Gordon Dries Up|
|Italian||Gordon Resta a Secco||Gordon Runs Dry|
|Serbian||Gordon je presušio||Gordon has Dried Up|
|Romanian||Gordon Rămâne Fără Apă||Gordon Remain Without Water|
|Greek||Ο Γκόρντον δεν έχει νερό||Gordon Has No Water|
|Czech||Gordon na suchu||Gordon Dry|
|Korean||보일러가 새고 있어요||I'm Leaking Boiler|
Home Media Releases
- Railway Mischief
- Season 17 (Digital Download)
- Railway Mischief