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"Are you lost?"
"Would you like some help?"
"No, thank you. I'm not lost.
— Oliver, Toad, and Gordon
Gordon Takes a Shortcut

Steve Asquith


Simon Spencer


Wayne Jackman


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon
Pierce Brosnan
(original cut)

Air date

September 19th,
2008 (UK)
November 18th,
2008 (AUS)
November 22nd,
2008 (US)

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Don't Go Back

Next episode

The Man in the Hills

Gordon Takes a Shortcut is the fifteenth episode of the twelfth season.


Some workmen and a group of VIP's are waiting at Great Waterton. Gordon tries to take a shortcut to beat Stanley there, but when he ignores advice from Duck, Oliver, and Toad he ends up getting lost. After banging into Ben's log truck, spilling logs onto Stanley's line, he realises that trying to take a shortcut hadn't been such a good idea after all. Gordon knows he must stop Stanley from hitting the logs, so he asks for advice from the other engines on how to get down to Stanley's line. He manages to stop Stanley just in time. The two go to Great Waterton, and as a sign of friendship, Gordon allows Stanley to take the VIP's.





  • Duck's face is smaller than usual.
  • Stanley's whistle sound has changed since The Great Discovery.
  • Gordon's tender shakes when he arrives at the Logging Station.
  • Toad's CGI face is larger than his model face.
  • One of the trucks in the siding with 'Arry and Bert is derailed.
  • When the narrator says, "But Gordon didn't know which track to take to find Stanley", Ben's eyes are wonky.
  • Throughout the episode, Gordon's driver and fireman cannot be seen in his cab.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
German Gordon nimmt eine Abkürzung Gordon Takes a Shortcut



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