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"Well, Gordon, you wanted to show Salty a thing or two and you've certainly done that. You've shown him how silly it is to ignore "go slow" signs!"
— Sir Topham Hatt scolding Gordon
Gordon Takes a Tumble

David Mitton


Phil Fehrle


David Mitton
(story idea)
Robin Kingsland


Michael Angelis
Alec Baldwin
Michael Brandon

Air date

October 8th,
2002 (UK)
November 12th,
2002 (AUS)
February 4th,
2003 (US)
March 22nd,
2003 (JAP)
October 29th,
2005 (Michael
Brandon US

Previous episode

Jack Frost

Next episode

Percy's Chocolate

Gordon Takes a Tumble is the seventeenth episode of the sixth season.


Gordon brags to Salty that it is not "dignified" for express trains to take trucks, but when Gordon is later told to take trucks, he swears to do it how an express engine should. He races along the mainline until he is accidentally diverted onto an old, rickety branch line, but he still goes fast even after he sees a "go slow" sign. The old rails finally give way and Gordon tumbles off the tracks and ends up bursting through a shed and stops in front of a scarecrow. Once he is repaired, Gordon is sorry for getting "too big for his buffers".




  • Stock footage from The Fogman is used.
  • This is one of the few episodes of the sixth season later re-narrated by Michael Brandon.


  • In the first scene, Clarabel is facing the wrong way.
  • In the shot of Gordon on the old branch line, a cable is attached to his coupling.
  • When Gordon derails, his trailing wheels are slightly coming off.
  • When Gordon's trucks come off the rails, they come off differently in certain shots.
  • As the trucks derail and tumble down the slope, the ground bounces up and down.
  • A wire is visible pulling Gordon at one point, when he is derailed.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Gordon får seg en luftetur Gordon Gets a Tumble
Danish Overlegen lokomotif The Superior Engine
Japanese すべったゴードン Gordon Has Slipped
Welsh Tymbl Gordon Gordon's Tumble
Swedish Gordon blir utom kontroll Gordon Gets Out of Control
Czech Gordon padá Gordon falls
Slovenian Gorazd se Prevrne Gordon Overturns
Hungarian Gordon Fennhordja az Orrát Spread the nose of Gordon Reserved
Italian Gordon fa un Capitombolo Gordon Takes a Tumble



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