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"Don't forget the water!"
"Who cares?
— Gordon and Spencer
Gordon and Spencer

David Mitton


Phil Fehrle


Lee Pressman


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

November 5th,
2003 (UK)
March 10th,
2004 (US)
November 11th,
2004 (AUS)

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Gordon and Spencer is the twenty-third episode of the seventh season.


Gordon is gloating about taking the Duke and Duchess of Boxford to a special reception at Maron, but on the way, he is diverted to let a sleek silver engine pass. Gordon later discovers the engine, Spencer, will be taking the Duke and Duchess and advises him to take on water, but Spencer ignores him and as a result runs out of steam on Gordon's Hill. Gordon goes to the rescue and at Maron is lauded by the Fat Controller.





  • When Spencer leaves the shed he speeds up upon starting off, but steam engines start off slowly.
  • Due to the use of stock footage, when Gordon whistles after being coupled to Spencer, the whistle shown is Edward's.
  • Spencer runs out of water, but still blows steam and for a few seconds, his driving wheels are moving faster than he is.
  • When Spencer races past Thomas and Gordon at Wellsworth, he is heading west. Later however, when Gordon sets off to rescue him, he goes to the east and still catches up with Spencer.
  • When Gordon arrives at the shed, the lining on his piston is peeling off.
  • James says that Spencer is the fastest engine in the world. However he is incorrect in this statement, as Spencer's prototype, the A4 Pacific, only has a max speed of 90mph, while Gordon's prototype, the A3 Pacific, has a max speed of 100mph. So technically Gordon is faster than Spencer.


  • Gordon: Steaming pistons! Who's that?!
  • Thomas: He'll be in trouble soon.
  • Thomas: What do you think of Spencer now?
  • James: Too much puff and not enough steam!

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゴードンとスペンサー Gordon and Spencer
Polish Gabryś i Szymek Gabrys and Szymek
Welsh Gordon a Spensyr Gordon and Spensyr
Danish Gordon og Spencer Gordon and Spencer



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