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"And what do you say?"
"Oh, the indignity!"
"I mean thank you. Thank you, Edward!"
"You're welcome, Gordon. Any time.
— Edward and Gordon

Old Reliable Edward is the first episode of the eighteenth season.


Edward is an old engine and is teased a lot, especially by Gordon who calls Edward unreliable. But the Fat Controller knows that Edward is a really useful engine.

One day, Gordon is going up his hill when he sees something red blowing beside the track. Believing it to be a danger signal, Gordon stops. On closer inspection, it is actually a red pair of trousers. Gordon feels foolish and tries to pull away, but he can't start on the steep hill with his heavy express coaches. Meanwhile, at Wellsworth Station, Edward is flagged down by the stationmaster and is told that Gordon is stuck on the hill, so Edward heads off to give him a push.

Back at the hill, Gordon is waiting impatiently for Edward to arrive. While he waits, he gets teased by both Emily and Thomas. When Edward finally arrives, Gordon is very cross and calls Edward old and slow. Despite this, Edward manages to push Gordon to the summit of the hill. Gordon then races away without even saying thank you to Edward. Later on, Edward meets up with Thomas and complains about Gordon's attitude. Thomas decides that it's time for the big engine to be taught a lesson.

That night in the sheds, all of the engines are laughing about what had happened to Gordon that day. Edward says that Gordon needed him to push him to the top of the hill. Gordon insists that he did not need Edward at all. Thomas decides to put his plan into action and bets Gordon that he cannot go faster than him. All the engines gasp and think that Thomas is very silly for thinking he can go faster than Gordon. Even Gordon thinks it is unfair and says that he will have no problem following Thomas across the island, going as far as giving Thomas a ten minute head start.

As agreed, Thomas and Gordon meet at Knapford. Thomas leaves before Gordon and starts to puff along the main line. It is not long before Clarabel sees Gordon approach on the other line. Annie and Clarabel are sure Gordon is about to pass them, but Thomas switches onto Gordon's line. Gordon is not impressed by Thomas' speed and orders him to move back to the other line. Thomas refuses to switch tracks and Gordon has no choice but to slowly follow Thomas towards the hill.

When they reach Gordon's Hill, Thomas slows down even more. Eventually, Gordon is going so slow that he stops and he cannot budge. Thomas' plan worked. Thomas carries on his way while Edward pulls up next to Gordon. This time, it is Edward's turn to call Gordon unreliable for always sticking on his hill. Edward goes to puff away, but Gordon calls after him, asking for a push. Edward says that Gordon would not want to rely on such an old and unreliable engine to help him. As Edward disappears over the top of the hill, Gordon apologises for teasing Edward and promises to never do it again. Edward thinks Gordon has learned his lesson and so he agrees to give Gordon a push. Gordon even says thank you afterwards.





  • The ocean usually seen in the distance at the bottom of Gordon's Hill is missing in this episode.
  • During the first part of the episode, Thomas, Edward, and Gordon are running under North American directional rules.
  • When Edward begins to push Gordon up the hill the first time, Thomas has Edward's whistle sound.
  • After Gordon gets stuck on the hill the second time, in the shot following Thomas, all the lines behind Gordon are clear; in the next shot, Edward is seen pulling up besides Gordon.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese たよりになるエドワード Reliable Edward
Polish Stary Niezawodny Edek Old Reliable Edward
Russian Старый добрый Эдвард Good Old Edward
Dutch Oude betrouwbare Edward Old reliable Edward
Indonesian Edward Tua yang Handal Edward's Old Reliable
Spanish El Viejo y Confiable Edward The Old and Reliable Edward
Hungarian Öreg, megbízható Edward Old, Reliable Edward
Czech Starý, spolehlivý Edward Old Reliable Edward
Portuguese O Velho de Digno de Confiança Edward The Old Worthy of Edward Trust
Turkish Güvenilir Eski Edward Old Reliable Edward
Romanian Bătrânul Edward cel de Încredere Edward the Old Reliable
Thai เอ็ดเวิร์ดจอมเก๋า Edward the Season
Chinese 可靠的老艾德華 Reliable Old Edward
Lithuanian Senas patikimas Edvardas Old Reliable Edward
Norwegian Gamle, pålitelige Edward Old, Reliable Edward
Serbian Stari pouzdani Edvard Old Reliable Edward
Danish Gamle pålidelige Edward Old Reliable Edward

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