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"So you're not going to scrap me?"
"Scrap Gordon? The fastest engine on Sodor? Who would pull the Express?
— Gordon and Sir Topham Hatt

Squeak, Rattle and Roll is the fifteenth episode of the eighth season.


Gordon thinks pulling the express makes him the most important engine on Sodor. When Gordon is departing from Brendam Docks, Diesel is cross when he has to move to let Gordon through and, to spite him, tells Gordon that steam engines will soon be scrapped. Gordon thinks it's nonsense, but when he starts to hear a squeaking noise from his wheels, he starts to fear that Diesel may be telling the truth, but he discovers that if he goes slow the squeak disappears. The next day, Gordon is given the job of taking the Fat Controller and some children to Brendam for a boating trip and starts noticing a rattle. Gordon realises that this will be his last run and vows to go out in style. At Brendam, the Fat Controller notices the noise, but doesn't send Gordon to be scrapped, he sends Gordon to the repair yard.




  • This episode is named after the Joe Turner song "Shake, Rattle and Roll".
  • This is the first episode written by Marc Seal.
  • A deleted scene implies that Thomas was due to appear in the episode.
  • A deleted scene shows Sir Topham Hatt smiling in Gordon's cab.
  • Stock footage from Henry and the Wishing Tree is used.
  • Going by production order, this is the sixth episode of the eighth season.


  • Studio equipment is visible at the beginning.
  • When the narrator says "something was wrong" Gordon hits a branch above the track.
  • In the first close-up of Gordon, he loses a coach. In the next shot, he regains it.
  • When Gordon pulls into Knapford, the clock reads 10:10, but the boat was to leave at 9:00.
  • When the narrator said "If he went slowly the children would miss their boat trip" steam suddenly disappears from Gordon's face because of the face mask change and in the shot of the children looking out the window, the scenery is moving the wrong way as the coach window is not a bay window. The same mistake happens again when all the children are on board the passenger window is facing the station.
  • The Fat Controller says "You need to have your engine looked at", but Gordon, being a steam engine, is the engine.
  • When Gordon is being repaired, his eyes are wonky.
  • When Diesel moves out of Gordon's way, he is sitting on points to another track. Gordon rumbles over the points going straight without anybody ever switching the points.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Chirriar, Crujir y Rodar / Chirriar, Traquetear y Rodar Squeak, Creak and Roll / Squeak, Rattle and Roll
Swedish Gnäller, skallra och knack Squeak, Rattle and Knock
Norwegian Piping, skrangling og banking Squeaking, Rattling and Knocking
Danish Gordon får problemer Gordon Has Problems
German Reif für den Schrottplatz? Ready for the Junkyard?
Finnish Kalinaa Rattling Noise
Gaelic Diosgail is Gladadiach Creaking and Rattling
Japanese キーキー、ガタガタ、コンコン Squeak, Rattle, Tap‐Tap
Hungarian Gordon meghibásodik Gordon Fails
Italian Cigolii, Sferragliamenti e Cinguettii Squeak, Rattle and Tweets
Romanian Scârțâind și Zdrăngănind pe Șine Creaking and Rattling on the Rails
Czech Skřípot, chrastění a klepání Creak, Rattle and Knock
Portuguese Barulheira Noise
Russian Скрепя, треща, но не сдаваясь Reluctantly Crackling, But Not Giving Up
Polish Głośna podróż Gabrysia Gordon's Loud Journey
Croatian Škripanje, Klokotanje i Valjanje Crunch, Gurgling and Rolling
Slovak Škriepot, chrastenie a klopanie Creak, Rattle and Knock
Chinese 嘎吱声咯咯声和隆隆声 Creaking, Rattle and Rumble
Korean 이상한 소리가 나요 Did a Strange Sound
Thai เสียงเอี้ยดอ้าดของกอร์ดอน Gordon's Creaking Sound

Home Media Releases


DVD Boxsets


  • Steamies vs. Diesels and Other Thomas Adventures

DVD Boxsets


  • All Aboard with the Steam Team
  • The Complete Eighth Series

DVD Boxsets



  • Ready to Go!/All Aboard!





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