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"Dirty or clean - I'm a famous machine!"
— Gordon

The Trouble with Mud, also known as Trouble with Mud, is the tenth episode of the third season. It first aired on the Shining Time Station episode, A Dog's Life in 1991.


One morning, Thomas is being cleaned when Gordon arrives, who has mud blown all over blue coat of paint. Thomas tells Gordon to have a wash down, but Gordon does not care and leaves. A strong wind is blowing and Gordon's driver tells him to slow down, but that only makes Gordon more cross at being dirty and late.

At the wash down near the next station, a large sign informed engines that "all trains must wash down daily". James is just finishing getting cleaned and Gordon's driver tells him it is his turn now, but Gordon lets off steam and mud flies all over James. Gordon's driver tells him that he is a very naughty engine and now he has to wait until James gets another wash, but Gordon does not and leaves to pull the express. The Fat Controller is waiting for Gordon at Knapford and tells him that, because of his appearance, Henry will have to take the express. Gordon is then ordered by The Fat Controller to get cleaned up at once.

Gordon is soon cleaned and then pulls trucks for the rest of the day, much to his disappointment. James is getting ready to pull the express, when Gordon returns. Gordon warns James about the hills being slippery and says that he may need help, but James denies this and leaves.

Earlier, a storm had swept across Gordon's Hill, blowing leaves onto the tracks, making it very slippery for trains. The storm had already passed but the hill remained difficult to climb. James knew what had happened, and with a green signal, James goes faster and tries to go up the hill by himself like last time, but halfway up his wheels begin to slip, and he rolls back down the hill. Gordon sees everything and helps James up the hill. The two big engines are determined to do it and finally reach the top. James and Gordon both wait to thank each other as well as saying goodbye.

That night, Thomas asks the Fat Controller if Gordon can pull coaches again. The Fat Controller says he is allowed as long as Gordon understands that having a wash down is sensible. After he leaves, Gordon is happy that he finally gets his privilege back and states that he's a famous machine no matter if he's clean or not, even though there is no one else left awake or around to hear him.





  • The cleaners washing Thomas all have skinny flesh-coloured wires for necks.
  • As Gordon says "Mind my eyes!" his right eye is wonky.
  • When Gordon bumps the trucks, he bumps them together but in the next shot they are moving one by one.
  • When James first sets off with the express, his wheels slip.
  • When James is sliding back down Gordon's Hill, a wire can be seen attached to his rear coach pulling him back down the hill.
  • Gordon's eyebrows are missing at the beginning.
  • When Gordon and James are at the bottom of Gordon's Hill, a signal above them is set for stop.
  • In a rare picture of James climbing up the hill, his eyes are wonky.
  • When James tries to stop, his pony truck is derailed.
  • Gordon is a bit muddy again in Tidmouth Sheds at night at the end.
  • The signals at the bottom of Gordon's Hill are incorrect as the yellow Distant Signal is above the red home signal.
  • Some music videos reveal that Gordon is absent when James says, "We can do it!"
  • In the Norwegian version, James is reffered to as Henry when he says, "Trucks will be trucks."


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
German Immer Dieser Schmutz Again this Dirt
Brazilian Portuguese Os Problemas com Lama The Problems with Mud
Norwegian Vanskelig Søle Troublesome Mud
Danish Problemer Med Mudder Problems with Mud
Spanish Barro Problemas/Los Problemas con el Barro Mud Problems/The Problems with the Mud
Japanese どろんこゴードン Muddy Gordon
Finnish Mutaa Matkassa The Trouble with Mud
Chinese 泥帶來麻煩 Mud Brings Trouble
Welsh Helynt y Mwd Trouble the Mud
Dutch Die Lastige Modder That Annoying Mud
Slovenian Težave z Blatom Problems with Mud
Italian Una Doccia ci Vuole It Takes a Shower
Hungarian A Csúszós Vasúti Sín The Slippery Rails
Greek Το λασπόλουτρο The Mud Bath
Russian Проблема с грязью The Problem with Dirt
Ukrainian Клопіт через бруд Trouble Because of Dirt
Romanian Probleme cu Noroiul Problems with Mud
Slovak Ťažkosti s Blatom Difficulties with Mud
Czech Potíže s Blátem Problems with Mud
Swedish Vanskelig Søle Difficult Spill
Polish Błotne Kłopoty Mud Trouble
Thai กอร์ดอนไม่อยากอาบน้ำ Gordon Did Not Want to Bath
Korean 진흙투성이, 고든 Muddy Gordon

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