Gordon and the Famous Visitor

Original UK title card

No. of season: 3
No. of epsiode: 4
No. of series: 56
Director: David Mitton
Producer: Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
Writer: Reverend W. Awdry (original)
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton (adapted)
Narrator: George Carlin (US)
Original air date: 21 November 1991 (US)
5 May 1992 (JPN)
8 May 1998 (GER)
8 May 2002 (HUN)
Previous: Time for Trouble
Next: Donald's Duck

Gordon and the Famous Visitor is the fourth episode of the third season.


It is an important day at the yards, and everyone is busy and excited making notes and taking photographs. A special visitor had arrived and was now the centre of attention. Duck explains to Thomas and Percy that he is a celebrity, a very famous engine. Thomas, Duck, Percy and the other engines are very pleased about the Visitor, but Gordon is jealous as he thinks it's a lot of fuss about nothing.

The next morning, the visitor heads back to his railway, and Thomas tells Gordon that the engine is famous since he went 100 mph before Gordon was even thought of. Gordon is unamused and tells Thomas that the visitor has no dome and that domeless engines aren't respectable or trustworthy, and that 100 mph would be easy for him.

Later that day, Duck takes some freight cars to Wellsworth and tells Edward what Gordon had said about the visitor. Edward tells Duck not to take any notice, since Gordon thinks that no engine should be famous but him. Moments later, Gordon thunders past the 2 engines on the main line as his wheels pound the rails. Duck watches and tells Edward that Gordon will knock himself to bits.

Gordon's driver tells Gordon that he isn't running a race, but Gordon takes no notice. Gordon then notices that the top of his boiler feels funny as something feels loose and decides to slow down, but it's too late. On the viaduct, he meets a teasing wind that makes him think it'll push him off. But the wind has other ideas as it curls around his boiler and blows Gordon's dome off and into the valley below. Gordon is most uncomfortable as he feels silly without his dome, and to make matters worse for him, he is made into a laughing stock at Knapford Station by some freight cars.

On the journey home, Gordon asks his driver to find his dome, but he tells Gordon that they'll never find it and they'll have to go to the works for a new one. Gordon is most upset and hopes that the sheds are empty tonight, but all the engines are there waiting. As Gordon turns around on the turntable, he hears a voice saying: "Never trust domeless engines. They aren't respectable."



Fun FactsEdit


  • This episode is based on the story Domeless Engines from the Railway Series book, Duck and the Diesel Engine.
  • In a picture of a deleted scene, Thomas, Percy, and Duck were at the other side of the shed.
  • In a picture of a deleted scene, City of Turo's tender can be seen at the left of Gordon (viewer's right).
  • In a rare photo, Gordon is pulling red express coaches.
  • In a rare photo, Edward and Duck are at the station instead of the yard and Gordon races through the station on the left track rather than the middle.
  • In a deleted scene, Gordon is seen crossing the viaduct in the opposite direction without his dome.
  • This is the first time a real-life engine appears in the series.
  • There is a digger from TUGS next to Gordon when he arrives at Tidmouth Sheds.
  • Although City of Truro's name is never mentioned, it is seen on the banner at Tidmouth Sheds and his nameplate.


  • In the close-up on Thomas and Duck at the sheds, Duck is derailed.
  • In one shot of Gordon talking to Thomas and Duck, he doesn't have any eyebrows.
  • Gordon seems to pass through Wellsworth.
  • When Gordon says "It feels as if something is loose," he hits a tree branch on the right. (Gordon's left)
  • After Gordon loses his dome, his coaches disappear.
  • When Gordon goes through Knapford, he is tilted to the right. In the same scene, the coach to the far left is seen with exposed wires around its buffers.
  • When Gordon races through the station, only one distant signal on its own can be seen, which is incorrect. Distant signals without home signals are only ever seen out on the open line.
  • When Thomas says "Who's that?" to Duck, Duck's right wheel is derailed.
  • When Henry passes Edward and Duck at Wellsworth, his eyes are wonky.
  • In the last shot of the episode, Gordon's eyes are wonky.
  • Edward's whistle is crooked.


In Other LanguagesEdit

Language Name Meaning
German Eine weltberühmte Lok A World Famous Engine
Norwegian Gordon og den berømte gjesten Gordon and the Famous Visitor
Welsh Gordon a'r Ymwelydd Enwog Gordon and the Famous Visitor
Dutch Gordon en het Vreemde Bezoek Gordon and the Famous Visit
Chinese 高登与著名访客 Gordon and the Famous Visitor
Japanese ゴードンとゆうめいなきかんしゃ Gordon and the Famous Engine
Czech Gordon a slavny host Gordon and the Famous Guest
Finnish Jori ja Kuuluisa Vieras Gordon and the Famous Visitor
Italian Gordon e l'ospite famosa Gordon and the Famous Guest
Hungarian Gordon és a különleges látogató Gordon and the Special Visitor
Slovenian Gorazd in slavni obiskovalec Gordon and the Famous Visitor
Russian Гордон и известный посетитель Gordon and the Famous Visitor
Ukrainian Гордон і знаменитий гість Gordon and the Famous Guest
Romanian Gordon și Vizitatorul Faimos Gordon and the Famous Visitor
Spanish Gordon y el Famoso Visitante Gordon and the Famous Visitor
Polish Gabryś i Gwiazdor Gordon and the Star
Slovak Gordon a Slávny Hosť Gordon and Famous Guests
Swedish Gordon och den berömde gästen Gordon and the Famous Guest
Danish Gordon og den berømte gæst Gordon and the Famous Guest
Thai กอร์ดอนอิจฉา Gordon is Jealous

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Series 1 Thomas and Gordon · Edward and Gordon · The Sad Story of Henry · Edward, Gordon and Henry · Thomas' Train · Thomas and the Trucks · Thomas and the Breakdown Train · James and the Coaches · Troublesome Trucks · James and the Express · Thomas and the Guard · Thomas Goes Fishing · Thomas, Terence and the Snow · Thomas and Bertie · Tenders and Turntables · Trouble in the Shed · Percy Runs Away · Coal · The Flying Kipper · Whistles and Sneezes · Toby and the Stout Gentleman · Thomas in Trouble · Dirty Objects · Off the Rails · Down the Mine · Thomas' Christmas Party
Series 2 Thomas, Percy and the Coal · Cows · Bertie's Chase · Saved from Scrap · Old Iron · Thomas and Trevor · Percy and the Signal · Duck Takes Charge · Percy and Harold · The Runaway · Percy Takes the Plunge · Pop Goes the Diesel · Dirty Work · A Close Shave · Better Late Than Never · Break Van · The Deputation · Thomas Comes to Breakfast · Daisy · Percy's Predicament · The Diseasel · Wrong Road · Edward's Exploit · Ghost Train · Woolly Bear · Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree
Series 3 A Scarf for Percy · Percy's Promise · Time for Trouble · Gordon and the Famous Visitor · Donald's Duck · Thomas Gets Bumped · Thomas, Percy and the Dragon · Diesel Does It Again · Henry's Forest · The Trouble with Mud · No Joke for James · Thomas, Percy and the Post Train · Trust Thomas · Mavis · Toby's Tightrope · Edward, Trevor and the Really Useful Party · Buzz, Buzz · All at Sea · One Good Turn · Tender Engines · Escape · Oliver Owns Up · Bulgy · Heroes · Percy, James and the Fruitful Day · Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure
Series 4 Granpuff · Sleeping Beauty · Bulldog · You Can't Win · Four Little Engines · A Bad Day for Sir Handel · Peter Sam and the Refreshment Lady · Trucks! · Home at Last · Rock 'n' Roll · Special Funnel · Steam Roller · Passengers and Polish · Gallant Old Engine · Rusty to the Rescue · Thomas and Stepney · Train Stops Play · Bowled Out · Henry and the Elephant · Toad Stands By · Bulls Eyes · Thomas and the Special Letter · Paint Pots and Queens · Fish · Special Attraction · Mind That Bike
Series 5 Cranky Bugs · Horrid Lorry · A Better View for Gordon · Lady Hatt's Birthday Party · James and the Trouble with Trees · Gordon and the Gremlin · Bye George! · Baa! · Put Upon Percy · Toby and the Flood · Haunted Henry · Double Teething Troubles · Stepney Gets Lost · Toby's Discovery · Something in the Air · Thomas, Percy and Old Slow Coach · Thomas and the Rumours · Oliver's Find · Happy Ever After · Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday · A Surprise for Percy · Make Someone Happy · Busy Going Backwards · Duncan Gets Spooked · Rusty and the Boulder · Snow
Series 6 Salty's Secret · Harvey to the Rescue · No Sleep for Cranky · A Bad Day for Harold the Helicopter · Elizabeth the Vintage Lorry · The Fogman · Jack Jumps In · A Friend in Need · It's Only Snow · Twin Trouble · The World's Strongest Engine · Scaredy Engines · Percy and the Haunted Mine · Middle Engine · James and the Red Balloon · Jack Frost · Gordon Takes a Tumble · Percy's Chocolate Crunch · Buffer Bother · Toby Had a Little Lamb · Thomas, Percy and the Squeak · Thomas the Jet Engine · Edward the Very Useful Engine · Dunkin' Duncan · Rusty Saves the Day · Faulty Whistles
Series 7 Emily's New Coaches · Percy Gets It Right · Bill, Ben and Fergus · The Old Bridge · Edward's Brass Band · What's the Matter with Henry? · James and the Queen of Sodor · The Refreshment Lady's Tea Shop · · The Spotless Record · Toby's Windmill · Bad Day at Castle Loch · Rheneas and the Roller Coaster · Salty's Stormy Tale · Snow Engine · Something Fishy · The Runaway Elephant · Peace and Quiet · Fergus Breaks the Rules · · Bulgy Rides Again · Harold and the Flying Horse · The Grand Opening · Best Dressed Engine · Gordon and Spencer · Not So Hasty Puddings · Trusty Rusty · Three Cheers for Thomas
Series 8 Thomas and the Tuba · Percy's New Whistle · Thomas to the Rescue · Henry and the Wishing Tree · James Gets a New Coat · Thomas Saves the Day · Percy's Big Mistake · Thomas, Emily and the Snowplough · Don't Tell Thomas · Emily's New Route · Thomas and the Firework Display · Gordon Takes Charge · Spic and Span · Edward the Great · Squeak, Rattle and Roll · Thomas and the Circus · Thomas Gets It Right · As Good as Gordon · Fish · Emily's Adventure · Halloween · You Can Do It, Toby! · James Goes Too Far · Chickens to School · Too Hot for Thomas · Percy and the Magic Carpet
Series 9 Percy and the Oil Painting · Thomas and the Rainbow · Molly's Special, Special · Thomas' Milkshake Muddle · Mighty Mac · Thomas and the Toy Shop · Respect for Gordon · Thomas and the Birthday Picnic · Tuneful Toots · Rheneas and the Dinosaur · Thomas and the New Engine · Toby Feels Left Out · Thomas Tries His Best · The Magic Lamp · Thomas and the Statue · Henry and the Flagpole · Emily Knows Best · Thomas' Day Off · Thomas' New Trucks Duncan and the Old Mine · Bold and Brave · Skarloey the Brave · Saving Edward · Thomas and the Golden Eagle · Keeping Up with James · Flour Power