The Trouble with Mud

Original UK title card

No. of season: 3
No. of epsiode: 10
No. of series: 62
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: 26 November 1991 (US)
16 June 1992 (JPN)
18 October 1998 (GER)
11 May 2002 (HUN)
Previous: Henry's Forest
Next: No Joke for James

The Trouble with Mud is the tenth episode of the third season.


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 doesn't 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 that it's his turn now, but Gordon lets off steam and mud flies all over James, the workmen and Gordon's driver, who tells him that he is a very naughty engine and now he has to wait until James gets another wash, but Gordon doesn't and leaves to pull the express. Sir Topham Hatt 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 Sir Topham Hatt to get cleaned up at once.

Gordon is soon cleaned and then pull cars 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 2 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 Sir Topham Hatt if Gordon can pull coaches again. Sir Topham Hatt 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.



Fun FactsEdit


This episode is very loosely based on the story Leaves from The Railway Series book, Gordon the Big Engine. Thomas' line "Please Sir, can Gordon pull coaches again now?" is taken from Thomas Meets the Queen.

  • The episode can be seen in a Japanese game, Magical Adventure.
  • In the episode, the express coaches of James' train are red, but in a few rare photos, they're green.
  • A reference to the first season episode, The Foolish Freight Cars is made.
  • In the US and the International versions, the music in some scenes are heard:
    • In the scene when Gordon angrily let off steam and the driver talking to Gordon.
    • When the narrator said "Gordon saw everything".
    • The music at the end of the episode is heard.


  • The cleaners washing Thomas all have skinny flesh-colored wires for necks.
  • As Gordon says "Mind my eyes!" his right eye is wonky.
  • 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.
  • The signals at the bottom of Gordon's Hill are incorrect as the yellow Distant Signal is above the red home signal.
  • In Keith Wickham version, James says, "Cars will be cars."


In Other LanguagesEdit

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

Home Media ReleasesEdit


DVD Boxsets



VHS/DVD Boxsets


  • Trust Thomas and Other Stories
  • All Aboard!
  • The Complete Third Series

DVD Boxsets




DVD Boxsets



DVD Boxsets



  • Thomas, Percy and the Post Train










Video GamesEdit


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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