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Edward, Gordon and Henry, retitled Henry to the Rescue in American releases, is the fourth episode of the first series. It is based on the story of the same name from the Railway Series book The Three Railway Engines.


Gordon always pulls the big Express and is proud to be the only one strong enough to do so. One day, he heads down the line, when he sees Henry's Tunnel, where Henry has been left bricked up and abandoned for refusing to come out. Henry feels sorry for himself, because of the time he worried about the rain spoiling his green paint and red stripes and begins to wonder if the Fat Controller will ever forgive him and let him out again, because he does not know how to ask and would like to come out of the tunnel.

Gordon plans to whistle rudely at Henry, only to burst his safety valve and he is forced to stop just in front of the tunnel. The Fat Controller is annoyed, noting that the big engines are always causing problems and orders another engine to come take the Express, while Gordon is uncoupled and moved onto a siding. Henry sees this and laughs at Gordon.

Edward is summoned to take the express, but finds that he is not strong enough to take it. Gordon suggests that Henry should be let out of the tunnel to pull and the Fat Controller agrees. Henry is freed from the tunnel and pulls the express with Edward pushing from behind. The Fat Controller sticks his head out the window to wave to the engines, but the train ends up moving very fast and causes his hat to be blown off into a field where a goat eats it for tea. The two keep running until they reach the station at the end of the line and on the way home help Gordon back to the sheds.

Henry is rewarded with a new coat of paint, and now knows that he does not have to run into a tunnel to keep his paint dry, but does not mind the rain, and now asks his driver to give him a washdown after the day's work is done.


  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • The Fat Controller


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