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Edward and Gordon, retitled Edward Helps Out in American releases, is the second episode of the first series. It is based on the stories Edward's Day Out and Edward and Gordon from the Railway Series book The Three Railway Engines.

Plot synopsis

Edward is an old, blue engine, who is feeling sad, as he has not been out in a long time. One day, his driver and fireman see how upset he is, so they choose him over the other engines. Edward has a wonderful day pulling coaches. The coaches are very proud and impressed with Edward, as is his crew.

Next morning, Gordon is bragging to Edward. He tells the old engine to watch him rush by with the express that afternoon. Edward ignores him and goes to shunt trucks in the yard.

But instead of coaches, Gordon is pulling a train of dirty trucks, much to his anger. He soon begins to climb a hill, and stops halfway up. Edward is soon called to be Gordon's banker. The big blue engine does not think that Edward can do it, though he pushes all the same. The train is brought back to the bottom of the hill and then both engines puff together up the hill. All the while Gordon persistently complains but to his surprise, they have made it to the top. Gordon thunders away at high-speed, cheering for himself and leaving Edward far behind without even thanking him. Very sad and out of breath, Edward slowly runs into a siding at Maron Station, where his crew give him a long drink and promise to reward him a new coat of blue paint with red stripes.


  • Edward
  • Gordon
  • Thomas (not named; does not speak)
  • Henry (not named; does not speak)
  • James (not named; does not speak)
  • The Stone Dropping Boys (cameo)




  • This is Edward's first appearance in the TV Series