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Thomas Gets Tricked

Original UK title card

No. of season: 1
No. of epsiode: 1
No. of series: 1
Director: David Mitton
Producer: David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona
Writer: Reverend W. Awdry (original)
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton (adapted)
Narrator: George Carlin (US/UK)
Ringo Starr (UK/US)
Ran Yakumo (GEN)
Original air date: September 4th, 1984 (UK)
April 6th, 1987 (AUS)
January 29th, 1989 (US)
April 3rd, 1990 (JPN/GEN)
July 2nd, 1993 (George Carlin US)
Next: 'Edward Helps Out

Thomas Gets Tricked is the pilot episode of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. In this episode, Gordon gets revenge on Thomas for teasing him.


Thomas is a blue tank engine who acts as a station pilot for the bigger engines. His job is to fetch coaches for the other engines and then take them away when the engines need to go to the sheds and rest. Thomas thinks no engine works as hard as he does and is often very cheeky to the bigger engines. One day, a big blue express locomotive named Gordon had returned from a long journey and wanted a rest, so he found a siding to sleep in. Then Thomas came up in his cheeky way, telling Gordon to wake up and work harder. This woke the big engine up, but instead of falling back asleep, he plotted revenge on Thomas to show him what hard work is.

The next morning, Thomas' crew couldn't make him start. Gordon impatiently waited outside the station for Thomas to bring him his coaches; finally, Thomas was able to start. He hurried to get the express coaches and brought them to the station platform behind Gordon, who enacted his plan and quickly backed down and coupled to his train. Thomas usually pushes from behind to help the trains get a good start, but they always uncouple him from the train first. This time, however, Gordon had rushed him so much, Thomas' crew forgot to uncouple him and Gordon quickly started off, with little Thomas behind. Gordon raced through the Sudrian countryside as fast as he could to show Thomas how hard it was to pull the express. It wasn't long before Thomas became quite out of breath.

After a while, the two blue engines came to a stop at Wellsworth. Thomas had never gone that fast before and was very tired and felt very silly. He got a nice long drink from the water tower and puffed wearily home. Thomas learned to never be cheeky to Gordon again.


  • Ben Small as Thomas (debut)
  • Keith Wickham as Gordon (debut)



  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Thomas the Tank Engine.
  • Gordon was seen backing down to his train at the beginning of the original version.
  • When Thomas pulls into Knapford at the beginning, a poster for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus can be seen on the wall.
  • There are some different in the US version. Some different are:
    • After Gordon is introduced, George Carlin says, "Thomas likes to tease Gordon with his whistle!''
    • In Keith Wickham Version, When Gordon tells Thomas, "Hurry up, you!", and In Ben Small in version, Thomas says, "Hurry up yourself!"
    • After the narrator says, "Gordon the big proud engine began making his plan to teach Thomas a lesson for teasing him."
    • In Ben Small version says ''Maybe I don't have to tease Gordon to feel important', and in George Carlin version says "And Thomas puff slowly home."
  • The title card was used on the 1-7 seasons in the Greek dub.
  • The Italian title of this episode is "A Good Lesson". The Spanish title of this episode is "A Lesson for Thomas". In Finland this episode is called "Thomas Locomotive and Gordon".


  • In the very first shot of Thomas, studio equipment is reflected off of his smokebox and the edge of his boiler is chipped.
  • In the first shot of Thomas' wheels, the paint on his middle wheel is chipped and his smokebox was scratched.
  • When Thomas pulls up next to Gordon, Thomas' smoke vanishes as Gordon wakes up; this is due to a cut in the film.
  • When the narrator says "It was nearly time for the Express" there are no coaches on the track next to Gordon. When Thomas puffs in, they suddenly appear.
  • Gordon was waiting outside platform 2 for his coaches, but when Thomas puffs in, Gordon and his coaches are outside platform 3 and 4.
  • In one scene, there was a set of points leading from the track outside platform 5 to the track outside platform 4. In the next scene, it disappears.
  • The express leaves from Knapford, but first goes through Henry's Tunnel before arriving at Wellsworth, which is at the opposite end of the railway line.
  • When Gordon comes out of Henry's Tunnel, the track bounces up and down.
  • In the close-ups of Thomas and Gordon on their journey, the train was missing.
  • In the original version, when the train crosses the viaduct, the edge of the set was visible.
  • When Thomas puffs into the siding a camera stand was visible on the left of the screen.
  • In the original version, when Thomas goes on the turntable a camera stand was visible and a small white mark was also visible on his tank. (please note that the former part of this was listed three times by mistake)
  • In the original version, when Gordon pulls Thomas around the bend, studio equipment can be seen at the right of the screen.
  • According to the Awdry writings, the express wasn't meant to stop at Wellsworth.
  • Just before Thomas reaches the water tower, the background shows trees and bushes instead of Wellsworth station.
  • At the end, Thomas was puffing rather fast when the narrator says, "Poor Thomas couldn't answer".
  • When Gordon backs down on his train and yells, "Get in quickly please!", something can be seen moving behind the station.
  • In the shot of Thomas puffing into Knapford.
  • In the close-up of Gordon's whistle, Knapford was missing from the background.
  • When Gordon was sleeping in the siding, his buffers are crooked.
  • In the shot of Thomas stopping inside Knapford with his coaches.
  • A tripod can be seen in the background when Thomas goes to the turntable.
  • Knapford station was missing from the background in the close-up of Thomas' whistle.
  • When Gordon says, "Well little Thomas!" Wellsworth station and the bushes beside him are missing.
  • When Thomas was taking on water at the end, Gordon and his train are missing.
  • In the original version, just before Thomas starts puffing to the water tower, the track ends behind him.
  • When Thomas wakes Gordon up the second time, the tracks in the siding in front of Gordon aren't connected to the buffers.
  • In a rare picture, there is no one in Gordon's cab as he and Thomas cross the Viaduct.
  • During the close up of Gordon's wheels when he reverses quickly, the track moves.
  • When Thomas was on the turntable, the inside of his funnel was white.

Home Media Releases


DVD Packs



DVD Boxsets


DVD Boxsets







  • Learning with Thomas


  • Thomas and Gordon and Other Adventures


  • Thomas the Tank Engine 1 (Scandinavian VHS/DVD)



  • Thomas' Train (Slovenian DVD)




  • A Vicious Train


  • Thomas Gets Tricked (Philippine DVD)


  • Thomas and the Trucks (Romanian DVD)

DVD Packs

  • Triple Pack 1


  • Thomas and Gordon and Other Stories (Danish DVD)


  • Thomas the Tank Engine 1


  • Welcome Thomas!


  • Thomas and Gordon (Croatian DVD)


  • Thomas and Gordon and Other Stories (DVD)



  • Thomas and Friends Volume 1 (Taiwanese DVD)


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v - e - d Thomas and Friends episodes
Season 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
Season 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
Season 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 · 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
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