Edward, Gordon and Henry/
Henry to the Rescue

Original UK title card

No. of season: 1
No. of epsiode: 4
No. of series: 4
Director: David Mitton
Producer: David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona
Writer: Reverend W. Awdry (original)
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton (adapted)
Narrator: Ringo Starr (UK/US)
George Carlin (US)
Original air date: 16 October 1984 (UK)
9 April 1987 (AUS)
5 February 1989 (US)
24 April 1990 (JPN)
6 August 1993 (George Carlin US)
24 February 1998 (GER)
2 January 2008 (HUN, CZE, SVK)
Previous: The Sad Story of Henry/
Come Out, Henry!
Next: Thomas' Train/
A Big Day for Thomas

Edward, Gordon and Henry, retitled Henry to the Rescue in American releases, is the fourth episode of the first season of the series. It aired in the US on the Shining Time Station episodes, Does it Bite? in 1989 and Mysterious Stranger in 1993. In this episode, Gordon breaks down and Henry is the only one who can help.


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 was 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 lovely green paint and red stripes and begins to wonder if the Fat Controller will ever forgive him and let him out again.

Gordon plans to whistle rudely at Henry, but goes so fast that his safety valve bursts and is forced to stop just in front of the tunnel. The Fat Controller is cross and orders for another engine to come take the Express, while Gordon is uncoupled and moved onto a siding. Henry saw what happened and can only laugh. Edward is summoned to take the express, but he is not strong enough to move 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 his hat is blown off into a field and eaten by a goat. 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 doesn't have to run into a tunnel to keep his paint dry, but still asks his driver to give him a washdown after the day's work was done.



Fun FactsEdit


  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from the Railway Series book, The Three Railway Engines.
  • Stock footage from The Sad Story of Henry is used.
  • In a deleted photograph, a circuit-board can be seen near the tracks.
  • A deleted photograph shows the Fat Controller wearing his hat at Wellsworth despite losing it on the way.
  • One of James' trucks has NE written on it in the opening scene.
  • There are some differences in the US and UK narrations. Some differences are:
    • After Henry says "Why did I worry about rain spoiling my lovely coat of paint?" in the UK release, he says "Will the Fat Controller ever forgive me and let me out again?" In the US version, he simply says, "I'd like to come out of the tunnel." Then the narrator says, "But Henry didn't know how to ask." However, the Shining Time Station airing has Ringo saying this line at a slower pace. This line was retaken for home video and audio cassettes.
    • When Gordon's safety valve bursts, George Carlin "wheeshes". This is absent from Ringo Starr's narrations.
    • After Gordon's safety value bursts, in the UK version the narrator says, "And there was Gordon going slower and slower." In the US versions, both narrators say "And there was proud Gordon going slower and slower."
    • After Gordon stops when he burst his safety valve, in the UK version, the Fat Controller says, "I never liked these big engines, always going wrong." In the US versions, he says, "These big engines are always causing me trouble."
  • On Sprout TV airings, this episode has given its UK title.
  • The events of this episode were briefly mentioned by Edward in The Adventure Begins.
  • This is the first episode where Thomas doesn't appear.
  • This is the last time The Three Railway Engines Book is adapted until it's retelling in The Adventure Begins.


  • The narration of Ringo's US version is slightly out of sync from the point when Henry leaves the tunnel to when he arrives at Wellsworth.
  • When Gordon says "I'm going to poop, poop at Henry," studio equipment is visible in the top right corner. As Gordon slows down, studio equipment is visible in the top right corner and his drive wheels are going backwards.
  • After being uncoupled from his coaches, as Gordon passes over the points his trailing wheels jam as he moves offscreen.
  • When Gordon moves to the siding, he passes the points and the coaches later change position without explanation.
  • When Edward and Henry set off, Gordon is derailed.
  • While Henry is in the tunnel his face is covered with black dust, but when the close up of Henry going backwards from the tunnel he is spotless because it is footage from earlier episodes. The same thing happens after Henry has pulled the express through the tunnel.
  • Gordon sets off from Knapford and heads towards Vicarstown. When Edward and Henry set off, they head in the same direction but ended up at Wellsworth, which is in the opposite direction.
  • It's no wonder why the express stops at Wellsworth. The express is only meant to stop at Knapford, Crovan's Gate and Vicarstown.
  • Gordon's express has two brake coaches.
  • When Edward and Henry set off, you can see that as the scene ends, the last coach is passing Gordon, but in the next scene, the coach can be seen passing him again.
  • When Henry passes the goat, Edward is not behind the train.
  • James appears, but he wasn't introduced until Thomas and the Breakdown Train.
  • In the close-up of Henry when he is coming out of the tunnel, his cylinder red stripe is sticking out.
  • When the Fat Controller asks Henry to pull the train Gordon isn't seen in front of the buffers.
  • During the close up of the Fat Controller after Henry exits the tunnel, blue ink can be seen smeared on the Fat Controller's hand.
  • Blu-Tack can be visible under some of the people's feet.


In Other LanguagesEdit

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Edward, Gordon y Henry Edward, Gordon and Henry
Norwegian Edward, Gordon og Henry Edward, Gordon and Henry
Welsh Edward, Gordon a Henri Edward, Gordon and Henry
Hebrew אדי, גורדון והנרי Eddie, Gordon and Henry
Japanese ヘンリーだいかつやく Henry's Big Success
French Edouard, Gordon et Henry Edward, Gordon and Henry
Italian Libertà Ritrovata Newfound Freedom
German Gordon in Not Gordon In Need
Finnish Edward Jori ja Henri Edward, Gordon and Henry
Dutch Edward, Gordon en Henry Edward, Gordon and Henry
Slovenian Edvard, Gorazd in Henrik Edward, Gordon and Henry
Croatian Edo, Gordon i Hrvoje Edward, Gordon and Henry
Polish Edek, Gabryś i Henio Edward, Gordon and Henry
Russian Вновь обретенная Свобода New Freedom
Hungarian Edward, Gordon és Henry Edward, Gordon and Henry
Danish Edward, Gordon og Henry Edward, Gordon and Henry
Swedish Edward, Gordon och Henry Edward, Gordon and Henry
Romanian Edward, Gordon şi Henry Edward, Gordon and Henry
Chinese 艾德华,高登和亨利 Edward, Gordon and Henry
Korean 세 친구 Three Friends
Slovak Eduard, Gordon a Henry Edward, Gordon and Henry
Czech Edward, Gordon a Henry Edward, Gordon and Henry
Serbian Edvard, Gordon i Henri Edward, Gordon and Henry
Brazilian Portuguese O Resgate de Henry Henry's Rescue
Thai เฮนรี่ช่วยได้ Henry Rescued

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Edward, Gordon, and Henry – British Narration05:44

Edward, Gordon, and Henry – British Narration

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v - e - d Thomas and Friends episodes
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 · It's Only Snow · 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

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