Wrong Road

Oirignal UK title card

No. of season: 2
No. of epsiode: 48
No. of series: 22
Director: David Mitton
Producer: David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona
Writer: Reverend W. Awdry (original)
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton (adapted)
Narrator: Ringo Starr (UK)
George Carlin (US)
Original air date: 1th November 1986 (UK)
17th May 1988 (AUS)
3rd September 1991 (JPN)
23rd July 1993 (US)
28th April 1998 (GER)
24th January 2008 (HUN)
Previous: The Diseasel
Next: Edward's Exploit

Wrong Road is the twenty-second episode of the second season. It first aired on Shining Time Station in the episode, The Joke's on Schemer in 1993.


Thomas and Edward's branch lines are very important to the railway. But their tracks and bridges are not as strong as those on the main line, so Sir Topham Hatt does not allow the larger engines to run on them. Although this is purely for safety, Gordon believes the rule is for another reason entirely. One day, he complains to Edward about BoCo being allowed to take main line trains when he is only supposed to work on the branch line. Edward jokingly suggests that Gordon ask if he can take BoCo's freight cars in return, but Gordon refuses to consider the idea. Edward notes that it might be a nice change of pace, but Gordon claims Sir Topham Hatt would never agree and states that branch lines are vulgar before snorting off, followed by an amused Edward.

Every evening, both Gordon and Edward take late-night trains. Gordon takes the express along the main line, while Edward leaves five minutes later with a branch line train. Normally everything runs fine, but that evening there is trouble when a lady with a large green floppy hat says goodbye to a friend on the platform. When it is nearly time for Gordon to start, his fireman looks back and, seeing something large and green waving, assumes the guard is waving the flag, even though it was the lady with her green hat moving. As a result, Gordon leaves with the majority of the passengers, the luggage, and the guard stranded on the platform. Everyone is surprised and get very angry. Eventually Gordon, who is feeling embarrassed, is stopped and brought back. But by now Edward is late, so he sets off first instead. This causes more trouble, as the signalman at the junction isn't told about the change and sends Edward down the main line. When Gordon follows, he is sent down the branch and ends the evening by being forced to sleep in a siding near the harbour.

The next morning, Bill and Ben arrive to pick up trucks from BoCo. While neither BoCo nor the trucks are there, they don't mind as they much prefer the idea of teasing Gordon. After joking that the large blue engine near them can't be Gordon, as he would never go on branch lines as he thinks them vulgar, they pretend to consider throwing the pile of old iron into the sea. Gordon, not knowing it was a joke, starts to panic. BoCo then arrives and Gordon begs the diesel to save him. BoCo soon realizes what is happening and threatens to take the trucks away. Bill and Ben quickly run off, as a relieved Gordon thanks BoCo. To this day Gordon, not knowing the twins were teasing, still believes that BoCo saved his life.



Fun FactsEdit


  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Main Line Engines.
  • Christmas lights are used for Gordon and Edward's lamps.
  • In the UK and Japanese versions, music for the "Busy Engines Theme" is used.


  • When Gordon and Edward talk about branch lines, before Gordon leaves, steam is rising in front of him. When he leaves, it continues rising.
  • Edward is missing his eyebrows in the scene at Knapford.
  • When Gordon is brought back blu-tack is visible on Sir Topham Hatt's shoes and his eyebrows are much bigger.
  • The back end of the coach's roof at the end of Edward's train seems to be snapped.
  • When the narrator says "Gordon started" and when Gordon comes back to the station, wires are visible on Gordon's and Edward's buffer beams.
  • Light bulbs are visibly sticking out from Edward's and Gordon's lamps.
  • When Edward crosses the viaduct, his last coach does not have any lighting.
  • Gordon pushes the buffers out of place when he comes into the siding.
  • When Gordon shouts "Stop, stop!" one of his eyes is not looking at Bill and Ben.
  • Gordon's front bogie wheels are derailed near the end. His left eye (viewers right) is also scratched.
  • During the outro theme, static is audible.
  • When the scene cuts away from the guard and into the passengers you can see the woman's old friend among the passengers.
  • The narrator says that Gordon's fireman looked towards the conductor's van at the end of the train, but the conductor is in the brake coach.
  • In the Japanese version, when Edward and Gordon are at Knapford Station, Ringo Starr's narration can faintly be heard in the background.


In Other LanguagesEdit

Language Name Meaning
Dutch De Verkeerde Weg The Wrong Road
German Der Falsche Weg The Wrong Way
Brazilian Portuguese Estrada Errada Wrong Road
Spanish El Camino Equivocado The Wrong Way
French Le Fausse Route / Les Pistes Incorrectes (Québec) The Wrong Road / The Incorrect Tracks (Canada)
Hungarian A Rossz Út The Wrong Way
Italian Linea Sbagliata Wrong Line
Danish Forkerte Vej Wrong Road
Norwegian På Ville Veier On Wrong Roads
Swedish På Vilo Vägar On the Roads
Finnish Väärä Reitti Wrong Way
Catalan Camí Equivocat Wrong Road
Romanian Drum Greşit Wrong Way
Polish Nie Tędy Droga This Way, Not Road
Croatian Krivi Put Wrong Way
Slovenian Na Napačni Poti On the Wrong Track
Slovak Nesprávna Trať Wrong Track
Czech Nesprávná Trať Incorrect Track
Japanese しせんをはしったゴードン Gordon Ran Into the Branch Line
Chinese 歧途 Wrong Road
Korean 어긋난 길 Deviated Road
Greek λάθος δρόμο Wrong Road
Russian Неверный путь Wrong Way
Thai กอร์ดอนโดนแหย่ Gordon Gets Teased

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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
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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
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