Once Gordon stops behind Duck, he could've backed down the hill and simply have been switched onto the middle line.
In the US version, the term "guard" is accidentally used at one point.
Gordon was traveling only a few minutes behind Duck, so even if Duck hadn't stopped, Gordon would've either crashed into him or would've had to have been flagged down anyway.
This is the first time Edward's theme music is heard since season three's "Edward, Trevor, & the Really Useful Party".
Three Alicia Botti posters can be seen right when Gordon leaves with the Express.
Stepney's whistle sound is actually that of Skarloey's.
After Gordon apologises to Edward, Edward says "It's good to be back." How could that be possible? Did he overhear the Fat Controller speaking severly to Gordon?
In this episode, Duck has trouble with the Troublesome Trucks. In the book version of the story "Duck Takes Charge", the trucks played tricks on Percy and Duck and soon leart that playing tricks on Duck was a big mistake.
Trucks: Duck should play with other ducks,
'cause he's no good at pulling trucks!
Quack, quack, quack, quack!
Hold back! Hold back! (laugh)
Gordon: Edward is a useless old steam-pot. He should be retired.
Percy: But he doesn't have tires.
Thomas: "Retired" means taken out of service.
Gordon: And not a moment too soon.
A deleted scene of Stepney and Oliver going over the viaduct while pulling coaches is shown on the "Little Engines" music video.
Appearances by Edward, Thomas, Henry, Gordon, Percy, Duck, the Troublesome Trucks and The Fat Controller.
Cameos by James and Stepney.
In the PBS Kids version, this episode is entitled "Edward The Really Useful Engine".
Re-composed by Robert Hartshorne and re-narrated by Michael Brandon in the US.
Without counting the stock footage from "Edward's Brass Band" and "Trusty Rusty", this marks the last appearance of Stepney.
Gordon is made a Middle Engine in this episode.
This episode is a more-or-less direct copy of 'Percy Is Pushing' from comic #86 in February 1991, although Percy pushes Edward and Gordon. The Fat Controller and Duck also feature, and it occurs on Gordon's hill.
This is John Wright's last episode as editor. He has been doing the job since the first episode of Season 3.
Final episode written by David Mitton and the first without co-writer Britt Allcroft. He continues as director.
*Back Engine - this is a small engine that buffers up behind heavy trains and helps push them over hills that are too steep.
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