At the beginning, Gordon's rescue cable is seen on him, but in Down The Mine, they had taken it off him after he had pulled Thomas out.
Thomas isn't in front of Gordon when Gordon says "I'm in disgrace."
In one scene, Gordon has Duck's Whistle
In the "final scene" that begins "When it was time to leave, the Queen...", "God Save the Queen" is played as the incidental music.
Gordon's rescue cable is seen for the first time since season one. This is also its last appearance on the show.
After the painter lands on Henry, the paint pot lands on Henry's dome, then you can hear the paint pot clanging but we cut back in some shots and the paint pot is still on Henry's dome.
Theoretically, Duck and Donald should not be in this episode, as it is set shortly after "Thomas Down The Mine".
Michael Angelis says that "The two engines" (Thomas and Gordon) whistle into the shed. Only Thomas' whistle is heard.
Painter: (To Henry.) Well, you're not a pretty picture.
The Fat Controller: Ladies, gentlemen, and engines, I am honored to inform you that her majesty, the Queen herself, is coming here to visit us. Now, on with the preparations!
Narrator: The engines wondered who would pull the royal train.
Edward: I'm too old to pull important trains.
Gordon: I'm in disgrace.
James: He'll choose me of course.
Henry: You?! You can't climb hills. He'll ask me to pull the train, and I'll have a new coat of paint!
The Fat Controller: You look like an iced cake, Henry. That won't do for the royal train. I must make other arrangements.
Stock footage from "Down the Mine" and "Off the Rails" is used.
Appearances by Thomas, Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, Percy, Toby with Henrietta, the Fat Controller and the Queen.
Cameos by Duck and Donald.
In the "Sir Topham Hatt" song, a deleted scene of Gordon leaving the station is shown.
This was the last episode to be based on one of Wilbert Awdry's stories.
The Queen is the only real person so far to appear on the show.
In America this episode is called "Thomas Meets the Queen".
Gordon to Thomas: "United we stand, together we fall."
Gordon urges Thomas to forge an alliance with him because they were both in disgrace. Gordon uses this phrase, a play on the 18th century American motto, "United we stand, divided we fall" to make his point.
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