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"Gordon's Hill" is the nickname of the steep grade on the Main Line, between Wellsworth and Maron. It got its name after Gordon stalled there while pulling a goods train in 1923.

History

The Railway Series

Over a distance of eight kilometres (five miles), the line climbs around a hundred metres (280 feet) from Suddery Junction to reach Maron, meaning a gradient of 1:75 and a severe test for engines on the North Western Railway.

Bankers are often required to help trains up the hill. However, they run the risk of being chased by a runaway train or rear ending the train they are helping - something Duck found out the hard way twice, once with Edward and again with Henry.

When the railway was first built, this stretch was made even more difficult by strong winds blown in by the sea. This was attempted to be countered by the planting of trees on either side of the line, but in autumn there can be the additional risk of slippery leaves on the line, as James soon discovered.

Thomas & Friends

Gordon's Hill has been seen frequently throughout the television series. Edward is usually seen banking engines on the hill when stuck halfway up, though ocasionally other engines such as Toby and Duck have done the job.

From King of the Railway onwards, there has been a junction leading to the Ulfstead Branch Line near the bottom of the hill.

The foot of the hill is also the site of many crashes, such as when a calliope ran away from Percy and came off the rails at the bottom of the hill, or when a giant snowball knocked Emily off of the tracks.

Appearances

The Railway Series

  • The Three Railway Engines - Edward and Gordon
  • Thomas the Tank Engine - Thomas and the Trucks
  • James the Red Engine - James and the Top-Hat and Troublesome Trucks
  • Troublesome Engines - Percy Runs Away (mentioned)
  • Toby the Tram Engine - Dirty Objects (mentioned)
  • Gordon the Big Engine - Leaves
  • Duck and the Diesel Engine - A Close Shave
  • The Twin Engines - Break Van
  • Stepney the "Bluebell" Engine - Bowled Out (mentioned)
  • Really Useful Engines - Fish and Triple Header
  • Gordon the High-Speed Engine - Fire Escape
  • Henry and the Express - Overhaul

Thomas & Friends

Specials

Learning Segments

  • Series 8 - How Does Emily Get to the Station?, Helping One Another and Edward Helps Emily Up Gordon's Hill
  • Calling All Engines! - Which Engine for Which Job? and Which Diesel Engine with Which Steam Engine?
  • Series 9 - Getting to Bluff's Cove, What Makes Thomas Happy?, Knowing What to do?, Getting Up Gordon's Hill and Who Respects Whom?
  • Series 10 - Help From Your Friends

Videos

  • 2015 - Welcome to the Island of Sodor Logan! and Welcome to the Island of Sodor Sam!
  • 2016 - Shooting Star Gordon of Sodor and Henry of Sodor
  • 2018 - Meet the New Steam Team and Still the Best of Friends
  • 2019 - Meet Rebecca, Meet Gordon and Meet Nia

Magazine Stories

  • 1987 - Edward and Gordon and Thomas and the Trucks
  • 1988 - James and the Troublesome Trucks, Percy Runs Away (mentioned) and Whistles and Sneezes(mentioned)
  • 2003 - New Year Cheer!
  • 2004 - Emily Saves Henry
  • 2005 - Chickens to School, A Treat for Trying and You Can Do it, Toby!
  • 2007 - Easy for Edward
  • 2010 - Thomas and the Rainbow!
  • 2011 - Big Belle

Books

  • 2003 - James
  • 2004 - Gordon
  • 2005 - Spencer
  • 2010 - Troublesome Trucks
  • 2016 - James, Spencer and Gordon
  • 2017 - Troublesome Trucks

Trivia

  • Gordon's Hill is based on the Lickey Incline near King's Norton station on the Midland Railway.
  • Whilst it is probably a coincidence, there is a real place in London called "Gordon Hill".
  • While the occasional accidents/events have happened on the hill, it has been the starting place for countless runaway trains, with either couplings breaking or an engine having faulty brakes.
  • Gordon's Hill has had numerous modifications throughout the years:
    • Series 1:
      • The incline was curved and single sided (with Wellsworth at the bottom and Maron at the top).
    • Series 8:
      • The rails on the hill became straight with the track being curved at the bottom of the hill.
      • The bridge at the bottom also disappeared.
    • Hero of the Rails:
      • It becomes double sided and much steeper.
        • There also appears to be two models of the hill. On one version, the ocean could be seen on the curved rail side and the other model has the ocean on the straight rail side.
    • King of the Railway:
      • There is a junction on the other side that goes to Ulfstead Castle.

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