Bad Water
Bad Water
Season Three, Episode Fourteen
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Air date Thursday 5th April 2012
Written by WildNorWester
Directed by WildNorWester
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Bad Water is the fourteenth episode of Season 3, and the thirty-second episode overall.


James returned to Tidmouth Sheds to find Alfred and Gordon arguing. Sir Charles Topham Hatt wanted to find out what's going on. He saw that Gordon and Alfred were arguing about an incident in 1923. He explained the story to the engines. Sir Topham Hatt I, Charles' father and the first controller of the North West Railway, had called all of his engines (Thomas, Edward, Henry, Winston and Alfred) to the sheds to meet a visitor, who turned out to be Gordon. The Fat Director (As he was nicknamed) wanted to see if Gordon could become the new express engine. He perfomed well with the morning's Wild Nor' Wester to Barrow-in-Furness.

On the way back, Gordon was passing through Crosby when the stationmaster flagged him down and told him that Henry had broken down at the next signal box. Meanwhile, Alfred had arrived at Knapford with a local passenger train. One of the passengers stepping off the train turned out to be Sir Nigel Gresley, Gordon's designer, who talked to Sir Topham Hatt about Gordon's trial. Just then, Gordon arrived with Henry, and Alfred became worried when he heard Sir Topham Hatt say he'd give Gresley a 4-6-0 as part payment for Gordon. Alfred spoke to Edward about his troubles later that day.



  • Black and white stock footage was used from episode twenty-four, First Impressions.
  • This marks the only appearance of Sir Charles Topham Hatt as a boy and Sir Nigel Gresley.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of the Old Tidmouth Sheds and Winston.


  • ANB is not listed in the end credits for playing Alice.
  • WildNorWester did not give Sir Nigel Gresley a Scottish accent when speaking to Sir Topham Hatt I.
  • The narrator said that Alfred looked worried after overhearing the conversation, but he looked annoyed.
  • In the flashback, the North West Railway is running to Barrow-in-Furness, despite not having rights to run there until 1925.

Voice Cast

  • ANB as Alice
  • WildNorWester as Narrator, Sir Charles Topham Hatt, Sir Topham Hatt I, Sir Nigel Gresley, Gordon, James, Thomas, Edward, Henry, Alfred, Winston and Donald



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