This is a complete list of characters who have appeared in Thomas the Tank Engine in order of appearance.
'Arry and Bert
'Arry and Bert are two diesels who work for the Sodor Ironworks at the smelters. 'Arry speaks with a North London accent while Bert speaks with a West London accent.
'Arry and Bert are simply downright villainous troublemakers. They have been known to attempt to scrap Stepney, make Percy and James "middle engines", and make the engines believe Neville was planning to bump them. According to merchandise bios, they also wish to scrap Oliver.
'Arry and Bert are unquestionably devious and scheming. Although at first they had a heartened dislike for steam engines, they appear to have accustomed to their smoke-puffing companions and now only have a "friendly rivalry" with them.
'Arry and Bert are BR Class 08 shunters, built at BR Works of Crewe, Darlington, Derby and Doncaster in 1953, approx. 29 ft 3 in long, and two of which are part of the National Railway Museum, known by their numbers "08911" & "13079".
'Arry and Bert are painted green-grey with yellow hazard stripes on their fronts and rears and yellow cabs. They have "Sodor Ironworks" written on their sides in white.
The two are not quite identical: 'Arry has narrow eyes, while Bert has stubble and a deep voice.
'Arry is voiced by Kerry Shale in both UK and US. Bert is voiced by William Hope in both UK and US.
The Tidmouth, Knapford and Elsbridge Railway eventually became part of the North Western Railway, and was constructed with the help of the young Sir Topham Hatt, who also designed four small 0-4-0 tank engines with vertical boilers, numbered T1, T2, T3 and T4, and nicknamed "Coffee Pots". They were painted black with brown boilers.
These engines were used by the North Western Railway to pull trucks from Anopha Quarry, but were worn out soon after Thomas was given charge of their branchline and withdrawn. They were not very well-documented, and were never even photographed before they were scrapped.
Glynn, the only known member of the class, was painted red with a golden nameplate installed on the side of his boiler.
To date, he has only appeared in the special, The Adventure Begins, and is voiced by Keith Wickham in both US and UK versions.
10751 was the diesel who failed in Gordon the High-Speed Engine, forcing Gordon to take his railtour train.
10751 is based on a BR class 107 built at Metropolitan Cammell in 1959.
10751 is painted in a British Rail "Rail Blue" livery with yellow warning panels.
13 is a black saddletank engine with an open cab from the mainland. He is very unlucky, and when he first arrived he caused trouble for Donald and Douglas, had his firebox damaged and stuck in a landslide. The Fat Controller sent him to the Works, and although Donald and Douglas thought that would be the end of him he came back with a bigger firebox, which cured his unluckiness. After his repairs, 13 told Donald and Douglas that he came to Sodor as an unlucky engine, but returned to the mainland as a very lucky engine.
13 wears black livery with red stripes. He has a red "13" painted on each side of his saddletank.
13 presumably has a 0-4-2 wheel arrangement. He vaguely resembles Peter Sam and Stanley, minus a cab roof.
D199, nicknamed "Old Reliable" and "Spamcan", is a rude diesel engine.
D199 was built at Derby Works in 1962 and came on trial to Sodor in 1967 with another diesel engine, 7101. D199 soon made himself an enemy of the steam engines when he claimed that "steam engines spoil our image", and was swiftly quietened by 7101 and Duck.
The next day, 199 ironically failed and had to be helped home by Henry. He was soon sent home in disgrace.
D199 was pompous and rude, and sided with the general belief amongst diesels that steam engines are inferior to diesel power.
D199 is based on a BR Class 46 "Peak" 1Co-Co1.
D199 is painted in the British Railway's "Rail Blue" livery with yellow warning panels. D199's rear cab has a headcode reading "AC 10".
31120 is a diesel who appeared in the last illustration of "Fire Escape". His headcode is "1X01", which is odd, as the "X" indicates "Royal Train" or "out-of-gauge load".
31120 is based on a BR Class 31 diesel locomotive, hence his number, built at Brush Traction in 1957.
98462 and 87546
98462 and 87546 are two blue tender engines who visited Sodor in 1922.
When the Reverend W. Awdry received correspondence asking about the other two engines in the shed - the other four being Edward, Henry, Gordon and the red engine - he replied that they were on the railway on trial, but were sent away for being rude and nasty. It is not known what happened to them since the decline of steam.
98462 and 87546 are rude, spiteful, impolite and nasty.
98462 is an LNER B12 and 87546 is possibly an ex-GCR B7 or an LNER B16/1.
98462 and 87546 are painted blue with red and yellow lining.
A.J.R No.1 is a stationary steam crane, that works at the Wharf. It is painted black and has "A.J.R No.1" painted in white on its counterbalance.
Ada, Jane and Mabel
Ada, Jane, and Mabel are three open-sided carriages who where built for the Skarloey Railway while Skarloey was away. Ada was built at Skarloey Railway in 1955, Jane in 1956 and Mabel in 1957. They all arrived on Sodor in 1957.
Ada, Jane, and Mabel are used for tourist traffic when it is sunny. Sir Handel first considered the coaches trucks because they had no roofs.
When a documentary was made about the Skarloey Railway, the three had the honour of carrying the television equipment and cameras. They were later used for the same purpose when a documentary was made about Skarloey and Rheneas' hundredth birthday.
Ada, Jane, and Mabel are painted light blue.
Their Wooden Railway counterparts have their names written on their backs in cursive.
Ada, Jane, and Mabel are based on Talyllyn Railway's carriages 11, 12 and 13.
Adams, formerly 488, is an engine living on the Bluebell Railway. Stepney mentioned him while talking to Edward about the Bluebell Railway. He and Cromford did not have names then, so the others nicknamed him "Adams", after his maker. According to Stepney, his Controller is unaware of this name change.
"Adams" is currently requiring a new boiler barrel, but he can be seen on display at the Bluebell Railway along with other engines. The Bluebell Railway has not announced an exact date for his return to steam, but it will be several years at the least.
Adams is an LSWR 415 class radial tank engine, built at Robert Stephenson & Co. and designed by William Adams in 1874, and built in March 1885 for pulling light passenger trains around the South West. He was withdrawn in July 1961. His number is 488, previously 0488, EKR 5, 3488, and 30583.
Agnes, Ruth, Lucy, Jemima and Beatrice
Agnes, Ruth, Lucy and Jemima are coaches on the Skarloey Railway, whilst Beatrice is a guard's van. They are all named after Sir Handel Brown's daughters (with exception to Jemima).
The coaches like all the engines, Sir Handel least of all for referring to them as "cattle trucks". They also were mistrustful of Skarloey at first for being bouncy. Agnes is a deep-voiced first-class carriage who looks down on the others, who are third-class. Agnes appears to be the leader of the five. All four coaches look down on Beatrice, and claim that she "smells of fish and cheese". Beatrice is, however, very useful. She has a ticket booth and an emergency buzzer, and sometimes even carries passengers when the coaches are full.
Ruth, Lucy, Jemima and Beatrice are based on the Talyllyn Railway's first, second, third and fifth carriages. Agnes is based on the Talyllyn Railway's "Lulu". Jemima and Beatrice were built at Brown Marshalls in 1865, whilst Ruth, Lucy and Agnes were built in 1866.
Agnes, Ruth, Lucy and Jemima are painted blue with cream windows. Beatrice is entirely painted in blue.
Alaric is a mountain engine mentioned in a conversation between Culdee, Wilfred and Ernest in Mountain Engines. According to them, Alaric is "nice and quiet".
Alaric was built at Winterthur in Switzerland in 1923 to a "super-heat" design. He arrived on Sodor in May 1962.
According to "The Real Lives of Thomas the Tank Engine", he and Eric have been "retired", but there is no official conformation.
Alaric is painted purple with orange lining.
Alaric is based on the Snowdon Mountain Railway's Ralph, who was originally called "Aylwin" when built in 1923 and renamed "Ralph Sadler", before it was shortened to "Ralph".
Albert is a red tank engine who worked on the Furness Railway. He worked on the lakeside branch on the Furness Railway with Victoria and Helena. After snow fell on him as he set off with Victoria and Helena from Haverthwaite, he learnt to take more care in wintry conditions.
Albert's character appears to be like that of Thomas - Victoria described him as being gentlemanly and polite.
Albert is painted in the Furness Railway's red livery with "FR" written in yellow on his sides.
Albert is based on the Parker J1 2-4-2 class, rebuilt from the earlier E1 class of 2-4-0 tank engines of 1870, which were built originally by Sharp, Stewart and Co. and designed by Pettigrew. Seven of these were rebuilt into J1s in 1891. None have been preserved.
Albert is a blue narrow gauge engine built in 1903 that worked along with Duke, Stuart, Falcon, Jim, Tim and Jerry on the Mid-Sodor Railway. Albert is based on a Falcon Hughes loco, like Sir Handel.
In the SiF's Extended Railway Series, he was a very rude engine and had no respect for his crew. Once, he didn't stop for water while taking a train of stone trucks. On the way home, he became overheated and melted his firebox crown. As punishment. he was dismantled and his parts where used for spares.
Alf is a narrow gauge diesel, built by Hunslet Engine Co. and designed by Andrew Barclay in 1950, working on the Talyllyn Railway. He uses parts of another engine stored at Brynglas.
Fred is based on him.
Alfie is an excavator whose motto is "More help means more dirt; more dirt means more fun!" He loves working hard, and handles even the toughest of jobs with ease, but he can be a really useful excavator.
Alfie is a friendly machine who gets on well with his work and never minds getting dirty or mucky during jobs.
Alfie is painted green with his number painted on his sides and on the back of his cab in white.
Alfie is based on a 1960 K1C10&K excavator.
Alfie is voiced by Nathan Clarke in both UK and US versions.
Algy is a bus. When he first arrived he teased Bertie, but made up and became friends with him after breaking down. Algy now helps Bertie take passengers around Sodor.
When he first appeared, looked identical to Bertie, but with cream paint and a red stripe. The second and third time he was seen, he had a full cab and a light blue livery with a white stripe. His license plate is ALG85.
Alice is a young girl that lives near Thomas’ Branch Line on a Farm. She and Thomas are good friends. Thomas was desperate to give Alice her birthday present on a rainy day but got blocked by a landslide. With the help of Rosie, she got her present.
Alice, the girl who lives at Hill Farm, owns a white dog with a black spot.
Alice and Mirabel
Alice and Mirabel are two Great Western autocoaches pulled by Duck on his branchline. They were rescued from scrap by the Fat Controller, along with Dulcie, and given to Duck to use on the Little Western in 1968.
Alice and Mirabel are based on Great Western Railway Suburban coaches and are painted in the Great Western's chocolate and cream livery for coaches.
When Alicia Botti came to Sodor, Thomas was chosen to take her with Annie and Clarabel. While being cleaned, a strange squeak came from the coaches. It kept up as Thomas went to Brendam and when he arrived, it was found that a small mouse had found it's way into Clarabel's compartment. The mouse was given a mousehole in Tidmouth Sheds, and was named Alicia by Thomas.
Alicia Botti is a world-famous Italian opera singer. When she first visited Sodor, Thomas was chosen to take her to the theatre, but after Alicia Botti discovered a mouse in Clarabel and screamed so loudly all the windows in Brendam were shattered, Percy was chosen to take her to the concert.
Alicia Botti is voiced by Jules de Jongh in both UK and US.
Angus is a small red fire engine who works with the Sodor Fire Brigade.
Angus is based on an early Dennis Fire Engine. His license plate is FIRE 34.
Annie and Clarabel
Annie and Clarabel are Thomas' two coaches, whom he loves very much.
The details of Annie and Clarabel's lives up to 1923 are murky. In 1923, they were given to Thomas when he started working his branch line. They have had several adventures, such as losing their guard and becoming runaways.
Annie and Clarabel are respectful of all the engines, most of all Gordon and Thomas. They are Thomas' best friends, and are quick to rebuke him when he gets troublesome.
A coach that was to be the basis for Annie was first built by a teenage Reverend W. Awdry as part of a model railway layout.
In the Railway Series, they are a pair of bogie coaches (ie each coach is supported on a pair of four-wheeled bogies or "trucks").
In the TV Series, they are a pair of four-wheeled coaches; they are on a rigid chassis, with fixed axles, told apart by the fact that their names are painted on their sides.
They are based on LMS Stanier rakes.
Annie and Clarabel were originally painted orange; they are now painted maroon with a yellow stripe like the rest of the NWR coaches.
Annie and Clarabel are voiced by Teresa Gallagher in both UK and US.
Annie and Clarabel's old friend
Annie and Clarabel had an old friend, a coach who appeared in the magazine story, An Old Friend. Annie and Clarabel were upset as he was going to be scrapped, but luckily for him a friend of Thomas' driver needed a tool shed, and the Fat Controller allowed him to use the coach as a tool shed.
Arthur is a small, maroon tank engine from the LMS/Midland Region.
Arthur took great pride in his spotless record, which he soon lost after colliding with Duck's trucks in an incident largely provoked by Thomas; however, this spotless record was soon amended, after Thomas apologized to him for causing the accident.
He was bought to shunt and pull goods, but then was transferred to the coastal run, on which he enjoys working. He is responsible for this line, which is famous for its fish. Arthur is the only known engine (with the exception of Salty) to enjoy the smell of fish.
Arthur is a reliable, kind and helpful engine, and often careful to get his jobs done without fuss or mess. When he first arrived he proved to be somewhat gullible - something which Thomas used to his advantage. He dislikes things that are new and different.
Arthur is painted LMS burgundy with gold lining and "LMS" on his side in yellow. His livery is inauthentic: if Arthur had been one of the ten 2MT 2-6-2Ts built for the LMS, he would have been painted postwar black with "LMS" written on his tank.
Arthur is based on an LMS Ivatt Class 2MT 2-6-2 tank engine built at Crewe Works in 1946 and designed by H. G. Ivatt, approx. 38 ft 9 1/2 in, developed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway (hence the initials on his tanks).
Atlas and Alfred
Atlas and Alfred are brown mines engines. They worked in the mines on the Mid Sodor Railway. Their fates after the railway closed are not clear.
Atlas and Alfred are based on Jouef Decauville 0-4-0PT.
Bahamas is a preserved British steam locomotive.
5596 was built in 1935 by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow. She was named Bahamas in 1936 after the Bahamas, which were then part of the British Empire. After nationalisation in 1948, Bahamas was renumbered by British Railways to 45596, and transferred to Edge Hill, Liverpool.
In 1961, she was unusually fitted with a double blastpipe and chimney, and was returned to traffic and based at Carlisle. She was transferred to Stockport in July 1962, from which she was withdrawn from traffic in July 1966.
Henry mentioned that he met Bahamas at Crewe during his overhaul in Thomas and the Fat Controller's Engines.
Barry - named after Barry Island, the home of the scrapyard in South Wales where he was rescued from - is a red tender engine working on Duck's branch line. He is partnered with Donald and Douglas to help them on the branchlines. Barry is based on an LMS Class 2 Mogul. He is painted NWR red with blue lining.
Bash and Dash
Bash and Dash are two new twin steam engines who made their debut in Misty Island Rescue.
Bash and Dash are mischievous twins who always finish each others sentences. They were sent to Misty Island because they were naughty on the mainland, but now they always try to do their best for The Fat Controller.
Bash and Dash are based on the Bear Harbor Lumber Company's locomotive #1. This type of engine is known as a "gypsy". However, their gearing appears to be on their backs instead of their fronts and their cabs appear much sturdier , as opposed to the "open" cab that their real life counterpart possesses.
Bash's boiler, wheels, and lining are painted grey, his cab and dome are painted yellow.
Dash's boiler, wheels, and lining are painted yellow, his cab and dome are painted grey.
Bash is voiced by Matt Wilkinson in UK, and William Hope in US. Dash is voiced by Keith Wickham in UK, and Kerry Shale in US.
Bear, so named for the growling noises his engine makes, is a diesel engine.
At this time, Bear was known by his number, 7101.
7101 came on loan to Sodor with another diesel named 199. 199 was blatantly arrogant and bad-mouthed the steam engines until 7101 and Duck shut him up.
The next day, 7101's injector failed while pulling the "Limited". Henry, who had a failed regulator and was towing 199, who had failed while pulling some oil-tankers, came to help; 7101 was still able to move by himself with some help from Henry. To the passengers' delight, Flying Scotsman took their train, while Henry helped 7101 home. The engines persuaded Sir Topham Hatt to let 7101 stay on, and renamed him "Bear". Bear liked this name, saying it meant he "really belonged".
In 1983, James had befriended Bear by this time.
It was revealed Bear pulls the Express when Gordon, Henry and James are busy in 1986.
In 1993, Bear did Henry's duties while Henry was at the Works.
Bear is loyal and friendly - even James, who was the last to accept diesels, couldn't help but like him.
Bear is based on a BR Class 35 "Hymek" Bo-Bo, built at and designed by Beyer Peacock Ltd in 1961, approx. 51 ft 8 1/2 long. His initial number, 7101, is an in-joke: the Class 35 numbers only went up to 7100.
Bear is currently painted in the livery he should have carried when first built: all-over B.R. loco green with a narrow band of lime along the bottom of the sides with cream window surrounds and yellow warning panels. When he first arrived on Sodor, he wore the B.R. "Rail Blue" livery with yellow warning panels.
Belle is one of the newest additions to the Search and Rescue Team.
She helped Thomas and Percy put out a fire at the old farm shed. It was on Belle's advice that the Fat Controller brought Flynn to the railway.
Belle later tried to befriend Toby when she learned that they both had bells. At first she didn't understand that Toby is an older engine that may not like the same things she does, but now they're firm friends.
Belle would be overwhelming if she wasn’t so nice, even Cranky likes her! She wants to do her best and be the best. Belle realizes that she isn’t the fire engine Sodor needs and supports Flynn in every way. In fact, when Flynn makes mistakes, it's Belle who is always there to help him out.
Belle is based on a British Railways Standard Class 4MT tank engine with added water cannons, brass bell, and electric headlamps on her bufferbeam and above her face.
Belle is painted blue with red and brass fittings. She has the number 6120 painted in gold and a crest consisting of a fire, two dolphins, and a crown painted on her sides.
Belle is voiced by Teresa Gallagher in both UK and US.
Ben the Shepherd
Ben the Shepherd is an annual/magazine character who looks after sheep and has a dog named Jess.
Ben is a fairly elderly man who once got trapped in a ditch. His dog, Jess, alerted Thomas and his crew who rescued him.
Bennett and Co.
Bennett and Co. is a truck with "BENNETT AND CO. Wagon Owner and Company" written on his sides. He was being filled with iron but got overloaded and fell into a river. In the end, he was rescued by a floating crane and got the rest of the day off.
Bert is the quietest of the Arlesdale Railway engines.
Bert was built at Duffield Bank, Derbyshire by Sir Arthur Heywood in 1894 as 0-8-0 tank engine with no cab named Merlin. He arrived in Ravenglass via the Gretna munitions factory in 1917 with Petit and was principally used on stone trains. He received a major overhaul and rebuilt at Marthwaite in 1927, becoming a 0-8-2 tender engine with a new boiler, longer frames, a cab and a a six-wheel tender and renamed Bert.
Bert worked on an unnamed line in England until 1967, at which time it closed down and he, Rex and Mike were sent to Sodor to work the Arlesdale Railway. Some time after his arrival, Bert took offence when the Reverend W. Awdry and the Reverend Teddy Boston accidentally sprayed him with mud while passing him in their car, and in retaliation Bert drenched the Reverend Teddy Boston with water when he took a ride in Bert's cab. However, both parties made up and Bert was as a result featured in the Reverend W. Awdry's next book, Small Railway Engines. For a long time Bert had trouble with steaming, but this has stopped since he was rebuilt into a narrow gauge outline with a taller chimney, dome and cab in 1972. In 1976, he was rebuilt with a larger boiler, giving his current appearance.
Bert is friendly, and somewhat clever and cynical.
Bert is based on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway's River Irt, build at Duffield Bank and designed by Sir Arthur Heywood in 1894.
Bert is painted blue with red-and-yellow lining. He has a brass dome, red nameplates with yellow writing mounted each side of his smokebox and "Arlesdale" written on his tender in yellow.
He is slated to appear in the TV Series after his debut in the film, 'Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.'
He is voiced by Keith Wickham in both UK and US versions.
Bert and Alf
Bert and Alf are two cleaners who washed Gordon down in Leaves after his dip in a ditch.
Bertie is a small red railway bus who works near Thomas' branchline.
After Thomas stuck in a snowdrift in 1948, Bertie came to rescue Thomas' passengers. He later raced Thomas after claiming he was the faster of the two, but lost after having to stop at a traffic light.
In 1953, Bertie tried to catch up with Edward while carrying Thomas' passengers.
In 1985, Bertie teased Thomas about being slow, but had to eat his words after breaking down.
In 2003, Bertie is continuously alluding to his race with Thomas and how he could win the next time. He actually raced Thomas again in the seventh season episode "Three Cheers for Thomas", but only won because Thomas was sidetracked with collecting the sport medals.
In 2007, Bertie was mentioned as being unable to help Toby and Henrietta with carrying the quarry workers.
Bertie is friendly, but can't resist teasing Thomas about being slow.
Bertie is based on an AEC Regal "T Class" London Country Area bus.
Bertie is painted in the common red livery of buses in the United Kingdom, mostly famously begin used by London Transport. His license number, "CRD54", refers to the fact his license plate was first seen in "Edward the Blue Engine", published in 1954 and illustrated by C. Reginald Dalby.
Bertie is voiced by Rupert Degas in both UK and US, but was replaced by Keith Wickham in both versions after Degas retired.
Bertram, nicknamed "the Old Warrior" for his bravery, is an old narrow-gauge engine who worked in a quarry on the far side of Sodor.
Bertram used to work in a series of mines on Mid-Sodor Railway with other "little engines". His fate was unknown to many after the mine's closure, and it was assumed he was left to rust. However, Toby found him whilst watching over the quarry one night, and has since befriended him. He now works at the restored mines, taking passengers to the fairground within.
Nothing is known about Bertram's persona, other than that he is considered incredibly brave.
Bertram is based on Palmerston of the Ffestiniog Railway, but with a bunker.
Bertram is painted dark brown with red lining.
Bill and Ben
Bill and Ben are two tank engine twins that work for the Sodor China Clay Company, near Brendam, though they have also been known to work at Centre Island Quarry. They enjoy playing tricks and being cheeky to bigger engines. They speak with Staffordshire/Potteries accents.
One day, Bill and Ben returned from shunting some trucks to find that some other trucks previously shunted by them were missing. Their drivers, after examining a puddle of oil on the ground, concluded a diesel was responsible. After the twins argued over who brought the "diseasel" into the yard, the drivers suggested they go looking the diesel. The twins were horrified at the possibility that the "diseasel" might magic them away like he did with the trucks, but their drivers quickly persuaded them otherwise, and so they set off.
At last, the twins found the "diseasel". While Ben ran behind, Bill confronted the "diseasel" over the theft. The "diseasel" claimed the trucks were his and ordered Bill to "go away"; Bill pretended to be frightened and slunk away, remarking, "You'll be sorry". With that, Ben ran up and accused the "diseasel" of being a "truck stealer", before running back so Bill could run up again. This continued until the "diseasel", under the impression that there was only one very swift and annoying saddletank, became so giddy that his eyes "nearly popped out", just as the twins puffed up beside him. The "diseasel", initially confused, laughed at his ignorance. When Edward arrived moments later, inquiring as to why Bill and Ben were not shunting, the twins angrily claimed that the "diseasel" had sneaked into their yard and stolen their trucks. Edward soon realized what was going on, and explained the situation. The twins, embarrassed, apologized to the "diseasel", who asked to be called BoCo, and then left to shunt some more trucks, leaving Edward and BoCo to laugh about the incident.
A few days later, after BoCo took the Express in James' "absence", Edward recounted what Gordon had said about branchlines to the twins. The next morning, after Gordon ended up at Brendam after a series of events involving poor preparations and a large floppy green hat, the twins snuck up beside him and loudly recounted what Gordon had said about branchlines. Concluding that the engine beside them could not be Gordon, the two declared he was nothing more than a pile of old scrap-iron, and began to contemplate what they should do (Bill was all for sending Gordon to be scrapped, while Ben favoured the more humane, or engane, option of dumping him in the sea), all the while ignoring Gordon's protests, until at last, BoCo arrived. Gordon begged him to save him, and so BoCo threatened the twins to leave with the trucks he had brought. The twins quickly left, leaving Gordon with BoCo. BoCo wisely neglected to tell Gordon the twins were joking.
Sometime later, a group of enthusiasts came to visit the railways of Sodor. When Edward brought them to Brendam, the twins took them to the China Clay Workings in a "brakevan special".
In 1988, Thomas was sent to work on Edward's branchline while repairs were carried out on the bridge. The twins were quick to tease him about his colour, but Edward was savvy enough to send the twins away before an argument broke out.
After Thomas returned to the Yard, covered in dairy from a collision with a farm lorry, the two teased him even more about his new livery. This continued until Edward announced a party of enthusiasts were coming, and threatened that he would not bring them to see the twins. The twins, excited, decided instead to worry about their own paint - ie, how clean it was - although one day, when the drivers remarked that "the enthusiasts [wouldn't] eat their dinner off [them]", Bill quipped that "They might if we were Thomas".
When, at last, the enthusiasts did arrive, a photographer with an "instant" camera began harassing Ben by continuously taking pictures of him, even after the remainder of the crowd went to watch Bill tug a boat into deeper waters. At last the photographer prepared to take one final picture, just as Bill's driver arrived to ask for assistance. Ben's driver turned on the steam just the photographer took the picture; disgusted with the poor quality of the shot, he abandoned it on the floor and left. The picture was later discovered by Bill's driver after the two rescued the boat.
The repairs to the bridge took a long time, and Thomas was still at Brendam when the rainy season came. At the "Drain", a hollow in the land where rainwater collected, the water even began to come near the rails, although no one took much notice. One particularly wet day, as Ben returned from the Workings, the wind whipped the rainwater into a wave which swamped Ben, dousing his fire. His fireman went for assistance, and brought Thomas to help. While Thomas dragged Ben out, Bill took away the trucks. When at last the water subsided four days later and Bill returned to Brendam, the two made a pact to never tease Thomas again.
Bill and Ben are cheeky and naughty and rather troublesome. According to Duck, Edward is the only engine who can keep them in order. Thomas and BoCo probably have the same effect over them too.
Bill and Ben are based on the Bagnall 0-4-0STs "Alfred" and "Judy" of Par, Cornwall, who are both preserved and in working order at the Bodmin and Wenford Railway.
Bill and Ben are painted dark orange-yellow. Bill and Ben both have brown nameplates with yellow writing, "SCC" written on both sides in yellow and "Brendam Bay" on the front above their faces.
Bill and Ben are voiced by Jonathan Broadbent in both UK and US versions.
Billy is an orange tank engine with prominent buck teeth.
When Billy first arrived on the railway, Thomas was asked by The Fat Controller to show Billy around. But Billy miscontrued Thomas' advice for bossiness and so refused to listen to him, causing Billy to fail to complete his deliveries. At last, Thomas lost patience and told Billy to do his own thing. Billy was delighted, but his happiness was short-lived as he swiftly ran out of coal and water. In future, Billy paid attention to advice and worked hard with every job he did.
Because of Billy's inexperience, he was disobedient and refused to listen to advice. After his mishap, he learnt to listen to advice.
Billy is based on a Manning Wardle L Class 0-6-0ST. Charlie is another member of this class.
Billy is painted orange with green and white lining.
Blister I and Blister II
Blister I and Blister II, so named for the problems they have with starting due to their engine troubles, are small twin diesels who work on the Arlesdale Railway.
The Blisters were built by R. A. Lister in 1932 with open-sided cabs for a 2-inch gauge. When they arrived on Sodor in 1985, the volunteers of Arlesdale used parts to rebuild them with two 2-cylinder 12 h.p. Lister engines to rebuild them to a 15-inch gauge. They were repainted and fitted with a new cab and bonnet, in the style of a Lister Blackstone RM2. In 1989, they were refitted with two 20 h.p. Lister engines to improve performance. Both have full electrics, radios and air brake systems for working light passenger trains in emergencies.
The Blisters are based on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway's Cyril. Their trouble starting is based on the trouble experienced with the Muir-Hill Fordson granite tractors that worked at Ravenglass with stone traffic until 1953.
Blister I and Blister II are painted black with wasp stripes on their fronts.
After her calf was taken to market, Bluebell mornfully trotted onto the bridge at Rolf's Castle, stopping Gordon and Henry from passing. She didn't move until Gordon's guard and a porter brought her calf to the bridge and led them away.
Bluebell and Primrose
Bluebell and Primrose are tank engine twins who live on the Bluebell Railway. According to Stepney, they had no names at first so their Controller gave them names. He says it made them over-confident, but they still work hard. At present, Bluebell is undergoing an overhaul with completion planned for August 2010, whilst Primrose is out of service awaiting an overhaul.
Primrose is painted dark green with red and yellow lining and "SE&CR" written on her tanks. Bluebell was painted blue with white lining with a red nameplate with her name in gold when she was first acquired by the Bluebell Railway. In 1998 she was repainted in the livery she carried in World War I.
Bluebell and Primrose are based upon the SE&CR P Class built at Ashford Works in 1909-1910 for lightweight passenger trains and later used for shunting.
BoCo is a long green diesel with a rectangular face who works on Edward's branchline.
BoCo arrived on Sodor in 1965. He once accidentally took Bill and Ben's china clay trucks in 1966. They decided to play a trick on him, playing on their identical looks to make the diesel think that one engine was disappearing and reappearing around him. Edward was nearby to sort out the confusion, and Bill and Ben soon came to respect BoCo.
Duck, who was suspicious of diesels due to his own experience, nevertheless took quickly to BoCo when the diesel took trucks to Tidmouth. The two started talking in the shed, but were interrupted when James arrived and called BoCo a "buzzbox". Ironically, James was attacked by a swarm of bees the next day, and so BoCo had to take the Express. Gordon was furious that a mere branch line diesel got to pull a mainline train. Gordon was later stranded on Edward's branch line due to a signalman's error. Bill and Ben were quick to tease Gordon, and jokingly threatened to haul him away as scrap. When BoCo arrived with some trucks, he sent Bill and Ben to work, and the relieved Gordon felt he owed his life to BoCo.
When Edward had trouble pulling an enthusiasts' train, BoCo helped Duck to shut the big engines up, who said Edward should be preserved. BoCo later filled in on the branchline while Edward was at the Works. Donald and Douglas were the last engines to accept him.
In 1983, BoCo showed Old Stuck-Up around, but abandoned him when the new diesel insulted Sir Topham Hatt for keeping steam engines in service. Things had been smoothed over between James and BoCo by this time.
In 1987, BoCo tried to cheer Gordon up when he got into trouble for spraying ashes onto a wedding party, and later helped Gordon to Barrow-in-Furness when his firebars collapsed.
In 1995, BoCo also helped Edward to the Works when his bogie wheel snapped off, and ran the branchline while Edward was undergoing an overhaul. He later met Victoria when Edward stopped at Wellsworth with her in 2007.
In 1991, Bill and Ben were once called to the yard to help shunt trains for BoCo. The two began fighting after an incident with the turntable and soon began to give each other the silent treatment. Edward thought this attitude was counterproductive, so BoCo came up with a plan: convincing the Fat Controller to let him take a special, BoCo's own heavy goods train was left behind, with only Bill and Ben to pull - neither would be strong enough to pull the train himself, so the two had to compromise to finish the job.
Eventually in 1998, BoCo lost his buffer in keeping the twins in line and the Fat Controller decided to bring in a new diesel, Derek. Derek, however, had major teething troubles, and was prone to overheating. BoCo had to bring workmen to help Derek when he first broke down.
Although BoCo came across as bullying at first, he was still new to Sodor and turned out to be a good sort who was easy-going and good-natured.
BoCo is based on a BR Class 28 Co-Bo diesel-electric engine, built at Bowesfield Works and designed Metropolitan Vickers in 1958, approx. 56 ft 7 1/2 in long. His name is derived from his Co-Bo wheel arrangement, reversed in a way that Reverend W. Awdry thought sounded more affectionate.
BoCo was not immune to the mechanical failures of his real-life model, according to the Awdrys - however, the Fat Controller eventually found a fix to prevent this malfunction.
In the annuals, BoCo mentions a brother of his - D5705, a real preserved locomotive. In another annual, BoCo claimed to have a twin called "CoBo" in order to play a trick on Bill and Ben.
BoCo is painted in the green livery of British Railways in 1960s with yellow warning panels and has a grey face to match the other characters.
Bolster wagons usually carry long objects like logs, girders and pipes, although they were once used to carry saplings to the forest for planting.
Bottom is a landrover.
The railway also owns a 1985 Landrover Defender 127, nicknamed ‘Bottom’, who is used on extension work, transports volunteers, and at other times acts as the manager’s ‘company car’. Because of the nature of his work he frequently goes off-road into muddy environments, which makes cleaning him a pain. As such he was never given a MSHR paint-scheme and remains in the steel-grey he was built with, though he does carry a ‘Mid Sodor Heritage Railway’ transfer down both sides of his body, and a number of amusing and sometimes bizarre bumper stickers, such as ‘My Other Car’s A Garratt’.
Useful and versatile, Bottom is very much a member of the team. He loves his home, loves his work, and loves nothing more than driving through really deep and muddy puddles!
Boulder is a giant boulder who lives high in the mountains of Sodor. His home was reached by the Skarloey Railway, who then preceded to build a quarry on the cliffside below it. Rusty was suspicious of it, and thought that it may have been watching him. Later, the drilling into the mountain by Thumper caused vibrations that shook Boulder loose from his perch and sent him on a path of destruction along the Skarloey Railway, finally terminating by destroying the standard gauge sheds. After this, the Fat Controller closed the quarry and had Boulder moved to a new mountain, near Boulder's old one. It still stands there to this day.
Boulder is perfectly round, and has moss clinging to him in some places. A mysterious face sometimes appears on him. His persona is described as proud and silent.
It is assumed that Boulder's face was utilised from Gordon's face.
Stepney's brother, Boxhill, is an LBSCR 0-6-0T (for a time a 2-4-0T) A1 of 1872 who retained his original boiler, although he received a new funnel from the Southern Railway. He was converted to 2-4-0T in March 1905 for auto-train trials. He was restored to 0-6-0T in 1913. He was mentioned in Thomas and the Great Railway Show.
The brakevan, also known as the guard's van and the caboose (in American releases), is an important part of a goods train. It carries the guard and is equipped with a strong brake to assist with slowing and stopping the train. From here, the guard can keep an eye on the train in case of problems.
Bridget Amanda Hatt is Sir Topham Hatt's granddaughter. She is two years younger than her brother, Stephen.
She is first seen on holiday in East Anglia, where she offended Toby by asking if he was "electric".
Bridget Hatt is voiced by Teresa Gallagher in UK, and Jules de Jongh in US.
Bridget Hatt's friends
Bridget Hatt's friends are first seen going to Bridget Hatt's birthday party. Their favorite color is pink.
Bridget Hatt's friends are voiced by Teresa Gallagher in UK, and Jules de Jongh in US.
Bulgy is a double-decker bus who once was very opposed to railways.
Bulgy hated railways, and believed that someday they would all be replaced by roads. He even carried a poster on his side telling people to "JOIN THE ANTI-RAIL LEAGUE". His favourite phrase is "Free the roads!"
Bulgy tried to steal Duck and Oliver's passengers by pretending to be a railway bus. Bulgy was determined to get the passengers to Tidmouth before Duck, but got stuck under a bridge after attempting to take a short cut. His lies were exposed, and soon "nobody would believe his destination boards". Eventually he was turned into a henhouse and placed near the bridge, now nicknamed "Bulgy's Bridge".
Bulgy was later brought back to the road to help with passengers while Thomas and Emily needed repairs, but the chickens who had lived in him nestled in his luggage racks and caused trouble the following morning. He was then turned into a mobile vegetable stand. Bulgy enjoys his work delivering vegetables, because they don't lay eggs and they never complain.
Bulgy is a very rude and bad-tempered double-decker bus. After being restored, he saw the error of his ways and changed his attitude.
According to the "Character Cube" bonus features in the "Thomas Gets Bumped" and "Thomas and the Toy Workshop" DVDs, Bulgy "has no scruples" and "knows how to tell a lie when he is in a tight jam", and is friends with Diesel.
Bulgy is based on an AEC Routemaster bus.
Bulgy was previously painted red and cream, but after becoming a Vegetable Bus he was painted green and cream. His license is BLG 1.
Bulgy's friend is a red doubledecker bus. He was mentioned by Oliver in Oliver the Western Engine and the third season episode Bulgy.
Although the friend was not seen in either of the above mentioned stories, the replacement bus did appear in the 'Thomas Story Library' book about Bulgy. However, the bus did not appear anthropomorphized.
Bulgy's friend is based on an AEC Routemaster bus, like Bulgy.
After Bulgy was turned into a henhouse, these hens took up residence in him. When Bulgy was eventually restored, the hens snuck in and roosted in his luggage racks. When Bulgy swerved suddenly the next morning, the hens woke up and caused chaos in Bulgy.
It is unknown whether or not the chickens ever received a replacement henhouse.
Bulstrode is a highly disagreeable barge.
Bulstrode was used to carry cargo like coal and stone, but always complained about not being loaded fast enough. This annoyed the trucks, but one day Bulstrode ended up getting what he deserved when Percy accidentally pushed trucks off the quay and into his hull. He was then towed to Knapford beach, where he was turned into a children's playground. He remains there today, still expectedly grumbling.
Bulstrode is bad-tempered and never stops complaining.
Bulstrode is painted cream, black and red. In the "My First Thomas" range he is painted orange, blue and green.
Bulstrode is based on a 1920s self-propelled coastal barge.
Buster is a simple steamroller who goes about his job with pride and content. What Buster lacks in imagination, he makes up for with heart, commitment and hard work, and is liked by all the machines, for his wonderful enthusiasm and kindness to help with everything.
Buster likes to think of himself as the "world's fastest steamroller", and often dreams of winning races. This came true when he won a race against Max and Monty on the newly completed Sodor Rally Track.
Buster is a hard worker with heart and commitment in what he does and he is a good dreamer.
Buster is based upon an Aveling and Porter steamroller.
Buster is dark red-orange with yellow lining.
Butch, also known as the "Sodor Heavy Recovery Unit", is a breakdown vehicle. He is kept busy clearing rubble, towing broken-down or stranded vehicles or assisting in engine rescues. He also helped with the demolition of Tidmouth Sheds in Calling All Engines.
Butch is based on a Scammel tank recovery vehicle. According to the official website, he was constructed out of parts from a diesel, a lorry and a crane.
Butch is painted yellow with a navy flatbed and "Sodor Heavy Recovery Unit" written on both sides in white. His license plate is "BRK 03".
Butch is voiced by Matt Wilkinson in UK, and Glenn Wrage in US.
Buzz is a diesel engine.
The Mid Sodor Heritage Railway Society bought this 1954-built diesel engine in the 1975 when they were planning out their demonstration line at Peel Godred. Stored under tarpaulins for several months, it was found impossible to start her in the spring due to water seeping into her battery box, leaving her unable to hold a charge. Jump starts from cars were required during her first few weeks until an electrician was able to sort out her electrical system, which earned her the name of ‘Buzz’, initially as a tease, but now proudly carried on her side in the form of nameplates.
Buzz is incredibly reliable, but her 180hp Gardner Engine has been known to be very noisy on occasion. Appropriately this matches her personality as she is very much a youthful and spirited tomboy, with an acid wit and (if riled) a fiery temper. Her heart is very much in the right place however and her sense of loyalty to her friends and her railway is extraordinary. Having met Duke in 1980 she has become extremely fond of him (after a rough start where he tried to treat her like a shrinking violet), and she is one of the few engines to think of him as ‘Granpuff’.
Duke’s pride in the former MSR also impacted deeply on Buzz, and she feels as the reborn line’s No. 1 she has to uphold the railway’s honour. As such she is incredibly knowledgeable on the history of the former company, having learnt much from the volunteers that drive her. She is also the favourite engine of occasional driver and retired MP Lady Elizabeth Carpenter, and she and Buzz have a very strong relationship.
Buzz is used most often on maintenance trains and off-peak services, though before Evan’s arrival she was the sole engine operating the museum’s Demonstration Line. She is also an incredible asset in extending the railway. Resourceful, intelligent and spirited, Buzz is truly the sister of the engine shed and liked by all. Just don’t get her mad, or she’ll probably pull your couplings off.
Buzz is based on ‘Upnor Castle’ a 1954-built FC Hibberd ‘Planet’ Class Diesel owned by the Ffestiniog Railway, and was the workhorse that kept the extension of the Welsh Highland Railway going through thick and thin.
Just like Buzz, Upnor has a powerful but noisy 180hp Gardner 6LX diesel engine, loud enough that the engine is nicknamed ‘Uproar’ by volunteers, and yes, sometimes Upnor does need a jumpstart.
Byron is a large bulldozer with a big blade and a deep, booming voice. He carries out bulldozing work along with levelling the ground.
Byron can be a bit pompous and loud, but likes to be useful, enthusiastic, reliable and wise.
Byron is yellow with a black cab with a number 18 painted on the sides of his cab in yellow.
Captain is a new lifeboat character who debuted in Misty Island Rescue. He is part of the Search and Rescue Team.
Captain is very confident and is always in control when faced with emergency situations.
Captain is painted yellow, blue, and red with white lining.
Captain is based on the 1954-built 35ft 6in Liverpool Twin-Screw Lifeboat called "Grace Darling".
Captain is voiced by Keith Wickham in both UK and US.
Captain Baxter is an 0-4-0 Dorking Greystone Lime Company Engine. He was built by Fletcher Jennings in 1877 and spent his working life at the Dorking Greystone Limeworks at Betchworth Station; it was here that he gained his mannerism of strong language.
In 1960 Captain Baxter came to the Bluebell Railway, and returned to service in 1982 after a comprehensive overhaul. He was later overhauled in 1990, and is currently nearing completion of an overhaul. Railway volunteers are seeking to appoint the restoration team who repaired Stepney's brother Fenchurch.
Stepney mentioned Captain Baxter while talking to Edward about the Bluebell Railway. He says that they are friends, and both miss pulling trucks. Stepney goes on to describe him as a tough, rude engine who worked in a quarry, which gave him bad manners, and rough language.
Caroline is an elderly vintage car owned by a cricketer from the Elsbridge cricket club.
Caroline always refers to her driver as "Master". She does not like high speeds as these overheat her motor. She also disliked engines until Stepney brought her back to the Elsbridge cricket field, at which time she admitted engines had their uses (in her own words, saving "the wear and tear on a poor car's wheels").
Caroline later helped the Fat Controller to Lady Hatt's birthday, until she broke down again.
Caroline is based on a 1941/1928 Oxford Cabriolet "Bull-nosed" Morris Oxford.
Caroline is painted red and gold. Her license plate reads URA 1.
Catherine is a coach who operates with Culdee on the Culdee Fell Railway. Over the years, she and Culdee have built up a strong working relationship, so he immediately knows if anything is wrong. She is very safety-conscious, and was upset by Lord Harry's risk-taking when she worked with him.
Cattle trucks are used to carry cows and other animals; some even carry animals for the circus. A herd of cows once broke through a train of these being pulled by Edward.
Sir Handel has been known to insult Agnes, Ruth, Lucy, Jemima and Beatrice by referring to them as "cattle trucks".
An inquistive bull who once strayed from some farm labourers and ran away. He eventually came across the railway and, seeing grass on either side, began to eat. Daisy tried to shoo him away, but was intimidated by Champion and backed away.
Charlie is a little purple tank engine.
Charlie is always up for an adventure; while he is a small engine, he likes to have a lot of fun and cause mischief. Who owns Charlie is unknown, as it is said that he is owned by the Mainland Controller, yet he carries the number fourteen for the Fat Controller's railway.
Charlie is based on a Manning Wardle L Class 0-6-0ST. Billy is another member of this class. He has a brother called "Sharpthorn" who resides on the Bluebell Railway.
Charlie is painted purple with gold and light purple trim, a gold headlight and red wheels; he has the number fourteen painted in gold on his sides.
Charlie is voiced by Matt Wilkinson in UK, and Ben Small in US.
China Clay trucks
The Sodor China Clay Company owns several trucks used to carry china clay, though they have been seen carrying scrap and other materials on occasion.
City of Truro
City of Truro is a steam engine who holds the record of being the first engine to attain the speed of 100 mp/h. He was designed by George Jackson Churchward and built at GWR Swindon Works in 1903. He was retired in 1961 and restored in 1984.
City of Truro arrived on Sodor when the Railway Society visited. Duck, although shy at first, quickly befriended him, but Gordon was jealous of his record and attempted to go as fast as him, only to have his dome blown off on a viaduct.
Colin is a green crane who is good friends with Freddie.
Colin is lonely deep inside. As he's fixed in place at the wharf, Colin does feel left out of some of the fun that the narrow gauge engines have.
Colin is mostly green with red pullies and cogwheels amongst his mechanism. He has a grey roof with grey boards along the top of his cab above his door.
Connor is a blue, streamlined engine. He is based on a New York Central J class 'Hudson'.
Cora is a guard's van who was built by Falcon Works in 1885. She worked with Peter Sam on the Mid Sodor Railway when he was known as Stuart years before. She came from the Mid Sodor Railway while Skarloey was away in 1954. She is used for maintenance and goods trains. Cora and the narrow gauge railway breakdown train are usually pulled by Rusty.
Cora is based on a brakevan from the Corris Railway that now runs on the Talyllyn Railway.
Cora is painted blue (later grey).
Cranky is a tall grumpy crane with a large square face who arrived on Sodor as a kit of parts in 1998. He bullied Thomas and Percy by delaying their loads, but later got his comeuppance after the trampsteamer crashed into him and had to be rescued by the two tank engines.
The reason Cranky is so grumpy because he is kept working day and night without rest.
Cranky loves teasing the engines, and has an intense dislike for Salty's stories.
Cranky is painted olive with black and brown pullies amongst his mechanism and two work plates on each side that reads "CRANKY".
Cranky is voiced by Matt Wilkinson in UK, and Glenn Wrage in US.
Cromford is an NLR 0-6-0 goods tank engine. He was built in 1880 and was used to shunt and pull light passenger trains around Derbyshire in Devon. He was loaned to Barrow Hill Engine Sheds in 1999, and returned to the Bluebell Railway in 2008. He is currently in need of an overhaul.
Stepney mentioned "Cromford" while talking to Edward about the Bluebell Railway. Then, he and "Adams" had no names, so the others nicknamed him "Cromford". According to him, the Controller was not aware of the name change.
Cromford is painted black with red and white strips, which is the standard LNWR livery. He formally carried the numbers 2650 and 58850, and presently carries the LMS number, 27505.
Culdee is a mountain engine named after Culdee Fell, the mountain his railway climbs.
Culdee was built at Winterthur, Switzerland, in 1896, and was the first to be used in the test runs on the Culdee Fell Railway. He was also the last mountain engine on Sodor to travel to Switzerland for an overhaul, in the 1960s. Culdee has his own coach, named Catherine.
Culdee is careful, cautious and friendly, filled with advice to give to the other engines.
Culdee is based on "Snowdon" of the Snowdon Mountain Railway.
Culdee is painted purple with orange lining. He carries the number 4.
Cyril is a Diesel engine working on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.
Named after former company employee, Cyril Holland, Cyril is owned by the Murthwaite Locomotive Group, formerly named "Shabtrak", and is one of many industrial narrow gauge diesels built by R.A. Listers. It was built in 1932, used on a Peat Bog railway not far from Manchester and first preserved at the Moseley Railway Trust, in Stockport, in its original form of an open sided cab and on 2' gauge. When the engine arrived on the Ratty in 1985, the volunteers of "Shabtrak" used parts from another Lister locomotive and a 2-cylinder, 12 horsepower Lister engine to rebuild it to 15" gauge, and fitted a new cab and bonnet, in the style of a Lister Blackstone RM2. The engine now has full electrics, radio and air brake systems for working light passenger trains in emergencies, and in 1989 was re-engined with a 20 h.p. Lister engine to improve performance. It was rebodied in 2006 by Ian Page Engineering of Millom. It is currently painted dark green.
Blister I and Blister II are based on him.
Cyril is a fogman who lives in an old cottage in Misty Valley. When there is fog about, he puts detonators on the tracks to warn the engines. One time, he was replaced by a foghorn, but saved the day when the foghorn caused a landslide with its vibrations and made Thomas crash. Cyril was soon given the job back, and has proven to be useful.
D5705 is BoCo's brother, who was only mentioned in an annual. D5705 is in fact a real diesel engine preserved at the East Lancashire Railway. He was designed by Metropolitan Vickers and built at Bowesfield Works in 1958.
D5705 survived by historical accident as a technical services engine and then carriage heating unit TDB968006 before being preserved in 1980. The Class 15 Preservation Society has signed an agreement with the owners of D5705 to become its custodians during its restoration and operation for the next ten years, although funding will remain separate.
D5705 is painted in the green livery of British Railways with yellow warning panels.
Daisy is a diesel railcar. She was designed by Metro-Cammell and built at Washwood Heath in 1956.
After Thomas was sent to the Works to have his bufferbeam repaired in 1961, Daisy was loaned from the B.R. to do his work. Daisy was nasty to Henrietta, Annie and Clarabel, refused to sleep in the Ffarquhar engine sheds on the grounds that it was "smelly", and blatantly refused to pull freight because it was "bad for her swerves". Daisy later called Toby cowardly for having sideplates and cowcatchers and claimed that one only needed to "toot and look them in the eye" to shoo animals. This, of course, was proved false when Daisy tried to shoo an inquisitive bull. The Fat Controller discovered that Daisy was lazing about, but gave her a second chance after Daisy helped clear up the mess made when Percy collided into a train of stone. Daisy promised to change her ways.
In 1962, Mavis sought Daisy's advice about how to show Toby that her method of doing things was correct. This wasn't exactly the best move, as Daisy knew next to nothing about trucks.
In 1963, Percy used Daisy as an example of a good diesel to change Douglas' opinion about diesels.
In 1990, Daisy was put in charge of Thomas' fast run to Knapford while Thomas was in York. Daisy later claimed that she was not afraid of snow, but changed her mind after getting stuck in a snowdrift for a week.
When Thomas finally returned from York Daisy was given charge of a special train to bring guests to Knapford for the welcome-home party, but was delayed after running over some cones left inside the crossing gates at Dryaw crossing. She only just made it in time.
In 1993, Daisy, along with Thomas, Percy and Toby, saw Wilbert off when he returned to Gloucestershire.
In 1995, Daisy was stranded on the main line when the stretch before Dryaw was declared unsafe as rabbits had burrowed beneath it, and so she was given the task of ferrying passengers from the airfield to Knapford. She later tried to cheer Henry up when he started to worry about the Golden Jubilee.
In 2007, Daisy teased Percy for being afraid of grass snakes, but was humiliated when she blew a fuse out of fright when a crate of eels dropped beneath her.
Daisy used to be lazy, impatient and stubborn until she was threatened to be sent away. She's a good sort really, who is kind, sweet and hopeful.
In the "Thomas and Friends" magazines, Daisy was portrayed with her old persona of being rude and believing that anything up-to-date is always the best.
Daisy is based on a BR/Metro-Cammell DMU Class 101/102, approx. 57 ft long. She is, however, a single railcar instead of the traditional two.
Daisy is painted green with yellow lining, similar to the livery of the British Railways DMUs in the 1960s.
In the TV series, she wears makeup, including eyelashes, red lipstick, blush and blue eyeshadow. She has a grey face.
She will return to the series after her appearance in the film, 'Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.'
She is voiced by Teresa Gallagher in both UK and US versions.
Dart is Den’s fast and feisty assistant at the Dieselworks. Dart has worked with Den for so long he can read Den’s mind. Together, they run the Dieselworks well. Dart will quickly explain what Den is trying to say. No other Diesels know how to fix an engine as quickly or as capably. Dart also likes jokes, much to the annoyance of the other Diesels. He is usually cheery, but he can still get grumpy and irritable.
Dart is based on a 0-4-0 DH Bagnall.
Dart is painted yellow and red with white lining and the Sodor Dieselworks logo on the sides of his cab.
Dart is voiced by Rupert Degas in both UK and US, but is now voiced by Keith Wickham since Degas retired.
Den is a Diesel who runs the Dieselworks...when Diesel 10 is not around. He is very thoughtful and thinks hard before he speaks. When Den does speak, it is very slowly. This gives the appearance that he may be a little slow, but nothing could be further from the truth. Engines can wait a long time for Den to give his insight, but it is worth the wait.
Den is based on a Rolls Royce Sentinel Diesel-Hydraulic 0-4-0.
Den is painted slate grey and orange with cream lining. His buffer beams are painted with orange and black wasp stripes. He has the Sodor Dieselworks logo on each side.
Den is voiced by Keith Wickham in both UK and US.
Dennis is a lazy diesel.
Dennis is lazy and is willing to go to great lengths to avoid having to work.
Dennis is based on a type of Bulleid diesel, "No. 11001", designed by O.V.S. Bullied and built at Ashford Works, England, in 1949. He also carries his basis' number.
Dennis is painted light grey with dark grey wheels and red buffers.
Derek is a diesel, best known for his initial "teething" troubles.
The Fat Controller realised Bill and Ben needed help and sent for Derek, but Derek's cooling system overheated on Gordon's Hill and BoCo had to come the rescue. The news of the rescue went through the North Western Railway's rumour mill in due course, until a confused Percy informed Bill and Ben that Derek had, of all things, a toothache! Bill and Ben were apprehensive of Derek as a result, but forgot their fear when Derek's cooling system overheated yet again and they had to help him home. Derek was then sent to the Works to be mended.
Derek is rather enthusiastic about his work, but unfortunately for him his problem with his cooling system prevents him from working to his full potential.
Derek is based on a BR Class 17, a Clayton and Beyer-Peacock diesel-electric Type 1. He was designed by and built at Clayton Equipment Company and Beyer, Peacock & Co.
Derek is painted in the British Railway's green livery with yellow warning panels.
"Devious" Diesel is a devious diesel shunter. He speaks with a Neutral English accent (with lashings of Cockney).
When Diesel came on loan to the North Western Railway in June 1957, Duck was asked to show him around. Duck was unimpressed by Diesel's claims of being "revolutionary" and left him to his own devices. As a result, Diesel was made into a laughing stock by the trucks for trying to pull some rusty old trucks and failing spectacularly, and Diesel blamed Duck for not helping him. Diesel swore a vendetta, and spread rumours that Duck had given the big engines rude nicknames. Duck was sent to Wellsworth pending an inquiry into the matter, but Diesel got too big for his boots and tried telling lies about Henry. He was found out and sent home in disgrace.
Several years later, Diesel was brought back to help on Thomas' branchline whilst Percy was being repaired. Diesel tried to win Thomas and Toby over, without success, and after he destroyed several trucks he was to be sent away. However, on his day of departure Clarabel slipped on oily rails left by Daisy and came off at some points near Dryaw. Diesel, realising that Thomas was blocking his only way home, went to the rescue. Clarabel put in a good word for Diesel, and Diesel, although he returned to the Other Railway, is always welcome on Sodor.
In the TV Series, Diesel was sent away, but returned when Duck and Percy needed help at Brendam. Diesel proved to be as bad as ever and was sent away for good after shunting some trucks of china clay into the sea, but he mysteriously snuck back to give Mavis advice and taunt Gordon about the triumph of diesel power on the mainland. It is possible that these events happened during Diesel's stay, or that Diesel returned at some stage with goods from the mainland.
When Henry was derailed by some trucks, Diesel was brought back as a last resort to do his goods work, but his attempt to prove his worth resulted in him falling in a barge, and he was sent back to the mainland yet again.
For reasons unknown, Diesel returned yet again, this time to assist Fergus at the Cement Works. Diesel became jealous of Fergus' reputation as the "pride of the Cement Works" and concocted a scheme to make Fergus run away. Diesel was partially successful - he managed to make Fergus abandon his post for a time - but was ultimately foiled yet again. Amazingly, Diesel was not sent back this time round, and has remained on the North Western Railway.
Despite remaining tricky and devious, Diesel learned how useful steam engines can be when Thomas brought fresh diesel fuel for him and the other diesel engines and James pushed him back to the Repair Yard when he broke down. However, he tried to convince Gordon that he's old and clapped out, Ben about there was a monster inside a tunnel, and Thomas about the "Curse of the Cliffs" and make him scared at Halloween. But, Diesel proved to have a good side inside him when he told Emily about his record he made for shunting lots of trucks, and proved to Thomas that he didn't ruin the photograph for the billboard on purpose.
Then, Diesel made fun of James when he was painted pink.
Diesel is, in essence, the average pantomime villain. He is oily, malicious, devious, scheming and full of ideas to get revenge. It appears Diesel has a good side in him, but one would still have to look deep to find it.
Diesel is based on a BR Class 08 0-6-0, built at BR Works of Crewe, Darlington, Derby and Doncaster in 1953, approx. 29 ft 3 in long. Over seventy members of this class survive today in preservation. They were in fact the most successful shunting engines in the world, with 996 of them built.
Diesel is painted in the black livery used by British Railways for shunting engines in the 1950s.
Diesel is voiced by Kerry Shale in UK, and Michael Brandon in US.
From King of the Railway until Series 18, he was voiced by Martin Sherman in the US version until his retirement. He is now voiced by Kerry Shale in both versions.
Diesel 10 is a villainous diesel with a roof-top hydraulic grabber titled "Pinchy". He was designed by and built at British Railway's Swindon Works in 1958.
Diesel 10 is a large, powerful Warship diesel. On his roof is a hydraulic crane arm ended with a large heavy metal claw attached resting on the front end of his roof- a claw he refers to as "Pinchy".
Diesel 10 had been to Sodor a long time ago, creating problems for the steam engines. He chased down Lady - the engine who kept Sodor alive - and made her crash. In the years that followed, Lady's caretaker Burnett Stone took her into hiding, trying desperately, but failing to bring her back up to steam.
Diesel 10 returned many years later, intending to destroy Lady for good. He brought with him two lapdogs: Splatter and Dodge, who were present when the boss was scheming. He was first seen in the movie charging past Thomas and Gordon at Wellsworth. He also dumped sneezing powder all around Tidmouth Sheds, the wind from Harold's blades blew it all over the place. Diesel 10 had very little success with his plans - Mr. Conductor caused Pinchy to throw him safely onto bags of flour, and during a speech on "how to stop being stupid" he caused a coal chute to empty its contents on top of him at the coaling plant.
By using special coal from Sodor, Burnett Stone was able to bring Lady back to life. Diesel 10 was determined to attack her, but lost the aid of Splatter and Dodge. Burnett, Lady, and Thomas found themselves being chased by Diesel 10 over an unsafe viaduct. The center of the viaduct collapsed, and while Thomas and Lady were able to cross safely, Diesel 10 was too large and fell into a passing barge below. How Diesel 10 got back to Sodor is a mystery. It is very likely that Sir Topham Hatt decided to give him another chance.
In Calling all Engines, He was working at the scrapyards, using Pinchy to load rusted metal into trucks. The sight of him returning caused Thomas and Percy to shudder in fright.
Thomas and Mavis went to tell steam engines and diesels all over the island to meet at the coaling plant, a chance and hope for them to work together and get the new Sodor Airport done on time. When Thomas went over to tell Diesel 10 about the meeting, he got scared to his wheels. Not sure if Diesel 10 would want to help the steam engines anyway, due to their difficulties in the past, Thomas sped away as fast as he could.
Construction of the Airport was almost complete when a tower collapsed, cracking the runway and blocking the tracks. With Harvey the Crane Engine, too far away to clear the line, Thomas took a chance and decided to ask Diesel 10. Convincing his archenemy that helping the other engines would prove how useful he was, Thomas returned with help to clear the line.
In The Great Discovery, Diesel 10 and a number of other diesels later waited in the quarry yard to hear if Thomas had been found in the days leading to the reopening of Great Waterton.
When we first met him, Diesel 10 is an evil, conniving, bullying, and psychotic monster. He absolutely despises steam engines, and would call them taunting names like "puffball" and "teapot". He is Sodor's strongest but not quite largest diesel, his power being enforced by his slightly malfunctioning claw, Pinchy. He can use this deftly, and is even able to use it to make a sculpture. All engines, steam and diesel alike, fear but don't respect him.
Despite his aggressiveness, he will help on occasion ever since Sir Topham Hatt brought him back, but only when it suits his personal interest. He can have a caring side, but he very rarely shows it.
Diesel 10 is based on a BR Class 42 "Warship" with an added non-regulation hydraulic metal claw attached to a hydraulic crane arm on his roof.
Diesel 10 has thick bushy eyebrows, and is painted olive green/ochre with yellow-tan warning stripes along his body and a brown claw, and covered in oil stain.
Diesel 10 is voiced by Matt Wilkinson in both UK and US. He was originally voiced by Rupert Degas.
After Donald teased Duck about his "quacking", Duck's crew got revenge by slipping a small duckling into Donald's tender. When discovered, she becomes friends with Donald and his crew, and eventually settled down at Haultraugh, where a small pond was nearby. She was named Dilly by the stationmaster, but she is known to everyone else as Donald's duck.
Dilly appeared in the third season episode Donald's Duck. She appeared twice in the annuals, in "Donald's Duck" and "Gordon's Stowaway". She appeared in the song Donald's Duck which was dedicated to her.
In the annual, she disappeared for a few months, only to return to the station with her husband and children in tow!
Dolgoch was built in 1866 by Fletcher, Jennings & Co., but to a very different design to that of Talyllyn. He is an 0-4-0 tank engine with both a back tank (behind the cab) and a well tank (between the frames). The long wheelbase allows the firebox to sit in front of the rear axle, with Fletcher's Patent inside valve gear driven off the front axle, a particularly inaccessible arrangement. In increasingly decrepit condition Dolgoch continued to operate the service single-handedly until 1952 when Edward Thomas became available and was then the subject of a prolonged overhaul between 1954 and 1963.
Dolgoch returned to service in late 1999 after a major overhaul involving firebox repairs and an extensive mechanical overhaul; as part of the overhaul he has been fitted with air braking equipment, the last steam loco on the Talyllyn Railway to be fitted.
Dolgoch is Rheneas's twin, and because of this he was mentioned multiple times in the Railway Series.
Dolgoch previously ran in his 1946 light green livery. As of 2009 he was temporarily running in Crimson Lake livery for one year only prior to his ten-yearly boiler examination.
The Talyllyn Railway staff and volunteers hope to have Dolgoch repaired by May 2011, which will mark the 60th anniversary of railway preservation. So, in Autumn 2009, "Steam Railway" magazine launched an appeal to raise funds for Dolgoch's next overhaul, which will include a new boiler to its original design. However, whilst the appeal was being made, an examination of Dolgoch showed that he had a crack in his rear tubeplate, which forced him to be withdrawn for overhaul earlier than expected. Luckily though, by January 2010, thanks to the readers of "Steam Railway" magazine, the Dolgoch appeal had been so successful that the overhaul was able to commence. During the second week in February, Dolgoch was dismantled for the removal of his boiler from his frames. Then, his boiler was lifted from his frames on February 23rd, 2010.
Donald and Douglas
Donald and Douglas (originally known by their numbers, 57646 and 57647, respectively) are twin tender engines from Scotland.
Donald and Douglas were built by John F. McIntosh at St. Rollox Works in 1899 and worked on the Caledonian Railway in Scotland, a large network that extended along that country's east coast, as well as the central and south-western regions. Despite being limited to Caledonian metals, they appeared to have a familiarity with other railways, as they were familiar with the locomotives and livery of the Highland Railway. Giving long and stalwart service, Donald and Douglas eventually became 57646 and 57647 on the Scottish Region of British Railways. In 1959 Sir Topham Hatt needed a goods engine, and by his request BR transferred 57646 (Donald) to Sodor.
To Hatt's surprise though, two engines arrived. Donald's twin Douglas (57647) could not stand to be separated from his brother, and was smart enough to realise he would eventually be scrapped if he stayed in Scotland. Neither engine could be told apart: both claimed to have forgotten their numbers, and indeed their numberplates had "slyly slipped off" in the journey from Scotland, forcing Hatt to keep both until he could determine which engine was freeloading on his hospitality. It was later revealed that this piece of skullduggery had been planned not only by the two engines, but also by their drivers and firemen, who were all related. The Fat Controller was unaware of Douglas' motive, and threatened the two that whichever engine he found out to be the truant would be sent home. Both engines resolved to give outstanding service so that Hatt would want to keep both of them. This plan quickly went to pieces, however, after Douglas accidentally shunted Thomas' special coach, full of passengers, into a siding at Tidmouth, causing a great deal of fury for the passengers. Things were more complicated when Donald demolished a signalbox at Tidmouth and Douglas destroyed the spiteful breakvan.
Despite all this grief, the twin's professionalism, competency, strong work ethic and personable natures had begun to win them support, particularly when they demonstrated an aptitude for snowplough work that they had learned in Scotland. After rescuing Henry from just such a snowy ordeal, the other engines came over to Donald and Douglas' side and led to the engines of Sodor taking industrial action. After a suggestion by Edward, and being pushed into it by Gordon, Percy was presented to the Fat Controller as a deputation, arguing the twins' case on their behalf and pleading that if sent away they'd be scrapped. Hatt's reaction to this was mixed - though he understood the engines' feelings he did not approve or appreciate them trying to interfere with his decision-making. However, Percy's statement and the twin's excellent performance was enough for Hatt to take pity on the twins and kept both. He demonstrated this intent with an offer of a fresh coat of paint for both engines, and by their request they were painted NWR blue.
Since then, the twins have, by all accounts, "transformed" goods traffic on the mainline. Such is their versatility that they regularly see service on Duck and Edward's branchlines, as well as duties as station-pilot at Tidmouth. A turntable has been provided for them at Arlesburgh; it was briefly decommissioned after Oliver was pushed into it by some trucks.
Such a demanding work-load has begun to tax them, however, and in 1993 the Fat Controller borrowed a navy saddletank named Wilbert from the Dean Forest Railway to deputize for them on the Arlesburgh branch, with the intention of at some point obtaining another engine of Wilbert's class to permanently fill that role.
Donald and Douglas are practical and level-minded characters who nevertheless enjoy a joke, especially impersonating one another - the fitting of the twins with nameplates was done to specifically end this element of their humour. Their tendency for jokes however has continued, and both display a keen sense of wit and, where necessary, an acid tongue. In their work, however, their performance is exemplary and they can be described as some of the most well-regarded engines in service on the railway, comparable with Duck and Edward in their reliability.
Donald and Douglas understandably held a grudge against diesels for a time - after all, the oil-guzzling engines were taking over their work - but after BoCo helped them in Edward's absence they have agreed that there is nothing wrong with diesels on the whole.
Donald and Douglas are based on Caledonian Railway "McIntosh 812" 0-6-0s.
Donald and Douglas were painted black from construction, and arrived on Sodor in the B.R.'s black goods livery with red-and-white lining on their tenders. They remained as such (with the addition of numbers on their tenders) until it was decided that both engines could stay, at which point they requested to be repainted in the NWR's blue livery with red-and-yellow lining. They apparently like the colour, as it reminds them of the Caledonian Railway, where many of their shedmates carried a similar shade of blue.
They are voiced by Joe Mills in both UK and US versions.
Douglas is a 0-4-0WT built in 1918 by Andrew Barclay and Co. Ltd. for the Airservice Construction Corps.
From 1921 until 1945 he worked at the RAF railway at Calshot Spit, Southampton. After a period in store at Calshot he was bought in 1949 by Abelson and Co. Ltd. who presented him to the Talyllyn in 1953. After overhaul and alteration from 2ft to 2ft 3in gauge, he entered service in 1954 and was named "Douglas" at the donor's request. Although smaller than the other locos he has performed well and was returned to service in 1995, having been fitted with a new boiler, turned out in his old Air Ministry Works and Buildings livery. Between 2001 and 2008, Douglas was painted red and blue and running under the guise of Duncan. He is currently under overhaul, so Sir Haydn has taken over the duties for the children's day by running under the guise of Sir Handel.
Douglas is currently painted in red and blue in the guise of Duncan. In his minor cameo in the Railway Series, he wears the same green livery as Talyllyn and Dolgoch.
Mrs. Dowager Hatt is the the Fat Controller and Sir Loham Hatt's mother, Stephen and Bridget Hatt's great-grandmother, and Lady Hatt's mother-in-law. She owns a Dalmatian, which she renamed "Gremlin" after her adventure in the aforementioned episode. In the Driver Perkins parts of the Thomas and the Runaway Kite DVD it is revealed that she also has a parrot named Beaky. As her name implies, she is a widow, meaning that the Fat Controller's father is deceased.
Dowager Hatt is voiced by Keith Wickham in both UK and US.
The drivers drive and maintain the engines, and, along with the fireman, keep the engines in control and provide a voice of reason when the engine is being difficult.
A driver's uniform is blue pants, a white shirt, a black tie, with a blue jacket over it, and a blue cap.
Dryaw FC coach
The Dryaw FC coach has first appeared in the episode Thomas and the Moles from The Pack mini-special. He looks like the Fat Controller.
Duchess of Hamilton
London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) Princess Coronation Class 6229 (British Railways number 46229) Duchess of Hamilton is a preserved steam locomotive living at the National Railway Museum in York. She made a cameo in Thomas and the Great Railway Show.
6229 was built in 1938 at Crewe as the tenth member of its class and the last in the second batch of five red streamliners (the original five 6220-4 having been given a unique Caledonian blue livery), complete with silver speed cheat stripes. In 1939 6229 swapped identities with the first of the class 6220 Coronation and was sent to North America with a specially-constructed Coronation Scot train to appear at the 1939 New York World's Fair. There was therefore for a while a blue 6229 Duchess of Hamilton in the UK and a red 6220 Coronation in the USA. R.A. Riddles drove for most of the tour, owing to the illness of the assigned driver. The locomotive (though not its carriages) was shipped back from the States in 1942 after the outbreak of the Second World War, and the identities of the locomotives were swapped back in 1943.
6229 was painted wartime black livery in November 1944. Her streamlined casing was removed for maintenance-efficiency reasons in December 1947 and she was then given the LMS 1946 black livery. In 1948 she passed into British Railways ownership. BR added 40000 to her number to become 46229 on 15 April 1948. She was painted in the short-lived BR blue livery in April 1950, but was soon repainted on 26 April 1952 into Brunswick green. The semi-streamlined smokebox was replaced with a round-topped smokebox in February 1957, and in September 1958 she was painted maroon. The lining was BR style to begin with then in October 1959 she received the current LMS style lining which she has carried for all her years in preservation.
46229 was saved from the scrap yard along with classmate 6233 Duchess of Sutherland and Stepney's brother Knowle as a result of Sir Billy Butlin's efforts to place these locomotives as children's playground exhibits at his holiday camps. Duchess of Hamilton survived at Minehead Holiday Camp and it returned to steam on the main line under the auspices of the Friends of the National Railway Museum. The Museum accepted the locomotive from Butlin's in 1976 on a twenty-year loan, and purchased it in 1987. It first ran as the Museum's flagship locomotive in 1980 and was operational until 1985. After an extensive overhaul, it resumed running in 1989 and was finally withdrawn from main line duty in 1996 when its seven-year boiler ticket expired.
From 1998 to 2005, 46229 was a static exhibit in the National Railway Museum, standing next to Mallard. She is one of three preserved Duchesses, the others being 6233 Duchess of Sutherland and 46235 City of Birmingham.
In 2005, "Steam Railway" magazine launched an appeal to raise funds for "Duchess" to be restored in her original streamlined form, and after a successful appeal she was moved to Tysley to be re-streamlined. On 6th of May 2006, "Duchess" was unveiled at Tysley to her appeal supporters with a sloping smokebox and the left side of her tender and boiler painted in post-war LMS black for a one-day event. Following this, the work on her re-streamlining carried on. "Duchess" was due to be completed in September 2008; but due to a worldwide search for the correct thickness of steel for the casing her re-streamlining took longer than expected.
Now in her original streamlined form and repainted in the LMS maroon livery with gold stripes, "Duchess" is back on display at the National Railway Museum as centre-stage of an exhibition called "Streamlined: Styling an Era". The locomotive is currently on display next to a 1933 Chrysler Airflow.
"Duchess of Hamilton", a real locomotive, is an LMS 8P Princess Coronation "Duchess" 4-6-2.
"Duchess of Hamilton" is painted LMS maroon with gold lining and black wheels. Before she was re-streamlined, "Duchess of Hamilton" was painted LMS maroon with yellow lining and black wheels. She also had a BR crest on her tender.
Montague (affectionately known as "Duck" because of his supposed waddle) is a Great Western pannier tank engine.
Duck worked at Paddington before moving to Sodor in 1955 to take over Percy's shunting duties, leaving the latter free to assist with the construction of Knapford Harbour. Duck was a hard worker, but the others mistook his work ethic for simplicity and tried to use this to their advantage. They soon found their mistake when Duck and Percy took revenge on them by barring them from the shed.
When Diesel arrived, the others took a liking to his flattery, but Duck was doubtful and left Diesel to his own devices, which resulted in the latter getting into mishap with some rusty trucks. Diesel vowed to get revenge, and, inspired by several incidents occurring around the yard in Duck’s absence, spread rumours that Duck had given offensive nicknames to the others. Duck was sent to work as a "banker" at Wellsworth pending further injury, and after bravely stopping a runaway goods train at his own risk regained the respect of the others. Of course, by this time the others were aware that the matter of all Diesel's fault, but Duck's triumph certainly helped.
Duck continued working on the main line until 1968, at which time the Tidmouth-Arlesburgh branchline - nicknamed "The Little Western" - was restored and Duck was asked to run it with help from Oliver, and Donald and Douglas on occasion. Apparently, if Barry is ever introduced into the Railway Series he will also work on Duck's branchline.
Duck is a loyal, wise engine and a hard worker who does his work without fuss. His personal philosophy and motto is "there are two ways of doing things: the Great Western way, or the wrong way".
Duck is based on a GWR 57xx 0-6-0 pannier tank with added sand boxes, designed by Charles B. Collet and built at Swindon Works in 1929, approx. 31 ft 2 in long.
Duck is painted in the GWR's green livery with yellow lining and black wheels, splashers and pipes. He has the letters "GWR" written on his pannier tanks and on each side of his boiler in yellow and red, and an gold brass safety valve cover.
Before 1968, Duck carried a brass GWR numberplate on his cab sides (5741); since 1968, he has a yellow "8" painted on each side of his cab and on each end of his boiler, near his footplate in yellow with a red border.
Duck is voiced by Steven Kynman in both UK and US.
Duke, named after the Duke of Sodor and originally The Duke, is considered a hero amongst the engines.
Duke was built at Boston Lodge and was regauged to 2ft 3in before being transported to Sodor for the opening of the Mid Sodor Railway.
After researching into the prototype, it turns out that all the G England locomotives of Duke's design would've started off something like this before being progressively rebuilt as a saddle-tank.
In 1947, the line closed and Duke was sheeted and sheltered in Arlesdale Sheds. He was later discovered by Fergus Duncan, the Reverend Teddy Boston and the Reverend W. Awdry in 1969 and taken by road and rail to Crovan's Gate, where he was restored and returned to service in 1983.
Duke, when one first meets him, appears to be pedantic and strict, and in a sense both are true about him. However, Duke was sheeted up in a shed for more than two decades, so Duke possibly did not know how things have changed. Duke is wise from experience, and sees it as his duty to live up to his name's reputation.
Duke is painted brown with red lining, and he has two red plaques on either side of his saddletank with his name written in gold. He had "The Duke" written on his sides and "MS" written on his tender. On the Mid-Sodor Railway, Duke was numbered one.
The story of Duke was based upon a true story about an engine abandoned in the Brazilian rainforest. Duke himself is based on Prince, a tender engine from the Ffestiniog Railway at Porthmadog, North Wales.
Duncan is a narrow gauge tank engine who came to the Skarloey Railway after Peter Sam's accident with the slate trucks. He speaks with a Orcadian accent.
Duncan was built by Andrew Barclay at Kilmarnock and worked in a factory in Scotland, which Peter Sam claims is the source of his strong accent.
In 1958, Duncan was sent to Sodor to do Peter Sam's work after his accident with the slate trucks, and regauged to 2ft 3in. Duncan was rude and arrogant at first, but was humbled after derailing while doing "rock 'n' roll" and having to be rescued by Rusty, whom he detests for being a diesel.
But as the years went on, Duncan forgot what he had learnt, and in 1962 he stalled on a viaduct out of spite for not being polished. Skarloey finally taught him sense with the story of Rheneas' bravery and now Duncan is a Really Useful Engine.
Duncan is currently on the Talyllyn Railway in Wales being mended. Sir Handel is also there taking over Duncan's duties until he is mended.
Duncan might decide to "Rock 'n' Roll" and act rudely and obstinate, however Rusty had to rescue him after his accident. When he was first introduced in the fourth season, he was often stubborn.
Since the sixth season, Duncan is quite often bossy to the other engines about getting their work done quickly and thinks he knows better than them. Duncan still seems to ignore Rusty's warnings and advice until he lands himself into trouble. Also, Duncan tries to do the jobs which he thinks suits him well and he is quite competitive with James.
Duncan is based on the Talyllyn Railway's Douglas, not to be confused with the standard gauge engine Douglas. This engine is currently selcted to be dressed up as Duncan on special events associated with the "Thomas the Tank Engine" franchise.
Before August 1994, Duncan is painted in the Skarloey Railway's red livery with blue-and-yellow lining. Since August 1994, he is painted amber with black and gold lining.
Duncan is voiced by Tom Stourton in both UK and US.
The Dyson lorries are used to help whenever there is an accident where the rails can't reach. They are also used for carrying cars and engines - one was once used to carry Duke to the Skarloey Railway.
Eagle is a wise old tender engine. He was built at Horwich Works and designed by George Hughes in 1897.
Eagle seems to be of a helpful persona. He pulls passenger trains through the day, but often pulls trucks.
Eagle is based on the L&YR Class 25 with an added pony truck and a Fowler tender, very much like James.
Eagle is painted in the NWR's crimson livery with yellow and black lining. He has crimson wheels and a crimson dome.
Earl Sigurd of Orkney
Earl Sigurd of Orkney was a man who often tried to reclaim the lands of Sodor and Man from Godred MacHarold. He attempted to claim Man in 982, and Sodor two years later. He failed both times, but was never captured and returned in 989. His forces killed MacHarold and two of his sons in a battle in Man, but Godred's youngest son, Harold escaped with Godred's mother and daughter. Sigurd died in 1014, and Harold reclaimed both islands from Sigurd's young heir, Thorfinn.
Edward is a mixed-traffic engine. He speaks with a politically correct (P.C.) English accent.
Edward was designed by Pettigrew and built by Sharp Stewart and Company in 1896 and worked on the Furness Railway before coming to Sodor in 1920 to finish the building of the North Western Railway. After his work was completed, Edward was kept in a shed, to the delight of the other engines, who claimed that he was too weak to work. Edward was eventually let out again, and proved that what he lacked in strength he made up for in work ethic.
Edward currently runs the Wellsworth-Brendam branch line with BoCo, and occasionally Donald and Douglas. He is sometimes used as a pilot engine for special trains.
Edward is kind-hearted and always keen to help a friend in need. The small engines trust him to lend a listening ear and sympathetic advice. He is a hard worker too, and always does his best to finish a job.
Sadly, the big engines often see Edward as old-fashioned and slow. While it is true he is the oldest engine on the North Western Railway - it must be noted he helped build it - he has proved time and time again that he is more than capable of working as hard as any engine, but he is a more clever and wiser engine, too.
Since the eighth season, Edward's persona differs slightly. Despite his reputation of being kind and friendly, Edward has sometime seemed to act cheeky. Edward has also acted with a lack of confidence in himself in that he keeps secrets from the other engines and the Fat Controller when once he was leaking steam, and likewise when he was told to pull the post train whilst Percy was being repaired. Sometimes, Edward has seemed to share the same personality as James, such as when he decided to show off his special waterwheel and laughed at Thomas when he was wearing a funny funnel. This problem was rectified in the seventeenth series.
Unlike most characters, Edward is not directly based upon any particular class of locomotive. The Reverend W. Awdry had stated that Edward is based on a heavily modified Sharp, Stewart and Co. "Larger Seagull", supplied to the Furness Railway in 1896, but this was a piece of retcon created for "The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways". Edward is based on a 4-4-0 Furness Railway K2 locomotive, first built 1896. Since his rebuild in 1921, Edward has his rear splasher flush with cab, two square cab windows as opposed to cutaway and rectangular cab lookouts as opposed to the round originals. Also since 1928, he has his flared-topped tender replaced with a flush-riveted 3500 gallon-type Fowler-style tender with horizontal strips removed and the rivets facing inward rather than outward.
Sodor "historian" Martin Clutterbuck notes that Edward bears a close resemblance to a LNER D34 "Glen" (NBR Reid Class K) 4-4-0 from the London and North Eastern Railway. At any rate, the Reverend W. Awdry used an engine of this class to represent Edward on his model railway.
Crovan's Gate modifications to be seen are making rear splasher flush with cab, new cab windows as opposed to cutaway and new cab lookouts as opposed to the round originals.
Edward is painted NWR blue with the NWR red and yellow lining and the number "2" painted on his tender sides in bright yellow with a red border. He carries two plaques on his cab that reads "NWR No. 2, Rebuilt 1920, Crovans Gate Works".
It can be assumed that, before arriving on Sodor, Edward was painted in the Furness Railway's red livery with a yellow "FR" on his tender sides and black wheels.
Edward is voiced by Keith Wickham in UK, and William Hope in US.
Edward Thomas is a 0-4-2ST built in 1921 by Kerr, Stuart and Co. Ltd. for use on the Corris Railway.
Edward Thomas worked on the Corris Railway, along with Sir Haydn, until the line's closure in 1948. He was purchased by the Talyllyn Railway in 1951 and named after its former manager. After repairs were carried out by the Hunslet Engine Co., the engine entered service on the Talyllyn in 1952 and has proved most successful. From 1958 until 1969 a Giesl ejector was fitted instead of a conventional chimney, the first such installation in the British Isles.
Until 2000, the engine ran in the guise of his twin, Peter Sam, in red livery. He was then repainted into the British Railway black, the colour he might have acquired had the Corris line survived a little longer. An extensive overhaul, which included the fitting of a new boiler, was completed in late May 2004, and the engine returned to public service on the thirtieth of that month as "Edward Thomas" in unlined green livery.
He is currently running in the standard Talyllyn Railway livery of bronze with black and yellow lining.
Elizabeth is a vintage Sentinel steam lorry.
Prior to his becoming Controller of the North Western Railway, Sir Topham Hatt owned Elizabeth - she notes that he was not the best driver. For reasons unknown, Elizabeth was sheeted in a shed and remained there until Thomas' crew found her several decades later when they needed urgent transportation to the works for new side-rods. Jem Cole restored Elizabeth, and she is to this day in perfect working order.
Elizabeth does not like laziness or rudeness, and will respond to both in the strongest terms. Although she believes roads are superior to rails, she often helps the engines out. She is very sensitive about how others refer to her by her age.
Elizabeth is based on a Sentinel DG4 steam lorry with a three-way tipper behind her cab.
Elizabeth is painted maroon with gold and black stripes. Her license plate is D645.
Elsie is a small luggage van pulled by Toby. After his tramway closed, Elsie was brought with Toby and Henrietta to the North Western Railway.
Emily is a large green Stirling Single. She was designed by Patrick Stirling and built at Doncaster Works in 1870. She speaks in a Fife/Tayside dialect.
Emily was ignored by the other engines for pulling Annie and Clarabel without Thomas' permission or knowledge. The matter was resolved after she saved both Thomas and Oliver from a nasty accident on the cross-points, and she was rewarded with two new coaches.
Emily is a feisty and fun-loving engine. She acts as a sisterly figure to the others, but can get into trouble because of her fussy and bossy attitude. She's a lot nicer and wiser than she lets on.
Emily is based on a GNR Stirling Single, of which there is only one left in the world, located at the National Railway Museum in York.
Emily is painted in the emerald livery of the Great Northern Railway with gold lining and chocolate running-boards. She has the number 12 painted on her tender sides in yellow with a red border.
Emily is voiced by Teresa Gallagher in UK, and Jules de Jongh in US.
Ernest is based on the Snowdon Mountain Railway's Enid.
The boilers are inclined on the locomotives, to ensure that the boiler tubes and the firebox remain submerged when on the gradient, a standard practice on mountain railways - the locomotive always runs chimney-first up the mountain. The water gauges (gauge glasses) are mounted half at the centre on the locomotive so that the water level does not change with the gradient. One result of the boiler's angle is that the firehole door is at waist height, requiring the fireman to lift the coal some distance. The boiler is not superheated.
Eric is a mountain engine who was mentioned in a conversation between Culdee, Wilfred and Ernest in Mountain Engines. According to them, Eric is "nice and quiet".
Eric was built at Winterthur, Switzerland, in 1923 to a "super-heat" design. He arrived on Sodor in July 1962.
According to "The Real Lives of Thomas the Tank Engine", he and Alaric have been "retired".
Eric is based on the Snowdon Mountain Railway's Eryri.
Eric is painted purple with orange lining.
Ernest is a mountain engine built at Winterthur, Switzerland, in 1895. He only appeared in Mountain Engines informing Culdee of the changes on the Culdee Fell Railway in his absence.
Ernest is based on the Snowdon Mountain Railway's Enid.
Ernest is painted CFR purple with orange lining.
Eric is based on the Snowdon Mountain Railway's Eryri.
The boilers of these engines are superheated, making them more efficient, and in place of a lever type regulator, they have a wheel that must be turned 2¼ times between closed and fully open. The drive from the cylinders and to the wheels again uses levers, but in a different pattern. The linkage is fitted within double frames at the front of the locomotive. This results in a locomotive that is far more rigid. The side tanks are arranged vertically just in front of the cab. No.6 carries the same amount of water as the earlier engines, but No.7 & No.8 carry enough water to get to the top of the mountain without stopping, if required. There is no separate tank for cooling water as it is drawn from the boiler on these engines.
Evan is a narrow gauge saddle tank engine.
An 0-4-0ST ‘Quarry’ Hunslet built in 1906 for work at Vickers Shipyard in Barrow to a design quite often found in the Dinorwic Quarries of North Wales. Given the predominance of the narrow gauge railway network on nearby Sodor already existing to a ‘standard’ of 2ft 3in, it was decided that the industrial complex would also adopt this in order to exchange rolling stock and locomotives should there ever be a need to do so.
The engine spent a number of years in the industrial yard prior to being retired in 1961, and was ‘adopted’ by one of the factory owners, who over a number of years, sought to restore the engine in his workshop as a private concern. Following the gentleman’s death, his son loaned and later donated him to the Skarloey Railway as a goodwill gesture in 1982 where he was named Evan after the man who saved him. However, given Evan’s diminutive size and tractive effort, Mr Hugh, the Chief Mechanical Engineer felt that would not be best suited to the Skarloey Railway’s needs.
Following an overhaul which saw Evan’s boiler (fitted in 1956 but only used in service for five) being certified for five more years use as of 1984, The Thin Controller brokered a deal with a Lake Railway in England, placing Evan on loan to them that year to ease them through a locomotive crisis. Becoming surplus to their requirements in 1989, Evan was returned to the Skarloey Railway when his boiler-ticket expired, and was never sent back to England, even after his overhaul.
When it became abhorrently clear that he would not be fit for work on the Skarloey Railway (unless double-headed with another engine), The Thin Controller then made another deal with the Mid Sodor Heritage Railway, which needed an extra engine to operate their short line as their diesel Buzz was soon to be needed on extension work. This saw Evan placed on permanent loan to the Society in 1991.
From the day he arrived on the Island, Evan has retained his sky-blue livery with red lining, and this has continued at the Mid Sodor Heritage Railway. During the lengthy construction of the MSHR’s Ballamoddey Extension, Evan was the sole engine operating trains on their half-mile Demonstration Line at Peel Godred along with a pair of ex-MSR coaches, as the society’s diesel, Buzz, was needed on extension duties.
Since the opening of the extension and the acquisition of larger locomotives he is still a vital member of the team, being used on lighter trains and for Driver Experience courses, which earn a pretty penny for the MSHR. Thankfully Evan has an extremely even temperament (he is very much the peacemaker in any arguments that arise between the engines), and he has yet to loose his temper with any of these amateur drivers, no matter how cack-handed they are!
Evan was an unfortunate casualty of the early ERS organisation, and therefore, when further Skarloey Railway stories were written, he didn’t feature.
When the subject of an ERS Overhaul and the reopening of the Mid Sodor Railway was proposed, the character was reintroduced in the last story of the Sixth Anniversary volume, Gala Engines, where he returned to the Skarloey Railway.
A number of the Quarry Hunslets used at Dinworic Quarries have been rescued and preserved following withdrawal from service. These engines are the mainstay motive power of the Llanberis Lake Railway and Bala Lake Railways in North Wales, and although found here predominately, their counterparts have also found homes in England, and as far afield as the United States and Canada.
The locomotive, Evan, is based on Llanberis Lake Railway’s ‘Thomas Bach’.
These form the fast and important passenger trains and are normally pulled by Gordon, James, or Henry. Several of these coaches form the express, known as the "Wild Nor' Wester" - usually pulled by Gordon, although Henry, James and Bear take the train when Gordon is busy - other coaches form the "Limited", which was pulled by Bear in Enterprising Engines.
The coaches were primarily painted yellow-orange until circa 1984, when they were repainted maroon with a yellow stripe. The other coaches are painted either green or red with custard-yellow window surrounds. The green version is primarily used for the express while the red version and is used for other fast trains and occasionally used for the express.
The express coaches are based on SR Maunsell Stock, LNER Gresley and GWR Suburban with added corridor sections onto the ends of the coaches and the larger windows of corridors stock on the far sides.
Farmer McColl is a farmer. Toby enjoys visiting him and his animals. He also owns the field opposite his farm.
Farmer McColl is voiced by Matt Wilkinson in UK, and William Hope in US.
Farmer McColl's dog/Katie
Farmer McColl owns a black and white collie dog. It has made numerous appearances with Farmer McColl.
Farmer Trotter is a farmer who owns a pig farm. He is good friends with Farmer McColl. He also has bee hives.
Farmer Trotter is voiced by Matt Wilkinson in UK, and William Hope in US.
Father Christmas/Santa Claus
Father Christmas appeared in Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree and the second season episode Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree with no lines. His model was really one of the Fat Controller's dressed up.
Ferdinand is a large slow engine.
Ferdinand is a gentle giant. He is a bigger and slower engine who is able to make special tweeting sounds with his whistles. He runs on wood and oil and can often be heard saying "that's right".
Ferdinand is based on a Climax Class C logging locomotive with British-style buffers and couplings.
Ferdinand is painted teal with grey lining.
Ferdinand is voiced by Ben Small in UK, and Glenn Wrage in US.
He was rumored to have a cameo in the Series 18 episode, Signals Crossed.
Fergus is a railway traction engine.
Fergus mainly works at the cement works, and thus calls himself "the pride of the cement works".
Fergus knows the rulebook off by heart, and his catchphrase is "Do it right!" His insistence on doing everything absolutely according to the rules can annoy the other engines, but he is a decent engine at heart and will not hesitate to help others in trouble.
Fergus is based on the Aveling and Porter 2-2-0 'T9' class railway traction engine No. 9449 "Blue Circle", which is the only one left in the world. Since Fergus' introduction, "Blue Circle" has been dressed up as Fergus on special occasions on its home line, the Battlefield Line in Leicestershire.
Fergus is painted navy with gold boiler bands and red wheels.
Ffarquhar Quarry Co. trucks
The Ffarquhar Quarry Co. trucks carry stone from Anopha Quarry. They have "FQC" written on both sides.
The Sodor Fire Brigade owns several identical fire engines.
The firemen help maintain the engines, and, along with the driver, keep the engines in control and provide a voice of reason when the engine is being difficult.
While the train is moving they stoke the fire and keep the water level where it needs to be. After a trip, they clean the firebox. They also couple the engines if a shunter isn't around. A fireman's uniform is blue pants, a white shirt, and a black tie, with a blue jacket over it, and a blue cap.
Flatbeds and wellwagons
Flatbeds and wellwagons are used for transporting large items such as cars, tractors and heavy machinery. One carried the rock crusher to the quarry, another took Caroline to the Elsbridge cricket field after she broke down, and another carried the Queen of Sodor barge.
Flora is a yellow steam tram.
Flora was new to the railway when Thomas first met her. Sir Topham Hatt told Thomas to introduce Flora to Toby, as she was to lead an engine parade with him. Thomas was worried that Toby would be upset that he wasn't the only steam tram any more, so Thomas tried to detour Flora until Toby left for Great Waterton. Flora ran out of coal near Toby's shed and Toby saw the bright yelloew tram for the first time. To Thomas' surprise, Toby was delighted to see her! Thomas gave Flora his coal and she and Toby went to Great Waterton in time for the parade.
Flora is an attentive, friendly little steam tram. Her tram coach is her pride and joy.
Flora is based on a 1904 Moseley Road Tramway steam tram, rebuilt into standard gauge. Instead of buffers, she has three couplings upon her front and rear bufferbeam. She has an 0-4-0 wheel arrangement.
Flora is painted bright yellow with green and white lining, red cowcatchers and sideplates, green boards on her roof reading "Sodor Tramways".
Flora's tram car
Flora's tram car is a double-decker green coach, and is her pride and joy. It was given to her at the opening of the Great Waterton Tramway.
Flying Scotsman, a LNER Class A3 4-6-2, is the last of Gordon's brothers. He holds the records for being the first engine to officially run at 100 mp/h and the longest non-stop run for a steam engine - 631 kilometres non-stop, between London and Edinburgh, in eight hours.
Flying Scotsman was completed in 1923, construction having been started under the auspices of the Great Northern Railway. He was built as an A1, initially carrying the number 1472. Flying Scotsman was something of a flagship locomotive for the LNER. He represented the company at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1924 and 1925. At this time he acquired his name and the new number of 4472. From then on he was commonly used for promotional purposes.
With suitably modified valve gear, he was one of five Gresley Pacifics selected to haul the prestigious non-stop Flying Scotsman train service from London to Edinburgh, hauling the inaugural train on May 1, 1928. For this, the locomotives ran with a new version of the large eight-wheel tender which held nine tons of coal. This and the usual facility for water replenishment from the water trough system enabled them to travel the 631 kilometres from London to Edinburgh in eight hours non-stop. The tender included a corridor connection and tunnel through the water tank giving access to the locomotive cab from the train in order to allow replacement of the driver and fireman without stopping the train. The following year he appeared in the film "The Flying Scotsman".
On November 30, 1934, running a light test train, he became the first steam locomotive to be officially recorded at 100 mp/h and earned a place in the land speed record for railed vehicles; the publicity-conscious LNER made much of the fact.
On August 22, 1928 there appeared an improved version of this Pacific type classified A3; older A1 locomotives were later rebuilt to conform. On April 25th, 1945, A1 class locomotives not yet rebuilt were reclassified A10 in order to make way for newer Thompson and Peppercorn Pacifics. This included Flying Scotsman, which emerged from Doncaster works on January 4, 1947 as an A3 having received a boiler with a long "banjo" dome of the type it carries today. By this time he had become no. 103 in Edward Thompson's comprehensive renumbering scheme for the LNER, then 60103 from January 1, 1948 on the nationalisation of the railways when all the LNER locomotive numbers were prefixed with 60000. Between June 5, 1950 and July 4, 1954, and December 26, 1954 and September 1, 1957, under British Railways ownership, he was allocated to Leicester Central Shed on the Great Central, running Nottingham Victoria to London Marylebone services via Leicester Central, and hauled one of the last services on that line before its closure. All A3 Pacifics were subsequently fitted with a double KYLCHAP chimney to improve performance and economy. This caused soft exhaust and smoke drift that tended to obscure the driver's forward vision; the remedy was found in the German-type smoke deflectors fitted from 1960, which somewhat changed his appearance but successfully solved the problem.
Flying Scotsman came to Sodor in 1967-8 to cheer his only surviving brother, Gordon, up. He had two tenders at the time he arrived, causing Henry to feel jealous.
After Donald and Douglas told Harold about Flying Scotsman, Harold was confused and thought the twins were talking about a Scotsman who could fly. Thomas explained that the twins were actually talking about an engine.
60103 ended service with British Railways in 1963 and was sold for preservation to Alan Pegler, who had him restored as closely as possible to his original LNER condition. He then worked a number of railtours, including a non-stop London–Edinburgh run in 1968 – the year steam traction officially ended on BR. As watering facilities for locomotives had by then disappeared, a second eight-wheel tender was adapted as an auxiliary water tank.
In 1969 he went on a promotional tour to the USA, where he was fitted with cowcatcher, a high-intensity headlamp, a bell, air brakes and buckeye couplings. The trip was initially a success, but when Pegler's backers withdrew their support he began to lose money and was finally bankrupted in 1972. Fears then arose for his future, the speculation being that he could take up permanent residence in America or even be cut up. Fortunately, in January 1973 William McAlpine stepped in at the eleventh hour and had him repaired and repatriated. In 1988 the locomotive travelled to Australia to take part in the country's bicentenary celebrations. There he set another record, travelling 442 miles from Parkes to Broken Hill non-stop, the longest such run by a steam locomotive ever recorded.
In recent years Flying Scotsman has continued to have an eventful existence. In 1995 it was in pieces at Southall depot in West London and facing an uncertain future owing to the cost of restoration and refurbishment necessary to meet the stringent engineering standards required for main line operation. Salvation came in 1996 when Dr. Tony Marchington bought him and had him restored to running condition at a cost of some £750,000. During its overhaul between 1996 and 1999, Flying Scotsman's vacuum brakes were removed and replaced with air brakes.
In 2004 Flying Scotsman was put up for sale because of the mounting debts of its owning company. After a high-profile campaign he was bought in April by the National Railway Museum in York and is now part of the national collection. As of 2006 Flying Scotsman is undergoing a major overhaul at the NRM and is not due to resume running until summer 2011. The overhaul is taking much longer than excepted due to the National Railway Museum's decision to rebuild Flying Scotsman's "spare" A3-type boiler rather than rebuilding his A4-type boiler, which he had fitted in his last overhaul between 1996 and 1999. The copper inner firebox from Flying Scotsman's "spare" boiler was rebuilt - only for the engineers to discover some faulty welds, which meant that it was sent back to the Boiler Works in Devon to be mended again. Also, a decision has being made to replace the air brakes with more effective vacuum brakes, and Steam Railway magazine has made an appeal to fund the vacuum brakes. Meanwhile, Flying Scotsman's frames are under overhaul at the workshops of the East Lancashire Railway which are due to be completed in the Autmun of 2010.
The producers of BBC's motoring television programme "Top Gear" originally wanted to use Flying Scotsman for a secret race from London to Edinburgh; but due to the delay to his overhaul, they decided to use the brand-new mainline tender engine called Tornado.
The Flying Scotsman is painted LNER green with black and yellow lining and LNER painted in yellow on his first tender side and the number 4472 painted in yellow on his second tender side.
Choice of livery is a subject of controversy amongst those involved in the preservation of historic rolling stock, and Flying Scotsman has attracted more than its fair share, the result of forty years' continuous service during which the locomotive has undergone several changes to its livery. Alan Pegler's option was evidently to return the locomotive as far as possible to the general appearance and distinctive colour it carried at the height of its fame. A later option was to reinstall the double Kylchap chimney and German smoke deflectors that it carried at the end of its career in the 1960s; this encouraged more complete combustion, a factor in dealing with smoke pollution and fires caused by spark throwing. More recently, until its current overhaul, it was running in an anachronistic hybrid form retaining the modernised exhaust arrangements while carrying the LNER "Apple Green" livery of the 1930s. Some believe that the more famous LNER colour scheme should remain; others take the view that, to be authentic, only BR "Brunswick Green" livery should be used when the loco is carrying these later additions – the issue is further complicated by the fact that while in BR "Brunswick Green" Livery it never ran with the corridor tender! Other liveries that Flying Scotsman has had, are the wartime "Black" livery and the British Railways "Express Passenger Lined Blue" livery.
Flynn is a red fire engine.
Belle suggested to the Fat Controller that Flynn be brought to Sodor to help her fight fires. He will help Percy save Thomas from a fire.
He has been criticised by Diesel for "just standing around looking fancy", but Flynn soon proved that he was really useful when there was a fire in Thomas' firebox.
Flynn is a really red fire engine and a member of the Sodor Search and Rescue team. He is very popular with the engines and is always raring to rescue. He truly wants to help everyone. Flynn at times is overly enthusiastic, which sometimes leads to mistakes, but Belle is always there to keep him on course.
Flynn is painted red with yellow lining and blue wheel arches.
Flynn is a hybrid design based on Tatra, Osh-Kosh, and Latil fire rescue vehicles. However, he most resembles a 1964 Osh-Kosh W800 4X4 aircraft rescue fire engine.
Flynn is voiced by Rupert Degas in both UK and US, then voiced by Ben Small, and now voiced by either John Hasler or Joseph May.
Frank is a grumpy diesel. He sometimes loses his temper, which once caused him to crash into the back wall of the shed. Despite this, he is a hard worker and is sometimes called upon to rescue engines who have broken down.
Frank was originally a 0-4-0 named "Peter", built at Muir-Hill in 1929. In 1931, he was rebuilt as a steam-outline diesel 0-4-4 for use on passenger trains, and arrived on Sodor in 1968, and in 1975, was rebuilt with a Perkins P6 diesel engine, giving him a modern diesel engine's radiator grill at front instead of his fake smokebox and replacing his Fordson petrol engine. In 1984, he was rebuilt with a modern diesel outline, losing his fake steam outline and became similar to an industrial diesel shunter and renamed Frank. He has since been used as the permanent way stalwart, but also for shunting and relief passenger duties.
Frank is painted light gray with a red stripe. He has red nameplates with gold writing.
Frank is based on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway's "Perkins", constructed in 1984 at Ravenglass, a rebuild of a 1929 Muir-Hill tractor.
Fred is a diesel working on the Skarloey Railway. He was built in 1950.
According to Sodor: Reading Between the Lines, the Skarloey Railway bought two worn out Hunslet diesels from the National Coal Board and, using parts from both engines, constructed Fred. He was put into service in 1989, and is used mainly for maintenance and engineering work.
Like Dennis, Fred is lazy and tries to stay out of work by pretending to be ill.
Fred is painted charcoal-black with yellow lining and white lettering.
Fred is based on Alf, a Hunslet 0-4-0 diesel with a maximum speed of 9 mp/h working on the Talyllyn Railway.
Fred Pelhay is an orange "Private Owner" truck with "FRED PELHAY Coal Co." painted on both sides in white. He made a cameo in Toad Stands by laughing at Oliver.
Fred and Bart
Fred and Bert are two porters at Tidmouth. They were carrying a beehive on a trolley, but when an old lady suddenly appeared in front, they stopped so suddenly the beehive fell over and broke, prompting the station's occupants (bar James and his crew) to clear the platform.
"Fearless" Freddie is an old Warhorse engine.
After many years of absence Freddie returned to the Skarloey Railway. Although the reason for his absence is not stated, one can presume that Freddie was either on loan to another railway or undergoing an extensive overhaul.
Upon returning home, Freddie challenged Rheneas and Skarloey to a series of races up and down the mountain. After realizing that he wasn't as strong as he once was, Freddie used his knowledge of the mountain routes and short-cuts to secure victories. However, when his cheating placed Rheneas in danger, Freddie was forced to put his knowledge to better use. When Mr Percival's bike was delivered to the Wharf with no bell on it, Freddie decided to find a bell - even though he didn't know where to find one until he saw Thomas taking an old foghorn and decided that the bell from the old bike will be useful.
One Christmas, Freddie tried to re-organise a party so that Colin can take part. Despite his best efforts, Freddie left telling Mr Percival about his idea until the last minute. Luckily, Freddie's idea was sorted with the party taking place at the Wharf for Colin.
Freddie is competitive, but has since learned his lesson. He is now well respected by the younger engines on the Skarloey Railway.
Freddie is based on Russell, a locomotive from the Welsh Highland Railway in North Wales. He has added buffers and couplings.
Freddie is painted grey with black and red lining, and a brass dome. He has black nameplates and numberplates with gold writing. On the peel godred aluminium works, he was painted in an unlined darker shade of grey.
Freddie was to be voiced by Bob Golding in both UK and US versions, but he never returned to the series anyway.
George is a grumpy steamroller whose interactions with engines generally lead to trouble.
George was built in 1920 and arrived on Sodor in 1962.
When he first arrived, he immediately entered a conflict with the engines of the Skarloey Railway. At the time Sir Handel was boasting about his broad tyres, which the other engines referred to as "steamroller wheels." Skarloey tried to trick Sir Handel into confronting George to divert his attention. George and Sir Handel immediately disliked each other. One afternoon, Sir Handel took a train down the line parallel to the site where George was working. George wouldn't give the train enough room to pass, and rammed his front roller into Sir Handel's train. The train and construction crews argued until a policeman broke them up and a barrier was built between the road and the rail. George's work was finished, and he was taken away, although Sir Handel took the credit for this.
George was at work near the Ffarquhar branchline, still grumbling about railways. He told Daisy that friends of his have paved roads over old railway lines, and was eager to do the same on Sodor. Daisy tried not to cross him, fearing he would follow through with his threat. George and his crew left some road cones where they were working. One day, wind blew some cones inside the level crossing into Daisy's path and were pulled under, jamming her brakes. Daisy felt certain he did this on purpose.
Once, on Lady Hatt's birthday in 1998, the Fat Controller was running late. His car had broken down, and when he was offered a ride by Caroline, she overheated. George pulled up alongside them and called Caroline "a disgrace to the roads". George's driver, who was fairly even-tempered, offered the Fat Controller a ride, but George lost control and veered into a pool of mud.
George later worked at an excavation site with Skarloey and Rheneas, and made rude remarks despite their assertion that their stone would be used to pave George's roads. George was still rude while Percy carried him on a flatbed to his new work site.
George was later creating a road on an old railway line, but was intentionally careless when he paved the road over a level crossing, later causing Thomas to become derailed and crash. Finally, George refused to allow Duck to pass him at the yard. As, a result a truck from his train was still on the main line. When the express came through, Gordon collided with the truck, smashing it. The Fat Controller was furious with these recent disturbances, and punished George by taking him off of the roads for a week.
For a long time afterwards, George had little actual contact with the engines. On one occasion, Thomas retrieved him to repair the runway of the new airport at the last minute.
George is unfriendly to all engines, even those who try to be pleasant towards him. He generally utters variations of the phrase "Railways are no good. Pull them up. Turn them into roads". His unpleasant attitude frequently creates chaos. His archenemies are Sir Handel and Percy, and he mostly dislikes the engines.
George is based on an Aveling and Porter steamroller owned by the Reverend Teddy Boston, who also owns the traction engine on which Trevor is believed to be based.
George is painted in an all-over green livery with yellow boiler bands and his name painted on his boiler.
Gertude and Millicent
Gertrude and Millicent are two coaches which the Skarloey Railway built while Skarloey was being mended. They run on bogies, which led Sir Handel to consider them the only "proper" coaches on the Skarloey Railway and likes to take them on his own. Millicent has a compartment for the conductor. Gertrude & Millicent are based on Talyllyn Railway carriage 9 and 10. Gertrude was built by W.G. Allen and Tisdales in 1954 and Millicent in 1955. They arrived on Sodor in 1955.
Gertrude and Millicent are painted blue with cream windows.
Godred, named after Godred MacHarold, a famed king of Sodor, was a mountain engine who worked on the Culdee Fell Railway.
Godred was built at Winterthur, Switzerland, in 1895, and scrapped at 1900. He was arrogant from the start, and believed that should he have any trouble his automatic brakes would save him. Of course, barely a month after the railway's opening he came off the rails and was sent to the shed in disgrace. According to Culdee, he was subsequently cannibalised for his parts. However, the true nature of Godred's demise is debatable, as it was said the whole tale was made up; then again, all other canonical sources support Culdee's version of events, which only confounds things more.
Godred was arrogant and self-centered - Culdee believes this may have been because of the nature of his naming. Godred put too much faith in his automatic brakes, despite all the warnings, and paid the price.
Godred is based on the Snowdon Railway's L.A.D.A.S., who also suffered a similar fate. L.A.D.A.S' accident was caused by subsidence of the track, leading to the pinion wheel disengaging - this was amended by fitting guard-bars to the rack-rail. Since the Culdee Fell Railway opened four years later, it seems likely that guard-bars would have been required by the Board of Trade from the outset, implying a different chain of events causing the derailment, somehow disengaging both the pinion wheels and the gripper fitted to the engine which connects with the guard-bars to prevent such an event.
The most likely explanation is that the Reverend W. Awdry wanted his fictional railway to mirror its real-life counterpart as closely as possible, but as this would involve the "death" of a character, he chose to end it as he did in order to avoid upsetting his readers.
Godred is painted purple with orange lining. In a magazine picture, he was painted red with yellow lining and buffers.
Godred Crovan, the son of King Harold and grandson of Godred MacHarold, was born in Iceland in 1045. Sometime after Harold was killed in 1047, Crovan and his mother Gerda returned to Sodor with Sigurd of Cronk, his wife, Helga, and his son Ogmund, also born in 1045.
Crovan and Ogmund were brought up together as best friends, and later as stepbrothers after Helga died and Sigurd married Gerda.
In 1063, Sigurd died and was succeeded by Ogmund in the position of most powerful man in Sodor, after the king. The king of Sodor and son of invader Earl Sigurd of Orkney, Thorfinn, was losing his grip to power, and Crovan set about regaining his father's kingdom. With Sodor virtually in good hands, he left and conquered the Isles, Dublin and eventually Man in the battle of Sky Hill in 1079. Ogmund, however, fell in the battle.
Crovan died sometime between 1089 and 1116. He is remembered for foiling the only Viking invasion in Sodor's history by means of a clever ruse, luring the Vikings to a small pass (now named Crovan's Gate in his honour) while another group destroyed the Vikings' ships.
Godred MacHarold (known in Sudrian legend as King Orry or Starstrider) was King of Sodor and Man from 979 to 989. After the defeat of the Norse by the Irish, he harried Wales, then landed on Man, where, he famously pointed to the stars reflected in the water and said to the locals "There is the path running from my county to this place. That is my road to fame and fortune." Godred gave Sodor and Man ten years of peace, and his reign is remembered as a golden age. In Sodor, he is remembered affectionately as King Orry.
Godred often fought off attempts by Earl Sigurd of Orkney to reclaim Man in 982 and Sodor in 984 at a ford near what is now Peel Godred, named in his honour, which has now been replaced by a bridge and known as "King Orry's Bridge".
Sigurd was not captured during either battles, and returned in 989. In a battle on Man Godred and his two elder sons were killed, but his wife, daughter Gudrun and youngest son Harold escaped to Islay.
Godred was named after him. Culdee noted that this honour may have been a factor in his carelessness.
Gordon is a large blue express engine. He is Flying Scotsman's only remaining brother and Mallard and Spencer's cousin. He speaks with a Posh English accent.
Gordon was built by Sir Nigel Gresley at Doncaster Works in April 1922 as an A1 with a GNR eight-wheeled tender and green livery on the Other Railway, but when he arrived on Sodor in mid-to-later 1922 with a spare boiler and firebox later that year he was painted in the North Western Railway's blue livery.
Gordon is mainly used for passenger duties, pulling the North Western Railway's express, the "Wild Nor' Wester", but has occasionally pulled goods trains: he has been known to run into ditches and stop on hills to get out of doing these jobs, as he believes that these are below him.
In 1939, Gordon went to Crovan's Gate for a rebuild. His conjugated valve gear was replaced by a two-cylinder design, he received a smoother running plate (designed by the Fat Controller), Stanier underframes, "Black-5" wheels, cylinders, squared-off side windows, rectangular buffers and a Fowler-style tender; flush-riveted six-wheeled 3,500 gallon-type with horizontal strips removed and the rivets facing inward rather than outward to replace his standard eight-wheeled horizontal-stripped 5000 Gallon type Gresley tender..
Gordon has become famous after his adventures: in 1953 he pulled Queen Elizabeth II's royal train and in 1956 he traveled to London, where he was lauded by a large crowd. Gordon did not like the visit, however, as he discovered that London's big station was St. Pancras. In 1986, Gordon got to visit Carlisle when a diesel taking a Railtour failed.
When HM Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, visited the Island of Sodor, Sir Topham Hatt asked Gordon to take her around. Gordon is given an extra tender for when he travels from Sodor to London.
Gordon's important position as the engine who usually pulls the Express has made him proud, pompous and arrogant, with good reason, too; he is the strongest engine on Sodor after all. Gordon's philosophy "tender engines don't shunt" meant that he looked down on tank engines and tender engines who do shunt, but after being locked in the shed with Henry and James after going on strike he seems to have abandoned this philosophy.
Despite this, Gordon is kind-hearted, strong, intelligent, and fast. He doesn't mind pulling trucks, but won't pull dirty coal cars or oil tankers.
Because of his rank in the social order of the North Western Railway, Gordon expects to get the important jobs and either sulks when he doesn't, or gets jealous of those who do. Sometimes, Gordon acts as a bully, particularly towards Edward, but following mis-adventures where Edward had to help him, Gordon had to acknowledge that despite being old, Edward is still a very useful engine.
Sometimes Gordon shows a kinder side and gives the younger engines advice, usually after he has had some mishap as a result of his foolhardiness. Some of his advice isn't exactly honest, though, as James and Sir Handel have discovered.
According to Sodor "historian" Martin Clutterbuck, Gordon is supposed to be an experimental prototype for Sir Nigel Gresley's A1 "Pacific" design for the GNR, the so called "A0". Gordon was then built at Doncaster Works, Yorkshire, and tested against a similar NER Pacific in 1923. Gordon, being an experimental engine, never received a number, and was later rebuilt at Crewe with LMS underparts and a six-wheel Fowler tender in 1939, owning to various problems. Gordon has since been rebuilt below the footplate according to Stanier designs, his running plate being Sir Topham Hatt's own design. Gordon is based on an London and North Eastern Railway Gresley Class A3 4-6-2 engine, first built in 1922. He is a brother of "London and North Eastern Railway Class A3 4472 Flying Scotsman" (whose speed record was 100 mph) who is currently at the National Railway Museum in York. Gordon's whistle is unique from the other engines, because it has a low tone. It also has several slight modifications-Gordon's whistle has a cone-shaped base, and an unrounded cylinder-shaped bell.
Gordon is painted NWR blue with NWR red-and-yellow lining and the number "4" painted on his tender sides in yellow. Before arriving on Sodor, he was painted Doncaster green with white and black lining.
Gordon is voiced by Keith Wickham in UK, and Kerry Shale in US.
Gordon's snow machine
Gordon's snow machine is used to blow huge snowdrifts away. It can be a nuisance, as Gordon once found out when trying to puff clear the tunnel mouth, only to be buried in snow loosened by the sound.
Gordon's special coaches
For breaking his speed-record again, Gordon was rewarded with a new set of coaches. Emily was to collect them to deliver them to the ceremony, but Diesel stole the coaches and hid them in a siding. Diesel gave them back after he told Emily that he too had set a record.
These 5 coaches are Gordon's special coaches, which he uses to take his trains. They are painted dark blue with an orange stripe under the windows. These coaches are based on London and North Eastern Railway Gresley suburban stock with added corridor sections onto the ends of the coaches and the larger windows of corriders stock on the far sides. This train is usually full of people from England, Wales and Scotland.
Green Arrow is a LNER Class V2 preserved as one of the main attractions of the National Railway Museum. He has been put on display at "Locomotion" (the National Railway Museum in Shildon) since his boiler certificate expired in 2008.
He was built in June 1936 for the London and North Eastern Railway at Doncaster Works to a design of Nigel Gresley.
Green Arrow resembles Flying Scotsman; the only differences are that Green Arrow is shorter and has a wheel arrangement of 2-6-2 with a six-wheeled tender.
Thomas met Green Arrow after his unusual arrival on the back of a lorry to find Green Arrow being repaired.
Green Arrow was withdrawn from service in August, 1962, and bought by the National Railway Museum. He would pull rail tours from time to time, but in 2008, was withdrawn from rail tour service. This was because two of his superheated tubes where cracked. These tubes were fixed, but Green Arrow was soon taken away for static display. His boiler was not to expire until mid-late 2008, but it failed shortly after the tubes where repaired. It is unlikely that he will return to steam in the coming future.
The guard, known as a conductor in America, blows his whistle when it is time for trains to leave and sits in the brakevan, where he can apply the brakes in case of an emergency. Guards also have two flags, one red and one green. The green flag means "all set", and the red flag means "danger".
A guard's uniform is blue pants, a white shirt, a black tie, with a blue jacket over it, and a blue cap.
These oddly-shaped trucks transport gunpowder. Because gunpowder is so dangerous, engines must take the utmost care when shunting and they are usually put in the middle of trains for safety.
Gunpowder wagons are painted black with "D. FUSIT" on the side in white and "GUNPOWDER" underneath in red.
The gunpowder wagons are based on the same type used on the Ffestiniog Railway.
Hank is a large American tender engine. He was designed by J.T. Wallis, Alfred W. Gibbs, and Axel Vogt and built at the Juniata Shops, Altoona in 1914.
Thomas and Percy first met Hank at Brendam when he arrived. Thomas was impressed, until Hank told him he was "one of the finest little engines he'd ever seen". Thomas misinterpreted the comment as making fun of his size, and became determined to pull all of Hank's loads himself. While Thomas tired himself out pulling the heavy loads, Hank insisted that he help Thomas with the train. With the strain, Thomas eventually cracked a cylinder and finally decided to accept Hank's offer for help. Hank pushed Thomas to Knapford, where the other engines were waiting to greet Hank.
Hank is unique in being very kind and helpful amongst the big engines, and is willing to offer any assistance to any engine who is struggling with their loads. He generally speaks with a stereotypical Texan accent. He has the enthusiasm of a cheerleader, the strength of a titan and a propensity to be cheeky.
Hank is based on the Pennsylvania Railroad's K4 Pacific, approx. 83 ft 6 in long. He has British-style buffers added to the back of his tender for coupling.
Hank is painted dark blue with red wheels, a red cowcatcher and red lining.
Happy Hook was an old, broken crane at the Sodor Dieselworks. He was restored at the end of Day of the Diesels.
Harold, nicknamed "Whirlybird", is a helicopter used for patrolling the railway. He was built in 1949.
When Harold first met Percy he stated that railways were "slow and out-of-date", but was proven wrong when Percy later beat him in a race. Harold is owned by the coastguard on Sodor and lives at Dryaw airfield by Thomas' branchline. He keeps a watchful eye over Sodor in case of trouble, and speeds to the rescue of anyone in distress.
Harold speaks in a manner reminiscent of an RAF pilot, using terms such as "wizard" and "old chap" in conversation.
Harold is based on a Sikorsky S-55 helicopter, built in the UK as the Westland Whirlwind. He has added floats.
Harold is painted white with red lining and his name on his sides.
Harold is voiced by Keith Wickham in UK, and Kerry Shale in US.
Harold was an ancient king of Sodor. When his father, Godred MacHarold, died in battle in 989, along with Harold's two older brohers, he escaped with his mother and sister to Islay. After the death of Sigurd, the leader of the forces that had killed his father, Harold seized his chance and reclaimed Sodor and Man for twenty years, until Thorfinn, Sigurd's heir, drove him out. His son died in the skirmish, but Harold escaped to Iceland, where he had a son named Godred Crovan with a woman named Gurda in 1045. Harold died in an affray in 1047.
Harvey is a tank engine with a crane mounted on top of his boiler, which makes him look rather unusual. He speaks with a deep, booming, gruff voice and a South London accent. From Series 17 onwards, he speaks with a Glaswegian accent, regarding his basis' origins.
He arrived on Sodor in December 2001. The other engines except Thomas teased Harvey at first, but when he was able to rescue Percy after an accident they realized that his difference was what made him special. Since then, he has proved very useful, using his crane arm for maintenance, building and clearing up. He mainly works at Brendam and the yard, but his favourite place to be is at the Water Works.
Harvey is a kind, friendly and hard-working crane engine. He enjoy helping out when his friends are in distress.
With perhaps the most distinctive appearance of any engine, Harvey is painted burgundy with yellow line-work and brown square buffers. His name and the number "27" is written on both his sides in yellow, however the "27" is painted on his crane.
Harvey is based on an industrial crane engine - Dubs Crane Engine No. 4101, first built in 1901.
Harvey is voiced by Keith Wickham in both UK and US versions.
Headmaster Hastings is the headmaster of Strawberry Grove School. One day Duncan was pulling an organ for the school when his whistle shot off into a field, and Headmaster Hastings used the organ as a replacement.
Hector (the name stands for "Heavily Engineered Coal Truck On Rails") is a coal hopper who is good friends with Thomas and James.
Hector was being a pain for Bill and Ben when they were bringing him into the yard because he kept banging into the two. Hector, at first, was aggressive. He roared angrily at the engines to "KEEP AWAY!", giving Thomas a fright and scaring Rosie away. Thomas, determined to shunt him and having enough of the truck's behavior, accidentally pushed him off the line, and after being helped back onto the rails, Hector revealed he was intimidating so he wouldn't have to carry coal, being scared of doing so. Thomas showed him it was actually quite fun.
Later on, Hector helped James get through a snowstorm from Brendam Docks to Great Waterton after James ignored his previous advice and some of the other trucks got stuck in a snowdrift.
Hector used to be mean and aggressive, just to hide his fear of being filled with coal. Thanks to Thomas, he learnt that there was no need to be scared.
Hector is painted black with "HECTOR" painted on both sides in white.
Helena is a four-wheeled coach from the Furness Railway who operated with Victoria and Albert on the Lakeside branch.
Henrietta is a small, orange, old-fashioned four-wheeled coach pulled by Toby, although Percy or Daisy takes her when Toby is absent.
After Toby's tramway in East Anglia closed, Henrietta was brought with Toby to the North Western Railway. Toby later mentioned to the Fat Controller that a stationmaster on his tramway wanted to use her as a henhouse, but the Fat Controller agreed that "that would never do".
Henrietta is based on a Great Eastern Railway Wisbech and Upwell 4-wheel passenger coach no. 7. It is revealed in an annual that Henrietta has one sister left, being a bogied version of herself.
Henrietta is painted orange with brown cabin and red bufferbeam.
Henrietta is voiced by Maggie Ollerenshaw in both UK and US versions.
Henry is a mixed-traffic engine.
Henry was built around 1920 from plans stolen from Sir Nigel Gresley and was something like a cross between a GNR/LNER Class A1 and a GNR C1 Atlantic. He was sold to Sir Topham Hatt, who was desperate for a locomotive.
Henry was vain and in August 1922 he stopped in a tunnel and refused to come out, citing that his paintwork would be spoilt by the rain. After several attempts to move him failed he was bricked up in the tunnel until Gordon broke down while pulling the Express. As Edward was unable to move the train himself, the Fat Director offered to let Henry out of the tunnel to help. Henry eagerly accepted.
Henry performed very well, and the Fat Director promised him a new coat of paint, as his existing paintwork had been damaged more by his stay in the tunnel than it would have been by the rain. Henry asked to be painted blue like Edward. However, many people confused him with Gordon, to the bigger engine's annoyance. The matter was worsened after a trip to the Works where Henry was given spares of Gordon's buffers and cab. This caused Gordon to be very rude to Henry.
The poor engine and his system, which was already finicky at best due to design flaws, never really recovered from the stay in the tunnel. Henry developed steaming problems, about which he complained constantly, though he found little sympathy, especially when it caused him to be late.
In 1949 Henry, when again offered new paint, chose green to end the confusion. Unfortunately, he was to suffer humiliation when he was hosed with water by an elephant he frightened. After Gordon and James suffered humiliations of their own (and all three had become thoroughly fed up having to do their own shunting and fetch their own coaches), the big engines went on strike. The Fat Controller naturally disapproved of this nonsense, and after purchasing Percy he locked them in the shed for several days.
Later that year, during a period when the main line engines were being supplied with a poor delivery of coal, Henry was having a very difficult time of it indeed. He had strength to pull trains only sporadically, in spite of numerous parts replacements. At last the Fat Controller looked into it personally, and asked the opinion of Henry's fireman, who told him about the coal and suggested purchasing the high-grade Welsh coal the Great Western Railway used.
When the Welsh coal came, Henry's performance was vastly improved, such that he was comparable to Gordon. He continued to use the coal until February 1950, when due to a conjunction of a forced signal and frozen points he had a collision with a goods train at Killdane while pulling "The Flying Kipper" and was sent to Crewe to be rebuilt. Henry was rebuilt into a Stanier 5MT. (Sir Topham Hatt had connections with Sir William Stanier, so this may be the reason he managed to get Henry rebuilt so quickly).
After returning, Henry was added to the rotation for the Express, and pulled it so well that he made Gordon jealous. Gordon tried to get even by rudely critcising Henry for whistling loudly at stations, but had to eat his words later that day after his own whistle valve jammed open. Some time later, Henry was taking a slow train. As he passed under a bridge, four boys he had assumed to be railfans dropped stones on him and his coaches. He paid them out on his return journey by "sneezing" ashes that collected in his smokebox at them.
In 1952, when Queen Elizabeth II was to come to Sodor, Henry (rightly) assumed he was the Fat Controller's choice to pull the royal train. But the day before, while he was idling at the station his smoke blinded a painter, who fell along with his paint pot onto Henry. The paint splashed over Henry's boiler, and as painting over it would take too long for him to have time for the train Gordon was given the job instead.
When Duck arrived in 1955 to take over Percy's duties as station pilot, Henry, along with Gordon and James, teased him and tried to give him orders, as they had been doing to Percy. Duck, with Percy's help, blocked the big engines from entering the shed. The Fat Controller arrived and told the two tank engines off for causing a disturbance. Henry and the others laughed- until the Fat Controller shouted for silence, and told them they'd been worse, as they had made the disturbance. He told them that Duck was right about he, Sir Topham Hatt, being in charge. Henry respected Duck more after that.
Henry's good opinion of Duck would be briefly spoilt in 1957. He and the other main line engines were growing very tired of Duck's incessant talk about the Great Western Railway following City of Truro's visit. A Diesel sent to the island on trial quickly developed a grudge against Duck, and spread nasty stories about the the main line engines to the trucks, stories he falsely claimed Duck had told him. Henry, furious at being called "Old Square Wheels", joined Gordon and James in barring Duck from the shed. He felt sorry a few days later when he became the next target of Diesel's slander, and when Duck returned after preventing an accident Henry cheered him loudly.
When Gordon started feeling depressed in 1968, Henry, thinking Gordon was just moaning and groaning, teased him and told him he should get a wash-out, and would feel much better. When Gordon's younger brother Flying Scotsman visited Sodor, Henry was jealous of the visitor's second tender. Duck and Donald explained, and while Henry took the point he still was vain enough to want an additional tender. Duck, deciding to bring Henry down to earth, told the big engine that he had in his possession not one, but six spare tenders, which as a tank engine he had no need of. Henry accepted, and all the engines waited to see him go past. But instead of a splendid sight, the tenders were old, rusted, and full of boiler sludge! Gordon mocked him with a comment about wash-outs.
Henry was so frustrated that the day after 7101 and 199 arrived on trial he became so hot his regulator fused wide open, and his driver had to use the reverser to control him. On his return journey (no train), he stopped at a signal box next to 199, who had a train of oil tankers. The signalman told them that 199, who he nicknamed "Spamcan", had failed and that he needed to be moved out of the way to clear the line for the "Limited". Henry pulled the train clear. But shortly afterward, 7101's ejector failed and the "Limited" ground to a halt. Henry then volunteered to help move both trains. Luckily all he had to do for 7101 was keep the vacuum brakes off, but it was still hard work. The cavalcade made it to a station where Flying Scotsman waited to take the coaches, and Donald to take the goods. Henry brought 7101 to the Works afterwards, and days later cheered the arrival of Oliver.
Henry is generally well-behaved, but he is occasionally arrogant and vain. Henry is at heart a hard worker, but his frequent bouts of illness hinder his work.
Henry has being portrayed a nature-lover as evidence in Henry's Forest. This personality carried on throughout the most recent seasons, with Henry being occasionally a tree-hugging engine too as he tried to prevent the tall pine tree and the wishing tree from being cut down.
Henry's history is unusual. He was built from rejected plans for Sir Nigel Gresley's A1. The plans were stolen from Gresley by a rival. Then resulting engine was a mix of GNR Gresley A1 Pacific and GNR Ivatt C1 Atlantic, with a 4-6-0 wheel arrangement, a smaller boiler, a smoother-looking running plate designed by Hatt himself, a cutoff third splasher, that is flush with a smaller, very shallow firebox flush with the curved running boards, one cab window and a LNER Class B12-style tender. Henry in this shape developed performance issues from flaws in the design, compounded by his stay in the tunnel. Henry was a "bad steamer": with good-quality coal he could get enough heat to make plenty of steam, but when there was a poor lot delivered, his undersized firebox could not hold enough coal to make a proper fire. On advice from Henry's fireman, the Fat Controller ordered high-grade Welsh Coal, which made an appreciable difference in Henry's performance. When Henry suffered an accident and severe damage that winter, the opportunity was taken to to send him to Crewe, where he was rebuilt an LMS Stanier 5MT "Black 5" 4-6-0, approx. 63. ft 11 3/4 long. Since 1963, he has his 4000 gallon-type Stanier-style tender replaced with a flush-riveted 3500 Gallon type Fowler style tender with horizontal strips removed and the rivets facing inward rather than outward.
Henry is currently painted NWR green with NWR red-and-yellow lining and the number "3" painted on his tender sides in yellow. He was originally painted LNER green, but he was repainted NWR blue with NWR red and yellow lining at the end of "The Three Railway Engines" and remained so until the beginning of "Troublesome Engines". In "Henry and the Express" he was briefly painted orange-red as an undercoat before his standard green coat was applied.
Henry is voiced by Keith Wickham in UK, and Kerry Shale in US.
Hee-Haw is a steam donkey on Misty Island.
When Thomas refuses to work with Old Wheezy, he has Hee-Haw put to use to move the Jobi Wood. The Logging Locos try to tell Thomas not to use Hee-Haw as he uses a lot of oil, which they need to run.
He was later decorated for the Misty Island Christmas party.
Hiro is a Japanese engine who was introduced in Hero of the Rails.
Hiro is wise, very dignified and enormously kind. He's friendly and is able to find good in any engine he meets. He does not appear to hold a grudge; in his first appearance, he helped Spencer after an accident, despite Spencer previously trying to send Hiro to the smelter's yard. Aside from telling stories from his native home in Japan, Hiro oftens tells the younger engines of the Sodor Railway stories of a very special steam engine he once knew named Lady. According to Hiro, Lady was a magical engine, who when she chuffed along the rails, she spread gold dust along the rails. As the Sodor Railway's "wise elder", Hiro possess unbeatable wisdom and stands for no nonsense. He cares for his fellow engines as a grandparent would for their grandchildren. Because he is from Japan, Hiro sometimes uses Japanese words in his sentences. These include the following - Hai (yes), Domo arigato (thank you very much), Konnichiwa (hello), O hayou (good morning) and Sayounara (goodbye).
Hiro once lived on a faraway island. He was the strongest engine on his railway, and was famously known as "Master of the Railway". He was eventually brought to Sodor where he worked for many years.
However, he began to show his age, and the works didn't have the necessary parts to repair him. To avoid scrap, he was put on a siding, where he had to wait for the parts to come from his homeland. Thomas eventually found him and, fearing Hiro would be scrapped if he wasn't Really Useful, promised to bring him back to his former glory while keeping him a secret from Sir Topham Hatt. Thomas also had many of his friends help in the restoration, and Hiro quickly gained their friendship. After breaking down again while trying to avoid Spencer, Hiro was hidden away in another siding, where passing engines visited him and kept him company.
When Sir Topham Hatt found out about the situation, Hiro was brought to the Sodor Steamworks, where Victor oversaw his restoration. Once Hiro was restored, he helped Spencer after his accident, and worked with him and Thomas to finish the Duke And Duchess's summer house. Despite everything, Hiro had grown homesick, so Sir Topham Hatt arranged for him to be sent back to his homeland.
Hiro eventually came back to Sodor to help the engines with the summer holiday traffic. Upon arrival back to Sodor, Hiro went to the Steamworks to be examined and then went to Knapford station for his welcome party, which was almost delayed as Thomas was trying to find a welcome present for Hiro instead of telling the other engines about the party. But, Hiro told Thomas that having his friends at the party was the best welcome present. During his visit, Hiro told Thomas to take the load of bees through the woods, which Thomas ignored.
However, Thomas took Hiro's advice after taking Hiro's flower truck to get the bees back to their hives. Later on, Hiro saw the Fat Controller, and assumed he was too busy to give orders to his engines. So, he tried to help the Fat Controller by ordering his engines - but he only suceeded in becoming "Master of the Muddle". However, he made up for his mistakes by telling the engines to go to Knapford and await orders from the Fat Controller.
Hiro is based on a Japanese National Railways (JNR) Class D51 built by Kawasaki Heavy Shima Industries Rolling Stock Company and designed by Hideo Shima in 1936, 19,730 mm long. However, Hiro runs on standard gauge track, while the real D51 engines were built for cape gauge. He has scaled up to 1,422 mm (4 ft 8 in) standard gauge, with added buffers on his front and his tender, a loose coupling on his tender and a knuckle coupler on his front (which make pushing rolling stock or being pulled away by another engine physically impossible, unless a special adapter used to connect knuckle couplers and loose couplings was fitted onto his knuckle coupler), regauged wheels and pistons as mentioned, and other minor modifications.
Hiro is painted black with gold bands and fittings and red wheels. His name is written in black on gold nameplates, on his smoke deflectors. He has the number "51" painted on the sides of his tender in white. His "patchwork" color scheme consists of some blue, green, purple, and rust colored parts. He is most likely based on D51 #22, which served in the Soviet Union. This engine left native Japan for Russia, just as Hiro did for Sodor, although ther complete history of this engine is yet to be recognized. This engine sports the same headlamp, handrails, detailing, and nearly identical livery to Hiro's. Many other D51 types did not have these features like #22 did, as the detailing and craftsmanship varied depending on the needs of the owner. Hiro bears a hybrid livery of Soviet Railway and Orient Express colors. D51 #498 sports the Orient Express livery, consisting of gold heater bands, tender stripes, and various other gold fittings like Hiro does.
Hiro is a heavily molded and rescaled JNR D51 Degoichi type tender engine. His class was designed by Hideo Shima and built by the Kawasaki Heavy Industry Rolling Stock Company. The first type of the D51 were called Namekuji, meaning "slug". These had a streamlined look with the funnel flush with the dome. 95 Namekuji D51s were built, 18 remain to this day. Hiro's Number, 51, is a obvious reference to his class, but it is also the number of one of the preserved Namekuji D51 SL's in Japan. It is on static display at the Sagano-kanko Railway, and has been displayed elsewhere in Japan as well. Just judging by amount of pics, it can be safely said that this engine gained its popularity long before HiT thought up Hiro and will only gain more with Hiro's appearance.
This could be rebuilt into a Type 2 D51 to run as Hiro. Moving along, this reason for Hideo Shima needing to redesign the D51 was due to balance problems the Namekuji had due to their streamling caused weight problems for the axles. There was a third type of D51: a War Type with a "dustpan" style funnel. Most of these, however were rebuilt into Type 2 D51's after WWII had ended. There may be at least one War Type Preserved. It's likely Hiro's Prototype was chosen for the same reason as Hank's: it is considered to be the standard steam engine of Japan, like the K4 is American's Standard.
Hiro's prototype is called the D51 because of the Japanese engine numbering system. It's pretty much based on the engine's wheel arrangement, and Hiro's is 2-8-2. But there's also a reason why D51 are known as Degoichi, which also has to do with Japanese Numbers and their engine numbering system. In this kind of case, the "De" is borrowed from the English Language "D", and the rest pretty much has to do with counting in Japanese. "Go" is 5 and "Ichi" is 1. Put it all together "Degoichi", meaning D51! Not surprising, HiT did a little bit of altering to Hiro: real D51's have their whistle on the dome; Hiro's is where the safety valve on the boiler would be, and his whistle only somewhat resembles that of a real D51.
Just some last info about the D51 mentioned before moving along to the next portion. A whopping 1115 Standard-Type D51s were built only 181 are left in existence. Most are on static display in Japan, and only D51-498 is still running today, doing rail-tours on Eastern Japanese lines. There are few D51s that were shipped elswhere to form other engine classes, much like Rosie's did.
Some were sent off to Korea to form the Korean DT650 class: Some D51's were left in Sakhalin, Russia by the retreating Japanese soldiers at the end of WWII, and were used by Russian Railways until 1979. Two are kept at the Yuzhno-Sakhalisnk, one on display outside the station and one is running condition. Two D51 wrecks are located to the North of the city. The D51's are massive in size; there would be no way he could be rescaled to work with the Skarloey engines. So HiT wisely rescaled him to standard. Hiro is probably the best, most interesting and unique not-one-off character made by HiT for many reasons.
Hiro, like most Japanese and foreign engines, has a knuckle coupler, but he only has it in the front. Normally, knuckle couplers can only be hooked onto other knuckles couplers. For countries that have switched from screw-link to knuckle, a special adapter can be fitted to the coupler in order to pull rolling stock with screwlink couplings. They are used in Australian and New Zealand but Japan may have them as well as some Japanese engines have buffers and screwlink couplings. He has one knuckle coupler rather than two, or two screw-link couplings. Since Trainz, Hiro has been built with two screwlink couplings. Models are more realistic than the TV series ones, built like real engines, adding a bit of a RWS flair to them. Hiro has a stowed screw-link coupling in front and built to scale using plans of a D51 Namekuji.
Before the US and UK sites were overhauled to their current state, Hiro's profile mentioned that he was a wise old Japanese engine.
Hiro is voiced by Togo Igawa in both UK and US.
Hiro's friends are Japanese steam and diesel engines, who live and work in Hiro's homeland. Hiro mentioned them as his "best friends at home" when he first met Percy during his restoration in Hero of the Rails
The horrid lorries are three small lorries.
When Percy was late one day, Cranky suggested that "perhaps a lorry" could do his work. True to his word, three red, incredibly rude lorries arrived the next day. They called Percy a "little green goblin on wheels", insulted Thomas and James and told Toby to "toodle off to a museum". Of course, all three got their comeuppance in due course: one fell off a mountainside, one broke down after being overloaded with flour and one reversed into the sea. They were sent away, but not before being nicknamed "Smashed", "Broken" and "Sunk" by Thomas.
The lorries are based on AEC Hanson lorries. Their license plates are LOR 1, LOR 2, and LOR 3.
Hunter is used for shunting coaches for the bigger engines (Gordon, Henry, 98462, 87546), and is a useful tank engine. Hunter is currently working on Duck's branchline as a shunting engine. Hunter is based a Great Western Railway 4500 Class 2-6-2T Prairie tank engine, first built in 1906. Hunter is painted in the Great Western Railway's green livery with yellow lining, black wheels and a gold brass safety valve cover. He is allowed to carry his brass Great Western Railway number "4134" on his cab sides.
There are many inspectors in the Railway Series. Their appearances are listed here:
- Thomas goes Fishing - arrives to examine Thomas' tank after he gets boiler pains.
- Old Iron - rides in Edward's cab and manages to couple him to James with rope after James runs away.
- Percy and the Signal - orders James to leave the Shed after Percy tricked him.
- Gordon goes Foreign - tells Gordon's driver that the engine taking the Express has rolled over.
- Hullo Twins! - informs the Fat Controller two engines have come instead of the single one ordered.
- The Deputation - arranges with Donald and Douglas' crew to allow them to clear the line of snowdrifts.
- Bowled Out - comes to quieten the engines after they make a noise protesting at the Diesel.
- Bowled Out - watches a fitter inspect the Diesel, and has his bowler hat sucked into his air intake pipe.
- Mountain Engine - inspects the early Culdee Fell Railway in Culdee.
- Bucking Bronco - inspects the Skarloey Railway, and recommends Skarloey receives a new pair of wheels.
- The Runaway - attempts to stop a runaway Thomas at Dryaw, but fails and rushes to Toryreck in Harold to stop him, this time successfully.
- Museum-Piece/Not the Ticket - inspects Thomas after his collision with a crossing gate and calls for a lorry to take him to York.
Several inspectors have appeared in the television series over the years.
Iron Duke is a broad gauge steam engine.
Iron Duke, the replica, appeared in Thomas and the Great Railway Show. When he told Thomas his type of gauge, broad gauge, was used on the Great Western (1838-1892) until a century ago, Thomas resolved to tell Duck later.
Iron Duke, the replica, is a broad gauge engine currently living in the National Railway Museum. The original Iron Duke whom was designed and built by Daniel Gooch in 1847, the engine could haul a large load at 96 km/h (60 mp/h). The original Iron Duke was displayed at the Great Exhibition in 1851, and by 1855 Gooch had produced another twenty-nine locomotives in this style.
The original Iron Duke's line runs from Swindon Works to London and Gloucester. The engine works was actually built in the town and had a station situated on the London and Bristol line in 1835 and the original Iron Duke was chosen to run this line.
For many years, the Iron Duke replica was a top attraction at the National Railway Museum, running on the broad-gauge demonstration line. Sadly, the broad-gauge track was tarmaced for a special show in 2002, so since then, Iron Duke was on display in the Great Hall at the National Railway Museum.
In 2006, the Iron Duke replica was sent to Bristol to be housed inside a shed alongside the famous iron steam ship, the SS Great Britain as part of the 200th birthday celebrations of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
In 2010, the Iron Duke replica will be sent to the Didcot Railway Centre to take up permanent residence, as it will work on the broad-gauge demonstration line, once some repairs are carried out to renew its boiler certificate.
The original and replica Iron Dukes are painted brown with a green tender and wheels and gold lining.
Isabel and Dulcie
Isabel and Dulcie are Oliver's coaches. Isabel came with Oliver when he escaped from the Other Railway, and Dulcie was later rescued by Sir Topham Hatt and given to Oliver.
Isabel and Dulcie are painted in the Great Western's maroon and cream livery.
Isobella is a lorry.
Isobella is a hard worker, but does not like getting dirty. She can also be rather cheeky and sometimes temperamental, but she is useful too.
Isobella is painted yellow with red lining and the number 22 painted on her door. Her license plate is YX4892
Isobella is based on a Sentinel DG4 steam lorry with a flat-bed behind her cab.
Ivan Farrier is the Chief Engineer of the Arlesdale Railway. He designed and helped build Jock.
Ivo Hugh, named after the Skarloey Railway's former Chief Mechanical Engineer, Mr. Ivo Hugh, is a narrow-gauge tank engine.
Ivo Hugh was designed by Andrew Barclay and built by the workmen of the Crovan's Gate Works in 1996 and named in a special ceremony by Mr. Ivo Hugh, chief engineer of the Skarloey Railway. Before he was named, he was known only as Number 7.
Ivo Hugh is based on the Talyllyn Railway's Tom Rolt.
Ivo Hugh is painted in the Skarloey Railway's red livery with blue-and-yellow lining.
In the sixth illustration of Steamroller, a blue car with the license plate "JTK 62" can be seen. This references both the initials of the illustrator, John T. Kenney, and the year in which the book was published, 1962.
JTK 62 is based on a Volkswagen Type 14 Karmann Ghia.
Jack is a friendly and enthusiastic front loader.
When Jack first arrived on Sodor he worked with the Pack to clear room for railway lines. Jack did well with Alfie - that is, until he tried to take some stone up a ledge but lost balance and rolled over. Jack learned his lesson, and redeemed himself by holding up a collapsing bridge until Thomas had passed over, at the cost of damaging his arms. Jack has since become part of the Pack.
Jack was like a toddler at first, who was still learning about the world and how to stay out of trouble. He is brave and won't take any hassle, as seen when he stood up to Max when the latter was bullying him and Alfie.
Jack resembles a Nuffield Tractor.
Jack is painted red with the top half of his cab painted cream. He has his number "11" painted in white on his sides.
Jack is voiced by Steven Kynman in UK, and David Menkin in US.
Jam wagons (known as jelly wagons in North America) carry jam. They are painted silver.
Gordon had an accident with them once.
James is a vain mixed-traffic engine. He speaks with a Lancastrian accent.
James was built by George Hughes at Horwich Works in 1915 as an 0-6-0 with a wooden brakes, James was once unable to stop due to his wooden brake blocks. After his first accident he had his front sandboxes removed, was rebuilt into a 2-6-0 with a proper brake and a Fowler tender and repainted red with gold stripes and blue lining. He was troublesome when he returned, ruining Sir Topham Hatt's new top-hat with his steam and jarring his coaches so much a brake pipe leaks. He was threatened to be painted blue (which James detests), but later made the line's worst trucks behave after being given a second chance.
James is very proud of his paintwork. He hates pulling trucks, and believes that he should only pull coaches. He thinks himself superior to the others, and can be shallow, boastful and vain, particularly to those who appear old-fashioned, weak, slow or dirty. However, on a number of occasions he has found himself in need of help from those he has insulted, and is, in the end, apologetic.
James was the last engine to retain a prejudice against diesels. However, after stalling on a cold day he was rescued by the Works Diesel, and James had to admit that nothing was wrong with diesels. This appears to be one of the few lessons that has stuck.
In The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways it was claimed that James is based on a rebuild of a L&YR Class 27 locomotive from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway and designed by George Hughes, who added a Belpaire firebox and a Schmidt superheater and extended the footplate and sandbox. However, as with most of the early Railway Series characters, this information was purely retcon. Since his his rebuild in 1946, he has 5'6" driving wheels as opposed to the standard 5'1" driving wheels, extended the running plate for the fitting of the pony wheel truck, no sandboxes over the front splashers and a flush-riveted 3500 gallon-type Fowler-style tender with horizontal strips removed and the rivets facing inward rather than outward, and a three-chimed whistle. His whistle valve is turned on its side and attached to a brass pipe, which in turn is connected to the cab roof.
Sodor "historian" Martin Clutterbuck has pointed out that James strongly resembles an G&SWR "Austrian Goods" 2-6-0 from the Glasgow and South Western Railway, but with the addition of a belpaire firebox. At any rate, the Reverend W. Awdry used an engine of this class to represent James on his model railway. It is possible that he rejected this prototype for James' official "biography" on the grounds that an English locomotive would be more likely to end up on Sodor.
James was originally painted navy-black with red lining before his accident and was given his red coat with yellow stripes and black lining to cheer him up. Sometime during the 1960s, James' black lining was repainted blue and gold. James has a brass dome, and the number "5" painted in bright yellow with a blue border on his tender sides.
James has been red with gold stripes and black (later blue) lining, except in the tenth season episode "The Green Controller", when he was painted yellow and black, like a bumblebee, on Percy's orders.
Then, in the season 13 episode Tickled Pink, James was painted in pink! This time it was only an undercoat, though.
James is voiced by Keith Wickham in UK, and Kerry Shale in US. In the US, from The Adventure Begins onwards, he is now voiced by Rob Rackstraw.
Jem Cole is Trevor's driver.
Jeremiah Jobling was a passenger on James' train when James ruined a brake-pipe and the guard asks him for his leather bootlaces to fix it. When he refused, the passengers pressured him into giving the guard his laces. It was not revealed whether they were returned.
Jeremy is a jet plane who lives at the Sodor Airport.
Jeremy is painted white with a navy stripe.
Jeremy is based on a BAC One-Eleven Airliner.
Jerry is a Narrow Gauge Engine that worked on the Mid Sodor Railway along with Duke, Stuart, Falcon, Stanley, Jim, Tim and Albert. Jerry is based on a Andrew Barclay "Doll" 0-6-0T. He was built in 1919. He is painted green with a gold dome.
Jim is a Green Narrow Gauge Engine, he was built in 1898. He worked on the Mid Sodor Railway along with Duke, Stuart, Falcon, Tim, Albert, Jerry, Stanley and Bertram.
Jim is a rather unlucky engine who causes accidents without meaning to. Then after an accident involving a traction engine, the Mid Sodor manager decided to send Jim to a sand quarry railway in england.
Jim is based on a Kerr Stuart Skylark class 0-4-2T.
Jinty and Pug
Jinty and Pug are two tank engines. They and five other engines were borrowed from the mainland to run the North Western Railway while the engines visited England. Jinty ran Thomas' branchline while Thomas was away, and also helped Thomas when the latter crashed into some buffers.
Percy probably knows them from the times he takes trains to the end of the line and tells the other engines stories, like at the beginning of Percy Takes the Plunge.
Jinty is based on an LMS 3F 0-6-0T. Pug is based on an LMS 0F Kitson 0-4-0ST. Their names originate from their classes' nicknames "Jinty" and "Pug".
Jinty and Pug are painted in the British Railways' black livery.
Jinty and Pug's companions
These engines came to Sodor with Jinty and Pug to run the line while the engines were on display in England.
They are based on LNER A3 No. 60048 'Doncaster', LMS Jubilee No. 45627 'Sierra Leone', LNER D34 'Glen' No. 62469 'Glen Douglas', LNER J50 No. 68896 and NER J27 No. 65894.
They are painted in the B.R.'s mixed-traffic lined/goods unlined black and passenger brunswick green livery.
Jock, named by Douglas for his yellow-green livery, is the newest steam engine on the Arlesdale Railway, and the strongest. He was designed by Ivan Farrier and built at Arlesburgh in 1976.
After Rex's steampipe began leaking one day and Frank had to take his train, the Small Controller started thinking and so he arranged for Jock to be built. When Jock first came out for testing he was still unnamed. Douglas, remembering his days on the Highland Railway in his youth, suggested the name "Jock" for the new engine, and the name stuck.
Jock was very cocky when he was first built, as a result of being rather strong, but soon learned the value of teamwork when Mike's injector failed and he had to pull Mike and his train single-handedly.
Jock is based on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway's Northern Rock, built at Ravenglass in 1976.
Jock is painted in a Highland Railway yellow-green livery with red and dark green lining. He has a brass dome, red nameplates with yellow writing mounted each side of his smokebox and "Arlesdale" written on his tender in yellow.
Jumbo the elephant
An elephant who somehow escaped from the circus and took up residence in Henry's Tunnel. Henry encountered him while investigating a block in the tunnel. The workmen fed the elephant sandwiches, cake, and water, but Henry startled the elephant and was rewarded by a stream of water being squirted over his smokebox.
Kathy and Lizzie
Two girls who worked on the Talyllyn Railway cleaning the engines. When their family went holidaying on Sodor, they polished Skarloey Railway engines.
Kathy is brunette, while Lizzie is blonde.
Kelly is a crane. He is the oldest member of the Pack, having originally belonged to Miss Jenny's father.
Kelly is good at heart and gets on with everyone. He is good friends with Isobella.
Kelly has a slight fear of strong winds, but he conquered that fear when he rescued Isobella.
Kelly is dark blue with a cream crane arm and red lining. His wheels are dark blue with red lining. He has the number 17 painted on his sides in white.
Kevin is a four-wheeled crane who was introduced in Hero of the Rails.
In his initial appearance in Hero of the Rails, Kevin worked at the Steamworks with Victor, offering Thomas help whenever possible. When Spencer was sent to the Steamworks after getting slate in his funnel, Kevin distracted him by dropping parts all around him while Thomas took engine parts to Hiro. He would later participate in Hiro's official restoration.
Kevin is kind-hearted and eager to give a helping hook for anyone. He lives at the Sodor Steamworks with Victor (whom he calls "boss"). He has a terrible habit of dropping parts and falling over, and his catchphrase "It was a slip of the hook!" has become so well-known by the engines that they can usually finish the line for him. He drives Victor mad, but always tries his best.
Kevin is based on a SML Ransome and Rapier 20 ton electric crane. Just like Kevin, these cranes were known to be clumsy and cumbersome.
Kevin is painted in a yellow livery with black warning stripes.
Kevin is voiced by Matt Wilkinson in UK, and Kerry Shale in US.
King Andreas was the last king of Sodor before its lands became in possession of the English crown. He and his heirless son Prince Peter died in a campaign against Alexander III of Scotland in Largs, 1263.
King James I
King James I is a GWR 6000 4-6-0 tender engine who worked alongside Duck in the days when he worked at Paddington.
King James was designed by Charles Collett and built at GWR Swindon Works in August 1927. He has the number 6011.
L.A.D.A.S. was the Snowdon Mountain Railway's first steam engine built in the 1890s. It was operating during test trials prior to the opening of the railway when it had a very unfortunate accident. It was coming back down the line when it derailed and went cab over wheels down the mountain. Once it rolled down the mountain, it was a complete wreck with only the pistons, motion, frames and wheels still intact. It was beyond repair, so it was scrapped. Also, the Snowdon Mountain Railway never replaced L.A.D.A.S. with another steam engine carrying the number one.
Godred is based upon L.A.D.A.S., as they both suffered a similar fate.
Lady is a small Victorian-style steam engine who runs the Magic Railroad. She is a beautiful, kind-hearted, and friendly tank engine.
Lady was chased and wrecked by Diesel 10 long ago and was brought to safety by Burnett Stone. She was brought back to life with the help of Burnett's granddaughter Lily after being stored at Muffle Mountain for years, and helped Thomas defeat Diesel 10.
She and Rusty later appeared in a dream to Thomas. She told Thomas how to resolve the problems Sodor was facing.
Lady is painted red-purple with gold head lamps on the front footplate, gold buffers, smokebox and funnel top, dome and whistles, side rods, lining and her name written on each side in gold. She is also painted black on her cab roof, lower funnel section and her footplate.
Lady doesn't seem to be based on any real locomotive prototype, but it has been suggested that she bears some resemblance to a K&SER Northiam with the rear cab cut off and an enlarged chimney. She is also said to be based on "Lively Polly", owned by the Liverpool Overhead Railway Company.
Lady Jane Brown-Hatt (née Brown) is Sir Topham Hatt's wife and the sister of Sir Handel Brown I. She has long brown hair, and wears a blue blouse and yellow hat.
Lady Hatt is voiced by Teresa Gallagher in UK, and Jules de Jongh in US.
Little Barford is a tank engine with purple livery with red lining. He works on a narrow gauge line at the Power Station.
Percy met Little Barford and later told Gordon, who had called him "small", that he was actually "middle-sized".
The Scottish-born Lord Callan is the lord of Callan Castle and the surrounding land, including the infamous Castle Loch.
Lord Harry, a.k.a. Old Harry, currently named Patrick, after a climber, is a mountain engine.
Lord Harry was built at Winterthur, Switzerland, in 1922 to a "super-heat" design, and arrived on the Culdee Fell Railway in March 1962, where he was named after the railway's chairman, Lord Harry Barrane.
Lord Harry was troublesome and frightened his coaches by taking risks. After he came off at the Summit, Lord Harry was stripped of his name and sent to the back of the shed. After he heard the tale of Godred he asked for a second chance, and was given one as a lowly shunting engine. However, when a message came warning that some climbers needed help during a gale 6 went to the rescue, and was fittingly renamed "Patrick" in honour of a climber who risked his life to help the others.
Lord Harry was arrogant, pompous and reckless at first, but learnt his lesson after his mountain rescue. Now, he only takes risks if absolutely necessary.
Lord Harry is based on "Padarn" of the Snowdon Mountain Railway.
Lord Harry is painted purple with orange lining.
Lord Harry Barrane
Lord Harry Barrane is the chairman of the Culdee Fell Railway. Lord Harry was originally named after him.
Luke is a new narrow gauge engine who first appeared in Blue Mountain Mystery.
Luke is based on a Kerr Stuart Wren.
Luke is painted green with white lining. His name is painted in white on his tanks.
Luke is voiced by Michael Legge in both UK and US.
Madge is a snub-nosed white and green lorry with a three-wheeled cab and a flatbed.
What Madge lacks in elegance, she makes up for in strength and personality. She acts as a motherly figure to the narrow gauge engines, but can be playful and loves a joke.
Madge is based on a 1964 Scammell Scarab 6-ton tractor lorry.
Madge is mostly green along her trailer and the bottom half of her cab, whilst the top half of her cab and her headlights are cream. Her license plate is FMA 53F.
Mail coaches used to run in a special night train in the charge of Thomas or Percy, but in recent seasons the train is pulled in broad daylight and Percy is almost always in charge, although Oliver, James and Edward have taken the train on occasion. These trucks are painted bright red with the letters "Sodor Mail" and an envelope with wings both painted on the sides in white.
Mallard is the world's fastest steam engine, holding a speed record of 126 mp/h. He is a very popular exhibit at the National Railway Museum and is very well looked after.
Mallard was built on March the 3rd, 1938, at Doncaster, where Gordon, Flying Scotsman, and Green Arrow were built. On July the 3rd of that year, while undergoing tests, he established a world speed record of 126 mp/h. He was retired in April the 24th, 1963.
After the decline of steam, Mallard was immediately preserved and put on display at the Museum of British Transport in Clapham, London. In 1975 he was taken to the National Railway Museum, where he remained until 1986, when he was overhauled and taken onto the main line. In 1988, the 50th anniversary of his record, he was retired and put back on display.
In March 2010, it was announced that Mallard is to be moved to Locomotion - the National Railway Museum in Shildon on June 23rd, 2010. He will pulled by the brand new steam locomotive Tornado; his departure from the museum is a result of the planned redevelopment of the NRM's Great Hall.
Mallard is a LNER A4 4-6-2. Spencer is another member of this class.
Mallard is painted in the LNER's garter blue with red wheels and steel rims.
Mark V is an electric trolley used by the Thin Controller and Mr. Hugh. He is based on the Talyllyn Railway's "Toby".
Marklin is a black tank engine who was used for moving background rolling stock in the first season. His model was based upon the BR 80 heavy-duty tank engines used primarily in Germany and Poland.
Marklin was first credited in the crewmembers' dedication page on the Sodor Island Forums website. The page featured a "behind the scenes" photograph of Marklin in Tenders and Turntables.
Some think that Marklin was modified for use as Puffa or the goods engine in TUGS and although Puffa's cab resembles that of the BR 80, it is possible that another BR 80 model was used to make Puffa, as the BR 80 is the most widely-produced Marklin model. As so far, nothing has been confirmed.
Mavis is a small diesel engine who works for the Ffarquhar Quarry Company at Anopha Quarry.
Mavis was particularly fond of putting the trucks at Anopha Quarry in different places, despite Toby's protests. Toby finally lost patience and left Mavis to her own devices. Mavis, urged by Daisy and Diesel, started to ignore Toby's advice and ended up looking silly when she stuck outside Ffarquhar.
Mavis was then forbidden to leave the quarry, but when a thaw increased production at Anopha Quarry, Mavis persuaded the manager to let her go up to the first crossing in order to shunt trucks quicker, and formulated a plan to pass the level crossing with help from the trucks. However, the plan backfired when the trucks decided to bump Toby instead, and he ended up being suspended by flimsy rails over a rushing stream and Mavis had to help. Mavis confessed, but the Fat Controller and the Manager were pleased by Mavis' courage and honesty and allowed her occasional trips to Ffarquhar.
In 1987, Mavis was involved in a collision with a lorry and Toby had to do her work while she was absent.
Mavis was arrogant until being brought down to earth after her embarrassing incident at the Ffarquhar crossing. Despite this, Mavis is a reliable, honest, hard-working engine, and shows respect for the steam engines.
Mavis is based on a BR Class 04 0-6-0, fitted with additional cowcatchers and sideplates so she can run near public roads, designed and built at Drewry Car Co. in 1952, approx. 26 ft 1/2 in long.
Mavis is painted black with hazard stripes on her front and rear. She has her name written on each side of the outside of her cab in white and "The Ffarquhar Quarry Co. Ltd." written on both sides of her plates in white.
Mavis is voiced by Teresa Gallagher in UK, and Jules de Jongh in US. She is currently voiced by Teresa Gallagher in both versions.
Max and Monty
Max and Monty (full names Maximilian and Montgomery) are devious and troublesome dump truck twins. They are known to cause trouble, but are sternly scolded by Miss Jenny when they are found out.
Despite being unruly at times with dangerous stunts, they both have a good side – somewhere – and do the work like everyone else.
Max and Monty are usually devious and troublesome, and cause trouble for everyone they come into contact with.
Max and Monty resemble early examples of 4-wheeled 40-ton Mack dump trucks or Euclid dump trucks.
Max and Monty are painted red with grey dumpers. Their numbers "15" and "16" are painted in white upon their sides. Max has a thick front bumper, whilst Monty has a "two pipe-type" front bumper.
Merrick is a travelling gantry crane at the Blue Mountain Quarry.
Merrick is a sleepy crane whose snores can be heard around the quarry. Once he is needed, Merrick is wide awake and ready to swing any boulder down to the stone cutting shed.
Merrick is painted rusty red with yellow accents. He has gold nameplates on both sides of his cab.
Merrick is voiced by Matt Wilkinson in both UK and US.
Midland Railway Engines
The North Western Railway faced a locomotive shortage in its early days, according to "The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways". Aside from Thomas, Edward, the "Coffee Pots" and the Wellsworth and Suddery Railway tank engines, it had no engines of its own. Therefore, engines were hired from the Midland Railway until more could be purchased. This arrangement had ended by 1922, when the events of "The Three Railway Engines" took place. No precise details of the engines hired were given.
Midlander is Rusty's Talyllyn Railway counterpart. He was built in 1940.
Mighty Mac is a double-ended Fairlie locomotive. Mighty is the "older" of the two, and is distinguished by a small flick of hair. Mac is the "younger" half, and is distinguished by his youthful features, round nose and freckled cheeks. Despite the opposing personalities of the two ends, they are technically one engine.
Prior to their adoption into the Skarloey Railway family, Mighty Mac had only worked in the shunting yards. Their lack of knowledge beyond their boundaries created much conflict between the two halves (for example, which end is in charge of doing what), which placed themselves and their passengers in great danger whilst running an important errand. But, with advice from Thomas in mind, they were able to complete their task and realise the value of working as one.
Mighty Mac is painted royal blue with gold and orange lining.
Mighty Mac is based on a Double Fairlie locomotive of the Ffestiniog Railway with added bufferbeams with low-set buffers and couplings.
Mike is a strong red engine who prefers goods trains to passengers. His temper matches his paint, and he can often be hot-headed.
He is proud of his whistle, which he once lost trying to shoo a cow.
Mike worked on an unnamed line in England until 1967, at which time their line closed down and he, Rex and Bert, were sent to Sodor to work the Arlesdale Railway.
Mike is based on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway's River Mite, built at Clarksons of York in 1966.
Mike is painted in the NWR's crimson livery and blue-and-yellow lining. He has a brass dome, red nameplates with yellow writing mounted each side of his smokebox and "Arlesdale" written on his tender in yellow.
He is slated to appear in the TV Series after his debut in the film, 'Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.'
He is voiced by Tim Whitnall in both UK and US versions.
The milk wagons are used to carry milk from local farms to the dairy at Elsbridge. Toby collects one from the dairy each morning on his way to Anopha with the quarrymen, and leaves it at Ffarquhar to be loaded. After being loaded, the van is coupled behind Clarabel and taken to the dairy on Thomas' first train. While Thomas was away having his front mended, a diesel railcar named Daisy was brought to do his work. Daisy, who was then a lazy sort, did mind, and refused to pull the van, and so much to their annoyance Toby and Percy had to make special trips to deliver the milk. However, now that Daisy has learnt sense, she sometimes takes the milk instead of Thomas. Diesel took the milk and started to break down.
The milk van is an old-fashioned van with two pairs of doors and "NW" written on the sides in yellow letters.
Ministry of Defence Engine
According to The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways, the slate quarries on the Skarloey Railway were taken over by the Ministry of Defence after their closure for the storage of ammunition. The MoD uses their own engine to shunt the sidings in the quarry, a black, electric-powered engine described as "beetle-like". Due to the highly secretive nature of its work, the engine has never been seen.
The Ministry of Defence engine is based on the Simplex petrol locomotives built during World War I, hence its body armour. They were fitted with silencers on their cab roofs to prevent being seen by the enemy.
It is possible that the engine is based on the Armoured Simplex petrol diesel named Mary Ann, owned by the Ffestiniog Railway.
Jenny Packard, known as Miss Jenny, is a friendly Irish woman who is the owner of the Sodor Construction Company, and takes responsibility for a number of the bigger building projects around Sodor. She took over the company from her father, who founded the company.
When she is pleased with someone, she compliments him/her with "Ye'd make a mother proud!".
Miss Jenny's land rover
Miss Jenny owns an old Land Rover to get herself to the various sites on Sodor where the Pack work.
The Land Rover is painted blue and cream.
Miss Jenny's Land Rover seems to be loosely based on a Land Rover series I.
Miss Mary Marvel
Miss Mary Marvel is a famous storyteller who came to the Skarloey Railway to tell the engines a story about Proteus.
Moel Siabod is named after a neighbouring mountain, Moel Siabod. Built specially for the line in 1895 and 1896, No.s 1 to 5 were manufactured by the Swiss Locomotive and Machine Works of Winterthur. The first locomotives cost £1525. Numbers 1 to 3 were delivered before the line was open and used on construction work. On at least two occasions, trials have been made on oil burners on No.s 1 to 5, the latest being on No.2 in the late 1990s.
Shane Dooiney is based on the him.
Molly is a yellow tender engine.
When Molly first came to the railway, Emily laughed at her for hauling "empties". Molly's feelings were hurt, so Thomas came up with an idea. He had workmen decorate Molly's trucks with lanterns and cover them with tarpaulins, to make them look special to the other engines. The wind, however, blew off the covers in front of Gordon, Percy and Emily. Molly ran away, embarrassed, until she learned that engines at the depot needed her trucks to carry coal. When Molly arrived at the depot, Edward, Henry and James were grateful to see her; but Gordon was annoyed when he had to wait at a signal for Molly's and Thomas' trains to pass.
When Emily had to work with Whiff, Molly was one of a number of engines who laughed at her. Later, Molly helped James with the removal of pipes on the line during a busy winter and then, she advised Thomas to slow down when he was taking a sailing boat for the Mayor of Sodor.
In 2008, Molly recived news by Bill and Ben that Stanley had found Thomas.
Molly is a sweet, caring and intelligent engine. Occasionally, she can be very shy and timid. Molly is the sensitive type. Her feelings are easily hurt, and she gets embarrassed very easily, but she can have the courage to do things right.
Molly is based on the Claud Hamilton 4-4-0 of the Great Eastern Railway. Claud Hamiltons were built at Stratford Works around 1904. Built by the Great Eastern Railway at Stratford works and named after the chairman of the company. Two of this class were appointed to haul the Royal trains to Sandringham.
Although Molly keeps the GER standard sized 7-foot driving wheels, she has a large 4' 9" boiler, Schmidt superheaters and a Belpaire firebox. Her cab is fitted with two side windows. She has a GN-style chimney, a flat firegrate and a variable blastpipe.
Molly is painted bright yellow with grey and red stripes, broad steel ring, polished bright, that encircles her smokebox door.
Mr. Bobbie, unlike most of the other humans in the Railway Series, was actually a real person. He helped build Skarloey, Rheneas, Talyllyn and Dolgoch in England, and later came to Sodor to help build the line. When Skarloey wouldn't cooperate with Mr. Mack, he had Mr. Bobbie drive Skarloey.
Mr. Bubbles is a clown famous for blowing very big bubbles. His hat looks just like a funnel Thomas once had to wear.
Mr. Bubbles is voiced by Keith Wickham in UK, and Michael Brandon in US.
Mr. Giggles is the famous clown who entertained children during Knapford Station's birthday celebration.
Mr. Ivo Hugh is the former Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Skarloey Railway. He retired sometime before the events of New Little Engine, and his son, Ivo Hugh II, took over his position. He was later honoured by having Ivo Hugh named after him.
It is revealed in Gallant Old Engine that, while Rheneas was solely running the Skarloey Railway, Mr. Hugh was the sole driver and fireman for the railway. After Rusty's arrival, he also became his driver.
He also had a private transportation vehicle on the Skarloey Railway, Mark V.
Mr. Mack was the first manager of the Skarloey Railway. He did not know much about engines' feelings, and after failing time and time again to steam Skarloey he lost patience and had him sheeted. Mr. Mack did gain patience after he brought Mr. Bobbie to be Skarloey's driver.
Mr. Peregrine Percival, also called the "Thin Controller" and the "Narrow-gauge Controller", is the current manager of the Skarloey Railway. He was hired sometime between the events of the seventh and ninth season to help Sir Topham Hatt manage the ever-increasing size of this railway industry.
Mr. Percival has had five children with his wife Polly.
Mr. Percival is voiced by Keith Wickham in UK and Kerry Shale in US.
Mr. Walter Richards
Mr. Walter Richards, also known as the Manager, is the manager of the Culdee Fell Railway.
Mrs. Kyndley is an elderly lady who lives near Hackenbeck. She first appeared in Mrs. Kyndley's Christmas when she was bedridden after being struck by illness. She later saved Thomas from a landslide by waving her dressing gown out of her window. In gratitude, she was given presents by Thomas' crew and Sir Topham Hatt, including tickets to Bournemouth to recover. She was later invited to Thomas' welcome home party in Thomas Comes Home.
Mrs. Kyndley's daughter
Mrs. Kyndley's daughter was to get married, but Mrs. Kyndley did not have a good luck package for her and so Percy found one, consisting of Thomas, Old Slow Coach, new buffers and a flat truck.
"Mrs. Last" lives near a station on the Skarloey Railway. Although that is not her real name, she gained the nickname because she always was late at a station.
Mrs. Polly Percival is Mr. Percival's wife.
Murdoch is Sodor's largest and strongest goods engine.
Murdoch was designed by Robert Riddles and built at Crewe Works. He was brought to relieve the engines of their heavy workloads. He was big and strong, so the other engines were eager to learn more about him. Murdoch, however, disliked the noise of their chatter and got cross at Salty and Harvey when they inquired about his past exploits. The next day, Murdoch finally had a chance to pull a train in the quiet countryside, but his journey was interrupted by a flock of stray sheep. Murdoch had to wait with the noisy sheep until Toby could bring the farmer to lead them away. That night, Murdoch found Salty's and Harvey's company a relief.
Murdoch was happy, but shy about being decorated during the May Day festivities.
On one windy autumn day, a large red carpet landed on the back of Murdoch's goods train, unbeknownst to Murdoch. Percy briefly chased down after it, until the heavy winds blew it away again.
Emily once needed Murdoch's help when she became stranded in the mud and near the end Emily asked him which track should she take; Murdoch told Emily that the tracks on Gordon's Hill were being cleared and told her to take the valley route instead.
Murdoch pulled Rocky to help Thomas recover the lost materials for the Sodor River Bridge's restoration.
In spite of his size, Murdoch is gentle and shy. He prefers peace and quiet, also he can work very hard with any job he has, and his favourite hobby is to have a quiet run through the countryside.
Murdoch is based on a BR standard class 9F goods engine, approx. 66 ft 2 in long, the last make of steam engines to be built for British Railways, in 1960, before "Tornado".
Murdoch is painted orange with green and red lining. He has smoke deflectors, on which he wears red nameplates with gold lettering.
Nancy is a guard's daughter who lived near the Skarloey Railway and sometimes polished the engines. On one occasion she was polishing Skarloey for Rheneas' return, and Duncan became extremely jealous after she had no time to clean him, as she was scheduled to help the Refreshment Lady that afternoon. She later appeared in Very Old Engines polishing Skarloey for his centenary. After he became cross and she called him a "crosspatch", Skarloey told her the story of his first days on the railway and the time he really was a crosspatch.
She has grown up and lives with her husband on the Isle of Man.
Ned is an old steam shovel and a member of the Pack.
Ned mainly carries out clearance work and quarry digging. Ned is sometimes clumsy, but can always be relied on by his friends.
Ned means well, but he can sometimes be clumsy. Indeed, he once nearly caused a terrible accident by knocking out the keystone of a bridge when Thomas was due to cross with a goods train. Luckily, Jack managed to save the day by supporting the bridge until Thomas went over. But apart from the minor bumps and accidents, Ned's heart is as big as his bucket and he is a valued member of the Pack.
Ned is painting brown and orange with a grey roof, a dark brown bucket, arm and chassis and yellow detailing. He has the his number painted on each side.
Neil was a dark green tank engine with an unusual box shape and a Scottish accent. He is a simple but kind engine who befriended Skarloey when he was young. He is currently sold to the Sodor Museum.
Skarloey said Neil was ugly but kind, and they soon became friends.
Neil was painted dark green with "S&M 2" written on his tank sides in yellow.
In Sodor: Reading Between the Lines Christopher Awdry states that Neil's class is unknown. However, he strikingly resembles a Neilson 0-4-0 box tank, a simple and robust class of engine built in Glasgow and sold all over the world. This would explain both his name and his accent.
Nelson is a ballast tractor whose job is to carry construction workers to and the rest of the Pack. As the bearer of such weighty loads, he often feels overworked, but never complains.
Nelson is a clever, intelligent and wise ballast tractor who often feels overworked but never complains. He is proud of his paint and is happiest when he looks his best.
Nelson is based on a Scammell ballast tractor with a low loader trailer.
Nelson is black with cream lining, red alloy wheels and a front beam. He has his name painted on his front cab above his windows and has his number written on his cab doors in cream.
Neville is a black tender engine.
Neville was designed by Oliver Bulleid and built at SR Brighton and Ashford Works in September 1942 for pulling passengers during the war, and for pulling freight. He was shipped to Sodor in 1961 and pulled trains on the Kirk Ronan Branch, and He was used for mainline goods service on the North Western Railway from 2005 onward. At first, he engines didn't like Neville at first for, although Neville was kind and friendly, he had the misfortune of looking like a diesel. Thomas saw him with 'Arry and Bert, and soon a rumour spread that he was planning to bump the steam engines. Luckily, the rumour was rectified and Thomas befriended Neville after rescuing him from a broken viaduct.
Sometime later, Neville told Thomas and Percy about the job of collecting the Sodor Brass Band.
Neville is based on the SR Bulleid Q1 locomotive, which were often referred to as "ugly ducklings".
Neville is painted in the British Railway's plain unlined black livery. He has the number 33010.
Norman, nicknamed Norm, is a Diesel engine who often breaks down. If he were fixed properly, he would show what a Really Useful Engine he is.
Norman is based on a type of Bulleid Diesel, "No. 11001". Dennis is another member of this class.
Norman is painted red with yellow lining and a grey roof. He also has a prominent unibrow.
Norman is voiced by Keith Wickham in both UK and US.
Northern Rock is a steam engine working on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.
After undertaking trials with the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway no. 2, Northern Chief in 1972, the railway company decided to construct a new 2-6-2 locomotive, originally to be named Sir Arthur Heywood. The railway received funding from the Northern Rock building society and so the locomotive was named after its chief sponsor. It entered traffic in 1976 and has visited many railways, as far away as Dresden, Germany, to publicise the railway. Two similar locomotives have been built at Ravenglass for the Shuzenji Romney Railway in Japan, Northern Rock II and Cumbria, in 1989 and 1992, respectively. The livery of the engine is Highland Railway Muscat Green with red and dark green lining.
Jock is based on him, with added round buffers and a six wheel tender instead of eight.
Ogmund was a nobleman of Sodor, born in Iceland in 1045 to Sigurd of Cronk and his wife Helga. They later returned to Sodor with the infant Godred Crovan, later to be king of Sodor, and his mother, Gerda. He and Crovan were best friends, and, after Helga's death, step-brothers, for Sigurd remarried to Gerda. By the time of Sigurd's death in 1063, Ogmund was virtually the most powerful man on Sodor.
Crovan later left Sodor to conquer his father's former lands. He completed his goal in the battle of Sky Hill in 1079, which Ogmund was sadly killed in. The Ogmund saga was written in his honour, and sung at his funeral. The surviving copies of the saga also describe events that happened after his death, such as the Norman invasions of Sodor in 1089 and 1094. Ogmund was survived by his son, Olaf.
The oil tankers are painted black with "OIL" in white on the side. There are also a number of older, dirtier oil tankers that can be seen around Sodor. The utmost care must be taken with these in case of fire, as James once found out when his tankers caught fire one day. Up to Hero of the Rails, the oil tankers just said "OIL" but this was changed to an oil rig with oil coming out of it on a yellow circle.
Ol' Wheezy is a wooden logging crane that appears in Misty Island Rescue. Despite having a name, he has no face or voice.
Ol' Wheezy is the biggest crane in the logging camp, but is dangerous and reckless; he tends to throw logs and flatbeds instead of working properly. Bash, Dash, and Ferdinand find it amusing and even fun, but Thomas found Ol' Wheezy too frustrating to work with, making him search for other equipment to use instead.
He was later used to amuse Dowager Hatt and then decorated for the Misty Island Christmas party.
Old Bailey is a fogman who looks after an old station near the ravine. When Henry tried to take a goods train past, a light flickering from the station, a mysterious amber signal and a discarded coat hung on a tree made him turn back after suspecting supernatural causes. The next day, Henry tried to take the same train past, but the trucks became scared by the light and pulled Henry forwards, resulting in their falling into the ravine. Old Bailey later showed up and rebuked Henry's crew for not obeying his warnings. To make it up to him, the crew and the Fat Controller renovated his station and made him stationmaster.
Old Slow Coach
Old Slow Coach is a GWR Victorian luxury coach.
Old Slow Coach was originally part of The Cornishman, taking passengers to Falmouth to catch the Transatlantic liners. Impressed by her very grand and luxurious interior, she was brought to the Island of Sodor by Sir Topham Hatt, but was eventually replaced by modern rolling stock. Sent to the scrap yards, Old Slow Coach was luckily found and saved by Thomas and Percy, so she is once again very useful indeed.
Old Slow Coach was long due for the scrapheap when Thomas and Percy met her, and the two tank engines vowed to find a way to save her. Their chance came sooner than expected when the workmen's hut was gutted by fire; Thomas suggested that Old Slow Coach house the workmen while a new hut was being made.
After the hut was rebuilt, Old Slow Coach was restored into a coach, and later formed the "old" item for Mrs. Kyndley's daughter's good luck package.
She now serves as a Special Coach for Thomas. After arriving at Tidmouth with the Express at 3:30 pm, Gordon shunts Old Slow Coach from the train into a siding. Thomas, with Annie, Clarabel and his trucks then comes from Knapford junction to collect her, coupling up behind the last truck of Thomas' train.
Old Slow Coach is based upon a Falmouth Coupe TRI Composite coach, built in 1893 for the Great Western Railway.
Old Slow Coach is painted in the Great Western's chocolate and cream livery.
"Old Stuck-Up", so nicknamed by James, a.k.a. D325, is a haughty diesel.
BoCo was to show a visiting diesel around, but when he saw steam engines in the shed he refused to go further and insulted the railway for keeping them in service. A furious James bestowed upon him the nickname "Old Stuck-Up".
The next day, Old Stuck-Up was about to leave when he remembered he needed refueling. He attempted to use BoCo and Bear's part of the shed to be refuelled and cleaned, but slid on cleaning fluid on the rails and crashed into the back of the shed. He was sent home after being talked to severely by the Fat Controller - BoCo noted that while he couldn't hear everything, he didn't think it sounded particularly flattering.
Old Stuck-Up is rude and arrogant, as seems to be the norm with visiting diesels, and believes that steam power is subpar to diesel.
Old Stuck-Up is based on a BR Class 40 1Co-Co1, built at English Electric in December the 9th 1960.
Old Stuck-Up is painted in a British Rail "Rail Blue" livery with yellow warning panels.
Oliver is a Great Western tank engine who works on Duck's branchline. He has two coaches named Isabel and Dulcie and a brakevan named Toad. He speaks in a distinctive Cornish dialect, reflecting his basis' origins.
Oliver worked on the Great Western Railway. Sometime during the 1960s, he ran away for fears of being scrapped with Isabel and a brakevan named Toad, and were forced to hide between signalboxes and rely on the goodwill of signalmen to pass at safe times. When control got wind of the runaways, they hid in an old quarry branch and had the cutting blocked by rubbish to avoid being spotted of the diesels outside. The runaways decided it was safe to leave at some point, but before they could reach the greener pastures of Sodor, Oliver ran out of coal. Luckily, Douglas was able to rescue Oliver and hid him on a siding at Crovan's Gate. The Fat Controller soon found out and arranged for the three to be repaired and painted in Great Western colours. Toad decided to be Douglas' brakevan to thank him, and the Fat Controller rescued an autocoach named Dulcie and gave her to Oliver.
Oliver was then sent to work on the Tidmouth-Arlesburgh branchline, but became conceited after the big engines gave him their respect in recognition of his adventures, ignored Duck and Donald's advice about trucks and pushed his weight around, prompting several ballast trucks to push him into a turntable well. Oliver received little respect from the trucks after the incident, but got his own back by pulling the ringleader, Scruffey, apart. Oliver is now well-respected by the trucks, for fear they will be pulled apart too.
Oliver has since had many adventures, such as running Thomas' branchline during the engines' trip to England, discovering an abandoned house which was later turned into a tea-house and spending a night as a snowman after crashing into one in the village.
Oliver is considered brave and a good role model by the engines. This went to his smokebox and led to his incident with the ballast trucks, but Oliver has since then learned his lesson and started to behave like a real role model.
Oliver is based on a GWR 14xx 0-4-2T, designed by Charles B. Collett and built at Wolverhampton Works in 1932, 29 ft 11 in long.
Oliver is painted in the GWR's green livery with yellow lining, green (formerly) black wheels and the number "11" painted on his cab sides in yellow with a red border (formerly a brass GWR numberplate on his cab side). His paint had faded by the time he was rescued, leaving him a rusty-red colour. After his rescue, he was repainted green and has remained so since.
Oliver is voiced by Joe Mills in both UK and US versions.
Oliver is a wise old excavator who carries out demolition and digging work. He is capable of switching between different tools, including a bucket, a chisel for digging, a scissor claw and a wrecking ball for demolition.
Oliver is wise and kind and keeps an eye on the other members of the Pack. Oliver is also good-mannered and hard-working, and never complains about his work or gets impatient.
Oliver is painted brown with a pale green panel on his back and his number painted on him in red. Oliver has the cap rim of a builder's hat between his forehead and cab windows.
He might return to the TV Series after his appearance in the film, 'Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.'
He is voiced by Tim Whitnall in both UK and US versions.
Open wagons are undisputedly the most troublesome of all the trucks. They are the ringleaders, with mean and violent tendencies. They are unremorseful, even when their comrades are destroyed.
There are a number of orange four-wheeled coaches used on secondary and branchline services.
Other Culdee Fell Railway coaches
The Culdee Fell Railway owns at least seven or eight coaches, one for each of their engines, as well as at least one open-topped coach. Only one, Catherine, has been named.
Other Railway Diesels
The Other Railway diesels are six diesels that appeared in Bluebells of England and Escape.
The first three appeared in the fourth illustration of "Bluebells of England" looking at Stepney.
The first one was coloured green and cream and had a yellow face. He resembles a Cl 31 Brush Type 3 A1A-A1A diesel-electric. If looked at closely, his number seems to be D701. His headcode is "4F12".
The second was brown, and resembles a Cl 52 "Western" C-C diesel-hydraulic (No. D1001 "Western Pathfinder").
The last was coloured green all over, and resembles a Cl 40 1Co-Co1. It is also seen that his number is D782.
The last three appeared in the fourth illustration of "Escape" by a signalbox near the quarry branch where Oliver hid. One was a blue diesel very similar in shape to BoCo, while only the face of the second one was seen; it was covered in yellow and black "hazard" stripes and seems to be based on a Class 08. If you look closely at the main line going away from the signalbox, you can see another diesel engine in the background.
Owen is an incline traction engine at the Blue Mountain Quarry.
Owen is an enthusiastic traction engine who loves his job. He never tires of sending cargo cars up and down the incline at the quarry.
Owen is voiced by Ben Small in both UK and US.
Padarn, named after the lower lake at Llanberis - but previously Sir Harmood, after the chairman of the Snowdon Mountain Railway, Sir John Sutherland Harmood Banner - is an engine operating on the Snowdon Mountain Railway.
Lord Harry is based on him.
Palmerston was built in 1864. She was restored to service in 1993 after many years out of service, including a period when used as a stationary boiler at Boston Lodge. Went to Derbyshire for restoration in 1974, returning in 1987. Her only brother still in steam is Prince.
Palmerston is (probably) the fourth loco made for the FR. It was delivered to the FR in March 1864. The engine was named after Viscount Palmerston (1784-1865), Liberal Prime Minister and Chairman of the Welsh Slate, Copper & Lead Mining Co's quarry at Blaenau Ffestiniog.
At the start of the maintenance books, in December 1874 Palmerston is in the works awaiting ferrules for a second hand set of boiler tubes (from Little Giant). They arrived and were fitted, 4 months later! Palmerston was sent to Llanwnda (Dinas) in May 1876 to help with the construction of the NWNGR. By September the record shows that a man had to be sent from Boston Lodge to repair 'her'. Palmerston returned to the FR on 9th July 1877. On return, there was a long list of repairs including wheel turning, new pistons and piston rings, crankpins, neck rings, piston cotters, closing up slidebars, closing up eccentric straps,link motion overhauled, axle boxes refitted, reversing lever and quadrant overhauled, 4 mudholes re-tapped, new brakeblocks, new gauge glass and valves set up. It wasn't until 30th July that the engine was fit for traffic.
By 1879 the tyres were working loose, they tried fixing them with steel pins in October but by December the tyres had been replaced by those of Mountaineer. The cylinders then started to go, a brass patch was fixed on a cylinder, but it didn't hold, the cylinder burst in March 1880. A major refit followed with the cylinders, the smokebox, the sandpots, the crossheads and slidebars all being replaced. It was fitted with 'sham' saddle tanks made from cast iron (weighing 24cwt) to improve adhesion. The first of the original engines to be treated this way.Two new whistles were put on (only one previously). A year later it had a lubricator put on. From December 1881 there is a constant comment that it needs retubing, but in the end it was withdrawn for a complete new boiler in 1886.
The engine re-entered traffic in September 1888 and became the first of all the England Engines, to be rebuilt with both a saddle tank and an enclosed cab. In 1889 it was fitted with "new sanding apparatus" which seems to be steam powered. On 13/12/90 the works recorded "Repairs required after Engine leaving rails at Tanybwlch through carelessness - all hands 14 days repairing".In 1891 the cylinders were recorded as being "in a very bad state". The valve port bridges were cracked and a piece of iron was bolted in. However this was to no avail, the cylinders finally failed in April. As part of the rebuild the opportunity was taken to shorten the length of the cab by 8 inches to enable it to have better access to the wharves at Portmadoc. Palmerston seemed accident prone in the 1890s. In 1892 an axle broke, In 1895 it was damaged "by running into Quarrymans train at Oakleys curve", In 1897 it was damaged at Glanypwll in July and at Minffordd in December. In 1900 it was retubed with Red Metal tubes from Livingston Thompson. From 1905 it started to get leaks from the firebox and it is recorded as coming out of service in October 1907
It was rebuilt in 1910 with a Low Moor Iron boiler. The cab and tank were set 1 1/2" higher and a new balance weight fixed to the front footplate. The following year the axle from Little Wonder broke and the engine was repaired at Glanypwll, with the wheels, rods and eccentrics sent to Boston Lodge for refitting.
During the eleven years commencing in 1912, Palmerston was hired to the Vale of Rheidol Light Railway on a number of occasions as follows: 31 July - 21 August 1912 3 weeks in 1913 6 July - 4 August 1914 periods in 1921 and 1922 In 1923 Palmerston was used in the construction of the WHR from 9th May 1923 until a few days after the line was opened.
The locomotive had one more overhaul in 1930 to 1933. It really needed a new boiler, but in the end the boiler barrel from Little Giant was fitted and it then worked until the late 1930s. By 1940 it had been taken out of service and was being used as a stationary boiler for Boston Lodge Works. During part of this time (1942-44) it was also used as a stationary boiler for the Glaslyn Foundry. Parts from it were used in the 1955 restoration of Prince. But by the late 60's what was left was considered beyond repair. However it was sold to a consortium in 1974 and removed to Derbyshire, together with a wooden framed tender that had also done service as a coal wagon (number 38) and then with Linda & Blanche as each was first put into service on the FR following arrival from the Penrhyn Quarry Railway. The partially restored Palmerston, came back to the FR in 1987 for the final stage of its restoration, including the fitting of a new welded boiler, new cylinders and new wheels.
Palmerston re-entered service in 1993 as a coal-fired locomotive, for use on special trains and charters. In 1994 it visited the Chemin de Fer des Chanteraines in Paris, visiting Hollycombe in Sussex en route, and the Teifi Railway in mid-Wales.
On 19-20 September 1998, it ran between Dinas and Caernarfon on the WHR for the first Enthusiasts' Weekend. On 24-25 October 1998, it ran on the WHR(P) for the fifth Annual Gala, while Russell was visiting the WHR(C), returning to the FR in September 2000. In 2003, Palmerston was withdrawn for overhaul and retubing by a team of volunteers, returning to service in 2005.
In autumn 2005 Palmerston was fitted with a new spark arrestor as part of wider coal firing trials. This was deemed a success with the loco steaming well whilst not throwing any sparks. On 9th September 2006, Palmerston become the first steam locomotive to run on the re-instated, phase 4, WHR track at Pitt's Head. Palmerston was helping celebrate the 125th anniversary of Rhyd Ddu station, carrying out demonstration runs with Mike Hart's Simplex.
Palmerston was the first steam locomotive on this section for 69 years. The locomotive's appearance commemorated its use on both NWNGR construction and WHR construction hire duties. Palmerston was again on its travels in early 2007 with a visit to the National Railway Museum at York. On 27th October 2007 Prince & Palmerston became the first England Engines to get to Cwm Cloch on Phase 4 in over 71 years, for a photographic special.
Palmerston spent May 2008 in West Sussex at the Hollycombe Steam Collection. On 24th October 2008 Palmerston and Prince became the first England engines through the Aberglaslyn Pass in 72 years for a photographic special.
Principal physical dimensions are the same as Prince but the rated pressure of the new boiler is 180psi and it is rated to haul 5 carriages on the FR and 3 on the WHR. The maximum speed is limited to 15mph.
Bertram is based on her.
Patrick is a cement mixer and a member of the Pack. He speaks with a Irish accent.
Patrick was found to be quite a boastful soul and thought that cement made him important, until he was put in his place when he landed in his own cement.
Patrick is based on an early Mack 6-wheel truck modified into a cement mixer.
Patrick is painted maroon on the top half of his front, the section of his mixer closest to the cab and the rear section closest to his cement pipe. He is painted cream on his lower half of his front and upon his cement mixer in the middle.
Paxton, nicknamed Pax, is a young, gentle Diesel who likes the steam engines, especially Thomas. He can be a bit gullible, enabling other Diesels to take advantage of him.
Paxton is based on a BR Class 10.
Paxton is painted green with lime lining.
Paxton is voiced by Steven Kynman in both UK and US.
Peel Godred Engines
The Peel Godred branchline is run using electric locomotives to deal with the heavy aluminum traffic on that line.
No details are given as to the locomotives that first worked the line, but Sodor: Reading Between the Lines states that goods traffic is currently handled by engines similar to the BR Class 87, and the passenger services are run by electric multiple units.
The electric multiple units and goods engines are painted B.R. blue with yellow warning panels.
E1, E2, E3 and E4 are based on Edwardian-styled Bo-Bo locomotives, the electric multiple units on British Rail Class 308, and the goods engine on British Rail Class 87.
Pegasus is a cart horse who lives on a farm near Dryaw airfield. After he foolishly wandered into a ditch, Harold winched him to safety. However, Percy saw Pegasus being pulled through the air and thought that Pegasus was flying.
Percy is a cheeky saddletank engine who was brought to Sodor to run Thomas' branchline during the big engines' strike. He speaks with a rather soft Newcastle (or Geordie) accent.
Percy ran Thomas' branch line while Thomas ran the mainline with Edward, and was allowed to stay after the big engines surrendered. At first, Percy liked to annoy the big engines. Percy was later waiting at Tidmouth but forgot to whistle to the signalman, and thus was startled when Gordon came running towards him with the Express. Gordon managed to stop in time, but Percy was frightened, ran away, and ended up in a sandbank. He was rescued by Gordon, and took up the duty of station pilot at Tidmouth.
Percy was still a cheeky engine and often liked to play jokes on Gordon and James, but one day the other engines got their revenge when Percy failed to recognise a "backing signal". After this, Percy was subject to bullying from the big engines until Duck arrived and helped Percy to put the big engines in their place. With Duck's arrival, Percy was sent to Knapford to help build the harbour, and has stayed there ever since as a goods engine.
Percy is a cheeky tank engine, and is almost always Thomas' best friend. He also is shown to make obvious mistakes.
Percy cares a lot about the other engines - male or female - and will help them when they need him.
Percy has been dumbed down in order to teach viewers difficult words: he would say "dingy-fried" where anyone else would say "dignified". He also is shown to make obvious mistakes.
Percy is incredibly accident-prone, and holds the dubious record of the most accidents in one season - five, in the second season - crashing into some buffers, falling into the sea, being pushed onto a brakevan, colliding with a cart and being hit by a falling crate of treacle. So far, his silliest accident yet was in the sixth season, when he slipped on oily rails, crashed through the chocolate factory and emerged covered in chocolate.
Percy is primarily based on an Avonside 0-4-0ST with the body of a GWR 1340 Trojan, the bunker of a GWR 1361, Hunslet underframes and valve gear, a smokebox protruding from his saddletank, external cylinders and motion and sandboxes underneath the tanks on the footplate. First, his whistle valve has a triangular cone base, and a cylinder-shaped top like Gordon's whistle. Afterwards, the base is rounded, but the top is still flat. Finally, the top and base are both rounded.
Modifications made to Percy's shape are needed the angled smokebox supports and the cab being cut down slightly from the back for the bunker.
Percy is painted NWR green with NWR red-and-yellow lining, a small brass dome and a "6" painted on his bunker sides in yellow. He is missing some of his front teeth.
Percy is voiced by Keith Wickham in UK, and Martin Sherman in US. In the US, he is currently voiced by Christopher Ragland since Sherman made his departure from 'Thomas and Friends'
These four are tank engines from the Other Railway. Percy once met them at Vicarstown and told them of the time he braved a flood to help Thomas, when Henry came along and told them to go away.
These engines are based on 1377 Class 1F 0-6-0's, NER Class E1's, and LMS Class 3F tank engines.
The tank engines are painted in the unlined BR black livery.
Perkins is a Diesel engine working on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.
NG 39 was the second Muir-Hill Fordson tractor to be bought by the railway for quarry traffic. It arrived in 1929, two years after the original tractor, and was rebuilt as a steam-outline diesel 0-4-4 in 1931 for use on passenger trains. In this guise it was named the Passenger Tractor and nicknamed Pretender. It worked through the war and the first passenger services after the end of the conflict. In 1975 the petrol engine was replaced with a Perkins P6 diesel, giving the loco a modern radiator grill at the front. In 1984, the engine was rebuilt again, however this time it lost its fake steam outline and became similar to an industrial diesel shunter. It was named Perkins in 1985 and was re-engined again in 1990. Its main use is on permanent way trains. It is currently painted yellow and black. Presently, it is waiting in queue for repairs or an overhaul at Ravenglass.
Frank is based on him, with added round buffers.
Peter Sam, named after the Skarloey Railway's previous controller, Mr. Peter Sam - previously Stuart, after his maker, Kerr Stuart - is a narrow-gauge tank engine who lives on the Skarloey Railway.
Stuart was built by Kerr Stuart at Stoke-on-Trent in 1923.
While living on the Mid Sodor Railway, he was cheeky and occasionally made fun of Duke until told what happened to Stanley. After the line closed down in 1947, he and Falcon were sold to the Sodor Aluminium Company at Peel Godred and worked there until 1951, at which time both engines were sheeted for a year until they were purchased by the Skarloey Railway in 1951.
Upon arriving, Stuart - renamed Peter Sam - had many adventures. One of his more notable story arcs involved his funnel, which was severely damaged after an accident at the incline. The funnel eventually fell off as he passed under a tunnel, and it was temporarily replaced with a rusty pipe. Peter Sam was soon given a new funnel, a Giesl ejector, which suits him much better.
Peter Sam is kind, well-mannered and popular with passengers and coaches alike. Even the trucks do not play tricks on him.
He is portrayed similarly, occasionally making mistakes by feeling self-important.
Peter Sam is based on the Talyllyn Railway's Edward Thomas.
Peter Sam was painted green while working on the Mid Sodor Railway. After arriving on the Skarloey Railway, he was repainted in the Skarloey Railway's red livery with blue-and-yellow lining.
Since 1988, Peter Sam is painted in a dark green livery with red and yellow lining.
Peter Sam is voiced by Steven Kynman in both UK and US.
Pip and Emma
Philippa, better known as Pip, and Emma make up a BR HST InterCity 125. They were designed by and built at BREL Crewe Works.
When Gordon took a railtour to Carlisle, Pip and Emma were asked to take the Express back to Tidmouth for him. Pip's cooling system was faulty, but Emma was in order and so off they went. Unfortunately, Emma failed near Crovan's Gate and so James pulled them back home. The engines were quick to befriend Pip and Emma, and after Gordon had returned Douglas took them back to Barrow-in-Furness.
In 1995, Pip and Emma were borrowed to take a royal personage and some guests to Tidmouth for the Railway Series' Golden Jubile. Following Privatisation, the Fat Controller purchased them to run a faster service to London.
Pip and Emma are based on the British Rail Class 43 HST that holds the world rail speed for a diesel: 238 km/h or 148 m/ph.
Pip and Emma are painted in the original InterCity 125 livery of yellow and blue.
Prince, Duke's prototype, is a 0-4-0ST+T on the Ffestiniog Railway at Porthmadog, and the oldest working engine in the United Kingdom, being built by George England in 1863. Originally called "The Prince", his only remaining sister in steam is Palmerston.
Prince is (probably) the third of the first four locomotives. He is now numbered No.2, but there is doubt about the order of building and numbering of the first four England engines. He was delivered to the FR in January 1864. These locomotives were worked hard, before the arrival of Taliesin, they were coming in for a 2 week period of maintenance every quarter. In this period they would replace brake blocks, brasses and cotter pins in the crank pins as well as replacing some of the firebars. In 1878 Prince had his chimney knocked off and that of Mountaineer was put on. By May 1881 Prince was in a poor state with his boiler pressure restricted to 110lbs. He had a major refit with a 'sham' cast iron tank fitted on top of his side tanks to increase the weight to ten tons and improve adhesion in wet weather, a new weather board, new sandboxes, new cylinders and his boiler retubed. However the boiler was wearing out and he was withdrawn on 16th May 1891.
In 1892, the original arrangement was replaced with the present full cab and saddle tank. At the same time the name The Prince was shortened to just Prince. In 1894 he broke the front axle and an old one from Little Wonder was used as a replacement. The England engines continued to be the workhorses of the line and Prince was re-tubed in 1898 & 1901. In 1912 he was fitted with Welsh Pony's smokebox. He continued in service until 1915, then lay out of use until a new boiler was fitted in 1920.
The locomotive played a major role in the history of the Welsh Highland Railway, hauling the first train from Dinas to Porthmadog in 1923, and regularly performing on both lines in the 1920s and 1930s. In 1932he had an overhaul which repaired the smokebox and tank. However time was running out for the boiler and Prince was withdrawn around 1936. A new boiler was ordered in September 1943 for £546 but actually cost £640 when delivered in July 1945.
The new owners in 1954 found him as left in 1946, in mid overhaul and with a new boiler. He was the obvious candidate for first loco to be restored. He first ran in preservation on August 2nd 1955 and was the mainstay of the service for the next 2 years. By 1962 Prince was in need of a major overhaul and was given a different frame arrangement, to try and take the drawbar load through the frames and not the boiler. This was the form in which he ran for its Centenary in 1963
Withdrawn in 1968, the locomotive was considerably rebuilt between 1974 and 1980 with the 1955 boiler superheated, oil firing fitted, and new outer frames added to carry the cab (raised by 4") and saddle tank.
Prince's tender has on his left side four bushes, apparently indicating that the metal sheeting once carried a locomotive nameplate. Measurement of the bushes indicates that the tender side sheet possibly originated as part of one of Taliesin's original side tanks. When converted to oil-firing, Prince was provided with oil and water tanks in the tender.
In 1986 Prince was chosen to be the first FR engine to be put in an historic livery. The red livery was chosen because of the 1920's livery found during the 1980 rebuild. In 1987, Prince's frames started to break. Strengthening plates were put in, that winter and the loco was able to celebrate his 125th anniversary in 1988 in good order again.
In 1995 a brass handrail was restored to the smokebox and in winter 1995/6 the water tanks were removed and a new, less obtrusive oil tank inserted. Prince had an overhaul between 1997 & 1999 during which the boiler was retubed, the chassis was given a thorough overhaul and further cosmetic improvements were made. The loco re-emerged with the same red livery, but with improved lining.
Prince has travelled far during the preservation era, visiting Olympia in 1984, Chatsworth House in 1987, York for the Railfest Exhibition in 2004, Three Superpowers, one Vintage Weekend and one Beer Festival on the WHR(C). In September 2008 he attended the Garratt 50 Gala on the WHR(C). Prince Charles drove Prince on the opening of the WHR to Rhyd Ddu in 2003 - Prince being the only locomotive that could be used with the track as originally laid.
Unwittingly, this echoed the locomotive's role in the opening of the WHR in 1923 when, as noted above, Prince pulled the first train from Dinas to Portmadoc
On 23rd March 2007 Prince took part in the opening of the WHR(P) extension from Pen-y-Mount to Traeth Mawr loop.
On 27th October 2007 Prince & Palmerston became the first England Engines to go to Cwm Cloch in over 71 years, for a photographic special.
On 24th October 2008 Prince and Palmerston became the first England engines through the Aberglaslyn Pass in 72 years for a photographic special.
On 21 May 2009 Prince broke the banner at Beddgelert Station, to declare the route through the Aberglaslyn Pass open. Later that day he hauled the first fare paying passenger train through the pass.
Prince is currently running in Ffestiniog Railway red livery, with gold lining.
Proteus is a legendary narrow-gauge tank engine with a magic lamp hung upon his funnel. Legend has it that should someone finds the lamp, their wishes will be granted. Skarloey told this story to the others, which made Peter Sam search the line looking for the magic lamp.
The clues to finding his magic lamp are feeling a rush of wind when the lamp is near, hearing a strange creaking sound, and see a flickering light that shines on and off.
Proteus is based on the Talyllyn Railway's Sir Haydn.
Proteus is painted bright yellow with red lining.
Queen Elizabeth II
HM Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom graced Sodor with a visit in Paint Pots and Queens. Gordon was honoured by pulling her train, while Edward cleared the line ahead.
She presumably appeared as an allusion to her coronation in the same year the book was published. The Reverend W. Awdry had also sent the royalty Railway Series volumes to read to the young Prince Charles and Princess Anne.
Ralph, previously Ralph Sadler, after the Snowdon Mountain Railway's consulting engineer, from 1964 to 1977, and Aylwin from 1977 until October 1978, is an engine on the Snowdon Mountain Railway.
Alaric is based on Ralph.
These red coaches are usually pulled by Duck and Oliver on their branchline, but are also used by the smaller engines on the mainline. These coaches did not appear until season 2. They were often seen scattered around the yard with freight cars.
The red coaches are based on LBSCR Stroudley 4-wheel coaches.
Rex is a green engine who enjoys nothing more than teasing Mike. He is a hard worker, but sometimes has problems with traction.
Rex was built by Henry Greenly at Davey Paxman & Co. in 1923. He was first employed on stone trains, however soon found more use on passenger traffic. During a rebuild in 1928 by the Yorkshire Engine Co., he received a Poultney steam tender, although he was still a 2-8-2-0-6-0. He proved unsuccessful and was soon removed, instead being utilised nearly forty years later as part of Mike, after languishing at Murthwaite. After Rex's old line in England closed down in 1967, he, Mike and Bert were brought by Sir Topham Hatt and transferred to the Arlesdale Railway for mining and tourist traffic. After the railway secured a deal to transport wool to Arlesburgh, Rex was chosen to pull the first train, but after a negligent farmhand spilt some wool bales on the rails he was derailed. His train was rescued, but Rex had to remain there for several days until being lifted out.
Rex is based on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway's River Esk, designed by Henry Greenly and built at Davey Paxman and Co. in 1923.
Rex is painted green with red and yellow lining, a brass dome, red nameplates with gold writing mounted each side of his smokebox and "Arlesdale" written in gold on his tender.
He is slated to appear in the TV Series after his debut in the film, 'Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.'
He is voiced by Tom Stourton in both UK and US versions.
Rheneas is a narrow gauge tank engine.
Rheneas was built by Fletcher, Jennings and Co. at Whitehaven and arrived on the Skarloey Railway sometime around 1866.
Unlike Skarloey, Rheneas was stern and thoughtful, and fell out with Skarloey after the latter called him a "stick-in-the-mud" following an argument over cabs. The two reconciled after Rheneas saved Skarloey from a landslide.
Rheneas literally saved the railway by keeping service through through a very lean period in the late 1940s. By 1950, Skarloey was in need of repairs, leaving Rheneas to run the line. He managed to pull a full train home one rainy day despite jammed valve gear, and thus was rewarded with an overhaul. His overhaul took place in 1961 and was returned to the Skarloey Railway soon after.
Rheneas returned to service after a overhaul in 2002.
Rheneas is usually happy and cheerful, but because of his age, he often breaks down.
In the Barlow era of the TV series, Rheneas has sometimes become somewhat immature and reckless, such as when he decided to take the dinosaur skeleton on his own and took part in the race with Freddie. However, Rheneas has been kind and helpful as when he decided to take Skarloey's coal trucks to the Wharf as a surprise for him. Despite the fact that the coal trucks went missing thanks to Peter Sam, the gallant little engine was able to give Skarloey a much needed rest. Likewise, Rheneas helped Skarloey when he got stuck in Percival Pond with the puppet show special.
Rheneas is based on the Talyllyn Railway's Dolgoch.
Rheneas is painted in the Skarloey Railway's red livery and blue-and-yellow lining. In the TV series, he is painted vermillion with gold and black lining.
Rheneas is voiced by Ben Small in both UK and US.
Rickety is a troublesome turquoise truck. He is based on an 7-plank mineral wagon.
River Esk is a steam engine working on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.
Built in 1923 as a 2-8-2 by Davey Paxman of Colchester and designed by Henry Greenly, it was first employed on stone trains, however soon found more use on passenger traffic. During a rebuild in 1928 by the Yorkshire Engine Co., the engine received a Poultney steam tender, making the loco a 2-8-2-0-8-0. This proved unsuccessful and was soon removed, instead being utilised nearly forty years later as part of the second River Mite, after languishing at Murthwaite. The locomotive survived into the preservation era and received a new tender in 1970 along with a new livery of LNWR black. In the 1980s, the Esk was fitted with a gas-producer boiler and received an award from British Coal, however this has been replaced in recent years. The locomotive has visited the Romney, Hythe, and Dymchurch Railway several times and was a predecessor to that railway's Greenly Pacific locomotives. The engine is currently in Blackberry Black of the LNWR with red, off-white and black lining.
Rex is based on him, with added buffers.
River Irt is a steam engine working on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.
An 0-8-0T, constructed for the Duffield Bank Railway by Sir Arthur Heywood in 1894. It arrived in Ravenglass via the Gretna munitions factory in 1917 with Ella and was principally used on stone trains. It received a major overhaul and rebuilt at Murthwaite in 1927, becoming a 0-8-2 tender locomotive named River Irt. It has remained in traffic on passenger duties ever since and is now the oldest working 15" gauge locomotive in the world. In 1972 it was rebuilt to a narrow gauge outline, and was then reboilered in 1977, giving the locomotive its current appearance. It has visited the National Railway Museum in York and was part of the Ratty fleet at the Liverpool and Gateshead Garden Festival Railways in 1984 and 1990. The livery of the loco is currently mid-green with yellow and black lining. River Irt carries an iron plaque showing it as it was originally - an 0-8-0 tank engine without a cab.
Bert is based on him, with added buffers.
River Mite is a steam engine working on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.
Using the former Poultney tender chassis fitted to River Esk from 1928, the new Preservation Society designed a 2-8-2 locomotive, which was built by Clarksons of York in 1966. After overhauls in 1978 and 2006/7, it celebrated its fortieth year at Ravenglass in 2007.
Mike is based on him, with added buffers.
Rocky is a large breakdown crane. He speaks with a Northern Irish accent.
When Rocky was new to Sodor, Gordon and Edward were skeptical about his abilities, noting that Harvey could travel under his own power. Later, Edward carelessly left the docks before his cargo was properly secured, causing pipes to spill onto the main line. Edward was adamant that Harvey clear up the line, but the engine was too small to finish it quickly, and as a result Gordon crashed into the poles. Edward returned to Brendam to pick up Rocky, who cleared the line and brought Gordon back to the rails.
Since this incident, Rocky has become an invaluable asset to the railway. He is frequently called upon to lift loads and help out after accidents.
Rocky is based on a Ransomes and Rapier 45-ton steam crane, built around 1945.
Rocky is painted burgundy with yellow hazard stripes.
Rocky is voiced by Matt Wilkinson in UK, and Glenn Wrage in US.
Rod is an orange caterpillar crane. He helped repair the broken bridge outside Hackenbeck in Thomas Comes Home.
Rognavld is a narrow gauge tank engine.
The Mid Sodor Heritage Railway always envisioned their railway needing at least two large steam locomotives to maintain a two-train service. In 2001, the society began discussions into what form a new engine should take and approached Ivo and David Hugh, the previous and current Chief Mechanical Engineers of the Skarloey Railway with a view to them designing a new locomotive capable of meeting the needs of the new Mid Sodor Railway, given the strenuous terrain on the Mountain Road section where the engine would be working.
Ivo, though interested was very much enjoying his retirement and suggested his son seek the assistance of Joanna Farrier, the young but brilliant CME of the Arlesdale Railway. He did however make a large contribution in suggesting using this opportunity to pay homage to a defunct Scottish railway which shared the same gauge as both the Mid Sodor and Skarloey Railways. The Campbeltown and Machrihanish Railway employed the largest and strongest examples of 2ft 3in gauge traction in Britain, and the veteran engineer knew that it would be ideal for coping with the Mid Sodor’s distance and terrain.
What was to become the Mid Sodor Heritage Railway No.4 began construction at Crovan’s Gate Works in early 2003. The work was subject to funding, and therefore stalled in 2004, at which point Sir Topham Hatt made a charitable contribution which ensured the engine’s completiton ready for the opening of the Ulfstead Road extension in summer 2005, with the engine undergoing successful trials (after initial teething troubles) on the Skarloey Railway throughout the spring months, and given the honour of double-heading with the former MSR No.1, Duke on a special service for MSHR society members.
The name of the engine became the subject of fierce debate; it was turned out carrying the name Thorfinn, honouring the Scottish connections of the locomotive, but many felt this decision had been made over their heads and wished to honour those who had significant impact in the region. A ballot soon returned the name Rognvald, after one of the sons of Sigrid, a legendary Sudrian heroine. The engine was formally named at a special ceremony at King Orry’s Bridge by the Canon Nigel Dreswick, grandson of noted historian Canon Nicholas Dreswick, on the opening day, May Day 2005.
Rognvald was turned out from Crovan's Gate Works in Prussian Blue livery with red and white lining, and unlike his counterparts, his name is painted on his side in the same tradition as the engines he is based upon.
The announcement of plans for a new MSHR engine initially worried former Mid Sodor No.4, (Now Skarloey Railway No.4) Peter Sam, as it was initially mooted that the new No.4 be a replica of himself, which led him into a minor identity crisis. This was soon settled when a more suitable new design was chosen.
Rognvald’s trials on the Skarloey Railway ruffled many feathers, because when delivered in February 2005 he was brash and argumentative. Many though the name he carried at the time, Thorfinn, to be extremely suitable, as the historic Thorfinn was described in epic poetry as being;
“…the tallest and strongest of men, ugly, black-haired, sharp-featured, and big-nosed, and with somewhat scowling brows. He was a mighty man of strife, and greedy both of money and honour…”
He particularly got right up-the-funnel of Ivo Hugh, who felt rather put out by the new engine’s strength and power, which both of whom take great pride in, and developed briefly into a rivalry between the two engines. Rognvald’s tests on the Skarloey Railway were initially unsuccessful as he was rough-riding on the track and finally derailed in the yard, The issue was discovered to be caused by poor springing on his trailing axle, and after this was put straight he was passed as fit for traffic and has been running regular services on the Mid Sodor since the opening of the Ulfstead Road extension in May 2005. His humiliating experience during his trials has brought him down a peg or two and kerbed his temper, but as a young engine, he does have a lot to learn, and although being guided by the other engines, particularly Edwin Richard, Rognvald is still keen to carve his own path. He does however get along very well with Buzz, and both treat the other as equals.
Rognvald is based on the two 0-6-2 Barclay built engines of the Campbeltown and Machrihanish Railway in Scotland. Built in 1906, these locos were the largest and strongest engines ever built to the 2ft 3in gauge, and named Argyll and Atlantic. Throughout their lifetime the engines were used to carry passengers as well as local goods such as coal, subsidised by two smaller machines throughout the lifetime of the railway.
The Railway closed in 1935, and the engines were scapped two years later in Coatbridge.
Rosie is a American three-domed tank engine who idolises Thomas. She was built at Vulcan Iron Works in 1942.
Rosie and the other 382 engines of her class were made in Iowa and Pennsylvania in 1942 and shipped to Britain in 1942. After the D-Day landings the engines were sent to mainland Europe to assist with the war effort. Sometime after 1945, Rosie made her way to Sodor.
Rosie began idolising Thomas to the point of hero-worship and imitation. Though this is said to be the most sincere form of flattery, it only served to irritate Thomas whilst he was trying to deliver a special birthday post train to Alice at Hill Farm. After Thomas had an accident in the course of delivering this train, she helped him and he started to respect her.
Rosie later helped Thomas shunt trucks until Hector frightened her away.
Rosie was later charged with acting as back-engine to Emily with the funfair special. Wanting to take the train herself, and thinking she was doing Emily a favour, Rosie succeeded only in creating confusion and delay on a grand scale, but eventually set things right.
Rosie is kind and cheeky. Indeed, she can almost be seen as a female counterpart to Thomas. She can be headstrong at times, and she has a lot of dermination. This was exemplified when she once tried to work despite boiler trouble, although she eventually burst a tank.
Rosie is very friendly, and is well liked by the other engines.
Rosie is based on an SR USA Class 0-6-0T, approx. 29 ft 8 in. Ironically, fifteen of these engines were sold to the Southern Railway where they were used as dockyard shunters, replacing the ex-LB&SCR E2s, Thomas' brothers. Rosie's whistle is positioned behind her rear dome instead of being on the right side of the middle dome, and her connecting rods are attached to her middle driving wheels instead of the rear driving wheels. Rosie's whistle has a triangular cone-shaped base, and an cylinder-shaped bell, very much like Gordon's, but the base and bell are both rounded.
Rosie is painted lavender with grey tank panels, gold boiler bands, red detailing on her wheels and metalwork. She does not have a number.
Rosie is voiced by Teresa Gallagher in UK, and Jules de Jongh in US.
Russell is a narrow gauge engine built for the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railway, but most famously associated with the Welsh Highland Railway.
Russell was ordered from the Hunslet Engine Co. on 13 February 1906 by G.C.Aitchison as Manager of the Portmadoc, Beddgelert And South Snowdon Railway, but destined for the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railways Company. A specification had been prepared dated 31 January. Drawings were prepared and by 26 May the engine was already undergoing steam trials. Three days later it left Leeds for North Wales.
The remarkably short time in which the engine was built has produced several theories, the best one being the design was based on a class of 2-6-2T engines built from 1898 for the Sierra Leone Government Railway. Details differed, and it was larger than the Sierra Leone class, though of a narrower gauge. It was carried on outside frames to the driving wheels, with inside frames to the pony trucks, whilst Walschaert's Valve Gear was employed. Russell also bears a close resemblance in several aspects to the Hunslet 0-6-2T "Leeds No.1" used on a reservoir tramway in Yorkshire.
Russell appears to have been a replacement for the existing engine Beddgelert, built by Hunslet in 1878, which worked the important slate traffic on the Bryngwn branch. This engine was scrapped on the arrival of Russell, probably being beyond economic repair.
Under an agreement of November 1904 the NWNGR was to be electrified and extended by the PBSSR as part of that Company's plan to connect Carnarvon with Portmadoc. In January 1906 J. C. Russell, Chairman and Managing Director of the NWNGR wrote a letter complaining about the delay in carrying out the agreed electrification works of his Company's railway. At the time the work on building the PBSSR's new line had been at least partially suspended since the Autumn because of objections by the National Trust to the Board of Trade about the Aberglaslyn tunnels and, apparently only just resolved a few weeks before through the mediation of Lloyd George as President of the BOT. The delays were primarily because the PBSSR's sole financier (and therefore controller) was the North Wales Power And Traction Co. Ltd and that Company had overspent in its efforts to build a power station at Cym Dyli, designed to supply North Wales Slate Quarries as well as the railway. The Company was concentrating on getting the power station completed so that it would bring in income. This it succeeded in doing the following September, but money could not be raised to finish the railway works.
Following Russell's letter the NWPT Co. Chairman had a meeting with him to make the best possible terms for postponing electrification of his line. This resulted in an agreement for a two year delay, and an undertaking from the NWPT that the PBSSR would recommence construction on or before March 1908 and complete the railways within a reasonable time of that date. Amongst other terms in the agreement was the following: "The Power Company to expend in restoring the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railway for present steam working and in providing one steam locomotive a sum up to but not exceeding £2,500."
Russell was therefore ordered by the PBSSR, paid for by the North Wales Power & Traction Co. Ltd which had born all the PBSSR's expenditure since 1905, and delivered to the NWNGR as that railway's property.
The aspirations of the PBSSR were not realised and it took til 1922 when the Welsh Highland Railway fulfilled most of them (although not the Dinas Carnarvon section) as a steam worked line with deviations to avoid the steeper gradients which had been designed for electric trains. Russell survived to be taken over by the new Railway.
In 1924, to allow through running over both the Welsh Highland Railway and the Ffestiniog Railway, Russell had its cab and boiler fittings cut down to suit the latter's restricted loading gauge. This was deemed unsuccessful - although it made just one trip to Blaenau Ffestiniog, the tolerances in the Moelwyn Tunnel were found to be so fine that it was never repeated.
References: Documents in Gwynedd Archives plus information from various other sources, mainly Director's Reports and published accounts, Company Files at National Archives, local newspapers, contemporary electrical industry periodicals. Summarised in Welsh Highland Heritage 29, 33 and 34.
A letter from H.F.Stephens of 27 October 1924 to the FR Managing Director "I strongly advise you to have "Russell" altered to enable it run through the Festiniog tunnel. This is a powerful engine, and would be very useful. I hope you will agree to this." (Reproduced in "Russell" by Andrew Neale, 1996.)
Requisitioned for the War effort in 1942, it was overhauled at the Brymbo Steel Company and set to work on an opencast ironstone site near Hook Norton, Oxfordshire. At the end of the War, Russell was eventually sold by the Ministry of Supply, from Andover, to work in the Norden Clay Mines at Corfe, Dorset, belonging to Pike Bros., Fayle & Co. Ltd.
Before it could be used, the gauge of the railway had to be reduced from 3ft 9" to 1 ft 11 1/2".
Its work on industrial railways was not entirely successful and at various times it had its pony and trailing trucks removed, but with little real improvement. After severe damage to an axle in 1953, Russell was laid up.
Birmingham Locomotive Society purchased Russell for £70 and transferred it to the Talyllyn Railway at Towyn.
The Hunslet Company repaired the damage for free and Russell once again commenced its wanderings - to Kinnerley, Carnforth, Llanberis and finally to Gelert's Farm Works. During its journeying, it collected a new boiler (£3440 in 1969). Restoration to the splendid state that you now see was finished in 1987.
Russell is now out of service undergoing an expensive major overhaul. It is hoped to get this fabulous locomotive back in service in time for the re-opening of the full WHR in 2009.
This legendary Hunslet 2-6-2T visited the FR in 1988 and 1990, with its operation confined to Porthmadog - Rhiw Goch. It starred with Taliesin when visiting the WHR (Caernarfon) in 2000 for the Welsh Highland Ffestival on September 16-17, running between Caernarfon & Waunfawr.
Freddie is based on him.
Rusty is a diesel who does maintainence work on the Skarloey Railway.
Rusty was built by Ruston and Hornsby and came to Sodor in 1955 to help Sir Handel and Peter Sam and do maintainence work while Skarloey and Rheneas were being repaired.
Rusty is usually helpful and kind, but initially refused to help Duncan after he derailed. He is occasionally impatient, careless and prone to procrastination.
Rusty is based on the Talyllyn Railway's Midlander.
Before 1986, Rusty was painted charcoal-black with gold lining. Since 1986, he is painted orange with yellow lining and white lettering.
Rusty is voiced by Matt Wilkinson in both UK and US.
Ryan is an ex-GNR Class N2 0-6-2T. He is overconfident and dismissive, and takes over the Ffarquhar branch for Thomas while he was being sent away. Ryan is painted in a gloss purple livery with gold and grey lining. He carries the number '1014' on his bunker sides and the GNR lettering on his tanks.
Ryan is voiced by Eddie Redmayne in both UK and US versions.
He will appear in the 2015 film, 'Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.'
S.S. Kathryn is a cargo ship.
The S.S. Roxstar is an ocean liner.
S. C. Ruffey
S. C. Ruffey, also known as Scruffey, was a ballast wagon.
When Oliver returned after falling in a turntable well, S. C. Ruffey and the trucks sang rude songs about the event. Toad, worried by the lack of respect for the engines, consulted with Oliver and Duck and made a plan. Oliver then shunted S. C. Ruffey and his lieutenants, and prepared to pull them. S. C. Ruffey rallied the trucks into holding back, but this only resulted in S. C. Ruffey being pulled apart. The Fat Controller attributed the incident to the wagon's poor condition, but told Oliver not to disclose the fact, saying it was "bad for discipline". After his parts were cleaned up S. C. Ruffey was scrapped.
S. C. Ruffey is based on a "Private Owner" 7-plank mineral wagon.
S. C. Ruffey is coloured grey with "S. C. RUFFEY and Co. Ballast Contractors-Tidmouth-Sodor" painted on both sides in white.
Looking like a shed installed on wheels, salt wagons carry salt all over Sodor, for salting iced roads, tracks or to leave out for the livestock.
Salty is a crimson dockyard diesel who works at Brendam. He speaks with a Cornish/stereotypical pirate accent.
Salty worked on an unnamed coastal railway for many years, where he acquired his vast collection of stories and songs, before coming to Sodor to work at the Centre Island Quarry with Mavis, Bill and Ben. Salty was upset, being used to working near the sea, but he soon won the trucks over with his tales and sea shanties, and as a reward for his hard work was sent to work at Brendam Docks.
Salty has shared many stories with his fellow engines that have often come into play later on. He told Percy that the carpet he was delivering might be magic, and odd happenings convinced Percy and Gordon that it was. He also told a story about a treasure on Sodor, and Thomas followed all of Salty's clues and eventually found the treasure, just as the new Maritime Museum opened.
Salty is easy-going, friendly and very practical. He also enjoys telling stories revolving around the sea and fantasy. His seafaring ways and accent are sometimes ridiculed by the other engines, but his usefulness almost always helps the others overlook that.
Salty is based on a BR Class 07, designed by and built at Ruston and Hornby in 1962, approx. 26 ft 9 1/2 in. The number he has is a real number belonging to a member of the Class 07; said locomotive is at the preserved Kent and East Sussex Railway. This class of locomotives worked at Southampton docks, where they replaced the older Southern Railway USA Tanks.
Salty is painted crimson with pink warning stripes along his body, wasp stripes on his front and rear and yellow buffer beams with signs of rust. At the top of his forehead, he has the rim of a skipper's hat.
Salty is voiced by Keith Wickham in both UK and US.
Samson is a small, blue saddletank owned by Sir Robert Norramby's Estate Railway in Ulfstead. He carries a nameplate on his tanks, and a numberplate, with the number 15 inscribed, placed on his bunker sides.
Samson is based on a Neilson-built 0-4-0ST.
He is voiced by Robert Wilfort in both UK and US versions.
Scruff "the Scruncher" is a boxy tank engine.
Scruff was brought to Sodor to work at Whiff's Waste Dump. He hates being cleaned and, when Thomas once tried to have him cleaned, he ran away and hid in a siding until he was coaxed out with the promise of being allowed to shunt rubbish trucks. He once had to go to the Sodor Steamworks to have his "scruncher" mended, and later that day, he helped Gordon tidy up the waste dump before the Inspector arrived.
Scruff is based on no. 9369 "Musketeer", a Sentinel 100 HP "BE Type" chain-driven vertical-boiler industrial strength steam locomotive built in 1946.
Scruff is painted lime green with dark green stripes. He has gold name plates on either side of his tanks.
Scruff is voiced by Matt Wilkinson in UK, and Kerry Shale in US.
Shane is a blue tractor owned by Willie the farmhand. Willie's carelessness and an overloaded trailer of wool once accidentally caused a spill of wool on the line, causing Rex to derail. Shane is a bad-tempered grump and complains that he’s surrounded by the old fashioned, and found an excuse to complain about most anything. His faulty engine once cut out right on a farm crossing on Edward’s Branch line where BoCo accidentally knocked him right off the line. Needless to say, he soon changed his attitude after being repaired.
Shane Dooiney is a mountain engine, named after a Sudrian mountain.
Shane Dooiney was built at Winterthur, Switzerland in 1896, and was later overhauled there in 1964.
Shane Dooiney is based on the Snowdon Mountain Railway's Moel Siabod.
Shane Dooiney is painted CFR purple with orange lining.
Shelagh of Eskdale
Shelagh of Eskdale is a Diesel engine working on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.
Tom Jones' Diesel was a 4-6-4 diesel hydraulic locomotive partially built by Heathcotes of Cleator Moor in the 1950s. When the line closed and was then re-opened again, the construction was put on hold, however in 1969 the frames were sent away to Severn-Lamb of Stratford-on-Avon for completion. The chassis utilises parts from Ella, specifically the crankwebs and centre sliding axle. Originally the engine was a Ford 4D, as in Royal Anchor, and had a Linde hydrostatic transmission, however this was replaced in 1975 by a Perkins 6/354. In 1998 the engine was rebuilt into a diesel mechanical locomotive when it gained a Ford industrial engine with Spicer Compact Shuttle transmission. It is currently a mixed traffic engine and used throughout the year. Its livery is two-tone green.
Sigrid of Arlesdale is based on her.
Shunters are responsible for coupling and uncoupling engines from trains with a hook. When there are none around, a fireman usually does the job.
Sidney is a small 0-4-2 tank engine who runs a narrow gauge branchline near the seaside. He is good friends with Duck.
Sidney is the same prototype as Peter Sam. He is painted blue with yellow lining.
Sidney, nicknamed Sid, is diesel engine. He can be a bit of a forgetful engine. He starts his day at one location and ends up at another, not remembering how he got there!
Sidney is based on the BR Class 09.
Sidney is painted blue with orange lining and a warning panel underneath his face.
Sidney is voiced by Bob Golding in both UK and US.
Sigmund was elected the first king of an independent Sodor. He died in 1116 and was succeded by his son Gunnar. His descendants ruled Sodor until King Andreas and his son Prince Peter were both killed in battle 160 years later.
Sigmund was crowned at Peel Godred, but he chose Cronk to be his seat.
Signalmen are very important people who work on the railways on Sodor - they control the points and switches that sends the engines where to go.
Occasionally signalmen fall asleep on the job, resulting in accidents.
Sigrid of Arlesdale
Sigrid of Arlesdale is a diesel working on the Arlesdale Railway. She is named after the Sudrian heroine of the same name, who lived during the Dark Ages and helped sack the Normans.
Petit (later CoBoCo was built in 1881. She was in use on granite trains for several years until she was decided to convert her into an internal combustion locomotive, creating ICL #2 in 1927. This ran on petrol and the frames of CoBoCo were extended to add pony trucks at both ends, and a teak hut like the one on Leroy, a small Ford Model T diesel engine was fitted on top. A Lancheser Model 38 touring car chassis was mounted on the frames, and the engine and gearbox were reatined, and the teak hut was constructed on top of this.
CoBoCo was reasonably fast and could haul fairly heavy loads - a good investment for the company. In 1932, however, she collied with Leroy, and the frame was distorted. In the spring of the following year, she pushed a big-end through the crank case. Finding spare parts was nearly impossible, and so was quickly retired once the standard gauge line was constructed.
When the new company took over in 1978, the frames were still lying , and they sent the chassis to be completed where she was given a twin-cab diesel with a Ford 4D engine and Linde Hydrostatic transmission, creating a Diesel Hydraulic locomotive. These were upgraded in 1975 with a Perkins 6/354 diesel, and replaced altogther in 1998, when she gained a Ford industrial engine with Spicer Compact Shuttle transmission, making her a Diesel Mechanical engine.
Sigrid of Arlesdale is based on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway's Shelagh of Eskdale.
Sigrid of Arlesdale is painted in a two-tone blue livery: B.R. diesel loco blue with a light blue band.
Silver was a narrow gauge engine mentioned in a story that BoCo told Skarloey. Apparently, Silver was the fastest engine in the hills, with silver paint to suit his name, and always boasting to the other engines. At last, a wizard was tired of Silver's boasting and put a spell on him, turning Silver into a rusty slow engine. He became the laughing stock of the other engines and renamed Tramp.
Silver Jubilee was an engine mentioned in Thomas and the Fat Controller's Engines.
The Silver Jubilee was a train of the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER). It commenced service on September 30, 1935, and traveled between London King's Cross and Newcastle. It did this at an average speed of 67 mph, taking four hours to complete the journey.
Gordon said that Flying Scotsman told him about the Silver Jubilee.
Sir Arnold de Normanby
Sir Arnold de Normanby was a regent of Sodor during the Middle Ages. After a rebellion by the Sudrians in 1404, King Henry IV gave possession of Sodor to the Stanley family, while the previous rulers, the Percys, were sacked under the leadership of de Normanby with help from Henry IV's army, led by Sir Peter de Rigby, whom de Normanby took a liking to, as did he.
At some stage, de Normanby gave up his regency, but Henry IV wisely returned power to de Normanby and the Abbot of Cronk, also making de Normanby the first Earl of Sodor.
Sir Handel, named after the Skarloey Railway's first owner, Sir Handel Brown I - but previously Falcon, after the works where he was made - is a narrow-gauge tank engine.
Falcon was built at Falcon Works, Loughborough, for the Mid Sodor Railway in 1903. He was a 0-4-0ST, causing him to bounce until he was rebuilt with a rear pony truck.
When the Mid Sodor Railway closed in 1947, he and Stuart were sold to the aluminium works at Peel Godred for an expansion project. They were sheeted at the project's close for almost a year, then both were purchased for a total of fifty pounds by the Skarloey Railway and renamed Sir Handel and Peter Sam respectively.
Sir Handel did not cope well with the worn track on the railway and would often derail - sometimes deliberately. He was given a pair of special wheels with broad tyres to cure this problem, dubbed "steamroller wheels" by the other engines.
In 1983, Sir Handel visited the Talyllyn Railway to help while Talyllyn was being mended. Sir Handel had plenty of adventures there, like pulling a wedding train and having to wear an eyepatch after colliding with a tree at Nant Gwernol.
When Peter Sam was brought back from the Talyllyn Railway early during a visit in 1995 Sir Handel became jealous and as a protest deliberately knocked out his firebars. He was sent to the shed and began to fear that he would never come out after weeks went by and no one came to see him. When the Thin Controller came in one day Sir Handel confessed and asked for a second chance. Sir Handel got his firebars later that day - no one bothered to tell him that they had only just arrived.
He is presently on the Talyllyn Railway.
Sir Handel didn't reappear until nineyears later, apparently because he was working in the stone quarry. When he returned, he had a much different attitude. He did his jobs without complaining, and had trouble getting up hills. He is also wiser in most situations, but in some cases he is still pompous.
Sir Handel is sometimes pompous and arrogant and thinks that pulling trucks is beneath him, and will do anything to get out of jobs he does not want to do. He can be rude and stubborn, and he has been known to insult Agnes, Ruth, Lucy, Jemima and Beatrice by calling them "cattle trucks" and Ada, Jane and Mabel (because they were roofless at the time) by calling them "trucks".
Sir Handel is based on the Talyllyn Railway's Sir Haydn.
Sir Handel was painted blue until coming to work on the Skarloey Railway, where he was painted in the Skarloey Railway's red livery and blue-and-yellow lining. Since 1987, he is painted blue with red and yellow lining.
Sir Handel is voiced by Keith Wickham in both UK and US.
Sir Haydn was built in 1878 by Hughes' Loco and Tramway Engine Works Ltd. of Loughborough as a 0-4-0ST (he is now a 0-4-2ST).
He worked on the nearby Corris Railway until the closure of that line in 1948. In 1951, he was purchased by the Talyllyn Railway, along with the other surviving Corris locomotive, who became Edward Thomas, and was named after the line's late owner, Sir Henry Haydn Jones. The precarious state of the track meant he was seldom used for the first few years, and firebox problems caused his withdrawl in 1957. He re-entered service in 1968. Sir Haydn is currently running in the guise of Sir Handel as a replacement for Duncan's prototype, Douglas, who is under overhaul.
Sir Haydn is currently painted in the Corris Railway livery of red with purple stripes.
Sir Handel and Proteus are based on him. Albert, an engine from the Mid Sodor Railway, also bares resemblance to his prototype.
Sir Lowham Hatt
Sir Lowham Hatt is the jolly brother of Sir Topham Hatt, and the brother-in-law of Lady Hatt.
Sir Lowham Hatt is mischievous and enjoys playing with the children. He seems to know little or nothing about railways. He played hide and seek with the children and then went into a signal box and pulled the lever, switching Gordon to the branchline. He dresses exactly like Sir Topham but has a moustache. It is unknown how and why he got his knighthood.
Sir Lowham Hatt is voiced by Keith Wickham in UK, and Kerry Shale in US.
Sir Topham Hatt
Sir Topham Hatt, nicknamed the "Fat Controller", previously the Fat Director, is the manager of the North Western Railway. He speaks with a Yorkshire accent.
There are, in fact, three controllers that have run the North Western Railway:
Mr. Topham Hatt I (1880-1956) was the engineer in charge of the construction of the Tidmouth, Knapford and Elsbridge Light Railway. When the job was finished he was made a director of the company, and after the Wellsworth and Suddery Railway was linked with the original line at Knapford he was elected a director of that company too. He was created a baronet for his services to the the railways of Sodor in 1948. He married Jane, sister of Mr Handel Brown, and retired in 1954 in favor of his son Charles, whom the board had no hesitation in electing as his successor.
Sir Charles Topham Hatt II (1914-1997) was the Fat Controller from 1954 to 1984, when he retired in favour (flavor) of his own son. During his period of office he began improvements to the harbour (harbor) at Knapford, planned by his father, and re-opened the Arlesburgh branch in 1965/6, being responsible for the construction of the Arlesdale Railway and for establishing the ballast consortium which uses it. He married Amanda Croarie in 1940 and they had two children - Stephen Topham, born in 1941, and Bridget, born in 1943. Charles inherited his father's baronetcy in 1956 and died thirteen years after his own retirement.
Sir Stephen Bertram Topham Hatt (1941-) (who first appeared in Toby the Tram Engine while on a family holiday in East Anglia with his parents and grandfather) became the Fat Controller in 1984, succeeding to his father's baronetcy in 1997. In 1970 he married Helen Margaret, a distant cousin and granddaughter of the Reverend Nicholas Dreswick, the much-respected historian of Sodor. They have three children: Richard Topham, born in 1972 and no doubt destined to be Sir Topham Hatt IV (his father will be 69 in 2010 though he has, as yet, given no hint of an impending retirement), Charles Nicholas (1974-) and Emily Helen (1977-).
He played a part in arranging the construction of the Arlesdale Railway's new locomotive, Jock, in 1990, a project which had been dear to his father's heart. With great skill he masterminded the arrangements for the royal visit in 1995, when he welcomed the Prince of Wales on his first visit to Sodor. He has a brother, Sir Loham Hatt.
The Fat Controller is seen as a firm but fair character. Despite being strict, he shows a fatherly side to the engines. He is quite a strong character and will remind the engines that he is in charge when they start to rebel against his authority. He doesn't stand for bullying, and even though he is usually serious he does enjoy a laugh.
The Fat Controller is a small stout gentleman dressed in a black suit with gray trousers, a cream-coloured waistcoat, a black tie and a black top hat. He has thinning gray hair and blue eyes.
Due to political correctness, the Fat Controller is always known by his Sunday name of "Sir Topham Hatt" in the American narration of the television series.
The Fat Controller is voiced by Keith Wickham in UK, and Kerry Shale in US. From 'The Adventure Begins' onwards, he is currently voiced by Keith Wickham in both versions.
Sir Topham Hatt's car
Sir Topham Hatt owns a blue car. He uses it to go to places when the engines are busy, or to go see what the engines are doing. It once caused trouble when he drove it into a pothole, but he thinks it very reliable, and wouldn't want to get to work in any other vehicle.
Despite its usual blue colour, the car has taken on many forms throughout the years. It was blue in the Railway Series, but consisted of two different models in the television series. In jigsaws and other merchandise, the car is yellow, except for one where it is red. The plausible explanation is that the Fat Controller has more than one car.
In all cases, his car is presented as a typical vehicle of the 1940s. It is either loosely based on a Jowett Javelin or a Rover.
Sixteen was a troublesome saddletank engine.
Sixteen lived with several other engines at a steelworks, where his job was to take trucks of slag to a place called the "tip". Sixteen wanted to go past the "DANGER" board, and managed to do so one rainy day, blaming the incident on the trucks. His fireman was told to reverse him, but before he could do so Sixteen tilted and landed on the ground on his side. He was rescued and sent to the sheds in disgrace, but luckily for him he was purchased by a preservation group on the Midlands and now works on their railway.
Sixteen was naughty and awkward. Wilbert has said that he hopes Sixteen has learnt his lesson after being restored.
Sixteen, like Wilbert, is a Hunslet Austerity WD 0-6-0ST.
Sixteen is painted reddish-brown with beige wheels and black and yellow hazard stripes on his bufferbeams.
When Sixteen worked at the Steelworks, he worked with some other industrial tank engines who were described by Wilbert as his friends. Unlike Sixteen, they obeyed the rules and never went beyond the "DANGER" notice at the tip. They tried their best to warn Sixteen not to go beyond the "DANGER" notice, to no avail.
Skarloey, a narrow gauge saddletank engine, is the oldest engine on the Skarloey Railway.
Skarloey was built at Fletcher, Jennings and Co., Whitehaven in 1864 as a 0-4-0ST with no cab, which caused him to bounce a lot. He was the first engine to arrive on the newly-developed Skarloey Railway in 1865. His young antics proved bothersome but he soon matured when he received his cab and trailing wheels.
Skarloey was put aside in 1945, fit for steam only in extreme emergency.
In 1952, Skarloey was sent for repairs to the Gibbons Brother's Brierly Hill engineering works at Lenches Bridge in Pensnett for an overhaul. A new boiler, saddletank and bunker were added and Skarloey returned to service in 1958.
Since the fourth season he has usually been a dedicated worker and a very wise engine. However, Skarloey has sometimes acted as a very young engine as he tried to prove his bravery by getting hauled up the winch on the incline and he and Rheneas had a race with Freddie, and he has acted as a timid engine too, being scared of an old wooden bridge, the wharf and storms. This new personality isn't what you expect for an very old narrow gauge engine. This problem was rectified in the sixteenth season.
Before 1987, Skarloey was painted in the Skarloey Railway's red livery and blue-and-yellow lining with his name painted in gold on his saddletank. Since 1987, Skarloey is painted red with white and gold lining.
When he first arrived, Skarloey was pompous and arrogant, believing himself fit only to pull coaches. His attitude changed after being sheeted until he learnt sense, but after recieving a pair of trailing wheels and cab he reverted to his old tendencies. He boasted so much about it that Rheneas refused to talk to him until Skarloey apologised after Rheneas rescued him from a mudslide. Now, Skarloey is a wise old engine who doesn't stand for nonsense, but is still fair and friendly.
Skarloey is proud of himself for being brave, but sometimes he can be a little pompous and arrogant.
Skarloey is based on the Talyllyn Railway's Talyllyn.
Skarloey is voiced by Keith Wickham in both UK and US.
Skarloey Railway Brakevans
These resemble goods vans with the addition of a small bump out on the sides for the guard to look out to watch the train. These come in brown, grey, red, and blue.
Skarloey Railway Coaches
To carry visitors on the Skarloey Railway, there are several four-wheeled coaches, either blue and cream or red with a yellow stripe. For sunny days, there are some green and cream coaches with open sides.
More bogie coaches are used on Skarloey Railway when there are more visitors. They are based on Talyllyn Railway carriages 16 and 18-23 and are painted red with a yellow stripe running under the windows or blue and cream like Agnes, Ruth, Lucy, Jemima, Gertrude and Millicent.
Skarloey Railway Flatbeds
Flatcars are used to carry large bulky loads, such as statues, organs, engines, vehicles etc.
Skarloey Railway Goods vans
These are usually brown, have a door on each side, and are used for carrying anything that must be protected from the weather.
Skarloey Railway Wagons
These resemble the coal wagons used by the North Western Railway, these cars are not known to misbehave, or to even have faces. They are brown, and carry coal and tools (for the repair train).
Skarloey Railway Well wagons
These are used to carry tall loads, to make them more stable or lower by placing the load in a dipped space between the bogies.
Slate trucks are the North Western and Skarloey Railway's main type of truck. Besides carrying slate, they have been known to carry broken branches and sheep.
Smudger is a narrow gauge tank engine.
Smudger was built in Fletcher, Jennings and Co in 1919 specifically for the Mid Sodor Railway, but as he was still young, he was a reckless showoff who refused to heed warning from more experienced engines, including Duke. Eventually, the Manager decided to convert him into a stationary steam generator, and was eventually sent to Great Waterton to work as a pumping engine for the nearby mine. However, when he failed, the mine was flooded.
Smudger is painted dark green with black lining, and his nameplate and number were both gold.
Smudger is inspired by a Fletcher Jennings 0-4-0 locomotive, similar to Rheneas.
Snowdon is the fourth engine on the Snowdon Mountain Railway. He was built in 1896 and is still in operation.
Culdee is based on him.
Sodor and Mainland Railways Engines
According to The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways, there were three 0-4-0ST engines with open cabs and square tanks that operated on the Sodor and Mainland Railway from 1856 until the line went bankrupt. They were then used for different jobs on Sodor, but were eventually scrapped because they were too weak to handle heavier loads.
The Sodor and Mainland Railway engines are based on Neilson 0-4-0 box tanks, a simple and robust class of engine built in Glasgow and sold all over the world.
Sodor Brass Band
The Sodor Brass Band are a group of musicians who arrived from the Mainland to play cheery music at special events and locations.
The Sodor Brass Band are voiced by Ben Small, Keith Wickham and Matt Wilkinson in UK, respectively, and Martin Sherman, David Bedella and Kerry Shale in US, respectively.
Soft-sided lorries were first seen in the first season. They are based on designs by Austin, Dodge and Leyland from the 1940s and 1950s.
Various soft-sided lorries have been seen bearing red, blue, yellow and, grey paint.
For very special visitors, there are two maroon coaches with a dull crimson finish and red lining. They are similar, maybe even identical, to the Duke and Duchess of Boxford's private coaches.
Spencer is a private engine belonging to the Duke and Duchess of Boxford. He speaks with a Upper Class (Posh English) accent.
During his first visit to Sodor, Spencer took the Duke and Duchess of Boxford on a trip around Sodor, but ignored Gordon's warnings about taking on water and thus ran out - Spencer attributed the incident to a leaky tank.
Upon his next visit, Spencer challenged Edward to a race and maintained a lead for the majority of the race, but vainly fell asleep while the Duke and Duchess stopped to take photos and narrowly lost to Edward after he got onto the summer-house branch line first.
Spencer has since developed a rivalry with Thomas, with the latter often trying to outshine Spencer - largely without success. Spencer returned to Sodor to help build the new summer-house for the Duke and Duchess of Boxford, much to the annoyance of all the engines. Firstly, he insulted all the steam engines - especially Thomas by calling him a "toy tank engine", which as a result they had a competition of strength. However, Spencer neglected to build the new summer-house when he became suspicious about Thomas, thinking he was being a tricky tank engine, and ended up getting slate down his funnel at the Quarry. When Spencer discovered Percy's mail coaches (thinking that Thomas was hiding them from Percy), he gets into trouble with the Fat Controller, who thought that Spencer was hiding the mail coaches all the time! Afterwards, Spencer loses his pride when his owners turn up for their holiday, and then he gets stuck in the mud when he chases Thomas to Knapford. After being rescued by Hiro, Spencer apologised to Thomas and Hiro, and together, they finish the summer house.
Spencer is rather arrogant and pompous, and considers himself to be above doing menial duties such as shunting. When he came to build the summer house, Spencer proved himself to be very nosey, sneaky and rather neglectful. Despite being closely related, Gordon and Spencer have never gotten on very well with each other. This is mainly because of his pompous behavior, which exceeds even that of Gordon's. He looks down on everyone, both his friends and his foes, believing that he is the best engine on the railway. Spencer intensely dislikes doing dirty work, and clearly goes to lengths to avoid it - to no avail.
Spencer is based on an LNER Class A4, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley and built at LNER Doncaster Works in 1935, approx. 70 ft. Mallard is a member of this type.
Spencer is painted silver with blue-grey cylinders and wheels and black lining. He wears red nameplates with gold lettering.
Spencer is voiced by Matt Wilkinson in UK, and Glenn Wrage in US.
Spencer's special coaches
Spencer has his own set of coaches for when the Duke and Duchess of Boxford go on holiday. They are similar, possibly even identical, to the special coaches owned by the North Western Railway.
Splatter and Dodge
Splatter and Dodge (collectively referred to as "Splodge") are Diesel 10's bumbling side-kicks.
Splatter and Dodge are two diesel shunters who, at one point, worked alongside Diesel 10. Diesel 10 referred to the two as "Splodge," claiming he didn't have time to say both names.
Diesel 10 wanted to rid the railway of steam engines, and Splatter and Dodge were complacent with his plans, regularly keeping a lookout for their boss and being present when he was scheming.
The two eventually grew tired of their boss, however, and when he tried to chase down Lady and Thomas, they refused to follow him.
They later went to Sodor Steamworks while Thomas told Lady about the Magic Railroad.
Both engines are fairly simple-minded and tend to banter. Splatter is the more talkative of the two, while Dodge is more intelligent.
Splatter and Dodge are based on BR Class 08 Diesel Shunters.
Splatter is painted purple and gray while Dodge is painted olive and gray. Both have their names painted on their sides in white, and are heavily weathered.
Splatter is voiced by Matt Wilkinson in UK, and Ben Small in US. Dodge is voiced by Keith Wickham in both UK and US.
St. Machan (pronounced Mat-shan) is the patron saint of Sodor.
During the sixth century, missionaries from the "Iona School" arrived on Sodor and settled in the more densely-populated south. St. Machan, however, settled in a cave near Culdee Fell, in the north. That cave has since become a place of pilgrimage. People came from far and wide to be baptised in Loey Machan, named in his honour.
"St. Tibba", or it may have been St. Ebba, according to legend, had a dream, resulting in a well being dug in Wellsworth, the water from which effected many remarkable cures.
Stafford is a battery-electric shunting engine.
When Stafford first arrived on the Island, Spencer was given the job of showing him around. Spencer fails to listen to a warning about Stafford's battery running out and when it does, Spencer does not notice. Later, Spencer runs out of coal and Stafford has to shunt the grand engine to Knapford where Sir Topham Hatt calls him a really useful engine and welcomes him to Sodor.
Stafford is based on the North Staffordshire Railway battery-electric No. 1.
Stafford is made of veneered wood with cream lining and his number and gold nameplates on his sides.
Stafford is voiced by Keith Wickham in both UK and US.
Stanley is a silver tank engine.
Stanley was brought to Sodor to take care of Thomas' workload during the restoration of Great Waterton. Upon his arrival, Stanley became very popular and enjoyed the company of the engines.
Stanley's popularity caused Thomas to feel jealous and later neglected. Thomas felt that Stanley was newer, bigger, and stronger that him- and would take over his place on the railway. Thomas then planned to make Stanley look weak - the trick backfired and caused Thomas' friends to consider him mean and incompetent.
When Thomas later went missing, Stanley was the first to realise Thomas' feelings. He searched for Thomas until he finally managed to find and rescue him. Then, both became friends and with a combined effort made it back to Great Waterton in time to prepare for the opening celebrations.
Stanley later worked in the yards with Thomas and James during the winter and helped with the rebuilding of the Sodor River Bridge.
Stanley is kind and friendly, and became very popular amongst the engines during Thomas' absence. He is a loyal hard worker and is inquisitive of his surroundings. His experience makes him a natural leader.
Stanley is a Hudswell Clark/Kiston 0-6-0ST/No.5459 Austin No. 1 hybrid with a tall funnel, a whistle on his cab roof, and two bunkers; one at the front and the other that is slightly angled at the back of his cab.
Stanley is painted silver all over with red wheels and lining. He has an arch-shaped face, a red running plate with a dark grey basecoat, and his name on each side of his saddletank in red with silver writings.
Stanley is voiced by Matt Wilkinson in UK, and Ben Small in US.
Stanley (named after politician Stanley Baldwin), also known as "No. 2", was an American narrow-gauge tank engine.
Stanley was built at Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1917 and worked in America before arriving on the Mid Sodor Railway.
Stanley had a tendency to ride roughly on the rails, and believed that it didn't matter if he came off the track occasionally. However, this attitude resulted in his being converted into a pumping engine. He last worked at the Cas-ny-Hawin mine until he broke down in December 1946 and the mine became flooded. With no reason to stay open, the Mid Sodor Railway closed down the next month and Stanley was scrapped.
After many years of been buried in the mine he had pumped out in the declining months of the Mid Sodor, Stanley's boiler was unearthed after a landslide in the area of the mine while men were digging up for spoils.
Stanley was arrogant and careless, and refused to listen to advice. This led to his eventual downfall.
Stanley is based on a Baldwin Locomotive Works 590 4-6-0T locomotive of the Baldwin class 10-12-D for the Welsh Highland Railway.
Stanley is painted red with black lining.
The stationmasters maintain the stations.
A stationmaster's uniform is blue trousers, a white shirt, a black tie, a blue jacket, and a blue cap.
The stationmasters are voiced by Keith Wickham in UK, and William Hope in US. The Maithwaite stationmaster and the Knapford stationmaster are voiced by Matt Wilkinson in UK, and Michael Brandon in US.
Stephen is an old steam engine.
Stephen is one of the earliest engines ever built. Newer engines may be faster and stronger than Stephen, but what he lacks in terms of strength or speed, he makes up for with his positive spirit, sense of humour, and knowledge.
Stephen is based on the Stephenson's Rocket.
Stephen is painted yellow and black. He bears a nameplate reading "Rocket".
Stephen is voiced by Bob Golding in both UK and US.
Stephen Topham Hatt is Sir Topham Hatt's grandson. He is the older brother of Bridget.
He takes over his father's role as controller of the North Western Railway sometime before the events of Really Useful Engines.
Stephen Hatt is voiced by Matt Wilkinson in UK, and William Hope in US.
Stephenson's Rocket is an early 0-2-2 steam locomotive designed by Robert Stephenson and built in Newcastle at the Forth Street Works of Robert Stephenson and Company in 1829. Rocket is perhaps the most famous engine in the world, launching the steam age at the Liverpool and Manchester Railway's Rainhill trials of 1829. The real Rocket, now rebuilt, lives at the Science Museum in London while a replica, built in 1979, lives at the National Railway Museum in York. There is also another replica Rocket living at the NRM, built in 1935 as a sectionalised reproduction, numbered 4089.
During 2007, the 1979 replica was withdrawn because his ten-yearly boiler certificate had expired. In addition to this, the museum plans to fit a new boiler with a riveted copper firebox and more accurate frames. The NRM managed to raise funds for Rocket's next overhaul at the Flour Mill Boiler Works in the Forest of Dean, which was completed in January, 2010. Now, Rocket is back at the National Railway Museum giving rides on the demonstration line.
The 1979 replica Rocket is painted yellow with a tall white funnel.
Stepney, named after a district in London, is a tank engine. He has a brother named "Boxhill - No.82" who is now at the National Railway Museum in York and another "Martello - No.662" from the Bressingham Steam and Gardens.
Stepney was designed by William Stroudley and built at Brighton Works in 1875 and later rebuilt in 1912. He arrived on the Bluebell Railway on May the 17th, 1960. Stepney was hiding on the Other Railway when Rusty found him and convinced him to travel with him to the Bluebell Railway.
In 1963, Stepney came on loan to Sodor and worked briefly with Duck at Tidmouth before working on Thomas' branchline, during which time he caught a cricket ball in a truck while passing the Elsbridge cricket field. Towards the end of his stay he returned to Tidmouth, and on his last day double-headed the Express with Duck after the Diesel failed.
Stepney has been withdrawn from service as his boiler certificate has expired. Despite his "tired" condition, he is having a fast-track overhaul so he'll be in service again in time for the "Bluebell 50" gala in early August 2010.
In March 2015, he was withdrawn from service after his main steam pipe had failed. He is currently on static display in the Sheffield Park engine sheds, awaiting an overhaul.
On his 2nd visit to Sodor, Stepney was repainted into his Black livery from 1960 and was accompanied by his long time friend Bluebell. while visiting the Oakham Road line, he was soon to put Burdock in his place and together with Leo, saved Burdock's rail-tour after he broke down.
Stepney is an honest, kind, and hard-working engine, who loves to work on his branchline. Stepney listens to advice all the time and he always learns a lesson.
Stepney is based on the real engine of the same name, an LB&SCR A1x Class "Terrier" 0-6-0T tank locomotive, approx. 26 ft 0 1/2 inch.
Stepney was painted in the ochre locomotive livery of the LB&SCR, formally known as "Stroudley's Improved Engine Green". He is currently painted in "Bluebell Black".
As of 2015, he has since been returned to his original yellow-green livery.
The controller of the Bluebell Railway accompanied Stepney to the North Western Railway on his visit.
Originally built in 1864 by Fletcher, Jennings & Co. of Whitehaven as an 0-4-0ST, Talyllyn had a short wheelbase and long rear overhang which led to its rapid conversion to an 0-4-2ST. As the more popular of the Talyllyn Railway's two original locos, Talyllyn was in very poor condition by 1945 when he was laid aside. He was rebuilt in 1957-58 by Gibbons Bros. Ltd., but proved problematic and has undergone considerable modification since then, resulting in a much improved performance.
Talyllyn is Skarloey's twin, and because of this he was mentioned multiple times in the Railway Series.
Talyllyn is currently painted BR black with red and white lining.
Tar wagons are painted black with "TAR" on the side in white. James once crashed into two of them after losing control of his trucks.
The taxi first made a cameo in the fifth season episode "Make Someone Happy" to take Mrs. Kyndley to the yard. It appeared in the sixth, seventh, tenth, twelfth seasons and more appearances.
The taxis are based on 1936 Austin London Taxis.
Terence is a crawler tractor.
In 1948, Thomas insulted Terence for his use of caterpillar tracks, but regretted it after Terence pulled him from a snowdrift.
In 1986, Terence befriended Duck while Thomas was at the Works.
In 1987, Terence did Percy's shunting work at Ffarquhar while Percy was at the harbour.
In 2007, Terence was helping build a barn on the day Victoria was sent back to Thomas' branchline. After swerving for a boulder by the Hackenbeck tunnel his trailer fell down the cutting and balanced dangerously on a tree.
Terence is based on a 1934 vintage Caterpillar Model Seventy - the largest, and last, design of petrol-powered tractors in Caterpillar's range.
Terence is painted orange with grey caterpillars and a small black exhaust pipe.
The "Picnic" Special
Duke pulls this train for summer visitors, and it is Duke's special train. He'll take the train even on days when he feels poorly. These coaches were recovered from the Mid Sodor Railway when Duke was found. The coaches for this train are based on the Ffestiniog Railway carriages 10, 16 and 23 and are painted blue.
The Anopha Quarry manager
This man is in charge of the quarry where Mavis works. He forbade her from leaving the quarry after jaunting onto the tramway, but later allowed her to go as far as the first level crossing after productivity increased, and later to Ffarquhar after she rescued Toby from a "tightrope".
The BBC television producers
These men came to the Skarloey Railway in Little Old Twins to film a documentary about the railway. Peter Sam and Sir Handel, recalling the same happening on the Mid Sodor Railway, at first feared the railway was going to be closed.
The Big Controller
The Big Controller is the Controller of the Upper Valley Railway. He is the third Controller of the railway, and a master engineer, having overseen the designing and construction of Hiro and the restoration of Morning Light. His Works also service the Lower Valley Railway's engines.
The Bird Watcher
The bird watcher first appeared in the thirteenth season episode Henry's Good Deeds. He somewhat resembles Sir Topham Hatt.
The bird watcher is voiced by Matt Wilkinson UK, and William Hope in US.
The Chinese Dragon
Thomas was once sent to collect this paper dragon from Brendam. He was surprised at its appearance, until his driver explained it was made of paper and could do no harm. Unfortunately, Percy, who was stuck on a siding at the time, didn't realise this and was scared by it as Thomas went past him. Percy later saw the dragon at Elsbridge, but was relieved that it was only a fake.
The Chinese Dragon can also be lit up inside to become illuminated. It is now popular with funfair specials. Since Season 10, the Chinese Dragon can move its head and dance about.
The Chinese Dragon is yellow with red and green detail.
The Crovan's Gate policeman
A policeman arrived after George collided with Sir Handel's train. He arrived just in time, for George's driver and the guard were almost about to have a fistfight over whose fault it was.
The Diesel, also known as Class 40, Bowler, 40061 and D261, is a diesel who once came on loan from the Other Railway.
The Diesel was sent to Sodor in 1963 to assist the engines with goods and express work, but only insulted the other engines by saying they were out-of-date. He, of course, got his comeuppance when an inspector's bowler hat jammed in his air intake, leaving Duck and Stepney to take the Express for him.
While everyone was farewelling Stepney, the Diesel crept away, leaving behind "a rather nasty smell, and a battered bowler hat".
The Diesel is based on a BR Class 40 1Co-Co1, built in February 26th the 1960.
The Diesel is painted in British Railway's two-tone green livery with a black roof and yellow warning panels.
The Dryaw Policeman
Another policeman from Dryaw warned Daisy about a bull on the line ahead. He hitched a ride and tried to help shoo the bull, but the bull kept wandering back.
He later warned Diesel about a bull and a cow on the line ahead. But Diesel refused to help shoo the cows, but he started to break down.
The Duke and Duchess of Boxford
The Duke and Duchess of Boxford visited Sodor once with their private engine, Spencer. They later bought a holiday home on Sodor and had Edward take their furniture car, who beat Spencer to the house.
The Duke and Duchess of Boxford are voiced by Matt Wilkinson and Teresa Gallagher in UK, respectively, and David Bedella and Jules de Jongh in US, respectively.
The Duke of Sodor
The current Duke of Sodor came to the Skarloey Railway to open the new loop line around Skarloey lake. Duck, however, mistook him for a Great Western engine and told Peter Sam all "engine" Dukes had been scrapped. Although a "person" Duke came to the opening ceremony, Peter Sam was doubtful and interrupted the Duke during a speech to ask him if he was real. The Duke, however, had been told to expect the question, and cheerfully replied he was a real, live person.
Duke is named after the Duke of Sodor's father, who was killed in action during World War II. Duke, however, was not aware of this. He presumably found out when the Duke came to see him after his re-discovery.
In the TV Series, he is known as Sir Robert Norramby, and made his debut in 'King of the Railway'.
He is voiced by Mike Grady in both UK and US versions.
The Fat and Thin Clergymen
The Fat and Thin Clergymen are two Clergymen that have had a great deal with the rescue of Duke. The Thin and Fat Clergymen are actual people, The Railway Series creator, Reverend Wilbert Awdry and Reverend Teddy Boston. They first appeared as two photographers picturing the Small Railway, accidentally splashing Bert in the face while he passed by with a train. They later appeared in taking part of the Rescue of Duke. Teddy Boston lived from 1924-1986 and Wilbert Awdry lived from 1911-1997.
The Flying Kipper
"The Flying Kipper" is the railwaymen's nickname for the goods train, usually pulled by Henry, which carries fish from Tidmouth to the mainland.
Henry was sent to take the train one morning, with the prospect of pulling the Express as a reward. After leaving punctually at 5am, Henry made good time on the way to the mainland, but unfortunately a set of points had been jammed by the frost and Henry was led down the line into the rear of a goods train.
By this time, Henry had become the sole engine in charge of the "Kipper".
One morning, extra vans for the "Kipper" soon became required after a boat returned with a greater load of fish than usual, and unluckily for Henry the only vans available were old, rusty and dirty. After a quick hose-out, the trucks were coupled to the train and loaded, and Henry made his way to Wellsworth, where Duck was acting as a "banker". On the way up Gordon's Hill, however, the taillamp fell off the rear van, causing Henry to lead up the hill with the "Kipper" while Duck, confused, lagged behind, until Henry slowed enough for Duck to catch up and ram the rear van. The train remained stuck on the hill until the late morning.
While Henry was away being overhauled, the engines took it in turns to pull the "Kipper". Everyone seemed satisfied with this arrangement, except James, who claimed that "you couldn't get the smell off your tender for weeks".
As James was preparing to leave one evening, a forklift, swerving to avoid another, tipped the crates of fish it was carrying onto the rails, causing their contents to spill just in front of James. The fish were hastily picked up, but when James tried to start, oil left by the fish caused him to slip helplessly. The rails were hosed down carefully, and, after sand was spread over the rails, James set off at last, many minutes late.
At some point, instead of catching fish and taking it straight to Tidmouth in their boats, the fishermen at a small seaside village decided to have Thomas take it up in his trucks. One day, Thomas was delayed by a crate falling on him and eroded ballast underneath the rails, and by the time he arrived at Tidmouth the "Kipper" was long overdue; Henry was so cross at the delay that he deliberately ignored Thomas' warning about the rails. This meant greater haste was taken to couple the vans to the "Kipper", and by the time Thomas' crew had warned the yard manager about the rails Henry had left Tidmouth. Another attempt to warn a signalman down the coast failed when poor reception meant he was unable to hear the warning in time, and at last Henry ran off the rails and into the bay. It was not until morning that Henry and the vans were able to be rescued.
Nowadays, the "Kipper" seems to have been scrapped in favour of taking fish from the seaside village in open trucks. Arthur has been given charge of the train, although Thomas occasionally helps.
The Hatts' nanny
While Sir Topham and Lady Hatt went on holiday in East Anglia in Toby and the Stout Gentleman, they were accompanied by another lady, presumably a "nanny" to care for Stephen and Bridget Hatt.
The Man in the Hills
The "Man in the Hills" is a tall man dressed in white who lives in the hills of Sodor. According to Sir Handel, no one has ever seen him. However, a chalk figure of him is drawn on a hillside next to the Skarloey Railway.
The white chalk figure of the Man in the Hills is based upon the Long Man of Wilmington, a mysterious guardian who protects the South Downs. The Long Man of Wilmington is on a steep hillside, six miles north-west of Eastbourne, East Sussex in Southern England.
The Mayor of Sodor
The Mayor of Sodor is in charge of whole Island.
The Mayor of Sodor is voiced by Keith Wickham in UK, and David Bedella in US.
The Mid-Sodor Railway manager
This man was the manager of the MSR when Falcon was new to the line. He arranged for Falcon to double-head with Duke on the "Mountain Road", which nearly resulted in disaster after Falcon derailed. Luckily, no harm was done, and the manager later apologised to the passengers for the trouble.
The Other Railway foreman
The foreman at a goods yard on the mainland tried to stop Douglas from taking Oliver, Isabel, and Toad back to Sodor, but grudgingly let them pass after finding nothing to fault.
Sir Handel Brown I, also known as the Owner, is the owner of the Skarloey Railway. He has other business to attend to, so he is rarely seen, and leaves the Thin Controller in charge. In addition to owning the Skarloey Railway, he has part-ownership of the Arlesdale Railway.
He is most likely married; he has five daughters named Agnes, Ruth, Lucy, Jemima and Beatrice. The original coaches were named after them. He also has a son named Sir Handel Lloyd Brown II, who took over the ownership of the Skarloey Railway after his retirement. His sister, Jane, married Sir Topham Hatt, the Fat Controller.
Sir Handel is named after him.
According to Sodor: Reading Between the Lines, Sir Handel Brown I lived from 1875 to 1950 and Sir Handel Lloyd Brown II was born in 1924.
The Percival twins
Two of Mr. and Mrs. Percival's children are fraternal twins. They appeared in the twelfth season.
Oddly, both are redheads, unlike their parents.
The Queen of Sodor
The Queen of Sodor is a leaky old barge who works along the canals. James was once tricked by Gordon into taking her to the workshop to be cleaned.
The Railway Board
These are a group of men who help run the North Western Railway and make decisions about which engines to keep. For some reason, they prefer to ride in Bertie. They also look very much alike.
The Railway Coal Inspector
The Railway Coal Inspector, called the Railroad Coal Inspector in the US narration, inspects coal on the railways. He once visited Sodor to study Henry's special coal, but Henry was unaware that he was a coal inspector and wanted to impress him, so he took on normal coal. The coal inspector later tells Henry that he should be very proud of his special coal.
The Railway Coal Inspector is voiced by Keith Wickham in UK. Unknown in US.
The Railway Society
The Railway Society visited Sodor in Domeless Engines, bringing City of Truro with them. Among the members illustrated is a vicar and a man in a bowtie, both looking at Duck; Brian Sibley joked they may have been the Reverend W. Awdry showing C. Reginald Dalby what Duck really looked like.
The Refreshment Lady
The Refreshment Lady works at Skarloey Station, where she owns a cafe there.
She only appears in the Railway Series story Peter Sam and the Refreshment Lady and the fourth season episode of the same name. She was also mentioned in Passengers and Polish when Nancy told Duncan she didn't have time to polish him as she needed to help the Refreshment Lady that afternoon.
In the seventh season episode The Refreshment Lady's Tea Shop and 2003, she set up a mobile shop in an old coach discovered by Rusty and Peter Sam.
The Royal Personage
The Royal Personage, presumably Prince Philip or Prince Charles, visited the North Western Railway on the Golden Jubilee of the Railway Series in 1995.
The Skarloey Railway breakdown train
The Skarloey Railway breakdown train is often hauled by Rusty, along with Cora.
The Small Controller
Mr. Fergus Duncan, also known as the Small Controller, is the controller of the Arlesdale Railway. He is bigger than either Sir Topham Hatt or the Thin Controller; his nickname refers to the fact that his railway is often called the "Small" Railway.
The Sodor Warbler
The Sodor Warbler is a rare, brightly coloured yellow bird. Bird watchers come from far and wide to see it. It now resides on a nesting pole at Bluff's Cove.
The Thin Controller
Mr. Peter Sam, also known as the "Thin Controller", is the former controller of the Skarloey Railway. When he retired, he was succeeded by his son Roger Sam. In the TV series, the role of the Thin Controller is taken by Mr. Percival.
Peter Sam is named after him.
The Tree Specialists
The tree specialists first appeared in the Twelfth season episode Henry Gets It Wrong, where they were helping fix The wishing tree. They later appeared in the Thirteenth season episode Thomas and the Pigs, where they were picking apples.
The Truck is a special item of rolling stock used for goods and maintenance duties on the Culdee Fell Railway. She is also used for stores and rescue trains, as she is the only rolling stock known to be capable of crossing the fearsome Devil's Back during a gale. For these trains, she is loaded with sandbags and her tank is filled with water to increase her weight. Although she is not allocated to any specific engine, there was a period when she worked exclusively with Lord Harry when the Manager took him off passenger trains.
The Vicar of Knapford
The Vicar of Knapford hosts a Sunday School at Knapford Harbour.
The Vicar of Wellsworth
Reverend Charles Laxey is the Vicar of Wellsworth.
Edward first approached the vicar to save Trevor from scrap. The Reverend agreed, and purchased Trevor, letting the traction engine stay in the Vicarage Orchard.
In 1966, the Vicar sent one of his beehives to be carried on the Express, but unluckily a porter dropped it, scattering the bees everywhere. The bees eventually settled on James' boiler, and only flew off when James passed the Vicarage orchard. The Vicar later came to thank James for rescuing his bees, and nicknamed him "James the Red-Nosed Engine".
In 1988, the old Reverend had retired and one of his son, also named Charles, had taken over the Vicarage. The Reverend could not afford for Trevor's boiler to be repaired, but after warning Edward when his trucks derailed the Fat Controller, in gratitude, paid for Trevor to be repaired at Crovan's Gate.
Thomas was to take the admiral to open the Sodor Maritime Museum, but when Thomas went on a journey looking for treasure he ended up being late, so Harold took the admiral instead. When Thomas finally found the treasure the admiral was soon on hand to dig it up, and declared that the treasure would be the most important thing in the museum.
The aeroplane was first seen at Dryaw in the first season.
The aeroplane appears to be based on a de Havilland Tiger Moth.
The ambulance carries patients and medical supplies. It is based on a Morris and Bedford
The animal sanctuary coach
The animal sanctuary coach was used for the Express, until it was put on a siding and neglected for several years. Years on, Thomas soon saw the rundown coach. As the animal shelter was running out of room, Thomas asked for the coach to be overhauled and renovated to be used as an animal home.
The ballast spreader
The ballast spreader, an unusual-looking machine, replaces ballast on the North Western Railway. He is painted yellow and carries the words "SODOR CHAIN LOAD UNDERCUT" on his side. Unusually, he appears to be wearing glasses in the illustration.
This man set up a barbershop in Crosby, unwisely placed at the end of the siding. After Duck crashed into the wall, the furious barber covered Duck's face in lather. He later cleaned it off after realising that Duck prevented a potentially fatal accident, and the North Western Railway gladly paid for the repairs.
The boy scouts
One summer, some boy scouts camped near the Skarloey Railway. Their leader arranged with Mr. Hugh to fix some ditches near the line.
The breakdown train
The breakdown train is composed of two cranes, two flatbeds and a carriage for the workmen. It is pulled to accident scenes, usually by Harvey and Rocky, to lift engines, coaches and trucks onto the rails. They are painted dark green. This train is manned by workmen.
The breakdown train is based on LNER 75 ton breakdown cranes.
The butler appeared in the Railway Series book Toby the Tram Engine and the first season episode Thomas in Trouble. He told the Fat Controller he was wanted on the telephone.
The canal boat
There are many canal boats in Sodor's waterways. They are a popular tourist attraction, going up and down rivers and canals. The "Sodor Valley" canal boat was first seen in the third season, and "Sodor Maid" appeared in the fifth season. An unknown orange canal boat also appeared in an annual. Others have been seen in blue and green colours. One was also featured in the twelfth season episode The Party Surprise.
In the eleventh season episode Gordon and the Engineer, a signalbox broke down, slowing traffic on the mainline to a standstill. Gordon was asked to collect an engineer from Maron, but he mistakenly collected a carpenter, who thought Gordon was taking him to Brendam.
These men were playing cricket at the Elsbridge cricket field when a batsman hit a six that landed in one of Stepney's trucks. Four of the cricketers chased after Stepney in Caroline.
The dairy farmer
This man's lorry broke down as he was delivering some dairy products to Brendam. He was phoning for help when Thomas crashed into the lorry and got covered in eggs. Bill and Ben were swift to tease Thomas about it afterwards.
The derailed engine
In the late 1950s, Gordon would stop at Vicarstown with the Express and an engine from the Other Railway would take the train on to London. One day, the engine pulling the Express that day rolled over while coming out of the yard, blocking the line. With permission from the Fat Controller, Gordon took the train on to London.
The Derailed Engine seems to be based on an LNER Class V2 2-6-2, because of the possible wheel arrangement seen in the illustration and the colour of the engine.
The Derailed Engine was painted in British Railways Brunswick Green livery.
The diesel shunter
The unnamed diesel shunter appeared in Thomas and the Great Railway Show to push Thomas on the lorry. He is based on a BR Class 08, like Diesel.
The dining coach
The dining coach is often added to the Express so that people can have something to eat on their journey. It has a bar, serving area, pantry and tables.
Henry once bumped this coach, making its contents fly everywhere.
The doctor tended to Mrs. Kyndley in Mrs. Kyndley's Christmas after Thomas' crew saw her dressing-gown waving from her window and suspected the worst. As it was, she had only fainted from the effort of warning them about a landslide ahead.
Daisy once brought several crates of eels up to Ffarquhar for a restaurant. Unfortunately, a boy accidentally knocked a crate onto the platform, causing the eels to fall onto the line and give Daisy such a fright that she blew a fuse.
After Gordon discovered his mistake, he reversed along Thomas' line to Maron, but was stopped at Killdane by Douglas, who was stranded there. Gordon, however, had the idea of sending Douglas to Cronk to tell Donald to collect the engineer, and then ferry him up the line. The plan worked, and the line returned to normal.
Two separate groups of enthusiasts appeared in Edward's Exploit and What a Picture!. The first group were pulled home by Edward, despite his breaking a crank-pin. The second group visited Brendam, and went to watch Ben when he was asked to pull a boat into deeper water, except one man who continuously took pictures of Bill. Unluckily for the photographer, as he was about to take his best picture Bill's driver turned a tap, releasing a cloud of steam and spoiling the photo.
Bill and Ben enjoy the enthusiasts' visits, mainly because of the way they fuss over them.
The experts, referred to as the expert with the red moustache and the expert with the the fuzzy beard have first appeared in the episode A Visit from Thomas from The Pack series.
The fire brigade
The fire brigade were seen riding in a fire engine in Gordon's Whistle after hearing Gordon whistling and mistaking the noise for a fire siren.
The first Ffarquhar stationmaster and his family
The stationmaster of Ffarquhar lives near the Ffarquhar sheds with his wife, son and daughter. When Thomas crashed into his house, he shut off steam while his wife reprimanded Thomas for spoiling their breakfast.
The stationmaster later argued with Daisy when she refused to pull the milk truck and the stationmaster's wife also appeared in Edward's Exploit.
When Thomas took on water from the River Els some fish were pulled into the bucket used to fill Thomas' tank, and as a result were boiled in Thomas' tank, causing the little blue tank engine severe pains. The fish were later fished out and eaten by Thomas' crew, the Fat Controller and an inspector.
The foreign engine
The foreign engine (known as the Big City Engine in Learning Curve merchandise) is a tender engine from the LMS built at Crewe in May 1934. He once stayed the night in Vicarstown with Gordon and Duck. When Gordon remembered a trip to King's Cross in his youth, the engine told him he went to Euston, and Duck replied he really went to Paddington. (In fact, all three were right, but that's another matter). The argument continued even after the engine had left the next day.
The engine is based on a LMS "Patriot" 4-6-0, designed by Sir Henry Fowler and built at LMS, Crewe and Derby works in May 1934.
The engine is painted dark green with red lining and grey wheels and cylinders. He presumably has a British Railways crest on his Tender.
The foreign gentleman
Three gentlemen talked to the Fat Controller after Douglas accidentally shunted the special coach in a siding in The Missing Coach. They later accompanied him when he disciplined Douglas.
The frightened child
When a bag was idiotically thrown onto Thomas' demonstration line at the National Railway Museum, Thomas couldn't stop in time and ran over the bag. A child was frightened by the steam, and his furious mother went to complain to the manager.
The hot air balloon
The hot air balloon came to Sodor primarily to carry holidaymakers. James and Thomas were jealous because they thought it would steal their passengers, but soon came to like it after James accidentally re-inflated it with his steam. It still carries passengers around, providing a rather different view of Sodor. It runs all over Sodor.
The hungry goat
The Fat Controller once leant out of a carriage window to cheer for Edward and Henry, but his top-hat was blown into the goat's field and quickly devoured.
The hungry ram
Percy once encountered this ram on the line. It was lured away by the driver with some cabbage. When Maithwaite station was later vandalised and several boys were trapped in the waiting room with the ram it was suspected to be the culprit, but the terrified boys confessed it was their fault and promised to help clean up. The Fat Controller gave the ram a pumpkin as a reward, but his top-hat was blown away by Harold and was munched up by the ram. The Fat Controller, happily, made light of the situation.
It is believed that the ram is owned by Jem Cole, as he is seen collecting the prize pumpkin for the ram.
The important passenger
The important passenger appeared in Stepney's Special and the fourth season episode Thomas and Stepney. After Thomas had left with his last branchline train, the passenger appeared and requested a special train for himself, resulting in Thomas being shunted to a siding while Stepney took the special train.
The injured sailor
The injured sailor appeared in the third season episode All at Sea. After he injured his hand during the regatta Harold brought him to Duck, and Duck to Bertie, who took him to hospital.
After a policeman spotted quarrymen riding on Henrietta's balcony, the inspector visited the quarry manager to inform him that it was illegal to do so.
The jet engine
The jet engine first appeared in the sixth season episode Thomas and the Jet Engine. Thomas went to Brendam to collect the jet engine from Cranky, who got huffy after Thomas told him to hurry up, and accidentally switched it on, sending Thomas rocketing off down the line, only stopping when the jet engine ran out of fuel.
Note that this would not happen in real life, for the following reasons: a jet engine would never be transported carrying fuel, Thomas would have surely derailed at the speed he was going at, and, even if he didn't, the friction would have ground his wheels down to nothing.
The jet engine is mounted on a large gray wellwagon, which also consisted of a red fuel tank and two large crates covered with tarpaulins.
One point to note is the model has a larger central box while "engaged" (this can be seen as the box is wider than the truck itself), probably to house the large motor which powered the model.
The lady in the black bonnet
At Maron, Edward told James of the time he had to push Gordon up a hill. James laughed so much he surprised an old lady as she was carrying some parcels. She dropped them, and the stationmaster and some porters had to pick them up for her.
The lady with the floppy green hat
This lady unwisely chose to wear a large floppy green hat when saying goodbye to a friend at Tidmouth. When she waved to the friend, who was sitting near the guard's van, Gordon's fireman thought the green flag had waved and set off, causing the first of a series of mix-ups.
The little blue engine
The little blue engine was only seen in The Monster Under the Shed. According to James, he was once chased out of a shed by a monster and never seen again.
The little blue engine seems to be based on a GER Class T26 minus the tender or an LSWR Beattie Well Tank.
The little blue tank engine
When Thomas left to run his branchline, Sir Topham Hatt borrowed a little blue tank engine to shunt at Tidmouth. For reasons unknown, the tank engine only ever made one appearance; it can be assumed that he was sent back to his old railway after Percy was brought to the railway, or that he was sent back because of bad behaviour (he was heard to tease James about his incident with the bootlaces).
The tank engine's basis is unknown, but he appears to have side tanks from his cab to half-way along his boiler and might have a 0-6-2 wheel arrangement.
The little boys
Several groups of young boys have appeared at various times. They have confused Gordon for a tank engine, taunted Daisy with "bull's-eyes", lauded Sir Handel for racing George and rode Tom Tipper's bike onto the rails.
This magician was once hired to entertain at a party, and asked Thomas to collect several objects for his grande finale. Thomas rustled everything together in time, and the magician then temporarily gift-wrapped Thomas in them!
The magician has a stereotypical Italian accent and wears a tuxedo and top hat.
The mail boat
The mail boat brings mail to Sodor from the mainland. Henry then takes the mail to Brendam for Thomas and Percy.
The mail van
Tom Tipper owns a mail van that he uses for mail collection and deliveries. The van was once taken away and replaced with a bike while Tom was ill, but was soon put back into service after Percy accidentally ran the bike over.
The mail van is based on similar vans built by Morris and Bedford in the 1940s and 1950s for mail collection and deliveries in country areas over the whole of Britain.
"Dusty" Dave the miller runs his own flour business. He is a good friend of Lady Hatt and Toby.
When his windmill was struck by lightning, Toby wanted to help. That chance came sooner than expected when Toby came across a tree and asked if he could use to rebuild the mill. When the windmill was rebuilt, the miller named it "Toby's Windmill" in thanks.
Later, Thomas sought out his help in looking for a truck of flour.
The naughty boys
These two boys wandered into James' cab and started him off, prompting a high-speed chase by Edward.
In "Off the Rails", a newt got on Gordon after he fell in the ditch.
The old engine
"The old engine" is an unnamed LNER tender engine. He was designed by Alexander McDonnell and built at Stratford Works by TW Worsdell in 1903.
When Toby was visiting a seaside branchline, he saw him struggling with a load and offered to help himself. The engine, grateful, told Toby about the festival.
Despite being dirty and badly maintained and suffering from steam leaks which made it hard for him to pull trains, the old engine seems to have a bit of an optimist inside him somewhere.
The old engine is based on a GER J15 0-6-0 goods tender engine. His name is a reader-applied name; he was never named in his appearance.
The old engine was painted in plain black, but his paintwork was tarnished by a covering of dirt. He has "LNER" written on his tender side in yellow.
The old lady with the umbrella
This old lady left her umbrella lying on the platform in Thomas and the Guard. When Thomas was about to leave, the guard tripped on the umbrella. By the time he had gotten up again, Thomas had left.
The one-eyed truck
The one-eyed truck is a ghost Kelly mentioned in "Percy's Scary Tale". According to him, he was a steam lorry who had one of his headlamps stolen by a low-loader. The low-loader managed to get away, but, according to legend, the one-eyed truck still haunts Maithwaite Forest looking for a new headlamp.
The other bus
The other bus looks like Bertie, only faceless.
The other bus is based on an AEC Regal "T Class" London Country Area bus.
The other bus is painted in the common red livery of buses in the United Kingdom, mostly famously begin used by London Transport.
The other lorries
Red lorry is a small red lorry, seen at yards and harbours. Old lorry is a large brown lorry. Can be used as a box truck, low loader, and cargo truck. Seen at Works and Docks. Foden Lorry is the red lorries with bodies recycled from the Horrid Lorries, seen in later seasons. Used in yards, harbours, and scrapyards.
The other policeman
These policemen came to argue with the Fat Controller in Thomas in Trouble after Thomas was found to have travelled down the Anopha Quarry branch illegally.
The paddle boat
The paddle boat lives in a harbour near the Skarloey Railway. Its body was recycled from OJ of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends' sister show TUGS.
This man was painting Tidmouth station for Queen Elizabeth II's visit in Paint Pots and Queens when Henry came in. He lost his footing in the smoke and fell. His fall was luckily broken by a tarpaulin draped over Henry's cab, but his paint-pot landed on Henry's dome, making him look, in the Fat Controller's words, like an iced cake.
Percy was asked to show the painter around Sodor so he could paint a picture, but the painter was fussy and complained at sights like the beach and the viaduct. Percy finally lost his temper and shouted at the painter, but the painter got an idea: paint Percy.
The painter fits the stereotypical image of a painter: he has a moustache and French accent and dresses in a smock and beret.
The passing diesel
The passing diesel appeared in Enterprising Engines, shouting a warning that Oliver was escaping.
After a dinosaur skeleton was discovered in the mountains, Thomas took the photographer to the Transfer Yards while Rheneas took the skeleton down the mountain.
When Edward was later chosen to star on a North Western Railway poster, the photographer was hired again, this time to take a photo of Edward for the poster. He was later hired to photograph the engines for a billboard to be erected at Knapford.
The rock crusher
Bill and Ben were once sent to collect the rock crusher from Brendam for the Centre Island Quarry. When Fergus told them to be careful, the twins deliberately ignored his advice and made as much noise as they could, which only caused a landslide. Luckily, Fergus pushed them out of the way and took the force of the impact.
During a gale on Culdee Fell, news came at Devil's Back Station of a group of climbers injured on the mountain. #6 rescued the climbers, and was later renamed after a climber, Patrick, who had hurt himself saving the leader.
The royal train
This train was pulled by a specially decorated Gordon when Queen Elizabeth II visited Sodor. It was made up of ordinary yellow-orange and red express coaches.
The salvage barges
When there is an accident near the harbours, the salvage boats are sent to help. They helped Percy when he fell into the quay, and Henry when he crashed into the bay. The Yellow salvage barge appeared from season 2-5.
Some of the salvage barges' models are recycled from Zebedee and Zak's models from TUGS.
The scrapyard engines
The scrapyard engines appeared in the second illustration of Stepney the "Bluebell" Engine. All four had lost their paint and were waiting to be scrapped on a siding.
The engine on the left seems to be a GWR 2251 Class 0-6-0 tender engine. The engine on the right seems to be a LNWR 0-8-2 tank engine with its trailing wheels, bunker and back end of its cab already cut off. The engine behind the engine on the right, on the same track, seems to be another tank engine with its smokebox door and its side tanks already removed. The fourth engine, on the far right, appears to be another tank engine.
The special bus service
While the majority of the railway was closed for repairs, the buses were called upon to look after the passengers. One was a red double-decker bus called the "special bus service". He teased Bertie for being small until they had a race, which Bertie won because he was able to go under a low railway bridge. By the end of his visit, the special bus service had learned that Bertie was useful despite his size. His livery and personality are similar to Bulgy's.
The special bus service is painted red and has a sign on his side reading "Special Service".
The spiteful breakvan
The spiteful breakvan was a troublesome brakevan who took a dislike to Douglas and purposely delayed his trains until Donald bumped him violently to teach him a lesson.
After Donald ran into the Tidmouth signalbox, James was saddled with the breakvan, who continued his old tricks. Douglas, as a result, had to help James up Gordon's Hill, and subsequently crushed the breakvan into pieces. He was never rebuilt after that, and scrapped.
Like the rest of the trucks, the spiteful breakvan was rude and disrespectful to the engines, especially Donald and Douglas, and incredibly impolite.
The spiteful breakvan was based on a standard BR 20-ton brakevan built in 1929.
The spiteful breakvan is painted grey with "NW" on his side in white and 13 20T on his sides.
This spider spun a web in the basment of the Knapford Junction signalbox before moving on to greener pastures. However, her web caused a problem on the day of the Railway Series' Golden Jubilee, as it shorted the electrics in the signalbox just minutes before Pip and Emma came into the Junction with the guests.
The station coach
Whilst travelling along his branchline, Thomas and the Fat Controller discovered one of the stations had been vandalized. Later on the journey, Annie and Clarabel discovered an old coach in an overgrown siding. After their journey, Annie and Clarabel suggested to the Fat Controller that he should have the old coach renovated and converted into a new station building. The old coach was very grateful to be put back into good use again as a station building - hence her name, the station coach.
The station coach was orange-yellow all over when she was discovered. After her renovation and conversion, she was repainted red with a gray face.
The stone-dropping boys
Three boys found it fun to drop stones on Henry as he passed underneath a bridge, causing minor damage to several carriage windows and Henry's boiler and hitting the fireman on the head. Although the passengers wanted to call the police, Henry's crew persuaded them to let them get their own revenge by showering them, as well as some friends who came to watch, with ashes from Henry's fire.
This storyteller was asked to open a new library, but first Thomas had to show her a special part of the line to give her inspriation for a story. Thomas, however, was delayed helping James, Emily and Percy, but luckily the storyteller knew what to do: she made a story about Thomas.
The tea room special
Peter Sam tried to help the Refreshment Lady find a place for another tea room, with no success, but later had the idea to make the mobile tea room after seeing an old coach swept upon the tracks.
The tea room could be based on the Talyllyn Railway's seventh coach, which was once a tea room.
The teacher appeared in the thirteenth season episode Time For a Story where she told the children a story all about an impatient boy. She also makes cameos in Henry's Good Deeds and Hiro Helps Out. Her hobby is bird watching.
The teacher is voiced by Teresa Gallagher in UK, and Jules de Jongh in US.
Two men robbed the Ffarquhar stationmaster's house of his gardening trophies, and rounded it off by stealing his new car. Luckily, they were stupid enough to use the car the day after the burglary. Thomas' fireman alerted the police, and the thieves were arrested, with the car and the trophies (in the boot of the car) both unharmed.
The traffic warden
After Thomas crashed into a crossing gate en route to York, he was put onto a lorry and taken to York. The driver was unsure of the way to the National Railway Museum and parked the lorry while asking for directions. In the meantime, the traffic warden booked the lorry for illegal parking.
The trampsteamer once crashed at Brendam harbour, trapping the big engines and pushing Cranky over.
The trampsteamer closely resembles Izzy Gomez from Thomas and Friends' sister series TUGS.
The wedding guests
As Gordon passed Wellsworth one day, the poor coal he was using caused him to "sneeze" out a cloak of ashes, spoiling the clothes of the angry wedding guests.
The workshop engines
These engines appeared in the workshop where Percy lived in Troublesome Engines. They are described as looking "big, little, happy, sad and anxious".
In addition to these in My Thomas Story Library, there are two other engines; one looks like a maroon version of Percy with yellow stripes and inside cylinders and other looks like Wilbert with blue wheels.
The green engine might be a LMS 2P, the red engine is a LMS Jubilee, the blue engine an LNER F5, the engine next to Percy (that hard to decide what class that engine was) a GWR 2301 Class, Percy's sister, and a J94.
Thomas is a blue tank engine. He came to Sodor in May 1915 as a station pilot at Vicarstown until 1946, at which time he was transferred to Wellsworth following an incident with some trucks. Later that year, after rescuing James after his crash, he was given charge of the Knapford-Ffarquhar branch line and two coaches whom he named Annie and Clarabel. Aside from his faithful coaches Annie, Clarabel, and Old Slow Coach (who serves as a special coach), Thomas also has a set of 8 green trucks for goods. He speaks with an strong East End Cockney accent.
After Thomas acted cheeky to Gordon one day in 1922, Gordon decided to pay him out by pulling him away before he had been uncoupled from his coaches. Thomas was pulled across Sodor at high speed and afterwards resolved to never tease Gordon again, but this brief excursion beyond his boundaries seemed to give him a desire to see more of the world and be part of it.
In 1946, Thomas was given charge of Henry's morning train after he fell ill, but forgot to be coupled and only stopped when a signalman told him that he had no train. Thomas' real first chance at pulling a train came when Edward offered to shunt coaches while Thomas took a goods train for him to Wellsworth, but the trucks got up to their tricks and pushed him down Gordon's Hill; Thomas narrowly avoided a collision with the buffers.
After this incident, Thomas was permanently transferred to Wellsworth to learn the ways of the goods yards. After James came rushing through one day and crashed into a field, Thomas came to his aid and the Fat Controller, satisfied with Thomas' work, gave him charge of a branch line.
In 1948, Thomas had his famous race with Bertie on his new line, as well as getting stuck in the snow; leaving his guard behind; and getting fish inside his water tanks.
In 1949, Thomas was asked by the Fat Controller to run the main line with Edward while the big engines went on strike.
Henry finally got his revenge on Thomas by beating him to the junction, with the help of his new Welsh coal. Thomas was not cross, but instead impressed by Henry's newfound power.
In 1951, Thomas had a brush with the law after he was booked for traveling from Anopha Quarry without cowcatchers or sideplates. The matter was resolved when Toby came to Sodor to help on the branch line.
In 1952, Thomas teased Gordon relentlessly about his incident with the ditch. He later went to an abandoned lead mine for some trucks and foolishly ignored a danger sign, causing him to fall into a mine tunnel. Gordon pulled him out, and the two formed an alliance. Thomas later asked the Fat Controller if Gordon could be forgiven, and was chosen to shunt coaches for the other engines. He was personally thanked by Queen Elizabeth II.
As Thomas was busy in 1956, he asked Percy to take the children home from Sunday School.
In 1957, Thomas warned Percy not to stray past the board at the harbour, citing his experience falling down the mine as a warning.
Thomas later attended a meeting with the other engines, learning he and the others were going to England. While teaching his temporary replacement, Jinty, how to run his branch line, he boasted about his famous race and crashed into some buffers, denting his front end badly. He was repaired in time, and breathlessly arrived at Knapford just before the others left for England.
It is revealed Thomas takes a special coach from the express every afternoon for passengers traveling on his branch line in 1959.
In 1961, Thomas had a collision with the Ffarquhar stationmaster's house and was sent to be repaired. One of the major differences in Thomas' body upon his return was his valence, which was now flat instead of curving down, as it previously did.
In 1962, Thomas teased Percy about his ghost train, but was later spooked when Percy, covered in lime, attempted to gain entry into the Ffarquhar sheds.
In 1963, Thomas befriended Stepney during his visit to Sodor. Stepney worked on his branch line during his stay.
In 1983, Thomas helps the police when he sees the thieves, who stole some valuables from the Statiomaster. Also, after being cheeky to Gordon, Thomas was given the task of pulling the Express along with Duck and Percy while Gordon and Henry were ill.
In 1985, Thomas and Percy began a quarrel after Thomas became covered in coal dust, which became more serious as time went on. Finally, Thomas apologized after Percy helped him after he punctured his water tank and the two became friends again.
In 1988, Thomas was sent to Edward's branchline whilst the bridges on his own line were under repair.
In 1990, Thomas was invited to a railway show in York. The trip was shaky, with Thomas colliding with a crossing gate and later being booked for parking after the lorry he was traveling on parked illegally. Matters were compounded after Thomas frightened a small child while stopping for a bag carelessly thrown onto the line, but Thomas made up for his misdemeanors by saving Green Arrow from a dip in a river, and was rewarded by being made an honorary member of the National Railway Museum and was given a commemorative plaque. For some reason, Thomas does not bear this plaque anywhere visible on his body.
Thomas arrives home from York in the last story, and is greeted with a celebration.
In 1993, Thomas befriends Wilbert upon his arriving on the branch line.
In 1995, Thomas derails after running over track weakened by rabbit burrows.
In 2007, Thomas spotted an old coach called Victoria who was run down and unused, and suggested that she be mended to help Toby. After an overhaul at the Works, she became part of "Toby's Vintage Train".
Thomas is rather cheeky, but is good at heart and generally behaves well, except when he is getting into mishap. Thomas loves teasing the others and on occasion brags about his superiority, but is always brought down to earth in due course. If Thomas has one major character flaw, it's that he's forgetful, and slightly impatient. However, he's also optimistic and idealistic.
Although their friendship has been turbulent at times, Percy is generally portrayed as Thomas' best friend.
Thomas is based on the Billington E2-Class 0-6-0T locomotives built for the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway between 1913 and 1916. He is apparently one of the last batch built as only these engines featured his distinctive extended-side-tanks, projecting forward over the leading wheels and little downsweeps at each end of footplate. The E2s were introduced in 1915 to replace earlier members of the E1 class, which had been scrapped. The last five in the ten strong class had extended side tanks to give a greater water capacity, but all engines had two inside cylinders and driving wheels 4'6" in diameter.
Thomas's running-plate was allegedly a source of some contention to the Reverend W. Awdry during the course of the Railway Series. As originally drawn, it had a distinctive dip at the front, but none at the back. The story goes that, to Awdry's eyes, this meant that Thomas' buffers would be at different levels, an operational inaccuracy and impossibility. This seems curious on Awdry's part, as all the artists had drawn Thomas as having an extra-deep rear bufferbeam to compensate, thus putting the front and rear buffers at the same level.
Be it a matter of taste or inaccuracy, the issue of the running-plate had to be settled: thus Thomas' excursion into the Stationmaster's house at Ffarquhar was arranged. After his repairs at Crovan's Gate, Thomas returned with a new running plate that was flat and level from smokebox to bunker. Since his 1980 rebuild, he has dipped running plates at both front and rear.
The E2's on which Thomas was based had dipped running-plates at both front and rear, and the Hornby Thomas model displays these features, having been retooled from a set of moulds formerly used by Hornby to make E2 models.
His television counterpart however, retains the unique-forward-dipped running plate.
Thomas is painted in the NWR's standard blue livery with red-and-yellow lining and the number "1" painted on his tank sides and each side of his boiler in yellow with a red border. Thomas is also an honorary member of the National Railway Museum in York, and he wears the commemorative plaque he was given in front of his funnel, which reads "National Railway Museum Honorary Member".
Thomas is voiced by Ben Small in UK, and Martin Sherman in US. He is currently voiced by John Hasler in the UK, and Joseph May in the US, since both their former actors have retired from the show.
Thomas' old trucks
After Thomas' trucks started getting too old and unreliable, the Fat Controller arranged for him to get new trucks. After failing to keep his new trucks clean, Thomas tried his old trucks but only caused delay.
Thomas' new trucks
Thomas got eight new trucks after his old ones were deemed too old and unreliable. Thomas tried to get his new trucks to stay clean, but they thought otherwise. Eventually, Thomas decided his new trucks would rather feel useful than clean. They are usually coupled up behind Clarabel, and unlike most Troublesome Trucks, Thomas' trucks have learned to behave and sometimes help to brake.
Thomas' special coach
After arriving at Tidmouth with the Express, Gordon shunts a coach from the train into a siding. Thomas, Annie and Clarabel then come from Knapford junction to collect it.
One time, Douglas forgot to shunt this coach, causing a heap of delay for the passengers.
Thorfinn, the son of Earl Sigurd of Orkney, was a king of Sodor and Man who began his reign in 1034 after banishing King Harold to Iceland. Thorfinn most likely reigned for several decades, but either died or was killed sometime around 1079, when Godred Crovan conquered Man.
Thumper is a quarry machine with two arms and catepillar treads. He is designed for loosening rocks.
Thumper was brought to the quarry to help clear rock, but his arms accidentally dislodged an enormous boulder which chased Rusty, Skarloey and Rheneas down the line before nearly crushing Percy and running into the sheds at the mine. Nowadays, Thumper is used for slate mining.
Although Thumper had no lines in his first appearance, he has been said to act as a "cool man".
Thumper is painted orange with his name painted on his side of his bonnet in white.
Thumper is not based upon any known quarry machine - at any rate, a machine of his type would be extremely hazardous to those around - such as the lack of windows at the front of the cab, making the operator unable to see.
Tiger Moth is a red and yellow bi-plane who is reckless and daring. He flies high and low, doing tricks to show off, and is very rude indeed. He learnt his lesson after crashing into a haystack.
Tiger Moth is loosely based on a de Havilland Tiger Moth with a radial engine and tail resembling that of a Sopwith Camel.
Tiger Moth's Pilot
Tiger Moth's pilot is a show-off who has a reputation of flying too low. He later got his comeuppance after he crashed into a haystack. The Fat Controller requested that the pilot be grounded.
He appears to be rather pompous, and a bit of a yesman.
Tim is a black gold-domed narrow gauge engine. He worked on the Mid Sodor Railway with Duke, Stuart, Falcon, Jim, Jerry, Albert and Bertram.
Tim is based on a generic tram locomotive 0-4-0T.
Toad is a Great Western brakevan who escaped from scrap with Oliver and Isabel.
Toad worked with Oliver on the Great Western Railway before being threatened with the prospect of scrapping. Oliver, Toad and an autocoach named Isabel ran away for the greener pastures of the North Western Railway, but Oliver ran out of coal en route. Luckily, they were rescued by Douglas and brought back to Sodor, where Toad asked to be Douglas' brakevan to thank him.
When Scruffey began to start a trend of disrespecting the engines, Toad had the idea for Oliver to show Scruffey and his lieutenants the error of their ways. This turned out better than expected, for Oliver pulled Scruffey apart and won back the respect of the trucks.
Toad was tired of always going backwards and wanted to be a leader for a change. The trucks decided to teach Toad to be careful what he wishes for by breaking away from Oliver on Gordon's Hill, and as a result, he narrowly avoids James, crashes into some level crossing gates, and stops by taking a plunge into a pond. Afterwards, Toad decides that always going backwards isn't bad after all.
Later, Toad was with Oliver up in the hills when they asked Gordon if he needed some help.
Unlike the rest of the trucks, Toad is devoutly respectful of the engines - he even addresses them as "Mr." - and incredibly polite. Toad is also somewhat imaginative and a bit of an optimist.
Toad is based on a GWR Standard 20-ton brakevan built at Swindon in 1940.
Toad is painted grey with "GW 56831" written on the side in white.
Toad is voiced by Joe Mills in both UK and US.
Toby is a steam tram engine. He has a square body with two cabs at each end, cowcatchers in front and behind his wheels, side-plate at the sides.
Toby was built by James Holden at GER's Stratford Works in 1903 and originally lived at Great Yarmouth Docks, Norfolk with his brothers before working on an unnamed tramway. In November 1951, Toby came to work at the quarry on Thomas' branchline after his old railway in East Anglia closed, as it was found to be illegal for Thomas to go on the quarry line without sideplates or cowcatchers.
Toby is old and, at first, was teased by James for his shabby paint. James stopped calling him names after he crashed into some tar wagons, and Toby was given chocolate-brown paint for his hard work. Toby has two coaches named Henrietta and Victoria and a luggage van called Elsie.
When he was first introduced, Toby was old but hardworking, and knew enough about running a branchline to justify running Thomas' with Thomas and Daisy after Percy's accident with the trucks. He is also savvy enough to control the trucks. However, his advanced age and design means that he is weaker than the other engines.
Toby has been portrayed as being nervous about the capabilities of his work and uncertain about being an old steam tram, believing that he is not a proper engine, only good enough as a museum piece and not really special at all.
Toby was inspired by a GER Wisbech steam tram J70 0-6-0T, approx. 20 ft 10 1/2 in., seen by the Reverend W. and Christopher Awdry on a holiday at Yarmouth, hence Toby's origins.
Toby was painted brown with black cowcatchers and sideplates (which sported "LNER" in bright yellow letters) before working on his tramway, where he was repainted greyish-brown with grey sideplates and cowcatchers. After helping James he was repainted chocolate-brown with olive frames and blue sideplates. Toby has a brass bell on top of his cab roof which shines as bright as gold, and a number "7" painted on his sides in bright yellow with a red border.
Toby is voiced by Ben Small in UK, and William Hope in US. From Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure/Season 19 onwards, in the UK version, he will be voiced by Rob Rackstraw.
The toffee wagons are used to transport sticky toffee. They are painted orange.
Tom Rolt was built at the Talyllyn's Pendre Works, using parts of a seldom-used 3ft gauge Andrew Barclay 0-4-0WT, built in 1949 for Bord na Mona, the Irish turf board. An 0-4-2T, it is the line's newest, largest, most powerful steam locomotive, having entered service in 1991. It is named after the author L. T. C. Rolt, who inspired the Talyllyn's preservation and was its manager in 1951 and 1952.
In August 2000, Tom Rolt returned to service after its annual boiler inspection and overhaul. It always carries the standard TR deep bronze green livery.
In 2007, Tom Rolt was withdrawn from service for an overhaul, but came back into service quite recently in early 2009.
Ivo Hugh is based on him.
Tom Tipper is the postman that services Ffarquhar. Tom fell ill, and, when he returned, found his chief had decided a bike was more economical than a postvan. One morning, Tom was asked to fill in some forms. Tom, in a hurry, propped his bike against the platform fencing and asked Percy to keep his eye on it. When Percy wasn't looking, a boy climbed on the bike, rode down the platform and landed the bike under Percy's wheels, managing to get out of the way just in time. Tom carelessly propped the bike against Percy's train, and it fell under his wheels when he started. Tom was disappointed, but his Chief decided to give him his postvan back, to his delight.
Trevor is a traction engine.
Trevor used to work on farms doing odd jobs like threshing corn and sawing timber, but his owner thought him old-fashioned and sent him to the scrapyard. Edward luckily befriended him and convinced Rev. Charles Laxey to purchase him. Trevor now lives in the Wellsworth vicarage orchard, but is often borrowed by his old driver Jem Cole to do odds jobs.
Trevor is very friendly and gets along well with the engines. He is also helpful and ready to give anybody advice. Trevor loves children in particular, especially giving them rides in his cart.
Trevor is based on a William Foster and Co. eight-ton traction engine built in the 1920s for farm work and hauling heavy loads, and previously owned by the Reverend W. Awdry's friend the Reverend Teddy Boston.
Before 1988 Trevor was painted black with gold boiler bands and chimney cap. Since 1988, he was painted green with bright yellow boiler bands.
Troublesome Trucks (Foolish Freight Cars, or simply Freight Cars, in the US) are so nicknamed because they can be quite troublesome and love to play tricks. No one - save for Edward, Stepney and Salty - likes them, as they have been the cause of many accidents.
There have, however, been some cases where the trucks and engines are on the same side.
Trucks could be considered the rebels of the railway, as most of them love to cause mischief and trouble. They will play tricks on an engine based on how they treat them. Most accidents caused by the trucks are a form of revenge due to mistreatment. If an engine is having a bad day, makes a mistake or is easily played upon, then the trucks begin their wild antics of singing, name calling, holding back, shoving, bumping, giggling and so on.
Trucks can also be described as territorial; when they get used to certain engines pulling them, another engine in the yard to take them may cause confusion or anger for the trucks. In Percy's Predicament for example, Toby and Percy switched jobs, making Toby's trucks furious, and they caused Percy to crash.
They are currently voiced by Christopher Ragland in the US version.
There are various tugboats seen around the harbours of Sodor. Their models appear to have been recycled from the Star Fleet and the Z-Stack's models from TUGS.
U. L. P.
U. L. P. is a pink van who teased Oliver upon his return from the Works.
Victor is a Cuban narrow gauge tank engine who was introduced in Hero of the Rails.
Victor is one of the American Engines molded for work on Sodor. He was built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in Pennsylvania and presumably was shipped to a Latin Country like Cuba, judging by his accent and prototype
Victor is one of the managers of the Sodor Steamworks. He is always busy finding parts, delivering, collecting, and supervising activities around the yard. He works closely with Kevin, whose clumsiness often drives Victor mad. He's a wise and friendly engine who is always ready to help his friends; however, he refuses to put up with nonsense.
In his first appearance in "Hero of the Rails", Victor helped Thomas to restore Hiro with the help of Kevin. Victor would leave flatbeds of old engine parts for Thomas and the other engines to bring to Hiro. After Sir Topham Hatt found out about the situation, he put Victor in charge of overseeing Hiro's restoration.
Victor is dark red with yellow stripes, and black and yellow hazard stripes on his bufferbeams. The side of his cab has the Sodor Steamworks logo.
Victor was built by Baldwin locomotive works in 1915 and is based on 1173, an 0-4-0ST+T locomotive that worked on sugar plantations in Cuba. As the Sodor Steamworks is based on high profile locomotive works (such as Crewe and Darlington), Victor is based on the narrow gauge locomotives who lived there delivering parts to different departments.
So, while Victor's prototype is standard gauge, he, like the high profile works locos, is narrow gauge. His whistle sounds like a D&RGW C-21 Class Steam Engine.
Though Baldwin did build many tank engines and saddle tanks, Victor's prototype is unique for being the only one with side tanks, too. No. 1173 lacks a bunker for coal, and has a bell and knuckle couplers. Victor also lacks a bunker meaning he would have to stop multiple times for coal if he left the SSW (if he were to proper scale!) Victor is narrow gauge unlike his prototype, as high profile engine works like Crewe often had NG engines bringing parts around. Despite he was seen in Season 13's Steamy Sodor, Victor can only go outside to his shed. He can't visit the transfer yards as he is a different kind of narrow gauge, and only the Steamworks' tracks and transfer table have dual gauge lines. He is a 4' NG engine, the largest for the UK. His whistle is a generic steam whistle recorded from a Canadian engine at Steamtown NHS in Scrantion, Pennsylvania. These recordings of it are often used in games and films, as we heard it in a TATMRR trailer and a low-quality version of the whistle blast HiT used.
Victor is voiced by Matt Wilkinson in UK, and David Bedella in US. Wilkinson has given him an usually exotic Cuban accent whilst Badella have given him an soothing Latin-American accent. He is now voiced by David Bedella in both versions.
Victoria is a vintage four-wheeled coach from the Furness Railway.
Victoria was built in 1882 and worked on the Lakeside branch of the Furness Railway with an engine, Albert, and another coach, Helena. After she became obsolete she moved to Sodor and became a summerhouse in a garden near Elsbridge. After being discovered by Thomas' driver, it was decided that she could be restored and used on the tramway from Ffarquhar to the quarry to help Toby, Henrietta, and Elsie. She also helps Thomas, Annie and Clarabel on busy days.
Victoria is painted blue with white windows. While she was a summerhouse, her paint had faded, leaving her a dull red.
Wellsworth and Suddery Railway tank engines
The Wellsworth and Suddery Railway was the third railway to become part of the North Western Railway, becoming Edward's branchline. It is recorded in The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways that it had some tank engines of its own, but no further details were given.
Wendell is a diesel engine who lives at Crovan's Gate and occasionally does odd jobs on the railway. He is currently stationed at Sodor Steamworks.
Wendell rescued James after his injector failed, and managed to eradicate James' dislike of diesels with his charismatic persona.
Wendell brought the Christmas tree for Thomas from the Other Railway.
Wendell was seen talking to Gordon at Barrow-in-Furness.
Wendell is described as being friendly and is impossible to not like - even James, who retained a hearty dislike of diesels, couldn't help but befriend him before the two had even reached the Works.
Wendell is based on BR Class 47 "Brush" Co-Co.
Wendell is painted in a British Rail "Rail Blue" livery with yellow warning panels designed by and built at Brush Traction and British Railways' Crewe Works.
Whiff is a grubby tank engine who collects refuse. His main task is collecting garbage and scrap, which explains his dirty appearance and smell.
Whiff was a 2-2-2WT built in 1869 with side tanks were added in 1886. In 1892, Whiff was rebuilt into a 4-2-2. The well tank was removed, the side tanks expanded, and the two-cylinder Worsdell-von Borries compounding system applied. In 1902, he was again rebuilt into a 2-2-4T.
When Whiff first came to the railway, Emily was asked to help him out. Emily was under the impression that he would be more intriguing and that the task would be more exciting; Emily was eager at first, but disappointed when she learned that Whiff worked with garbage. Emily tried to avoid being seen with him, but Whiff found her almost everywhere she went. Although the two were mocked by other engines wherever they went, Whiff maintained a cheery expression and seemed either not to notice or care. When Emily finally escaped Whiff, she found Spencer blocked by a long line of trucks full of garbage. When none of the other engines helped, she found Whiff. Emily apologised to an understanding Whiff, and together they cleared Spencer's line. Whiff was present at the celebration of Sodor Day at the newly-reopened Great Waterton station.
One day, Whiff was meant to take away a truck of old cans from a siding. Toby, who was looking for something special to present to the Fat Controller, mistook the distant truck at first for something valuable. Later, Whiff brought the Fat Controller to a broken-down Toby, who had discovered a sign belonging to the old Sodor Tramway.
In 2010, he gains his own rubbish dump, which he runs with a new engine called Scruff.
Whiff is cheerful and optimistic. He enjoys his job of collecting garbage. He doesn't seem to care what the other engines think about him: either that or he is oblivious to their opinions. Despite that, he is friendly and always does his job well. He is somewhat naive, as he didn't realise why the other engines tried to avoid him so much.
Whiff is based on the North Eastern Railway's 2-2-4T "66", known as Aerolite. It can be found today at the National Railway Museum in York.
Whiff is painted in a dark green livery with black and gold stripes and green wheels. He wears large spectacles on his smokebox.
Whiff is voiced by Keith Wickham in UK, and William Hope in US.
Wilbert, formerly "G. B. Keeling", is a navy saddletank named after the Reverend W. Awdry, who was at one time president of the Dean Forest Railway.
Wilbert was built at Hunslet, Leeds Works, in 1953 and worked as a shunter at a colliery in Staffordshire. He was purchased by the Dean Forest Railway in 1976 and given the name "G. B. Keeling" in August 1981, but was renamed "Wilbert" on September the 13th, 1987, after the Reverend W. Awdry, who was then the president of the Railway. On November the 8th, 1983, Wilbert was honoured to haul a royal train for the Duke of Gloucester, and on September the 8th, 1991, attended the opening of the line to Lydney Lakeside with City of Truro.
When Donald and Douglas needed help on the branchlines in 1993, the Fat Controller borrowed him from his railway in Gloucestershire - the railway's controller was a friend of his - to give the twins assistance. However, after Percy had an accident with some sacks of oatmeal Wilbert was redirected to Thomas' branchline to do Percy's work. After Percy's return, Wilbert went to help Duck and Oliver on the Tidmouth-Arlesburgh branch.
Wilbert is currently out of service and awaiting an overhaul.
Wilbert is sensible and polite, and does his best to work well. He is also clever and inventive, as seen when he suggested that signal-wire might be used to act as a coupling for a truck.
Wilbert is based on the engine of the same name - a Hunslet WD 0-6-0ST - from the Dean Forest Railway in Gloucestershire, England.
Wilbert is painted navy with red lining and black wheels. He also has red nameplates with gold writing. His nameplate has the words "Rev. W. Awdry" underneath "Wilbert".
Wilfred is a mountain engine. He was built at Winterthur at Switzerland in 1895 and arrived on Sodor in 1897.
When Culdee returned to the Culdee Fell Railway in 1964 after an overhaul, Wilfred and Ernest informed him of the arrival of Lord Harry, Alaric and Eric. He and his coach were later delayed at Summit after Lord Harry derailed at the points. He was last seen lecturing #6 about the importance of goods work.
Wilfred is painted purple with orange lining. In the magazines, he is painted yellow with white lining.
Willie is a lazy tractor driver living near the Arlesdale Railway. He was late with his load of wool, and didn't secure the bales properly. Unfortunately, his load slipped onto the line, derailing Rex. Willie later helped with the clean-up.
Winston is a track inspection vehicle.
Winston is well meaning and fun, although not the brightest engine on the rails. He is helpful and really useful, but has a tendency to be easily distracted. Winston is sensitive enough never to draw attention to the fact that Sir Topham Hatt is a terrible driver.
Winston is a Type 4B two seat Wickham Trolley.
Winston is painted red. He has a gold nameplate on either side.
Winston is voiced by Matt Wilkinson in both UK and US.
Workmen are ready to assist in work. They usually wear a cap, a blue coat with a white shirt and black tie, over which overalls are worn.
They are found at accidents, goods yards and depots, any maintenance work, or scrapyards, harbours and the Sodor Steamworks
Wyddfa is Welsh for Snowdon. Wyddfa was built at Winterthur at Switzerland in 1895.
Wilfred is based on the Wyddfa.
Wyddfa is painted green with orange lining.