Thomas the Tank Engine

Promotional picture of Thomas the Tank Engine in full CGi
Number 1, previously  70
Class Rebuilt Billinton E2-Class 0-6-0T
Livery Greenish-Teal with White lining (1915), NWR blue with red lining (since 1957)
Line Knapford Junction from Ffarqhuar Branchline
Designer Pettigrew Stewart
Built 1915

Brighton Works.


Date of Birth January 14, 1915
First Appearance Thomas & Gordon
Voice Actors

Ben Small (UK) (Hero Of The Rails - Season 18
Martin Sherman (USA) (Hero Of The Rails - Season 18
John Hasler (UK) (The Adventure Begins onwards)
Joseph May (USA) (The Adventure Begins onwards)
Michael J. Fox (All-New Shining Time Station series only)

Thomas the Tank Engine is a small fictional steam locomotive in The Railway Series books by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry and his son, Christopher. He became the most popular character in the series, and is the title character in the accompanying television spin-off series, Thomas & Friends. He is the main protagonist in Thomas & Friends and in the following movies; Thomas and the Magic Railroad, Calling All Engines, The Great Discovery, Hero of the Rails, Misty Island Rescue, Blue Mountain Mystery, King of the Railway, Tale of the Brave, The Adventure Begins, Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, The Great Race, Journey Beyond Sodor and Big World! Big Adventures!, but the deuteragonist in Day of the Diesels.

Thomas is a steam engine and has a number 1 painted on his side. All of the locomotives in The Railway Series were based on prototypical engines; Thomas has origins in the E2 Class designed by Lawson Billintonin 1913. Thomas first appeared in 1946 in the second book in the series, Thomas the Tank Engine, and was the focus of the four short stories contained within. Thomas' best friends are Percy and Toby.

In 1979, the British writer/producer Britt Allcroft came across the books,[1] and arranged a deal to bring the stories to life as the TV series Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends (later simplified to Thomas & Friends). The program became an award-winning hit around the world, with a vast range of spin-off commercial products.


  • Goal: To be a really useful engine
  • Appearance: Blue tank engine with 6 wheels, black smokebox, red chassis, black buffers, grey face, yellow portholes and lamp
  • Allies: Percy (best friend), Toby (best friend), James, Edward, Henry, Gordon, Donald, Douglas, Duck, Oliver, Toad, Stepney, Emily (good friend), Molly Belle, Flynn, Spencer, Rosie (Good Friend), Murdoch, Salty, Harvey, Cranky, Dennis, Skarloey, Rheneas, Sir Handel, Peter Sam, Rusty, Duncan, Duke, Freddie, Mighty Mac, Daisy (best diesel friend, Sometimes), BoCo, Den, Dart, Norman, Paxton, Sidney, Mavis, Bill, Ben, Fergus, Merrick, Owen, Luke (good friend), Bash, Dash, Ferdinand, Stanley, Trevor, Captain, Hiro, Victor, Kevin, The Fat Controller (boss), Stephen, Millie, Connor, Caitlin, Harold, Terence, Bertie, Whiff, Scruff, Hector, Bulgy, Charlie, Sharki (Twin Friend), Charlot (Cute Friend), Bruno (Older Friend), The 23 Lucky Engines, Mike, Rex, Bert, Jock, Frank, Ernest, Wilfred, Culdee, Shane Dooiney, Lord Harry, Alaric, Eric, Ryan, Skiff, Gator, Marion, Timothy, Reg, Samson, Porter, Bradford, Sailor John (formerly), Ashima (Real Girlfriend), Frieda, Gina, Raul, Ivan, Yong Bao, Etienne, Axel, Rajiv, Shane, Hugo, Merlin, Theo, Lexi, Frankie, Hurricane, Nia, Rebecca, Beau
  • Friends-in-Law: Zeakerp, Conrad and Garratt
  • Rivals: Ryan (Formerly), Quorton
  • Enemies: Diesel (Arch-Enemy), Diesel 10 (Except in Calling all Engines), Iron Arry, Iron Bert, D261, D199, Old Stuck Up, Splatter, Dodge, Spencer (formerly), George, Dart (formerly), Den (formerly), Stanley (only in The Great Discovery), Norman (formerly), Paxton (formerly), Sidney (formerly), Daisy (formerly), Cranky (formerly), Bulgy (formerly), The Spiteful Break Van (Thomas passed the Spiteful Break Van, but he didn't meet him, because he's too busy working on his branch line), Smudger, Bulstrolde, The Horrid Lorries, Hector (formerly), Troublesome Trucks, Steam Engine, Stepney (formerly), Neville (formerly), Frankie (formerly), Hurricane (formerly), Sailor John and Vinnie.

Voice Actors

  • Eddie Glenn (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)
  • Ben Small (UK, Hero of the Rails - Season 18)
  • Martin Sherman (US, Hero of the Rails - Season 18)
  • The Adventure Begins, Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, The Great Race, Journey Beyond Sodor and Big World! Big Adventures! - John Hasler (UK) and Joseph May (US)
  • Michael J. Fox (All-New Shining Time Station)

Thomas in toyboxes

Red box train thomas Thomas as a 'promo gadget' for the single Train (1990) of the British band red Box. Main: Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends merchandise

With the popularity of the Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends TV series among children, 'Thomas'-based merchandise has proven very lucrative. At least five different categoriesof trains and tracks exist: "Take Along Thomas" with grey tracks; Tomy battery-operated engines with blue tracks; Brio-type wooden engines with wooden rails and roads (by ELC and others); electric model railway (produced in O gauge by Lionel , HO/OO gauge by Hornby Railways and Bachmann and N gauge by Tomix); and Lego engines and tracks; along with complementary videos, DVDs, books, games, puzzles, stationery, clothing and household items.

Thomas on real railways

Hit Entertainment licences several "Day Out With Thomas" events all over the world, in which visitors to heritage railways can meet and ride on a replica "Thomas".

An international tour featuring Thomas and his driver was completed in 2005 in honour of the 60th anniversary of the original stories. In America, Thomas the Tank Tank Engine is thought to be an excellent role model for children. The former President George H.W. Bush dedicated the Presidential Train during a ceremony in 2005.

A "real" Thomas was used in a special play staged to celebrate the 80th brithday of [[|wikipedia:Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom|Queen Elizabeth II]], starring well-loveed characters from children's literature. In the play, Thomas was used to convey Sophie Dahl to centre stage

Early life

Thomas was built by Brighton Works in May 1913 and Thomas later came to Sodor aged 2 in May 1915, he was a station pilot from then until 1946

In 1946, Thomas teased Gordon and Henry the big engines until Gordon taught him a lesson, then Thomas stopped teasing the big engines.

In 1950, Thomas became best friends with Percy when Percy arrived on the Island of Sodor, in 1961, Thomas crashed into a Stationmaster's house after the careless cleaner came to the sheds, he medalled with Thomas's controls sending Thomas flying down the rails towards the Stationmaster's house.

The Rev. W. Awdry also had a model of Thomas.

Thomas and all the other characters were voiced by Ringo Starr from 1984-1986 and then Michael Angelis has narrated the series since 1991 as well as Michael Brandon in the USA from then since, in 2009, in Hero of the Rails, Thomas was voiced by Ben Small in the UK and Martin Sherman in the USA and has been voiced by those two actors since.


Thomas' theme is his Season 1 Branch Line theme.

Theme (T,J&H Version)

Thomas' T,J&H theme is his Season 1 Branch Line theme.

Counterparts (Thomas Version) (Hero Version) (Male Version)

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  • Kevin McCallister (Home Alone 1 & 2)
  • Captain Olimar (Pikmin)
  • Stitch (Lilo & Stitch)
  • Takua or Jaller (Bionicle)
  • Takua (Mata Nui Online/Takua, Jaller & Hahli Productions)
  • Trent (Total Drama)
  • Luke Skywalker (Star Wars)
  • RJ (Over the Hedge)
  • Skipper (Skipper & Skeeto)
  • Frank (3 Friends and Jerry)
  • Jack Frost (Rise of the Guardians)
  • Goku (Dragon Ball Z)
  • Finn (Adventure Time)
  • Bamm-Bamm Rubble, Fred Flintstone or Barney Rubble (The Flintstones)
  • Veemon (Digimon)
  • Ord (Dragon Tales, both are blue)
  • Jason Lee Scott (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Thomas and Jason are both main protagonist)
  • Gnomeo (Gnomeo and Juliet)
  • Roddy (Flushed Away)
  • Turbo (Turbo (2013))
  • Dusty Crophopper (Planes)
  • Rodney Copperbottom (Robots)
  • Casey Jr. (Casey Jr. and Friends)
  • Manwell (Fawlty Towers)
  • Rodney or Del Boy (Only Fools and Horses)
  • Toad (The Wind in the Willows)
  • Pom (Babar)
  • Pingu (Pingu)
  • Tickle Man (The Show of the Mr. Men (Fan-Made Series))
  • Rupert Bear (Rupert)
  • Little Bear (Little Bear)
  • Mister Maker (Mister Maker)
  • Peter Rabbit (The Tale of Peter Rabbit/Peter Rabbit; both young and cheeky)
  • Emmet (The LEGO Movie)
  • Mr. Peabody (Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014))
  • Niko Bellic (Grand Theft Auto IV)
  • Nigel Thornberry (The Wild Thornberrys)
  • Henry Hugglemonster (Henry Hugglemonster)
  • Franklin (Franklin the Turtle)
  • Derek (Bobby's World)
  • Surly (The Nut Job (2014))
  • Willy the Bee (Maya the Bee/Movie; both are cheeky and best friend to Rosie and Maya)[[
  • Allstar Seaworthy (The Snorks; both are friendly and girlfriend to Rosie and Casey Kelp)
  • Andy Barclay (Child's Play)
  • Toothless (How To Train Your Dragon 2)
  • Bowen Tyler (The Land That Time Forgot)
  • Nick Wilde (Zootopia (2016))
  • Paul (Anatole)
  • Shaun (Shaun the Sheep)
  • Ben Olafson (The Puzzle Place)
  • Tyrone (The Backyardigans)
  • Joseph (Joseph: King of Dream (2000)
  • Devin (Total Drama: The Ridonculous Race)

Counterparts (Female Version) 

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  • Emily or Rosie (Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends)
  • Lillie Lightship or Sally Seaplane (TUGS)
  • Sunshine (Salty's Lighthouse)
  • Emily (Theodore Tugboat)
  • Stacy Jones, Becky or Tanya Cupper (Shining Time Station)
  • Princess Peach (Super Mario Bros.)
  • Amy Rose or Sally Acorn (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Lanolin or Penelope (Garfield and Friends)
  • Penelope Pitstop (Wacky Races/The Perils of Penelope Pitstop)
  • Babs Bunny (Tiny Toon Adventures)
  • Sandy Cheeks (Spongebob Squarepants)
  • Marge Simpson or Lisa Simpson (The Simpsons)
  • Lois Griffin or Meg Griffin (Family Guy)
  • Wendy Testaburger (South Park)
  • Emily Coleman or Judy (SuperMarioLogan)
  • Leafy (Battle for Dream Island)
  • Isabella Garcia Shapiro (Phineas and Ferb)
  • Yo (Fanboy and Chum Chum)
  • Penny or Mona (WarioWare (T,J&H Version))
  • Numbuh 362 (Codename: Kids Next Door)
  • Tessie Bear (Noddy's Toyland Adventures)
  • Inez or Jackie (Cyberchase, both main heroes)
  • Teddy Duncan or Charlie Duncan (Good Luck Charlie)
  • Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, or Scootaloo (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
  • Princess Sherry or Princess Cherry (Rocket Knight Adventures)
  • Buneary (Pokemon)
  • Tiff (Kirby)
  • Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Gwen or Sierra (Total Drama)
  • Daphne Blake (Scooby Doo)
  • Renamon (Digimon)
  • Blossom (Powerpuff Girls)
  • Margo or Edith (Despicable Me)
  • Ling Xiaoyu or Jun Kazama (Tekken)
  • Susanna (Kong: The Animated Series)
  • Flaky (Happy Tree Friends)
  • Emmy (Dragon Tales)
  • Minka Mark (Littlest Pet Shop)
  • Anias (The Amazing world of Gumball)
  • Hazel or Jade (My Friend Rabbit)

Counterparts (Villian Version)

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  • Diesel (Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends)
  • Zorran or Zip (TUGS)
  • Sea Rogue (Salty's Lighthouse)
  • Oliver (Theodore Tugboat)
  • Mr. Conductor's Evil Twin (Shining Time Station)
  • Bowser or Waluigi (Super Mario Bros.)
  • Fawful (Mario and Luigi series)
  • Scratch, Dr. Robotnik or Scourge (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Dick Dastardly (Wacky Races/Dastardly and Muttley)
  • Oscar the Grouch (Sesame Street)
  • Montana Max (Tiny Toon Adventures)
  • The Grinch (Dr. Seuss/The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss)
  • Horrid Henry (Horrid Henry)
  • Mr. Burns or Nelson Muntz (The Simpsons)
  • Stewie Griffin (Family Guy)
  • Admiral Razorbeard (Rayman)
  • Blocky (Battle for Dream Island)
  • Axel Gear (Rocket Knight Adventures)
  • King Sombra (My Little Pony Friendship is Magic)
  • King Dedede (Kirby)
  • Meowth or Mewtwo (Pokemon)
  • Andross or Wolf O'Donnell (Star Fox)
  • Dark Link or Ganondorf (The Legend of Zelda)

Counterparts (The Cleveland Show Version)

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  • Skarloey (Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends)

Counterparts (World of Doki Version)

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  • Winston the Inspection Car (Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends)

Counterparts (Anime and Final Fantasy Version)

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  • Bertie (Thomas and Friends)
  • Puffa/Stanley/Chooch (TUGS/Salty's Lighthouse)
  • Felix (Shining Time Station)
  • Bedford (Theodore Tugboat)
  • Shy Guy (Super Mario Bros.)
  • Squitter (Donkey Kong Country)
  • Robotnik Jr., Sonic the Hedgehog, or Omochao (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Yankee Doodle Pigeon (Dastardly and Muttley)
  • Bertie Buddy Bear (Garfield and Friends, both share the same name)
  • Little Beeper (Tiny Toon Adventures)
  • Road Runner (Looney Tunes)
  • Chicken Boo (Animaniacs)
  • Little Cat Fleep (The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss)
  • Matoran/Toa Metru Vakama (Bionicle)
  • Fluffy the Cat (Horrid Henry)
  • Pal (Arthur)
  • Spike (Rugrats)
  • Abner (Hey Arnold)
  • Porkchop (Doug)
  • Goddard (Jimmy Neutron)


Main article: Thomas the Tank Engine (character)/Gallery


See also

  • Thomas ← The page for the Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends (aka, Thomas & Friends) television programme.