Characters / The Railway Series

Since its inception in 1945, the Railway Series has given birth to a multitude of characters, both engine and human alike.

This page will strictly stay within the continuity of the books, entirely separate from the television show which can be seen here.
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    Engines of the North Western Railway 

The primary railway featured in the Railway Series. The NWR features a multitude of lines, run and worked by a multitude of engines.

Edward the Blue Engine, #2

(Furness Railway/Sharpe Stewart Large Seagull)

The first character introduced in the series, Edward was at first neglected and shafted for being smaller than the other engines, but eventually got his chance to run again after pity from his driver. Despite his old age and trial after trial of proving he still got it, he was recognized for being Really Useful and was repaired. Edward now spends his time at the Brendam Bay branch line, his very own.

  • Cool Old Guy: Especially in Old Iron and Edward's Exploit.
  • Determinator: Despite being an old engine, Edward has proven how useful he can be regardless of the circumstances. This is proven in "Old Iron" and "Edward's Exploit"
  • Flat Character: Unlike most of the other highly flawed engines, there isn't much to Edward outside being a somewhat old and polite engine.

Gordon the Big Engine, #4

(LNER A0 Prototype, Rebuilt to A3)

Gordon's primary duty is pulling the Express, called the "Wild Nor'-Wester", from one end of the railway to the other, and sometimes all the way to the Mainland and London. His importance, size and seniority over other engines has made Gordon a boastful braggart, though he has gone through lessons of humility that make him likable.

  • Berserk Button: Please don't make Gordon pull trucks.
  • Break the Haughty: What happens in nearly every story centered on him. On the flip side, he manages to dish this to other engines as he gets back at Thomas for his teasing in "Thomas and Gordon".

Henry the Green Engine, #3

(LMS "Black 5")

When Henry first started out, he was nothing but trouble. First was when he got himself locked in the Ballahoo tunnel for wanting to keep his paint clean, second was when he went on strike with the other big engines, and third was when his faultiness prompted the purchasing of special Welsh Coal. His crash with the Flying Kipper gave Henry a new lease on life after he was finally rebuilt with a new shape, and now works alongside Gordon on the main line, sometimes pulling the express or hauling freight.

  • Big Damn Heroes: In Super Rescue, he saved the day when two diesels and their trains broke down, and he a failed engine also after losing his regulator. Needless to say, he redeemed himself in the steam team's (and Flying Scotsman's) eyes. Even the passengers forgot to be cross and called him an "Enterprising Engine".
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: He was originally green until he got a blue coat of paint after staying in a tunnel for awhile. The reason he got his old color back is because the Rev Awdry was fed up with people confusing him with Gordon in the book illustrations, when he was painted blue.
  • Dirty Coward: Was one in "The Sad Story of Henry" where he refused to leave the tunnel because he was afraid the rain would ruin his paint and didn't care about taking the passengers to their destination.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: In early stories he mostly played the role of another arrogant tender engine similar to Gordon and James. Later stories gave him more pitiful qualities, while the show added Hidden Depths such as his love of nature.

Thomas the Tank Engine, #1

(LB&SCR E2 Billington tank engine)

Everyone's favorite Tank Engine was introduced in the second book, but was one of the first engines to work on the NWR, originally as a station pilot at Vicarstown, shunting coaches for the big engines. An incident where he almost crashed because of some troublesome trucks has allowed him to prove himself and eventually become Really Useful. Thomas now works at his own Branch, the Ffarquhar line, with his two coaches Annie and Clarabel. Other incidents have caused Thomas to mellow out from his cheeky personality, though he still maintains a small hint of it.

James the Red Engine, #5

(Hughes' Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Class 28)

After a disastrous accident on his first day, the then-black colored James was rescued by Thomas and was repaired to run again, with proper brake blocks and red paint. Despite his good intentions, James once again got ahead of himself and was benched in the shed until he was able to prove himself to The Fat Controller. After helping Gordon with the express, he became a good friend, though at the price of James becoming just as conceited and self-important as Gordon and Henry. Though he has learned lessons in humility, he maintains a small sense of vanity and arrogance, not the least because he's the only red engine in the NWR.

  • Berserk Button: Never, ever remind James of the time with the bootlace, or any other of his accidents. Also don't threaten to paint him blue.
  • Break the Haughty: Happens to him a lot every time he boasts and brags.
  • Butt Monkey: Though he brings it on himself most of the time.
  • Fantastic Racism: Expresses his distaste for diesels in "James and the Diesel Engines". This changed when a works diesel rescued him.
  • Fiery Red Engine: A recurring element of James' stories is his short temper getting the better of him and landing him in trouble.
  • Freudian Trio: With Gordon and Henry.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: As a mixed-traffic engine, James can pull either coaches or trucks (as much as he'd rather do the former).
  • Jerkass: At his worst.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He was somewhat less mean spirited early on, or at least felt bad when he realized the trouble he caused.

Percy the Small Engine, #6

(Avonside Industrial Saddle-Tank Engine)

When Gordon, Henry and James went on strike, and Edward was rushed off his feet with work and abuse from the big engines, the Fat Controller needed another engine to be station pilot at Tidmouth. His answer was in the form of Percy, a small green Saddle-Tank who quickly went to work and put the big engines in their place. His success has made him forever cheeky, naive and tricky, and made him the butt-monkey of jokes among the big engines after one of his tricks backfired. Eventually, the work became heavier on the main line and Percy couldn't cope, so the Fat Controller moved Percy to the Ffarquhar line to work alongside Thomas, primarily hauling freight. His good intentions and naivete often get the better of him, making him extremely accident-prone, but in the end he proves himself to be Really Useful.

Toby the Tram Engine, #7

(Great Eastern Railway 'Wisbech & Upwell' Steam Tram J70)

Toby started out as a tragedy of the times; though he and his coach Henrietta still could work, the majority of it was eaten up by the buses and lorries of the roads on his old railway. His new lease on life came when the Fat Controller, whom he previously encountered while on holiday, requested his presence when Thomas was in trouble with the law for running on the Ffarquhar quarry lines without cow catchers. Since then, Toby has been maintained as an invaluable member of the Ffarquhar line, with his experience and kindheartedness.

Duck the Great Western Engine, #8

(Great Western Railway Pannier Tank 57XX Class)

There are two ways of doing things: the Great Western way, or the wrong way.

By the mid 1950's, traffic and work on the NWR was increasing dramatically. Percy could not cope with the work at Tidmouth, so when the Fat Controller transferred him to the Ffarquhar line, another engine was brought in as station pilot; Montague, usually known as Duck, from the Great Western Railway. Despite hassling from the big engines, Duck made it clear he'd stand no shenanigans from them. Perhaps Duck's greatest trial came in the form of a visiting Diesel, who took Duck's manner the wrong way and was determined to get him sacked. Diesel's plan was thwarted when the Fat Controller found it out. Duck's hard work eventually had him promoted to the Arlesburgh line, his own branch. Proud of his Great Western heritage, he is a dependable, hard working engine.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: He gets this from the other engines in the earlier episodes, though he really brought it on himself with his constant harping on about the inherent superiority of the Great Western Railway above all others.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Comparing his Motor Mouth to a quacking duck.
    • Do NOT insult or belittle the Great Western Railway. Just don't. Even Gordon finds this out the hard way when arguing over what London's big station is called:
    Duck: "Stupid yourself. London's Paddington! Paddington! Do you hear!?"
  • Big Brother Worship: Though not engines of the same class, he idolizes City Of Truro.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He and his crew prevented twenty heavily-loaded breakaway trucks from causing a serious accident further down the line.
  • Break the Haughty: What Diesel pulls on him.
  • Bully Hunter: He doesn't stand for any nonsense from the bullying engines as, for example, he stood up for Percy against the trio of Gordon, James, and Henry when he first arrived on Sodor. He also doesn't stand any nonsense from the troublesome trucks.
  • Bullying The Dragon: For the trucks, things won't go well for them if they play tricks on Duck.
  • Catch Phrase: "Beg Pardon Sir..."
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Inverted. He insists on being called Duck rather than his real name, Montague.
  • Humiliation Conga: As if the trucks forcing him to crash into a barber shop wasn't enough, the angry owner decided to shave and lather him!
  • Karmic Trickster: Has a fondness for playing tricks on engines he finds conceited.
  • Misplaced Nationalism: Or at least something very like it. In his debut episode he's fond of claiming that there are two ways of doing things, "the Great Western way or the wrong way". Fortunately he got over it quite quickly.
  • Motor Mouth: The whole plotline of "Donald's Duck" kicked off after Donald told him to zip it.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his moments of boastfulness about being Great Western, he is a mild-mannered and respectable engine.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His given name is 'Montague,' but most call him 'Duck,' after his tendency to waddle on the rails. Henry, Gordon, and James have quacked at him in the past.
  • The Reliable One: For all his bragging about being Great Western, it's noted that he makes the railway run like clockwork.
  • Rightly Self-Righteous: Duck boasts about his Great Western heritage, much to the annoyance of the rude and arrogant engines like Gordon, Henry, and James. However, as Duck puts it, "The Great Western Way" implies that he's a reliable engine who works hard and gets the job done without any complaints.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He is very proud of his Great Western heritage and is very vocal about it.
    Duck: There are two ways of doing things: the Great Western way or the wrong way. I'm Great Western and—
    Other Engines: Don't we know it!
  • Sixth Ranger: After he took over as Tidmouth's station pilot. He became more of a supporting character once he got his own branch line.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Often with the trio of Gordon, Henry, and James.
  • You Shall Not Pass: In "A Close Shave", he holds back twenty runaway cars from crashing into a passenger train.

Donald and Douglas-The Scottish Twins, #9 and #10

(Caledonian Railway 812 Class)

As work on the NWR continued to get heavier, the Fat Controller decided to order a goods engine from Scotland...only to end up having two. He set them to work anyway while deciding which one to send back, but both were determined to stay. Though both had their successes, it was marred by the worries of Douglas being sent back and scrapped which resulted him in misplacing an important coach, Donald crashing into a signal-box, and Douglas destroying a spiteful brakevan. Things finally came to a head in the winter season where the decision was made, but the committee of engines, combined with the hard work of the twins keeping the lines clear in the snow, has convinced the Fat Controller to keep both of them. From then on, the the blue-painted Scottish twins do a variety of work, running on both the main line and the various branch lines on the NWR.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the books, they were painted blue after arriving at Sodor. With three blue engines already, the TV producers wisely decided to keep their more distinctive black paint.
  • Berserk Button: Making fun of their whistles, as Gordon and Henry found out.
  • Bully Hunter: Donald who didn't like how The Spiteful Brake Van had caused trouble with Douglas' trains. Also, the twins won't let the troublesome trucks play any tricks on them.
  • Bullying The Dragon: The trucks often get this from the twins.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The twins have their share of wits.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Their name plates and numbers.
  • Single-Minded Twins: They have individual roles at times, but mostly retain the same personality.
  • Trigger: Do not like to talk about scrapping.
  • Trickster Twins: Notice that they are the almost the only characters labeled by name and number: Hatt specifically insisted on this after one too many Twin Switch gambits.
  • Twin Switch: In "The Missing Coach".
  • Violent Glaswegian: A rather kid-friendly version. While they're nice Scots, they can get temperamental when pushed.
    Donald (to the Spiteful Brake Van): "Spite Douggie, would ye? Take that!"
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Sometimes with the arrogant engines like Gordon and James.

Daisy, the Diesel Rail-Car

(Metro-Cammell Diesel Multiple Unit Class 101/102)

When Thomas suffered an accident involving a lack of a driver, a careless cleaner, a station-master's house, a garden bush, and breakfast, Daisy was brought in to handle passenger duties. Her pride in being an up-to-date diesel made her superior and arrogant, neglecting various duties that "were bad for her swerves". Further incidents involving a bull did not help her reputation, but after Percy himself got into an accident, she was determined to work hard, and thanks to Toby's good word, was kept on as a passenger train along the Ffarquhar line.

  • Berserk Button: Being referred to as "feeble".
  • Character Development: Becomes a more hard-working engine.
  • The Chick: Of Thomas' Branch Line.
  • Fantastic Racism: Expresses this in "Mavis", telling the titular character that diesels are superior to steam engines.
    • However, the narrator points out that Daisy didn't usually say those sorts of things, she was just so thrilled to have another diesel to talk to that she let that slip out.
  • Lazy Bum: The Fat Controller soon calls her out for this.
  • Spoiled Brat: Initially, she behaved like one to the point of neglecting her duties.

Bill and Ben, the Tank Engine Twins

(Bagnall Saddle-Tank engines)

This pair of twins works primarily at the China Clay Works and Brendam Bay along the Brendam Bay Line, hauling freight for engines on the main line to take. Though hard working, they are extremely mischievous and love playing tricks on newcomers to the line, an example being Gordon when he was forced to detour onto here. Edward is one of the few that keep them line.

  • Twin Switch: Not the classic switch - instead, they both pretended to be the same engine, after removing their name- and number-plates.

BoCo the Diesel

(Class 28 Metro-Vick Diesel Electric Type 2)

One day during work, Bill and Ben discovered that their trucks had been taken. An examination of a patch of oil led to the twins concluding that "a Diseasel" took them, and they went to Wellsworth to find BoCo had taken them by accident. Edward reassured BoCo that they meant no harm, and BoCo is one of the few that can keep Bill and Ben in line, like when he "threatened" to take their trucks if they continued teasing Gordon when he was forced to detour. BoCo primarily works on the Brendam Bay line alongside Edward, and sometimes helps on the main line if needed, as one of the most versatile of the Fat Controller's engines.

  • Dark Is Not Evil: Bill and Ben thought he was trouble, but Edward proves otherwise.
  • Team Dad: Along with Edward, he also keeps the mischievous Bill and Ben in line.

Bear the Hymek Diesel

(British Rail Class 35 "Hymek")

D7101 came to the NWR on loan at a time when non-NWR diesels were treated with great hostility. Though 7101 maintained his manners, his companion 199 did not share his sentiments. During a trial run, both 7101 and 199 failed in pulling their trains, and had to be helped by Henry. 7101 was the only one that helped Henry and was able to strike up a conversation with him afterward, admiring him for the monumental achievement of pulling two dead diesels and both their trains while malfunctioning. His kindness paid off; 199 was sent away and 7101 stayed, now nicknamed Bear for his the tendency of his engine to growl, which the diesel took in stride. Bear works on the main line, accepted as a friend by big engines, especially Henry, James and the Scottish Twins.

  • Dark Is Not Evil: Unlike D199, he was nice and sensible and tried to shut him up for his remarks about the engines.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: But Bear isn't complaining, he loves having a name of any kind, as it makes him really feel like he belongs there.

Oliver the Western Engine, #11

(Great Western Railway 14xx Tank Engine)

Oliver was perhaps the only engine to come to the NWR unexpectedly. At a time when steam engines were being persecuted and scrapped in favor of Diesels, Oliver was instead rescued by his driver and fireman. A chance encounter with Douglas was a turn of good fortune, since he aided in Oliver's escape. Oliver was welcomed by the Fat Controller to work on the Arlesburgh line alongside Duck and the Scottish Twins. His heroism and escape has gone to his head, and an accident with a turntable has made him more humble.

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: In the story Resource and Sagacity.
  • Break the Haughty: He gets a little too prideful in "Resource and Sagacity", and ends up bunker-down in a turntable well.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: The Fat Controller asks him if he suffers this after he pulls S.C.Ruffey apart. Subverted in that the train was too heavy for Oliver to pull in the first place, the trucks were holding back, and S.C.Ruffey's wood and frame were already rotten and rusted.

Mavis the Quarry Diesel

(British Railways Class 04 Shunter)

Mavis is a diesel in the Ffarquhar quarry line, tasked with shunting and arranging trucks for Toby. Arguably the youngest engine in the entire NWR fleet, she often had her own ideas about doing things and applied them contrary to Toby's advice. Things came to a head when advice from a boastful Daisy led her to get stuck and disrupt traffic along the line, leading her to be rescued by Toby. When she repaid the favor later on though, she was redeemed, and was allowed to be friends with the others and venture outside the quarry.

Pip and Emma, the High-Speed Train

(BR Class 48 High Speed Train)

The newest and most modern additions to the NWR, Pip and Emma are first introduced as a high-speed train that become acquaintances to Gordon when they visited from the mainland. Their ability has convinced The Fat Controller to purchase them for himself to work on the main line, and now are tasked alongside Gordon to take passengers on another express, as well as make incredibly long journeys from Sodor to London.

    Engines of the Skarloey Railway 

First introduced in the 10th book "Four Little Engines", this Narrow Gauge railway operates independently from the NWR, though Main Line NWR engines have interacted with them in conversation. Each engine has a real-life counterpart on the Talyllyn railway, with a corresponding name - Talyllyn, Dolgoch, Sir Haydn, Edward Thomas, Midlander, Douglas and Tom Rolt. Duke is based on the Corris Railway's Prince.

Skarloey, #1

(Fletcher-Jennings 1864 Class C)

The railway's namesake was in fact one of the engines that got it started. Skarloey is introduced as an old, patient and wise engine who has seen better days after decades upon decades of service. After running a train back and forth on the line as an emergency engine, Skarloey proved he still had what it took and was repaired to run better than ever.

Rheneas, #2

(Fletcher-Jennings 1866 Class Bb)

During the early years of the Skarloey railway, Rheneas was the engine who was more mature and reliable, compared to the excitable, jumpy Skarloey. After a couple of escapades, the duo became firm friends who watched each other's back. Rheneas himself would not make an official appearance until the 17th Book "Gallant Old Engine", as in between the 10th and 17th books he was away for a massive repair and overhaul. He and Skarloey primarily pull passenger trains and serve as the voices of reason to educate newcomers to the Skarloey Railway.

Sir Handel, #3

(Hughes Falcon)

When Rheneas was away to be repaired, and Skarloey was benched for emergencies only, Sir Handel was one of the engines brought in. Much like Gordon though, he prides himself for only pulling the best of the best, being disdainful to coaches that aren't "real" and loathing the thought of pulling Trucks. His behavior doesn't help when Gordon himself gives bad advice to shirk his duties. Incidents like this improved his behavior immensely and now Sir Handel is a wiser engine, though with a small sense of stubbornness.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The show had him keep his blue paint job from when he worked with Duke, while in the books he was repainted red to match Skarloey and Rheneas.
  • Berserk Button: In much the same way as Gordon, don't make him pull trucks.

Peter Sam, #4

(Kerr Stuart Tattoo)

Though Sir Handel had a bad first day, the second engine, Peter Sam, proved to be a better behaved engine, treating the coaches more kindly and being very eager to please. As the youngest of the Thin Controller's engines, Peter Sam had an air of cockiness and naivete about him that led him to get into trouble on more than one occasion; whether it was fooling himself in front of Henry, or ending up in an accident thanks in part to Sir Handel's lies about shirking his duties. The accident however was a blessing in disguise, as his funnel was soon replaced with an entirely new one, making him one of the most powerful engines on the Skarloey Railway.

Rusty, #5

(Ruston & Hornsby Diesel)

Rusty is the only Diesel on the Skarloey Railway, and one of the few (at the time he was introduced) that is genuinely nice towards steam engines. Rusty arrived while Skarloey was away being repaired and returned to find an almost completely different railway thanks to the little Diesel, instantly taking a liking to Rusty. Rusty primarily hauls freight and does repair work on the Skarloey Railway's lines.

  • Refusing To Rescue The Disliked: Refused to help a rude Duncan to get back on the rails, but after Skarloey calls him out on it, he decides to do it anyways.
  • Token Diesel: He's the only diesel on the Skarloey Railway.

Duncan, #6

(Andrew Barclay)

After Peter Sam's accident, another engine was brought in as a spare. Duncan, while hardworking, was rude, bouncy and short-tempered. He seemed to have one accident after another because of his tendency to "rock and roll", but he saw fault in everyone but himself for all his troubles. He did not get along with Rusty in particular (especially after a boastful James gave him ideas), but an accident where he was saved by him and another incident where he gave passengers a hard time has knocked him off his high horse. Though Duncan occasionally relapses back into rudeness, he means well and works very hard.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Was painted red in the books, but became yellow in the television series.
  • Drives Like Crazy: One story was dedicated to Duncan's "Rock n' Roll", and ends with him derailing.
  • Expy: In terms of rude personality, he's the narrow-gauge version of James.
  • Fantastic Racism: Blatantly bullied Rusty for being a diesel, but stopped after Rusty rescued him from a derailment.
  • Grumpy Bear: Complains a lot when there's no need to.
  • Jerkass: At his worst.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At his best as proven in how apologetic he was towards Rusty after he rescued him.
  • Violent Glaswegian: When he loses his temper.


(George England and Co.)

Duke was once part of one of the old railways on Sodor in the late 1800's. Being named after the then-Duke of Sodor and bar none the longest engine to serve on that railway. Together with two other engines, Stuart and Falcon, they served on the railway for many years, giving the two younger engines lessons on their personality. Sadly, when the railway was closed in 1947, Duke was the only one not bought and was left in his shed for many years, until he was rediscovered in 1969. Duke was brought back to run on the Skarloey Railway, reunited with Stuart (Peter Sam) and Falcon (Sir Handel).

  • Badass Grandpa: In "Bulldog", he manages to keep Sir Handel from rolling off the side of a mountain.
  • Team Dad: Has been one towards Sir Handel and Peter Sam.

Ivo Hugh, #7

By the mid 1990's, the Skarloey Railway's traffic and popularity was at an all time high. In response, this engine was built, and this most recent addition to the Skarloey Railway was named after the Chief Engineer of the Maintenance Crew, much to his surprise and honor. Ivo Hugh has yet to have any stories with him, for as of 2012, there haven't been any additional books on the Skarloey Railway.

    Engines of the Arlesdale Railway 
The Arlesdale Railway is a small railway that runs from the end of the Arlesburgh line to hills and quarries which supply ballast for the NWR. Duck, Oliver, Donald and Douglas frequently interact with them. It is based largely on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, and its locomotives named after local rivers, Esk, Mite and Irt, diesel engine Perkins, and Northern Rock.


Rex is similar to Percy in that he's cheeky and a big know-it-all who can accomplish anything. He is the first small engine to be introduced, and the first one that Duck meets.


Mike's personality is best described as a cross between Gordon and James; he is red and is conceited and haughty, believing himself to be the most important engine in the Railway. Mike is one of the few engines to prefer hauling freight as opposed to passengers. Understandable as these Trucks, unlike those on the NWR and Skarloey Railways, are more behaved and tame.


Bert is the youngest among the initial three small engines, and is thus often bossed around by Rex and Mike. Though Bert intends to be a good worker, he is temperamental if he is mistreated.


Frank is one of the few diesels on the Arlesdale Railway. Frank is a hard worker and values teamwork, though can get grumpy if things don't go his way.

  • Grumpy Bear: Not as much as Mike, but he has his moments.


Jock is the most recent addition to the Arlesdale Railway and one of the few Yellow-colored engines in the series. The yellow is what inspired is name, as Douglas was reminded of similar engines back in Scotland. Being the most powerful Arlesdale engine, Jock thought nothing of teamwork, but quickly learned the value of it, and is eager to help when the workload of the other engines gets too stressful.

    Engines of the Culdee Fell Railway 

One of the best examples of one-off characters, the Culdee Fell Railway runs from down the Skarloey Railway up to the mountains, making it a Mountain Railway. Because of its setting and stringent rules compared with the NWR, Skarloey and Arlesdale, the CFR thus far has only been featured in one book. Though at least 8 engines are said to run on the CFR, only 3 got a story in the CFR's one-off volume.

Godred, #1

The former #1 of the Culdee Fell, he was named after a king, which made him extremely conceited, arrogant and overestimated his abilities as a Mountain Engine. On opening day of the CFR, Godred the mountain. Godred was completely wrecked, and as the CFR couldn't afford to repair him, he was kept in the back of the shed until all of his parts were used and he was least according to Culdee's story anyway.

Culdee, #4

The first Mountain Engine to be introduced, Culdee gave exposition to the Skarloey Railway's engines about how his experiences on the CFR made him the engine he was then, which Sir Handel and Duncan quickly took to heart. Culdee shows initiative and massive promise in his work, but also knows when to take things carefully on the CFR.

  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Relative to most of the other engines. The Mountain Engines have two faces, one on either end. This is entirely unremarked upon within the series.
    • Possibly because their railway has no facilities for turning the engines around, so they need to be able to run in either direction.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Similar to Duke, after scaring Duncan and Sir Handel straight with his story of Godred.
  • Scare 'Em Straight: The entire point of the Godred story.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Assuming that the part of the story about Godred's remains being used for the other Mountain Engines parts isn't true. According to the writing, Skarloey and Rheneas know that Culdee made the story up.

Patrick (Formerly Lord Harry), #6

One of three recent arrivals to the CFR, Lord Harry was the only one among the batch that had troubles; much like Godred, he was reckless and rough with the coaches, which led him to be severely scolded by the CFR's manager and his name taken. #6 however redeemed himself immensely after saving hikers and braving a severe storm along the mountains, leading him to be renamed Patrick, after one of the saved hikers.

  • Jerkass: Like Godred, he was ill mannered and arrogant. That is until he redeemed himself.
  • Meaningful Rename: He is renamed Patrick after one of the saved hikers.

Other engines mentioned are:
  • Ernest, #2
  • Wilfred, #3
  • Shane Dooiney, #5 (by number only in Mountain Engines and by name in The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways)
  • Alaric, #7
  • Eric, #8

    Miscellaneous Engines 


A blue tender engine who visited Sodor in 1922.


Another blue tender engine who visited Sodor in 1922.

  • Jerkass: Like 98462, this got him sent away.

The Foreign Engine

(LMS "Patriot" Class)A tender engine from the London Midland and Scottish Railway. Also known as the Big City Engine.

  • Jerkass: Is rather pompous and conceited.

City of Truro

(GWR 3700)


(BR Class 08)

When Diesel came on trial to the North Western Railway, he boasted about diesel being "revolutionary". As a result, he got into an accident with some old, rusty trucks, which made the trucks sing rude songs about him. Diesel believed that Duck had made the trucks laugh at him and decided to pay him out by spreading rumors that Duck had made names for Gordon, Henry, and James, but then got too big for his buffers and told lies about Henry. Diesel was found out by The Fat Controller and sent back to the Other Railway in disgrace. That is until he was brought back to help on Thomas' Branch Line while Percy was getting repairs, much to Thomas and Toby's displeasure. After destroying some trucks, Diesel was to be sent away again, but in the meantime, he came to Thomas' rescue by putting Clarabel back on the rails. Despite returning to the Other Railway, Diesel is always welcome on Sodor.

Stepney the Bluebell Engine, #55

(LB&SCR A1x)


(BR Class 40)

During Stepney's visit, D4711 was sent to Sodor to assist the engines with goods and express work, but made snobbish insults to the other engines by saying they were out-of-date. He received his comeuppance when an inspector's bowler hat jammed in his air intake, leaving Duck and Stepney to take the Express for him.

Flying Scotsman


  • Last of His Kind: Like Gordon, he is also the last Doncaster locomotive after the others were scrapped.


(BR Class 46 "Peak")

A rude diesel engine from the Other Railway. He along with D7101 visited Sodor and made himself an enemy of the steam engines stating that "steam engines spoil our image", but was shut up by the engines and D7101. The next day, he failed with a train of oil tankers at a signal box, blocking a crossing, and Henry, who had a jammed regulator, had to pull D199, the oil tankers, D7101, and the passengers to the next station. The Fat Controller wasn't pleased with D199 and sent him away in disgrace, but D7101 (later named "Bear") stayed on Sodor.

  • Fantastic Racism: Just like D4711, he is prejudiced towards steam engines.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Spamcan" and "Old Reliable", although the latter nickname is less deserved after breaking down.

Stanley (No. #2)

Old Stuck-Up a.k.a. Diesel 40125

(BR Class 40)

Diesel 40125 was shown around the yard by BoCo, but when he saw the steam engines in the shed, he refused to go further and insulted the railway for keeping them in service, which made a furious James refer him as "Old Stuck-Up". He received his comeuppance when he crashed into the back of the sheds after slipping on cleaning fluid on the rails. He was sent away after being given a stern talking to by The Fat Controller.

  • Laser-Guided Karma: Crashing into the back of the sheds which later gets him sent away by the Fat Controller.

Green Arrow


Iron Duke

(GWR Iron Duke Class)



Wilbert the Forest Engine

(Hunslet Austerity tank engine)


(Hunslet Austerity)

    Rolling Stock 

The rolling stock consists of passenger coaches, trucks, vans, and tankers.

Annie and Clarabel

(LB&SCR coaches No. 100)

Two of Thomas' faithful coaches which he was rewarded with after saving James from a nasty accident. They now are carried by Thomas on his branch line.

  • Single-Minded Twins: For the large part. Interestingly most merchandise tries to remedy this by giving Annie a timid expression and Clarabel a cocky smile.
  • Trigger: Hate being separated from Thomas for a long time.
  • Women Are Wiser: Often have to keep the more rambunctious Thomas in line. They are fussy little coaches however and sometimes share his cheeky, excitable streak. He and Percy also spend a lot of time having to soothe their hurt feelings.


(GER Wisbech & Upwell passenger coach No. 7)

Toby's faithful coach who worked with him in their old railway.

Toad The Brakevan, #53681

(GWR 20-ton brakevan)

Oliver's trusty brakevan who escaped scrap with him. A very gentlemanly brakevan (always referring to the engines as Mr. and Miss), he keeps Oliver's trucks in order, but can sometimes have spells of over-imagination.

  • Bully Hunter: Helped Oliver put the trucks in their place after they wouldn't stop teasing him.
  • Nice Guy: One of the very few trucks you could trust in a train.
  • Verbal Tic: Tends to address people with the pronoun "Mr." and "Miss".

Troublesome Trucks

The rolling stock who always annoy and play tricks on the engines, mostly causing their accidents.

  • Always Chaotic Evil: At least most of them anyways.
  • Always Male: All of the trucks are males.
  • Asshole Victim: Trucks are very often collateral damage in mishaps or mistakes the engines make, being knocked off the rails or even broken to pieces. Given how much trouble they cause themselves, they rarely earn pity.
  • Berserk Button: While most trucks play tricks on engines unprovoked, they don't like it when engines order them around, or being pushed.
  • Bully Hunter: While they don't care much for engines bullying other engines, they don't let engines bully them.
  • Catch Phrase: "On! On! On!" and "Hold back! Hold back!"
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: "Every wise engine knows you can't trust trucks."
  • Comedic Sociopaths
  • Disproportionate Retribution: This is pretty much what the engines will face almost all the time. If they can find any reason to send one hurtling off the track, they'll certainly do it.
  • Enemy Mine: They helped Percy teach Bulstrode a lesson in "Special Attraction".
  • Even Trucks Have Loved Ones: They do not attempt to cause harm or serious mischief to Edward, because he treats them all with kindness and patience.
  • The Freelance Shame Squad: Love laughing at the engines for having unfortunate mishaps, sometimes by singing rudely at them.
  • Hive Mind: All trucks in a yard or in a train will share each other's thoughts, feelings, and speech. The only exceptions are named trucks, such as S. C. Ruffey and Hector.
  • It Amused Us: Their reason for causing mischief.
  • Jerkasses: Trucks are never known for behaving well around the engines, especially the ballast trucks, who are said to be the worst behaved on the line.
  • Karma Houdinis: They always get away with causing the accidents and The Fat Controller will blame the engines for them. Of course, it's as much "getting away with it" as they smash themselves to pieces in a rail accident in the process. Granted, it never stops them laughing about it anyway.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Sometimes, they will play tricks on other engines who are being arrogant and rude towards the other engines, much like James in "Dirty Objects" and Diesel in "Pop Goes The Diesel". Either way, it doesn't matter which engine they play tricks on as long as they enjoy it.
  • Killed Off for Real: A few trucks are shown to be dismantled in various episodes.
  • Lack of Empathy: The trucks will stop at nothing to enjoy playing around; they will show little to no concern for the well being of any character, whether engines or humans. There are notable exceptions however: some trucks confused Sir Handel with Peter Sam once, and wanted to wreck him. The other trucks who realized their error, pleaded with them to stop.
  • Runaway Train: They always cause this to happen. They either push an engine down a hill or break away from their coupling.

The Spiteful Brakevan

(BR 20-ton brakevan)

A brakevan who caused trouble with Donald and Douglas when they first arrived on The Island of Sodor. He was then broken by Douglas up on Gordon's Hill.

  • Asshole Victim: The Fat Controller didn't care any more about him after Douglas broke him up.
  • Chronic Villainy: He was severely taught to behave by Donald, but then returned to play tricks on James, which didn't go well later on...
  • Eviler Than Thou: The troublesome trucks play their tricks because they're bored and want to have fun. The spiteful brakevan, however, is an asshole, who simply wants to spite everyone he comes into contact with.
  • Jerkass: There's a reason he's called "Spiteful".
  • Karmic Death: He was broken by Douglas as the latter pushed his hardest up on Gordon's Hill.
  • Killed Off for Real: He was the only character in the series to permanently die.
  • Smug Snake: "You can't. I'm essential."

S.C. Ruffey

(7-plank mineral wagon)

A ballast wagon who made fun of Oliver's accident with the turntable along with the other trucks, but Oliver sought retribution later on.

  • Asshole Victim: He broke into smithereens after Oliver pulled a train with the most troublesome trucks. No one will miss him for teasing the NWR's no. 2 Great Western engine.
  • Jerkass: He led a chorus of trucks that teased Oliver for falling in a turntable.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He told his trucks to "pull back" so Oliver would have difficulties pulling his train... only for Oliver to pull him harder.
  • Karmic Death: Scruffey was pulled apart by Oliver, and when the Fat Controller revealed that it was in poor condition, he was scrapped.


    Non-rail vehicles 

Terence the Tractor

  • Fantastic Racism: Received this from Thomas, but after rescuing him from the snow, he gained his respect. In "Toby Takes the Road", he displays a bit of this by mocking the engines about having their rails scrapped and being more like him.

Bertie the Bus

Trevor the Traction Engine

Harold the Helicopter

  • Fantastic Racism: Thinks railways are slow and out of date.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Was something of an antagonist in his "Percy and Harold", but would later help Percy in "Percy's Promise", and has since been portrayed in a positive light.

George the Steamroller

  • Drives Like Crazy: Sir Handel accuses him of this, though it's never made clear whether Sir Handel or George caused their infamous accident.
  • Fantastic Racism: Hates railways and prefers to have them turn into roads.
  • Jerkass: He mocks railways because of his own ideas and pushes Sir Handel's train off the rails while racing him.
  • Stubborn Mule: Leads to an accident with the equally pigheaded Sir Handel when they refuse to let the other pass on a narrow track (naturally this only leads to them arguing over whose fault it was).



  • Fantastic Racism: Towards the railways.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He tried to beat Duck in a race by taking a shortcut - which involved him trying to drive under a bridge. The bridge isn't high enough, and he gets stuck underneath.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He gets a fake "Railway Bus" banner to steal Duck's passengers and doesn't accept their return tickets. His plan was to make the passengers think railway services were no good, but they quickly catch on.

    Human characters 

The Fat Controller

''The Island Of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways'' reveals that the NWR has had three different controllers from the Hatt family, the first Topham Hatt, Charles Topham Hatt and Stephen Topham Hatt. The first was awarded a baronetcy in Sodor.

  • Early-Bird Cameo: Stephen Topham Hatt is first seen as a child in Toby the Tram Engine.
  • Family Business: Jane Brown, the first Mrs Hatt, is the brother of Sir Handel Brown, "The Owner" of the Skarloey railway. Charles, her son and second Controller, wed Amanda Croarie, daughter of the owner of the Ffarquhar quarry company, meaning almost all rail and related industries on Sodor belong to the Hatt family.
  • Identical Grandson: Guess Stephen had to get overweight to fit in his grandpa's post.
  • Legacy Character: Three so far, with a fourth generation, Richard Topham Hatt, set to inherit control of the railway after his father Stephen.
  • Never My Fault: Sometimes, he reprimands engines for accidents that are beyond their control.
  • Pet the Dog: Engines who work hard against adversity and without complaint, always make him proud, and he's always quick to tell them how proud he is of them. For instance, after Duck and his crew prevented a serious accident in 'A Close Shave', he informed the Great Western engine he would personally go and tell City of Truro all about his bravery and heroism. Duck could only blush...
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Was an engineer in his own right, before becoming director of the entire North Western region. He knew Sir William Stanier and Sir Nigel Gresley, both amoung the most famous locomotive engineers the world had ever seen. His good standing with them ensured Gordon was purchased, and Henry was rebuilt, to give the railway the powerhouses it needed.
  • Silence, You Fool!: Whenever he is tired of the engines blurbing or whistling randomly.
  • So Proud of You: Often calls the engines very useful when they do a tremendous job.
  • Stern Controller: The Fat Controller cares for all the engines, but can be strict and no-nonsense when they get out of line.

The Thin Controller

Controller of the Skarloey Railway.

  • Legacy Character: Like the Fat Controller, there have been two - Mr Peter Sam and his son, Roger Sam.