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Since its inception in 1945, the Railway Series has given birth to a [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters 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 [[Characters/ThomasTheTankEngine here]].

[[folder: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 4-4-0)

Built: 1896

Arrived on Sodor: 1915

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.

* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Often gets mocked for being old, usually by Gordon, James, and Henry.
* BigBrotherMentor: Often to the younger engines like Thomas and Percy.
* CoolOldGuy: 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"
* FlatCharacter: Unlike most of the other highly flawed engines, there isn't much to Edward outside being a somewhat old and polite engine.
* TheLoad: Don't let this fool you though. Edward is one of the wisest characters and gives the engines good advice when called for.
* NiceGuy: The kindest engine on Sodor.
* NiceMeanAndInbetween: The nice with with Gordon and Henry in the first book.
* TeamDad: To Bill and Ben. Duck states in "Buzz, Buzz" that Edward is the only engine to keep them in line.
%%* TheSpock

!'''Gordon the Big Engine, #4'''
(LNER A0 Prototype, Rebuilt to A3 4-6-2)

Built: 1922

Arrived on Sodor: 1923

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.

%%* AloofAlly
* TheBigGuy: Physically the biggest engine on Sodor, and technically the strongest too.
* BerserkButton: Please don't make Gordon pull trucks.
* BreakTheHaughty: 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".
%%* BritishStuffiness
* CatchPhrase: "Hurry, hurry, hurry!"
* FatalFlaw: His pompousness gets him into trouble very often.
* FireForgedFriends: He and Thomas become this in "Down The Mine".
* FlawedPrototype: [[AllThereInTheManual In his backstory.]] He was a testbed locomotive sold cheap to the North Western and rebuilt into a mostly-A3 hybrid.
* FreudianTrio: With James and Henry.
* GreenEyedMonster: He can be jealous of famous engines who can go faster than him (i.e., City of Truro in "Domeless Engines").
%%* GrumpyBear
* InsultedAwake: By Thomas and then Henry.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Pompous, prideful, and looks down on the other engines, but has his moments of altruism in spite of himself.
* KarmicTrickster: To Thomas in "Thomas & Gordon" and then to Percy in "Percy and the Signal".
%%* LargeHam
* LastOfHisKind: In "Tenders for Henry" the Fat Controller verifies that he and Flying Scotsman are the last left of great Doncaster As. (In RealLife, they'd gain a new brother, Tornado, in 2008, but since Christopher Awdry retired, we'll never get to see Gordon meet him.)
* NiceMeanAndInbetween: The in-between one with James and Henry, being that he's less of a {{Jerkass}} than James. He was the mean one with Edward and Henry in the first book.
* TheRival: To Thomas.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Although his altruistic qualities keep him in check.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With a number of engines, but mostly with James and Henry.

!'''Henry the Green Engine, #3'''
(LMS "Black 5" 4-6-0)

Built: 1919

Arrived on Sodor: 1922

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.

* AchillesInHisTent: Does this in "The Sad Story of Henry".
* BigDamnHeroes: In ''Super Rescue'', he saved the day by getting two broken-down diesels and their trains home, all while running on his reverser since he'd had a regulator failure. Even the passengers forgot to be cross and called him an "Enterprising Engine".
* BreakTheHaughty: Not to the extent of Gordon and James, but he gets met with this when being boastful.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: 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.
* DirtyCoward: 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.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: In early stories he mostly played the role of another arrogant tender engine similar to Gordon and James. Later stories established him as occasionally more pitiful and melancholic than the other two, while the show added HiddenDepths such as his love of nature.
%%* DudeWheresMyRespect
* TheEeyore: Of the three tender engines, he tends to be the one most prone to glumness or melancholy.
* EmergencyTransformation: His rebuild in ''The Flying Kipper''.
* FatalFlaw: He can be pompous and stubborn like the other tender engines.
* FlawedPrototype: Originally. He was a botched attempt from an unknown company at building their own LNER A1/A3 through stolen plans. The Reverend demanded more realism in his characters, so had Henry eventually resemble a 'Black Five' in his stories. Yet despite this rebuild, he still looks like a [[SuperPrototype hybrid of LNER and LMS design, but now finally having the speed and grace of Gordon.]]
* FreudianTrio: With Gordon and James.
* GreenEyedMonster: He was jealous of the Flying Scotsman for having two tenders.
* [[IllGirl Ill Guy]]: Until his rebuild.
%%* JadedWashout
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Out of the trio with Gordon and James, he can be nicer-natured than the two.
%%* LovableCoward
* MidSeasonUpgrade: His rebuild in ''The Flying Kipper''.
* NeverLiveItDown: InUniverse. Staying in a tunnel to avoid the rain spoiling his paint. He lampshades this in "Percy Takes the Plunge":
-->'''Henry:''' "No one will ever let me forget the time I wouldn't come out of the tunnel in case the rain spoiled my paint."
* NiceMeanAndInbetween: The nice one with Gordon and James. The in-between one with Edward and Gordon.
* NoSympathy: Receives this from the other engines during his illness until getting Welsh Coal.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Gordon and James.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Had a phobia about water initially.

!'''Thomas the Tank Engine, #1'''
(LB&SCR E2 Billington tank engine 0-6-0T)

Built: 1915

Arrived on Sodor: 1915

Everyone's favourite 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.

* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: After getting his own branch line. He tamed a bit after a few BreakTheHaughty moments.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Initially due to his cheekiness.
* AttentionWhore: Especially early on.
* BigDamnHeroes: In "Thomas and the Breakdown Train", he was sent to put James back on the rails with the aforementioned breakdown train.
* BrattyHalfPint: How he started out.
* BreakoutCharacter: Largely to tie in with [[WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine the show]].
* BreakTheHaughty: Has a share of these in some episodes when he was being cheeky and arrogant.
* CatchPhrase: "Cinders and ashes!"
* CharacterDevelopment: Started as an [[BrattyHalfPint impudent Station Pilot]], he earned his own branch line and matured but [[AcquiredSituationalNarcissism became more arrogant]] to the other engines. After a particularly [[FeudEpisode spiteful bout]] with Percy however, [[JerkassRealization he was ashamed]] and became more humble and kind.
* FatalFlaw: The books focus on his impatience and arrogance getting him into trouble.
* FreudianTrio: With Percy and Toby, he's the Ego.
* GreeneyedMonster: He can be initially jealous of other engines (i.e., Toby in "Thomas in Trouble") but he became good friends with them.
* TheHero: Much to Awdry’s dismay. He is this of his branch line.
* IdiotHero: Occasionally.
* JerkassRealization: In "Drip Tank", he becomes ashamed of his behavior towards Percy after an accident with his water tank and apologizes to him thus ending their quarrel.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Can be cheeky, fussy, and arrogant at times, but proves to be kind and helpful to others in need. After the events of ''More About Thomas the Tank Engine'', he becomes more kind-hearted.
* JustAKid: Thomas often gets teased by bigger engines for his small size and big ambitions.
* MilesGloriosus: At times.
* NiceMeanAndInbetween: The mean one with Percy and Toby.
* NoSympathy: He can be dismissive towards engines being late for his trains (i.e., Henry in "Thomas and the Guard").
* OlderThanHeLooks: Thomas is often called "little" and "young". The truth of the matter, though, is that Thomas is actually older than most of the engines on the railway. Even ''[[TheBigGuy Gordon]]'', of all engines, is younger than Thomas.
* SeriousBusiness: He sees running his branch line as this.
* SmallNameBigEgo: At first, but this downplayed.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: In his earlier stories. Later stories focused more on his altruistic qualities, though he can still be arrogant every now and then.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Percy, Gordon, and Bertie.

!'''James the Red Engine, #5'''
(Hughes' Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Class 28 2-6-0)

Built: 1912/13

Arrived on Sodor: 1924/25

After a disastrous accident on his first day, the then-black coloured 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.

%%* AttentionWhore
* BerserkButton: Never, ever remind James of the time with the bootlace, or any other of his accidents. Also don't threaten to paint him blue.
* BreakTheHaughty: Happens to him a lot every time he boasts and brags.
* ButtMonkey: Though he brings it on himself most of the time.
* TheChewToy: Constantly gets reminded of his accidents, sometimes without others knowing.
--->'''Douglas:''' I heard tell aboot an engine a'd some tar wagons.
--->'''James:''' Shut up! It's not funny.
--->'''Douglas:''' Weel weel weel. Surely James, it wasnae ye. Ye dinae say.
* TheDandy: He loves his red paint.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: With Gordon and Henry. As the series went on, James' flaws tend more towards spitefulness and temper than the other two.
* EarlybirdCameo: Makes his first appearance in "Thomas and the Breakdown Train" in Thomas's book. In the next book, he has become an NWR locomotive and received his distinctive red livery.
* FantasticRacism: Expresses his distaste for diesels in ''James and the Diesel Engines''. One of the last hold-outs in the series regarding anti-diesel FantasticRacism, this finally changed when a works diesel rescued him.
* [[FieryRedhead Fiery Red Engine]]: A recurring element of James' stories is his short temper getting the better of him and landing him in trouble.
* FreudianTrio: With Gordon and Henry.
%%* GlorySeeker
* JackOfAllStats: 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.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He was somewhat less mean spirited early on, or at least felt bad when he realized the trouble he caused.
* MilesGloriosus: Possibly more than Thomas in this regard.
* NeverLiveItDown: InUniverse. The bootlace incident. Also the tar wagons.
* NiceMeanAndInbetween: The mean one with Gordon and Henry, being that he can be more arrogant than Gordon.
* SuperPrototype: With less emphasis on the "super". According to the Reverend, James was an experiment by (his real-life class designer) George Hughes to balance the engine's weight better by fitting a pony truck and larger-diameter driving wheels. The improvements were negligible, leaving James unique.
* OlderThanHeLooks: Is older than Thomas, Gordon, Henry and Toby.
* TheRival: Had one with Gordon early on.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: But is kept in check with his good qualities.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With almost every engine, particularly Gordon, Edward, and Toby.

!'''Percy the Small Engine, #6'''
(Avonside Industrial Saddle-Tank Engine 0-4-0ST)

Built: c.1900

Arrived on Sodor: 1925/1935

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 naiveté often get the better of him, making him extremely accident-prone, but in the end he proves himself to be Really Useful.

* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: In "Percy Takes the Plunge" when he became arrogant about helping take the passengers home during a storm.
* BrattyHalfPint: Similarly to how Thomas started out (making him a ReplacementFlatCharacter to an extent.)
* ButtMonkey: Gets into a lot of accidents.
* CartoonCreature: While most other characters are based on real locomotive classes, Percy is a heavily hybridized mix of several other steam engine designs. This isn't particularly unrealistic - this tended to be true of engines for industrial use, many of which were unique or heavily modified.
* {{Determinator}}: In ''Percy's Promise''.
%%* TheDitz
* FreudianTrio: With Thomas and Toby, he's the Id.
* KidAppealCharacter: Generally treated as the "younger brother" figure to Thomas and Toby. (Though [[AllThereInTheManual technically]] he's physically older.)
* TheLancer: Of Thomas' branch line.
* NiceMeanAndInbetween: The in-between one with Thomas and Toby.
* OlderThanHeLooks: Percy is looked down upon by many of the engines for his size. What many of them fail to realize, though, is that he's actually older than most of the engines on the railway. He's older than Thomas, Gordon, and even ''[[CoolOldGuy Toby]]''.
* ThePrankster: He loves playing jokes on the big engines as learned in "Percy and the Signal". He gets into trouble for this, however.
* SixthRanger: Figuratively and literally.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Thomas. Also with Harold.
%%* YesMan

!'''Toby the Tram Engine, #7'''
(Great Eastern Railway 'Wisbech & Upwell' Steam Tram J70 0-6-0T)

Built: 1914

Arrived on Sodor: 1951

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.

* BadassGrandpa: Had to carry a total of ''48'' trucks in "Toby's Megatrain".
* BerserkButton: Being called "electric".
* BigBrotherMentor: To Mavis and sometimes to Percy.
%%* CoolOldGuy
* FlatCharacter
* FreudianTrio: With Thomas and Percy, he's the Superego.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Thomas and Percy.
* NiceGuy: Like Edward, he's also one of the kinder and mild-mannered engines of Sodor.
* NiceMeanAndInbetween: The nice one with Thomas and Percy.
* TheSmartGuy: Of Thomas' branch line, since he is wise.
* YoungerThanHeLooks: For all of his wisdom and accusations of age, Toby is actually only a year older than Thomas, having been built in 1914.

!'''Duck the Great Western Engine, #8'''
(Great Western Railway Pannier Tank 57XX Class 0-6-0PT)

Built: 1929

Arrived on Sodor: 1955

-->''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 (perhaps even scrapped, to begin the process of Dieselization on the NWR). Diesel's plan was thwarted when the Fat Controller found it out (in fact, the Fat Controller was suspicious of Diesel from the start, and sent Duck away to give Diesel time to [[Main/HoistByHisOwnPetard plot his own downfall]]. 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.

* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: 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.
* BerserkButton:
** Comparing his MotorMouth 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!?"
* BigBrotherWorship: Though not engines of the same class, he idolizes City Of Truro.
* BigDamnHeroes: He and his crew prevented twenty heavily-loaded breakaway trucks from causing a serious accident further down the line.
* BreakTheHaughty: What Diesel pulls on him.
* BullyHunter: 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.
* BullyingTheDragon: For the trucks, things won't go well for them if they play tricks on Duck.
* CatchPhrase: "Beg Pardon Sir..."
* CulturalPosturing: In his debut he's fond of claiming that there are two ways of doing things, "the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Western_Railway Great Western]] way or the wrong way". Fortunately he got over it quite quickly.
* DeadpanSnarker: He can be very witty, especially whenever the big engines brag.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Inverted. He insists on being called Duck rather than his real name, Montague.
* HumiliationConga: As if the trucks forcing him to crash into a barber shop wasn't enough, the angry owner decided to shave and lather him!
* KarmicTrickster: Has a fondness for playing tricks on engines he finds conceited.
* MotorMouth: The whole plotline of "Donald's Duck" kicked off after Donald told him to zip it.
* NiceGuy: Despite his moments of boastfulness about being Great Western, he is a mild-mannered and respectable engine.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: 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.
* TheReliableOne: For all his bragging about being Great Western, it's noted that he makes the railway run like clockwork.
* RightlySelfRighteous: 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.
* SmallNameBigEgo: 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''': [[DeadpanSnarker Don't we know it]]!
* SixthRanger: After he took over as Tidmouth's station pilot. He became more of a supporting character once he got his own branch line.
* StillWearingTheOldColors: He is painted in the GWR's Brunswick green livery.
* TheDeterminator: Duck's philosophy revolves around getting a train to its destination, even if on one cylinder. By comparison, according to him, diesels do nothing but moan for a fitter if a mechanical issue arises (though he was proved wrong in the cases of [=BoCo=] and Bear).
* VitriolicBestBuds: Often with the trio of Gordon, Henry, and James.
* YouShallNotPass: In "A Close Shave", he holds back twenty runaway cars from crashing into a passenger train.
* YoungerThanHeLooks: He acts more mature than Thomas and Percy even though he's younger than them.

!'''Donald and Douglas-The Caledonian Twins, #9 and #10'''
(Caledonian Railway 812 Class 0-6-0)

Built: 1909

Arrived on Sodor: 1959

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, repainted in NWR blue that reminds them of their Caledonian Railway heritage, the twins do a variety of work, running on both the main line and the various branch lines on the NWR.

* AdaptationDyeJob: In the books, they were painted NWR blue after arriving at Sodor. With three blue engines already, the TV producers wisely decided to keep their more distinctive black paint.
* BerserkButton: Making fun of their whistles, as Gordon and Henry found out.
* [[BigBrotherInstinct Twin Brother Instinct]]: In addition to the BullyHunter example, dialogue implies Donald had to smuggle Douglas to Sodor just to save his life. If that's not brotherly love, what is?
* BullyHunter: 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.
* BullyingTheDragon: The trucks often get this from the twins.
* DeadpanSnarker: The twins have their share of wits.
* DontSplitUsUp: Donald and Douglas really didn't want to part from each other.
* FamilyBusiness: Supplemental material reveals their footplate crews were related too, which is how they could arrange to take them to Sodor together.
* HistoricalInJoke/ShownTheirWork: The twins' numbers, 57646 and 57647, are the next two numbers in the real 812-Class after the last real locomotive, which was 57645.
* IdenticalTwinIDTag: Their name plates and numbers.
* NiceGuy: Very friendly and get on with any work with no fuss
%%* NobleFugitive
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: They were initially biased against diesels, they both grew out of it after meeting [[NiceGuy Boco.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: Only Edward & possibly Percy are older than them yet you wouldn't think it.
* TheBigGuy: As dedicated freight engines, they have more muscle than any other engine bar Gordon and maybe Henry. They are most often seen as "bankers" - an engine that assists a heavy freight train up a steep gradient by pushing from behind.
* UsefulNotes/ScottishEnglish: The twins speak Scots.
--->'''The Twins:''' (On the subject of their missing number plates) They maun hae slyly slippit aff, sir!
* SingleMindedTwins: They have individual roles at times, but mostly retain the same personality.
* TricksterTwins: Notice that they are the almost the only characters labeled by name ''and'' number; Hatt specifically insisted on this after one too many TwinSwitch gambits.
* TraumaButton: Do ''not'' like to talk about scrapping.
* TwinSwitch: In "The Missing Coach".
* ViolentGlaswegian: 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!"
* VitriolicBestBuds: Sometimes with the arrogant engines like Gordon and James.

!'''Daisy, the Diesel Rail-Car, #D1'''
(Metro-Cammell Diesel Multiple Unit Class 101/102)

Built: 1960

Arrived on Sodor: 1960

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.

* BerserkButton: Being referred to as "feeble".
* CharacterDevelopment: Becomes a more hard-working engine.
* TheChick: Of Thomas' Branch Line.
* FantasticRacism: 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.
* LazyBum: The Fat Controller soon calls her out for this.
* SpoiledBrat: Initially, she behaved like one to the point of neglecting her duties.
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Was very vain when she first came.

!'''Bill and Ben, the Tank Engine Twins'''
(Bagnall Saddle-Tank engines 0-4-0ST)

Built: 1948

Arrived on Sodor: 1948

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.

* {{Bratty Half Pint}}s: As [=BoCo=] puts it, they can be maddening at times.
* GossipyHens: in "The Diseasel".
* [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerks with a Heart of Gold]]: Despite their bratty and mischievous behavior, they can prove to be well-behaved at times.
* PutOnABus: Their last appearance was in the book ''Thomas and the Twins''.
* SiblingRivalry: They bicker with each other from time to time.
* SingleMindedTwins: Both twins are equally mischievous.
* TwinSwitch: Not the classic switch - instead, they both pretended to be the same engine, after removing their name- and number-plates.

!'''[=BoCo=] the Diesel, #D2'''
(Class 28 Metro-Vick Diesel Electric Type 2 Co-Bo)

Built: 1958

Arrived on Sodor: 1965

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. Formerly numbered D5702, he was renumbered Sodor's D2.

* FantasticRacism: Bill and Ben thought he was trouble, but Edward proves otherwise.
* NiceGuy: Was so friendly that this remedied the other engines' opinions on diesels.
* TeamDad: Along with Edward, he also keeps the mischievous Bill and Ben in line.

!'''Bear the Hymek Diesel, #D3'''
(British Rail Class 35 "Hymek" Bo-Bo)

Built: 1964

Arrived on Sodor: 1967

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 renumbered D3 and nicknamed Bear for 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.

* AdaptedOut: Bear is absent from the TV series since his debut story, "Super Rescue", was never adapted, either due to budgetary restrictions disallowing new models for him and D199, or because of the push for more episodes with Thomas. With Andrew Brenner now onboard, and having brought the Small Railway to the TV series, fans hope Bear will finally make his television debut.
* FantasticRacism: Averted. Unlike D199, he was nice and sensible and tried to shut him up for his remarks about the local engines. TruthInTelevision, as Bear's class used hydraulics instead of electrics, and had been declared non-standard by BR by the time he arrived on Sodor.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: 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 0-4-2T)

Built: 1934

Arrived on Sodor: 1967

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.

* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: In the story ''Resource and Sagacity''.
* BreakTheHaughty: He gets a little too prideful in "Resource and Sagacity", and ends up bunker-down in a turntable well.
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: 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.
%%* NobleFugitive
* StillWearingTheOldColors: He is painted in the GWR's Brunswick green livery.

!'''Mavis the Quarry Diesel'''
(British Railways Class 04 Shunter 0-6-0DM)

Built: 1962

Arrived on Sodor: 1962

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.

* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: Happened to her when she took heed to Daisy's word about how diesels are better than steam engines.
* TheBigGuy: Of Thomas' Branch Line.
* FireForgedFriends: After her CharacterDevelopment, she gets on better with Toby.
* MouthyKid: Started off arrogant and refused to follow Toby's orders. She tamed after her innovations to how things worked caused serious problems.
%%* {{Tomboy}}

!'''Pip and Emma, the High-Speed Train'''
(BR Class 48 High Speed Train Bo-Bo)

Built: 1975

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.

* AdaptedOut: Neither have ever appeared in the TV series, replaced instead by the far less realistic American streamliners Connor and Caitlin.
* {{Nice G|uy}}irls
* {{Those Two G|uys}}irls

According to ''Sodor, It's People, History and Railways'', and ''Sodor, Reading Between The Lines'', there are about ''eighty'' undocumented engines. Good opportunity to take advantage of the TV series characters.


[[folder: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'', ''Alf'' and ''Tom Rolt''. Duke is based on the Ffestiniog Railway's ''Prince''.

!'''Skarloey, #1'''
(Fletcher-Jennings 1864 Class C 0-4-2ST)

Built: 1864

Arrived on Sodor: 1865

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.

* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: Happened to him in his younger years when he gets another pair of wheels and a cab.
%%* CoolOldGuy
* {{Determinator}}: In "Old Faithful".
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Rheneas.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Skarloey was built in 1864, making him over ''150 years old''.
* RedOniBlueOni: He was The Red Oni to Rheneas' Blue as learned in ''Very Old Engines''.
* SecretKeeper: Skarloey and Rheneas are the only ones who know that Culdee made up the entire story about Godred's parts being cannibalized.

!'''Rheneas, #2'''
(Fletcher-Jennings 1866 Class Bb 0-4-0WT)

Built: 1865

Arrived on Sodor: 1865

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.

* {{Determinator}}: In "Gallant Old Engine".
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Skarloey.
* RedOniBlueOni: He was the Blue Oni to Skarloey's Red as learned in ''Very Old Engines''.
* SecretKeeper: Skarloey and Rheneas are the only ones who know that Culdee made up the entire story about Godred's parts being cannibalized.

!'''Sir Handel (Formerly Falcon), #3'''
(Hughes Falcon 0-4-2ST)

Built: 1904

Arrived on Sodor: 1904

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.

* AdaptationDyeJob: The show had him keep his blue paint job from when he worked with Duke on the Mid Sodor Railway, while in the books he was repainted in Skarloey Red.
* BerserkButton: In much the same way as Gordon, don't make him pull trucks.
* {{Defictionalization}}: Spent most of 1985 (during the book "Great Little Engines") on the Talyllyn railway in Tywyn, as they'd actually repainted ''Sir Haydn'' into Sir Handel for the year.
* {{Expy}}: Essentially a narrow gauge Gordon.
* IHaveManyNames: His name was Falcon before joining the Skarloey Railway.
* {{Jerkass}}: At his worst.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Sometimes. Mostly shows his soft side to Peter Sam or Duke.
* MidSeasonUpgrade: His "steamroller" wheels.
* PlayingSick: Tried doing this, but was soon found out by the Thin Controller.
* PunnyName: In the real world, "[[Music/GeorgeFredericHandel Sir Handel]]" [[note]]Fictionally named after the Skarloey Railway owner Sir Handel Brown[[/note]] is based on Talyllyn's [[Music/JosephHaydn Sir Haydn]][[note]] Named after Sir Haydn Jones, real-life owner of the Talyllyn railway[[/note]], keeping the classical music reference intact.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Blue to Peter Sam's Red. Heck, he was painted blue on his old railway, but they are both red now.
* SecretKeeper: Implied. He and Peter Sam only spoke of Duke when they were alone.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Manly Man to Peter Sam's Sensitive Guy.
* TraumaButton: Don't mention being sold to him or Peter Sam. Could also double as a BerserkButton due to him faking sick for the second time in the same book after being told that he wasn't being sold.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: A more minor example than most cases, but look at Falcon and Stuart on the MSR and Sir Handel and Peter Sam now. They have become much less in sync than they were in the past.

!'''Peter Sam (Formerly Stuart), #4'''
(Kerr Stuart Tattoo 0-4-2ST)

Built: 1920

Arrived on Sodor: 1920

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.

* AdaptationDyeJob: Same situation as Sir Handel, except green instead of blue.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: His special funnel. "Until they learned how useful it is!"
* IHaveManyNames: His name was Stuart before joining the Skarloey Railway.
%%* {{Keet}}
* MidSeasonUpgrade: His Giesl funnel. Based on his Talyllyn counterpart ''Edward Thomas'' being fitted with one in the early 60s, it makes him stronger and reduces his coal consumption. (At the Talyllyn, ''Edward Thomas'' had his Giesl removed in 1969).
* NiceGuy: Very friendly to just about everyone he meets.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Red Oni to Sir Handel's Blue. (Though ironically, they're both Skarloey Red now.)
* SecretKeeper: Implied. He and Sir Handel only spoke of Duke when they were alone.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Sensitive Guy to Sir Handel's Manly Man.
* TraumaButton: Don't mention being sold to him or Sir Handel. However, unlike Sir Handel, after being told he's not being sold after all, Peter Sam reverts back to his cheery self.
* {{Workaholic}}: At the prospect of working the line solo, Peter Sam was very excited.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: More minor that most. See Sir Handel's entry.

!'''Rusty, #5'''
(Ruston & Hornsby Diesel 4w)

Built: 1957

Arrived on Sodor: 1957

Rusty is the first 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.

* AdaptationDyeJob: Was painted dark grey in the books, but is orange on the show.
* FireForgedFriends: With Duncan.
* FlatCharacter: He is quite friendly and helpful, and one of the hardest workers on the Skarloey Railway, but he never really gets a true DayInTheLimelight or much conflict, except for his spat with Duncan.
* RefuseToRescueTheDisliked: 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.
* [[TokenMinority Token Diesel]]: He's the only diesel on the Skarloey Railway (until Fred arrives in 1989, anyway).

!'''Duncan, #6'''
(Andrew Barclay 0-4-0WT)

Built: 1928

Arrived on Sodor: 1958

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.

* AdaptationDyeJob: Was painted red in the books, but became yellow in the television series.
* AesopAmnesia: Often forgets to behave well around others.
* BrutalHonesty: Calls himself a "plain, blunt engine" and speaks whatever is on his mind.
%%* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong
* DrivesLikeCrazy: 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.
* FantasticRacism: Blatantly bullied Rusty for being a diesel, but stopped after Rusty rescued him from a derailment.
* GrumpyBear: Complains a lot when there's no need to.
* {{Jerkass}}: At his worst.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: At his best as proven in how apologetic he was towards Rusty after he rescued him.
* NeverMyFault: Doesn't take responsibility for his troubles, as learned in "Home at Last".
* ViolentGlaswegian: When he loses his temper.

!'''Ivo Hugh, #7'''

Built: 1996

Arrived on Sodor: 1996

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.

* AdaptedOut: In the TV series, Ivo Hugh's place of SKR #7 was filled by "Fearless" Freddie.

!'''Duke, #8'''
(George England and Co. 0-4-0ST+T)

Built: 1879

Arrived on Sodor: 1880

Duke was once the pride of the Mid Sodor Railway, being named after the Duke of Sodor and having served on the line since its opening in 1880. Together with two newer engines, Stuart and Falcon, he served on the railway for many years, essentially raising and teaching the younger two. Sadly, when the railway was closed in 1947, Duke was the only one not bought and was left asleep 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). He spent quite a long time being restored to running order, hence his number is higher than Ivo Hugh's.

* BadassGrandpa: In "Bulldog", he manages to keep Sir Handel from rolling off the side of a mountain.
* GrumpyOldMan: ''Par excellence'', especially in comparison with Skarloey and Rheneas.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Sir Handel and Peter Sam, or Falcon and Stuart, as they were known back then.
* MentorArchetype: To Peter Sam and Sir Handel. They even think he's "dead" by the present day.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: When he tells the story of No. 2.
* RipVanWinkle: Slept for 22 years, and his shed was properly lost till an expedition up the route of the old railway found him again.
* ScareEmStraight: Gets Sir Handel and Peter Sam to behave by telling them the story about the engine "Number 2" being turned into a pumping engine.
* TeamDad: Towards Sir Handel and Peter Sam on the MSR.

!'''Fred, #9'''
(ex-NCB Hunslet 0-4-0DM)

Arrived On Sodor: 1989

Fred is the newest engine on the Skarloey railway, restored from two ex- National Coal Board Hunslet diesels. He is based on Talyllyn's ''Alf''.

* AllThereInTheManual: The fact that he's built from ex-NCB stock comes from one of the reference books.
* TheGhost: Has yet to make an appearance in a story, but was talked about.

There's also Mark V and the Ministry Of Defence Engine, both mentioned in ''Sodor, Its People, History And Railways'' and ''Reading Between The Lines''.


[[folder: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.'' There are also some engines mentioned only in ''Sodor, It's History, People and Railways'' and ''Sodor, Reading Between The Lines'' - the notoriously unreliable diesels the "Blisters" 1 & 2, based on ''Cyril'' from the R&E, and "Sigrid Of Arlesdale", based on ''Shelagh of Eskdale''.


Built: 1923

Arrived on Sodor: 1967

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.

* BreakTheHaughty: His accident in "Useful Railway".
* ChromaticArrangement (with Mike and Bert): Green.
* DeadpanSnarker: Shares this role with Mike.
* NiceMeanAndInbetween: The in-between one with Mike and Bert.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Has this relationship with Mike and Bert, but especially Mike.


Built: 1966

Arrived on Sodor: 1967

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.

* ChromaticArrangement (with Rex and Bert): Red.
* DeadpanSnarker: Shares this role with Rex.
* [[FieryRedhead Fiery Red Engine]]: Similar to James.
%%* GrumpyBear
* HairTriggerTemper: To match his red coat of paint.
* JerkAss: At his worst.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: At his best.
* NiceMeanAndInbetween: The mean one with Rex and Bert.
%%* PerpetualFrowner
* SmallNameBigEgo: Thinks he's the most important engine on the Small Railway.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Rex and Bert.


Built: 1894

Arrived on Sodor: 1967

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

%%* ButtMonkey
* ChromaticArrangement (with Rex and Mike): Blue.
%%* LiteralMinded
* NiceMeanAndInbetween: The nice one with Rex and Mike.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Rex and Mike.


Built: 1929

Arrived on Sodor: 1967

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.

* GrumpyBear: Not as much as Mike, but he has his moments.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* [[TokenMinority Token Diesel]]: The only diesel on the Arlesdale.


Built: 1976

Arrived on Sodor: 1976

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.

* TheAce: Jock is by far the strongest of the Small Railway engines, and people often come to the railway just to see him.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He was cocky, but soon softens after learning about teamwork.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: What he learns in the end.


[[folder: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. As with the Skarloey and Arlesdale railways, the engines all have direct counterparts on the Snowdon - ''Ladas'' for Godred, ''Enid'' for Ernest, ''Wyddfa'' for Wilfred, ''Snowdon'' for Culdee, ''Moel Siabod'' for Shane Dooiney, ''Ralph'' and ''Eryri'' for Alaric and Eric, and ''Padarn'' (formerly ''Sir Harmood'') for Patrick (né Lord Harry)

!'''Godred, #1'''

Built: c.1897

Arrived on Sodor: 1900

Scrapped: 1900

The former #1 of the Culdee Fell, he was named after [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godred_Crovan a king]], which made him extremely conceited, arrogant and overestimated his abilities as a Mountain Engine. On opening day of the CFR, Godred crashed...off 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 gone...at least according to Culdee's story anyway.

* AssholeVictim: He was arrogant and overconfident, and it gets him in trouble.
* KilledOffForReal: Or was he? No seriously, we have no idea, it's a ContinuitySnarl.

!'''Culdee, #4'''

Built: 1899

Arrived on Sodor: 1900

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.

%%* DeadpanSnarker
* NiceGuy: Just a rather pleasant, friendly engine, who enjoys chatting to Skarloey during his layover at their sheds.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Similar to Duke, after scaring Duncan and Sir Handel straight with his story of Godred.
* ScareEmStraight: The entire point of the Godred story.
* UnreliableNarrator: 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'''

Built: 1962

Arrived on Sodor: 1962

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.

%%* HeelFaceTurn
* {{Jerkass}}: Like Godred, he was ill mannered and arrogant. That is until he redeemed himself.
* MeaningfulRename: 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'''


[[folder:Miscellaneous Engines]]

A blue tender engine who visited Sodor in 1922.

* {{Jerkass}}: It was stated that he was incredibly rude and spiteful. Fans tend to make him an AxCrazy psychopath who murders (or at least attempts to murder) other engines either because he views them as obsolete, or due to SanitySlippage.
* NoNameGiven: Though following the release of the infamous YouTube series ''Sodor: The Dark Times'', he is often named Alfred.
* PutOnABusToHell: His only book appearance was ''The Three Railway Engines''. It was stated that he was sent to the Other Railway due to his terrible behavior.

Another blue tender engine who visited Sodor in 1922.

* {{Jerkass}}: Like 98462, he was terribly rude.
* NoNameGiven: Though following the release of the infamous YouTube series ''Sodor: The Dark Times'', he is often named Cecil.
* PutOnABusToHell: Like 98462, he was sent away to the Other Railway due to his bad behavior.

!The Foreign Engine
(LMS "Patriot" Class 4-6-0)
A tender engine from the London Midland and Scottish Railway. Also known as the Big City Engine.

* {{Jerkass}}: Is rather pompous and conceited.
* NoNameGiven: Though he does have several FanNicknames, including Patriot and Reginald.

!City of Truro
(GWR 3700 4-4-0)

Built: 1903

Visited Sodor: 1957

(BR Class 08 0-6-0DM)

Built: 1952

Visited Sodor: 1957

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, possibly as part of a plot to slowly get the steam engines sent away and replaced with diesels. 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.

%%* [[ADogNamedDog A Diesel Named Diesel]]
* AntiHero: He initially laughed upon hearing Thomas' predicament with Clarabel and only opted to rescue Thomas because the latter's train was blocking the line and preventing Diesel from going home, though he eventually realized that GoodFeelsGood.
* ArcVillain: of ''Duck and the Diesel Engine''.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Appears to be kind, but later shows his prejudice towards steam engines.
* BreakTheHaughty: Happened to him when tried to pull a line of trucks.
* DarkMessiah: Is painted pitch black and preaches about diesels being "revolutionary".
* FantasticRacism: Towards the steam engines.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: It turned out that The Fat Controller never believed Diesel and had sent Duck away to give Diesel enough room to cause his own downfall.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In ''Thomas and the Evil Diesel'' after rescuing Thomas.
* MaliciousSlander: How he got back at Duck, but was then found out.
* OffscreenKarma: Gets sent away in "A Close Shave".
* ReformedButRejected: Despite initially trying to be good, Diesel wasn't received warmly by Thomas and Toby when he was brought back.
* TheVillainSucksSong: The trucks sing "Pop Goes The Diesel" after his mishap.
* VisionaryVillain: Seeks to see the diesels improve the railway.

!Stepney the Bluebell Engine, #55
(LB&SCR A1x 0-6-0T)

Built: 1875

Visited Sodor: 1962

%%* NiceGuy

(BR Class 40 1Co-[=Co1=])

Built: 1958/1962

Visited Sodor: 1962

Scrapped: 1984

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.

* BreakTheHaughty / LaserGuidedKarma: Gets his air intake jammed by an inspector's bowler hat. Later ends up finding himself obsolete when his class, the BR Class 40, was relegated from express workings due to their lack of electric train heating and being underpowered for their weight, quickly being replaced by Class 47 and Class 55 diesels.
* FantasticRacism: Towards the steam engines.
%%* {{Jerkass}}
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gave one to the steam engines by calling them out of date, much to their anger.
* SmugSnake: "Not bad. At least you're all clean."

!Flying Scotsman
(LNER A3 4-6-2)

Built: 1923

Visited Sodor: 1967

* LastOfHisKind: Like Gordon, he is also the last Doncaster locomotive after the others were scrapped.

(BR Class 46 "Peak" 1Co-[=Co1=])

Built: 1963

Visited Sodor: 1967

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.

* FantasticRacism: Just like D4711, he is prejudiced towards steam engines.
* InSeriesNickname: "Spamcan" and "Old Reliable", although the latter nickname is less deserved after breaking down.
* {{Jerkass}}: Instantly established himself by talking contemptuously of steam engines to D7101 [[ImStandingRightHere in clear hearing range of Duck and Oliver.]]
* TheLoad: Despite all three engines suffering from failing systems, Henry and D7101 still tried their hardest to get all their trains through to the station. D199 however, just sulked.

!Stanley (MSR No. #2)
(Baldwin class 10-12-D 4-6-0PT)

Built: 1917

Arrived on Sodor: After 1917

Scrapped: 1946

* AdaptationNameChange: To "Smudger" in the TV series, presumably to eliminate any "Number 2" jokes.
* AllThereInTheManual: The Sodor history books give a longer version of his story - not least his name, Stanley, but also that he rode roughly because he was badly regauged from 1' 11 5/8" to 2' 3" when he was bought by the Mid Sodor Railway.
* {{Eagleland}}: Type 2. The only locomotive of an American class on Sodor, and he's arrogant, careless [[AmericansAreCowboys and drawls]].
* LaserGuidedKarma: He gets converted into a pumping engine ("generator" in the TV series) and later got scrapped when the railway was closed.

!Old Stuck-Up a.k.a. Diesel 40125
(BR Class 40 1Co-[=Co1=])

Built: 1960

Visited Sodor: c.1980/81

Scrapped: 1981

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.

* FantasticRacism: Towards the steam engines, likely to cover up the fact that his class was fast being withdrawn by the time the story was set.
* InSeriesNickname: "Old Stuck Up".
%%* {{Jerkass}}
* LaserGuidedKarma: Crashing into the back of the sheds which later gets him sent away by the Fat Controller.

!Green Arrow
(LNER V2 2-6-2)

Built: 1936

!Iron Duke
(GWR Iron Duke Class 4-2-2)

Built: 1985

(LNER A4 4-6-2)

Built: 1938
!Wilbert the Forest Engine
(Hunslet Austerity tank engine 0-6-0ST)

Built: 1953

Visited Sodor: 1993

* NiceGuy

(Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0ST)

%%* HeelFaceTurn
* {{Jerkass}}: At first.
* NoNameGiven: Just a number.

on the Rev.'s layout, there is a number of Mid Sodor Engines
* Albert, two of them ([[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to get confused with Albert of the Furness Railway]])
* Jim
* Tim
* Jerry
* Atlas, Alfred and the unnamed Mine Engine
* John and Jennings


[[folder:Rolling Stock]]

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

!'''Annie and Clarabel'''
(LB&SCR coaches No. 100)

Built: 1896

Arrived on Sodor: 1915

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.

* SingleMindedTwins: For the large part. Interestingly most merchandise tries to remedy this by giving Annie a timid expression and Clarabel a cocky smile.
%%* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Two Girls]]
* WomenAreWiser: 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)

Built: 1884

Arrived on Sodor: 1951

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

* TheQuietOne: Has only had dialogue on ''very'' rare occasions, and wasn't depicted with a face until the forty-first book, "Thomas and Victoria".

!'''Toad The Brakevan, #53681'''
(GWR 20-ton brakevan)

Built: 1940

Arrived on Sodor: 1967

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.

* BullyHunter: Helped Oliver put the trucks in their place after they wouldn't stop teasing him.
* ADogNamedDog: "Toad" was the GWR telegraphic code for a brake van. So he's a Toad named "Toad".
* NiceGuy: One of the very few trucks you could trust in a train.
* VerbalTic: 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.

* AlwaysChaoticEvil: At least most of them anyways.
* AlwaysMale: All of the trucks are males.
* AssholeVictim: 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. [[LaserGuidedKarma Can also apply to the victims of their antics.]]
* BerserkButton: While most trucks play tricks on engines unprovoked, they don't like it when engines order them around, or being pushed.
* BullyHunter: While they don't care much for engines bullying ''other'' engines, they don't let engines bully them.
* CatchPhrase: "On! On! On!" and "Hold back! Hold back!"
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: "Every wise engine knows you can't trust trucks."
* {{Comedic Sociopath|y}}s
* DisproportionateRetribution: 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.
* EnemyMine: They helped Percy teach Bulstrode a lesson in "Special Attraction".
* [[EvenMooksHaveLovedOnes 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.
* TheFreelanceShameSquad: Love laughing at the engines for having unfortunate mishaps, sometimes by singing rudely at them.
* HiveMind: 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.
* [[ItAmusedMe It Amused Us]]: Their reason for causing mischief.
* {{Jerkass}}es: 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 Houdini}}s: They always get away with causing the accidents and The Fat Controller will [[NeverMyFault blame the engines for them]]. Of course, it's as much "getting away with it" as [[PyrrhicVictory they smash themselves to pieces in a rail accident in the process]]. Granted, [[TooKinkyToTorture it never stops them laughing about it anyway]].
* KickTheSonOfABitch: 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.
* KilledOffForReal: A few trucks are shown to be dismantled in various episodes.
* LackOfEmpathy: 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.
%%* {{Mooks}}
* RunawayTrain: 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)

Built: 1929

Arrived on Sodor: ?

Scrapped: 1959

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.

* AssholeVictim: The Fat Controller didn't care any more about him after Douglas broke him up.
* ChronicVillainy: He was severely taught to behave by Donald, but then returned to play tricks on James, [[KarmicDeath which didn't go well later on...]]
* EvilerThanThou: 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. Subverted later when one of his pranks backfires onto him, the trucks are having far too much fun to listen to his pleas to stop.
* {{Jerkass}}: There's a reason he's called "Spiteful".
* KarmicDeath: He was broken by Douglas as the latter pushed his hardest up on Gordon's Hill.
* KilledOffForReal: He was the only character in the series to permanently die.
* SmugSnake: "You can't. I'm essential."

!'''S.C. Ruffey'''
(7-plank mineral wagon)

Scrapped: 1967

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

* AssholeVictim: 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.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: He told his trucks to "pull back" so Oliver would have difficulties pulling his train... only for Oliver to pull him harder.
* KarmicDeath: Scruffey was pulled apart by Oliver, and when the Fat Controller revealed that it was in poor condition, he was scrapped.


Built: 1882

A former Furness Railway coach rescued by Thomas and the Fat Controller from life as a derelict summerhouse in someone's back garden. Now coupled to Toby and Henrietta.

* [[NiceGuy Nice Girl]]
* OldFriend: Knew Edward when they both worked for the Furness Railway on the British mainland.


[[folder:Non-rail vehicles]]

!'''Terence the Tractor'''

Built: 1934

* FantasticRacism: 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.
%%* NiceGuy

!'''Bertie the Bus'''

Built: 1929/1948

* VitriolicBestBuds: With Thomas.

!'''Trevor the Traction Engine'''

Built: 1927

* FriendToAllChildren: He is fond of children and loves giving them rides.
* SleepyHead: He enjoys dozing off in the sun.
* TheVicar: Trevor is bought and restored by a kindly vicar (who is also a railway enthusiast)[[note]] The "real" Trevor was ''Fiery Elias'', owned by the Reverend's good friend Teddy Boston, aka the Fat Clergyman[[/note]].
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Trevor is usually depicted with an elderly persona, even though he is younger than engines like Gordon and Henry.

!'''Harold the Helicopter'''

Built: 1949

* FantasticRacism: Thinks railways are slow and out of date.
* HeelFaceTurn: 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.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Percy.

!'''George the Steamroller'''

Built: 1920/29

* DrivesLikeCrazy: Sir Handel accuses him of this, though it's never made clear whether Sir Handel or George caused their infamous accident.
* FantasticRacism: 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.
* StubbornMule: 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 [[NeverMyFault arguing over whose fault it was]]).


Built: 1926

* TheAllegedCar: She's pushed to the point of overheating frequently.


Built: 1960/61

* FantasticRacism: Towards the railways. Seemingly mixed with a slightly odd strain of StrawmanPolitical - he talks about the coming of the Revolution that would free "us workers" from Railway Tyranny.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: 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.
* ManipulativeBastard: 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.
* StealthPun: Bulgy is an AEC Bridgemaster, specifically built to be shorter than conventional double-deckers to fit under bridges. Needless to say, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard it doesn't save him.]]


[[folder:Human characters]]
!'''The Fat Controller'''

[[AllThereInTheManual ''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 (1880-1956), Charles Topham Hatt (1914-1997) and Stephen Topham Hatt (1941-). The first was awarded a baronetcy in Sodor.

* BadassMustache: Stephen Hatt has a magnificent moustache during his tenure as Controller.
* ColonelBadass: Charles Topham Hatt joined the Royal Engineers DuringTheWar, served with distinction, and was a colonel by the end.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Stephen Topham Hatt is first seen as a child in ''Toby the Tram Engine.''
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Engines and drivers usually refer to him as the Fat Controller.
* FamilyBusiness: 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.
* IdenticalGrandson: Guess Stephen had to get overweight to fit in his grandpa's post.
* LegacyCharacter: Three so far, with a fourth generation, Richard Topham Hatt, set to inherit control of the railway after his father Stephen.
* NeverMyFault: Sometimes, he reprimands engines for accidents that are beyond their control.
* PetTheDog: 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...
* PunnyName: Always wears a top hat, after the custom of Edwardian railway-owning/directing gentlemen. (The first actually was an Edwardian gentleman; presumably his descendants just know good marketing when they see it.)
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: 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 among 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.
* SilenceYouFool: Whenever he is tired of the engines blurbing or whistling randomly.
* SoProudOfYou: Often calls the engines very useful when they do a tremendous job.
* [[SternTeacher 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.

* BadassMustache: Like Stephen Hatt, Roger Sam has a moustache.
* LegacyCharacter: Like the Fat Controller, there have been two - Mr Peter Sam and his son, Roger Sam.

!'''The Small Controller'''
Real name Fergus Duncan, he runs the Arlesdale Railway.

* IronicNickname: Besides running the "Small" Railway, they call him the Small Controller because he's the tallest of the three.

!'''The Two Clergymen'''
The Fat Clergyman and the Thin Clergyman are two railway enthusiasts who occasionally visit the Island, because [[CreatorCameo the Thin One writes children's books about the engines]].
* CreatorCameo: The Thin Clergyman is Rev. Awdry himself, while his friend the Fat Clergyman is the Rev. Teddy Boston.

! '''Charlie Sand and Sidney Heaver'''
* MeaningfulName: Charlie Sand is so named because one of his duties is to sand the rails when the rails get slippery so that the engine can grip the rails while Sidney Heaver is so named because it's his job to heave coal into the firebox.
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: See MeaningfulName above.