Characters / Thomas the Tank Engine

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Tropes shared by the Steam Team:

  • American Accents: Their accents are different depending on the region. The US dub gives them American accents; whereas the UK dub gives them British accents.
  • Badass Crew: Have been this at times.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: James is colored red; Thomas, Edward, and Gordon are colored blue; and Henry, Percy, and Emily are colored green (though the last one is colored in a much darker shade of green). This leaves out Toby, who is colored brown.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Most of the Steam Team have had an episode together within the long run. However, Edward and Emily have had very little interaction. Edward also rarely interacts with Toby (Though they did recently interact during Season 19's The Truth About Toby), likely due to similarities in character (and even being flanderized in a similar manner).
  • Token Evil Teammate: It's usually the narcissists Gordon and James. Downplayed, however, in that they are each more of a Jerk Ass than a straight out evil character.
  • True Companions
  • Undying Loyalty: To Sir Topham Hatt. While they may sometimes disobey orders in ill sighted plans, they hate doing anything to displease the Fat Controller. Epitomised in "Goodbye Fat Controller" where they take any measure possible to prevent his supposed retirement.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Just almost all of the engines tease each other and have their quarrels from time to time, but they prove that are good friends and help each other out when the chips are down.

Thomas the Tank Engine

"Hello everybody, welcome to the island of Sodor!"

Voiced by: Joseph May (US), John Hasler (UK), Martin Sherman (US; Hero of the Rails - eighteenth season), Ben Small (UK; Hero of the Rails - eighteenth season), Edward Glen (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)

Number: 1 ,Originally 70

Basis: London, Brighton and South Coast Railway E2 0-6-0T

Built: 1915

A tank engine, the main character and namesake of the series, and the first engine to be purchased for the Fat Controller's railway. Thomas spent his time shunting coaches for bigger engines, and he longed to see the world. After helping to rescue James after an accident, he was dubbed a "Really Useful Engine" and was given his own branch line, along with two coaches, Annie and Clarabel. Thomas is occasionally cheeky and overly excitable, but always intends to help the Fat Controller and his many friends.

  • Aesop Amnesia: He suffers this a lot at the beginning of season 8. His impatience is recurrent as well as his dislike for wearing his snowplough.
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: After getting his own branch line. He tamed a bit after a few Break the Haughty moments.
    • This gets repeated on occasions later on (i.e., he gets conceited after his driver jokes about him going without him in "Thomas Comes to Breakfast" and when he thinks that a statue is him on it in "Thomas and the Statue").
  • All-Loving Hero: Around season 3, he grows out of being the Bratty Half-Pint and becomes this. After season 7, this snaps back, though he still often displays shades of this.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Initially in season 1, although this is justified since he was a cheeky, impatient Attention Whore.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Seems to be a prominent shortcoming in later episodes.
  • Attention Whore: In the first few episodes until he was given his own branch line. This became a big plot point in The Great Discovery. Played for laughs in Flash, Bang, Wallop!.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Annie and Clarabel may complain about Thomas going too fast and he may tease them incessantly, but the three absolutely adore each other, hating to be separated from each other; Thomas has even chased down other engines that have taken them.
  • Berserk Button: Woe betide any engine that he sees pulling Annie and Clarabel without his consent.
    Thomas: Those are my coaches! Give them back!
    • Hector found out the hard way that you should never frighten Rosie in front of Thomas.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Though it's sometimes hidden beneath his egotism or childishness, Thomas is shown to look out for younger engines a lot, particularly Percy. This is particularly evident in later episodes, where he is more experienced so is often charged with helping newer engines out.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Has the most unique brow shape - triangular ones.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Justified, since he's the central character.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: How he started out.
  • Breakout Character: In the original books, Thomas wasn't as heavily focused on; Awdry had plenty of other parts of Sodor to write about. However, Thomas connected with the younger audience, and when the television series was launched, he was cast as the main star. Expands into both the show and the books since the release of the former led for publishers to insist for more Thomas-centric stories from the latter to tie in.
  • Break the Haughty: In the earlier episodes when he was arrogant and conceited. In "Old Reliable Edward", he manages to do this on Gordon by helping Edward teach him a lesson in gratitude.
  • Bring It: Claims Gordon can't go faster than him in "Old Reliable Edward". The next day, he proves it...but not quite how you'd think.
  • Bully Hunter: In later episodes. Hector found out the hard way not to pick on Rosie. He can also be very sharp with James and Gordon for mocking the weaker engines.
  • Catch Phrase: "Cinders and ashes!" and "Bust my buffers!"
  • Character Development (Started as a Bratty Half-Pint in season one. Then became a less bratty but more arrogant character in season 2. In season three, he had matured into a really cool big brother type to Percy. Reset with season 8.)
  • Character Focus: Just how nominal a lead character Thomas is varies from season to season. In Seasons One or Thirteen, for example, he ranges from leading to key supporting character in nearly every episode, while in Seasons Three or Eighteen, he has only a marginal amount of spotlight over the other engines, with many episodes he is limited to cameos or doesn't appear at all.
  • Cheerful Child: He is the second-youngest engine out of the Steam Team.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Leans as this in later episodes. He often causes problems due to his excitable and easily distracted tendencies, however he just as often solves problems devising a rather eccentric plan, and has frequent moments of insight that prove very helpful to the other engines.
  • Composite Character: A subtle method of sneaking Thomas into earlier episodes adapted from The Railway Series was to give him the role of a generic or unadapted engine from the original story.
  • Cool Big Bro: The television series quickly evolved him into such for many of the smaller engines, especially Percy.
  • Era-Specific Personality: A self important Bratty Half-Pint under Awdry's pen, before becoming Older and Wiser in Mitton's original stories, and then a well meaning Cloud Cuckoo Lander under Miller's pen. Brenner's run seems to be attempting for a compromise of all efforts so far.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Whistling rudely at Gordon, waking the express engine up and telling him to do hard work rather then rest. Of course this was before he mellowed out.
  • Fatal Flaw: The earlier seasons focus on his impatience and arrogance getting him into trouble. The later seasons focus more on his tendency to be easily distracted.
  • Freudian Trio: Originally was one with Percy and Toby. Formed one with Percy and James in King of the Railway.
  • Full Name Ultimatum: In Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, Thomas gets yelled out his full name by The Fat Controller after he thinks Thomas was endangering Ryan with the trucks full of dynamite when he was really saving him.
    • He gets yelled at by his full name again in The Great Race, right after being announced a winner of the shunting challenge along with Ashima.
  • Greeneyed Monster: In the older seasons, he can be initially jealous of other engines (Toby in "Thomas in Trouble", Duck in "The Runaway", and Stepney in "Thomas and Stepney") but he became good friends with each of them. This was played a lot straighter with Stanley in The Great Discovery, but like the previous three, they became friends. Repeated with even greater vigour against Ryan in Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, though again he eventually repents.
  • The Hero: Of the whole franchise. His number 1 lampshades this.
  • Honor Before Reason: Usually loyal and hard working, but will sometimes abandon his work or disobey the Fat Controller when he believes he must help someone else. He is often rebuked for this, though the Fat Controller sometimes overlooks it if it is for the better rather than "causing confusion and delay".
  • Idiot Hero: Occasionally.
  • "I Am" Song: "Really Useful Engine" from the third season, which shows he's the number 1 and the best.
  • "I Want" Song: "Streamlining" from The Great Race.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the earlier seasons before taking a level in kindness.
  • Just a Kid: Thomas often gets teased by bigger engines for his small size and big ambitions. Spencer even called him a "tiny toy tank engine". Ironic, given the fact he's actually older than most of them He does prove his worth to them from time to time, however.
  • Kid-Appeal Character
  • Leeroy Jenkins: He can be very impatient at times, especially in the newer seasons.
  • Miles Gloriosus: In season 2.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Thomas is enthusiastic and altruistic, but also lacks patience and has a recurring problem keeping focus on one task at a time.
  • Never Tell Me the Odds: Word of God states that he's always trying to do jobs best left to bigger, stronger, faster and smarter engines.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He seems to have these moments in the later series due to his eagerness in doing jobs. In Calling All Engines where he unintentionally moved the trucks off the rails, knocking down the water tower. Also in The Great Discovery where he gives Stanley too many trucks that resulted in the trucks crashing into the newly-built Great Waterton tower.
  • No Sympathy: In the earlier seasons, he can be dismissive of other engines' reasons for being late for his passenger trains (i.e., Henry in "Thomas and the Guard" and Percy in "Woolly Bear").
  • Older and Wiser: The first original stories for the show made Thomas more mature and gentle. He slowly became childish again (if not more so) in later seasons, though still occasionally acts as a competent Big Brother Mentor.
  • The Prankster: How much of one varies Depending on the Writer, but he is established as such from the very first episode.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Ironically, Thomas is usually a Red Oni, though there are exceptions. He is usually a Blue Oni to James and Gordon. Also Decontructed with Toby, where he is still usually the Red Oni, but sometimes more relaxed as a contrast to Blue Oni Toby's dithering.
  • Serious Business: In the earlier seasons, he views running his branch line as this.
  • Simple-Minded Wisdom: Thomas isn't dumb, but he is rather scatter brained and dizzy at times. He still proves surprisingly intelligent or insightful at times though, especially if a friend is in need of it.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: Hasler's UK voice for Thomas sounds more older-sounding than May's US voice, but whenever Thomas is singing, his voice becomes smoother and softer, sounding almost similar to May.
  • Slow No: He screams one in "Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure" as he is falling into the cavern. He screams another in "A Cranky Christmas" after he screeches to a halt and watches his delivery fly through the air.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: At first.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Despite the show being named after him, he became the focus or nearly every episode starting in Season 8. This toned down at the start of Season 17. Though this seems to be coming back in season 19 where he is featured in a number of episodes centered around the other characters.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Very much the later seasons due to his impatience causing more trouble than usual (i.e., "Wonky Whistle"). This was gradually averted in Season 17.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He's exceptionally petty and insecure in Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, blaming others for his accidents or ignoring their warnings of danger. After he tricks Ryan into taking bad coal, the sparks nearly set off a load of dynamite. Thomas manages to dump it down the cavern he fell into earlier in the film, but during the panic to get rid of it, endangers Ryan, and is scolded by the Fat Controller for doing so. This finally reins him back in. That, and the danger Sailor John poses.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: While Thomas' childish and accident prone personality returned, his nicer more altruistic qualities were kept for the most part, and he is far less arrogant and rude than he was in the stories from the original books.
  • Troll: Whenever Annie and Clarabel complain about his speed in "Not So Slow Coaches", he deliberately adjusts too far in the other direction.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: In his earlier stories. Later stories focused more on his altruistic qualities, though he can still be arrogant every now and then.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Percy in the earlier seasons. He has this relationship with Gordon for the most part. Also with Bertie when it comes to their racing.
  • Vocal Evolution: Ben Small's voice for Thomas has gotten somewhat more nasal and helium pitched in later UK episodes.
    • His US voices have changed a lot. In Thomas and the Magic Railroad, he had a youthful English accent and sounds like a young man, while when the show switched to CGI, his voice became higher and sounds more like a pre-teen, with a very good American accent. When Season 19 came along, his voice gained a slight rasp, while still retaining the same high pitch.

Edward The Blue Engine

"I will do it, I will do it,"

Voiced by: William Hope (US), Keith Wickham (UK)

Number: 2

Basis: Furness Railway K2 'Larger Seagull' 4-4-0

Built: 1895

The oldest engine on the Fat Controller's railway, and the first character developed by the Rev. W. Awdry. Edward is a mixed-traffic engine with his own branch line. He's kind but firm, serving as a mentor for younger engines, though he is often teased about his age.

  • All-Loving Hero: Edward is usually infallibly kind and patient to others. The later seasons give him more arrogant moments, though these are still rare.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Initially due to him being old.
  • Badass Grandpa: In "Edward The Very Useful Engine", he was the banker for two trains, one being Gordon's Express, and the other being Duck's goods train.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In "Old Reliable Edward", he finally shows an limit to his patience and gets swift revenge on Gordon for expressing his lack of gratitude.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Often to the younger engines, mostly Bill and Ben.
  • Broken Ace: Later episodes Lampshade his Cool Old Guy image, giving him more insecurities about failing at a new task or losing the other engines' respect.
  • Butt Monkey
  • The Comically Serious: Seems to have taken this role in the CGI series due to his Odd Friendship with Charlie.
  • Compressed Vice: Started falling victim to these so to work into later seasons' Aesop structure (most infamously his Fantastic Racism towards Rocky in "Edward Strikes Out"). Later episodes seem to settle for making him self-conscious.
  • Cool Old Guy: In season 2, especially in Old Iron and Edward's Exploit. Returns on odd occasions, such as "Edward The Hero".
  • Demoted to Extra: In seasons 4-6. Given a bit more screentime later on, at the cost of his classic personality.
  • Fatal Flaw: The Hit seasons tried to define one for Edward, but couldn't keep a consistent grasp on him. The CGI episodes settle for making him self conscious and somewhat too good natured.
  • Flat Character: Unlike most of the other highly flawed engines, there isn't much to Edward outside being a somewhat old and polite engine. The Hit seasons attempt to remedy this by giving him a more flawed personality, with mixed results.
  • Honor Before Reason: The CGI series reverts to his kind persona, albeit to a fault, with many of his personal dilemmas caused by having problems prioritizing helping others or doing his job. Fails to be Good Is Dumb however since most of the time he knows things probably won't end well for him as a result.
    • "The Adventure Begins" provides a backtrack example, revealing he let Thomas take his goods train without proper consent in "Thomas And The Trucks" and got reprimanded for it.
  • Immune To Slapstick: One of the very few engines who never caused a humiliating accident or crash for himself in the original The Railway Series inspired seasons, and when something did happen, like in "Edward's Exploit", it wasn't played for laughs. The streak was finally broken in "Edward And The Brass Band" however.
  • Jerkass Ball: Has a tendency to grab this in since the show branched away from the books. Episodes such as "Edward Strikes Out" and "Harvey To The Rescue" are stand out examples.
  • Nice Guy: The kindest engine on Sodor.
  • Not So Above It All: Aside from his various out-of-character portrayals in Sharon Miller's tenure as head writer, Edward has shown he still isn't above a bit of taunting and sarcasm. As proven in "Old Reliable Edward."
  • Out-of-Character Alert: He was one of the engines who laughed at Thomas' funny funnel. Thomas' responding glare to him was more angry than embarrassed with the others.
  • Out of Focus: The writers obviously don't find him very interesting.
  • The Spock
  • Team Dad: To Bill and Ben.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Often with Gordon and James.

Henry The Green Engine

"I suffer dreadfully and no one cares!"

Voiced by: Kerry Shale (US), Keith Wickham (UK), Kevin Frank (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)

Number: 3

Basis: London, Midland and Scottish Railway 'Black Five' 4-6-0

Built: 1919

A much larger mixed traffic engine, Henry started off as a poorly built engine bought by the Fat Controller when he was desperate for engines. He once infamously stranded himself in a tunnel and was bricked up, until Gordon's express failed, when he came out and showed his worth. He required special Welsh coal to steam properly until his Flying Kipper accident, where he was completely rebuilt into a much more reliable (if still occasionally neurotic) engine.

  • Adorkable: In episodes involving nature or special coal.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: In the books, 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.
  • 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".
  • Dirty Coward: He was one in "The Sad Story of Henry" where he refused to leave the tunnel because he was afraid the rain will 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 made him more sensitive and neurotic, while adding Hidden Depths such as his love of nature.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: At least in the earlier seasons.
  • The Eeyore
  • Emergency Transformation: His rebuild in The Flying Kipper.
  • Fatal Flaw: In early episodes, he was pompous and stubborn like the other tender engines. In later episodes, he is more insecure and prone to worry over details.
  • Flawed Prototype: 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 hybrid of LNER and LMS design, but now finally having the speed and grace of Gordon.
  • The Finicky One
  • Freudian Trio: Originally the Ego of one with James and Gordon.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Depending on what season. Particularly Henry's Forest in Season Three.
  • Hypochondriac: When not genuinely ill, he is often moaning about not being tended to. A probable reason the other engines often don't take his ill bouts seriously.
  • Ill Guy: Until his rebuild. Oddly played up from Thomas and the Magic Railroad onward, when he inexplicably requires special coal again.
    • King of the Railway however, makes it clear that he never needed special coal since his rebuild, though still falls into this trope due to a broken valve.
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: His need for "special coal" sometimes conveys him as this.
  • Jaded Washout
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the original stories, where he was usually the nicer natured of the Terrible Trio than Gordon and James. In later episodes he is less conceited.
  • Lovable Coward
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: His rebuild in The Flying Kipper.
  • Nature Lover: Starting from "Henry's Forest".
  • Nervous Wreck: Henry is easily the most neurotic of the Steam Team.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe. 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."
  • No Sympathy: In regards to his illness where the other engines (most evident with Thomas chewing him out for making him late and James berating him for not working hard enough). As soon he was better, he soon got the last laugh at the others. On later occasions, when he was sick, the engines now showed him genuine concern.
    • Repeated in "What's The Matter With Henry" when Henry feels ill again, the other engines (par Emily) scoff at this and even give him their own work load as a prank. They are remorseful when he breaks down as a result, explaining they thought he was just being melodramatic again.
    • He dishes this to Thomas in "Something in the Air" after he explains that his lateness was due to some fish falling into his boiler and the high tide was damaging the rails. Henry apologizes to him for this in the end, however.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Gordon and James' manly men.
  • The Rival: Had a few bouts with Percy in the first few seasons, somewhat mirroring Gordon's rivalry with Thomas.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: He has a number of moments of being unintelligent at the start of season 8, "Henry's Magic Box" being a common example.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Starting at season 8, Henry was softened, becoming far less pompous and rude. In "Blue Mountain Mystery" he looks back at his arrogant behavior with utter disdain.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Gordon and James.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Had a phobia of water initially.

Gordon The Big Engine

"Oh, the indiginity!"

Voiced by: Kerry Shale (US), Keith Wickham (UK), Neil Crone (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)

Number: 4

Basis: London and North Eastern Railway A1/A3 4-6-2

Built: 1922

A big, powerful express engine whose main job is to pull the railway's express. He thinks very highly of himself and is quick to criticize others, though his delusions of grandeur are often what land him into trouble.

  • Aloof Ally
  • Badass Baritone: Has a deep whistle and typically a deep voice. He's also the largest and strongest of the main characters.
  • Berserk Button: Please don't make Gordon pull trucks. He'll stall himself or crash.
  • The Big Guy: The largest of the main characters.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows
  • Break the Haughty: What happens in every episode centered on him. Also, he's not immune to dishing it out to other engines as well; he gets sweet revenge on Thomas in the very first episode for example.
  • British Stuffiness: Particularly in the UK version.
  • Catch Phrase: "Oh, the indignity!" "I'm the fastest/strongest and the best and I pull the Express!" "Express Coming Through!". In the earlier seasons, he used to say "Hurry, hurry, hurry!"
  • The Comically Serious
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: So much that Season 8's Respect for Gordon is based entirely around this.
  • Fatal Flaw: Mostly his pompousness which gets him into trouble.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Thomas in "Down The Mine". Later referenced in "Paint Pots & Queens".
  • Freudian Trio (with James and Henry): Superego.
  • Grumpy Bear: Lampshaded by James in "A Better View for Gordon".
  • Humble Pie: Despite his prideful nature, Gordon often displays huge bouts of humility and is understanding to engines who end up the same.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • "I Am Great!" Song: "Ode to Gordon"
  • Insulted Awake: By both Thomas and Henry.
  • Jerk Jock: In a sense. He's the biggest of the engines and is the best at pulling the express, but is arrogant and sometimes can be a bully to other engines, particularly the small ones.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being pompous and often looking down on the other engines, Gordon will always put aside his pride and prove that he can be a kind and helpful engine.
  • Large and in Charge: Definately believes in this.
  • Large Ham: He's easily the biggest and fastest out of the Steam Team; he also brags about his importance quite a lot and his whistle is the deepest.
  • No Respect Guy: At times. The key plot point of "Respect For Gordon".
  • Out-of-Character Moment: This gem from Season 16's "Thomas and the Sounds of Sodor":
    Thomas: "What are you doing here, Gordon? You're supposed to be on the main line!"
    Gordon: "I thought I'd take the pretty track."
  • Perpetual Frowner: Most of the times due to thinking highly of himself or when he looks down on the other engines. Their tendency to tease him doesn't help at all.
  • Put on a Bus: Once he was complete, his brothers were then built. But the LNER directors had no further plans for him, other than to endlessly tinker with him in the works. He'd never be let out to pull trains again. Sir Nigel Gresley felt sorry for him (how could you not?), and sold him off to the Fat Controller with a discount.
  • Red Baron: Averted. He changes his name to "The Shooting Star" in The Great Race, but most people end up calling him Gordon anyway. He ended up giving up the name at the end of the Great Railway Show.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man, along with James, to Henry's Sensitive Guy.
  • Small Name, Big Ego
  • Super Mode: He gets streamlined for the Great Railway Show, to increase his speed even further for the Great Race. Unfortunately, he leaves the Steamworks before being inspected, resulting in his safety valve not being assembled properly, which in turn causes his boiler to take heavy damage.
  • Super Prototype: Just like Henry, he had a rebuild at Crewe. To which his brother, Flying Scotsman, remarked he had changed a lot. Gordon admitted they didn't do "a proper Doncaster job", but was pleased his new powerful shape still got the job done.
  • The Rival: To Thomas in season 1 (with occasional Friendly Rival moments in later seasons). To Spencer from season 7 onward.
  • Tsundere: The harsh type.
  • Tuckerization: Named after a rude boy that lived on Wilbert Audrey's street in his childhood.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: He has a few moments of using this trope, although in other episodes, he does show gratitude in spite of his pompousness.
    • In "Edward and Gordon", Edward helps him up the hill after the trucks held him back. He didn't thank him.
    • In "You Can Do It, Toby!", Toby helps him push the Express train up the hill. He neither thanked him nor did he apologize for insulting him earlier on.
    • Edward finally complains about him being this in "Old Reliable Edward", and with Thomas' help, gets Gordon to show some respect.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: In episodes centered around him.
  • Upper-Class Twit: In the later seasons, due to the Flanderization of his ego.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With a lot of engines, but the most common ones are with Thomas, Edward, Henry, James, and Percy.

James The Red Engine

"I'm a really splendid engine."

Voiced by: Rob Rackstraw (US), Keith Wickham (UK), Kerry Shale (US; Hero of the Rails - eighteenth season), Susan Roman (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)

Number: 5

Basis: Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Class 28 2-6-0

Built: 1912/13

A mixed traffic engine, James was riddled with issues when he first arrived, but later proved to be Really Useful by pulling the Express when Gordon failed. James can be called upon to perform virtually any duty, though he prefers coaches. Like Gordon's ego, James's vanity and admiration for his red paintwork often gets him in trouble.

Percy The Small Engine

"Yes sir, thank you, sir."

Voiced by: Christopher Ragland (US), Nigel Pilkington (UK), Keith Wickham (UK; Hero of the Rails - eighteenth season and Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure), Martin Sherman (US; Hero of the Rails - eighteenth season), Linda Ballantyne (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)

Number: 6

Basis: Unknown, but is said to be a combination of a few industrial types. 0-4-0ST

Built: c.1900

A small, cheeky green engine purchased by the Fat Controller while Gordon, James and Henry were on strike. Nobody knows where he really came from or who built him. Percy currently works on Thomas's branch line. Considered a junior member of the Steam Team, Percy enjoys being given important jobs and is earnest and sincere, if also somewhat naive.

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Boasts about his bravery with the rain in "Percy Takes the Plunge"
  • Aesop Amnesia: Despite learning about being brave in "Tale of the Brave", he goes back being scared in "Henry in the Dark".
  • A Day in the Limelight: You'd think one of the 8 main characters wouldn't invoke this trope, but he's the main focus of Day of the Diesels and Tale of the Brave, even pushing out the other members of the Spotlight-Stealing Squad.
  • Adorkable
  • All of the Other Reindeer: He's quite subject to the engines' teasing in several episodes due to his naivety.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Gets a moment in Tale of the Brave, when he saves James from a rockslide.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Similar to Thomas, he was often shown teasing the other engines in his earliest appearances.
  • Break the Cutie: Day of the Diesels, full stop.
  • Bully Hunter: Usually the pivot for this, but occasionally stands up for other engines himself too. He gets quite indignant when Gordon or James mock Edward for example.
  • Butt Monkey: He has the most accidents out of any other train in the series...and just about all of them involve getting covered in something sticky.
    • Lampshaded and Deconstructed in "Percy's Lucky Day".
  • Cartoon Creature: While most other characters are based on real locomotive classes, Percy is a heavily hybridized mix of several other steam engine designs.
  • Cheerful Child: He is the youngest engine of the Steam Team.
  • Determinator: Percy's Promise.
  • The Ditz: Lampshaded by James in "A Better View for Gordon":
    Percy: I can't see anything. The sky is empty.
    James: Like your smokebox, Percy!
  • Fatal Flaw: In early episodes, he was impudent and arrogant like Thomas. In later seasons, he's usually naive.
  • Freudian Trio: Originally was one with Thomas and Toby.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Becomes such by the end of "Percy's New Friends", to the point animals are clinging to his bufferbeam in masses.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Thomas.
  • Idiot Ball: Ignoring what happened in Sharon Miller's tenure, he tries so hard to forget about Gator in "Missing Gator" that he does some extremely brainless things towards the end, right down to saying he needs to keep busy so he won't think about anything. ANYTHING.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Toby, and later Stephen.
  • Just a Kid: Similar to Thomas, he often gets picked on by the bigger engines for being small.
  • Kid-Appeal Character
  • The Klutz: Has a lengthy number of accidents. He also often has similar idiotic moments as Thomas in modern episodes.
  • The Lancer
  • Nice Guy
  • The Pig Pen: He has managed to get covered in lime, chocolate, fruit pulp (twice!), mud, treacle and dirt (too many times to count.)
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: Was temporarily in charge in "The Green Controller", but got things mixed up.
  • The Prankster: Loves tricking the big engines, especially in "Percy and the Signal".
  • Simple-Minded Wisdom: Similar to Thomas, Percy can be rather insightful despite his occasional cluelessness.
  • Sixth Ranger: In season 1, even in a literal account since his number is 6.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Especially in seasons 3, 5 and 6.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Following Hit's takeover, Percy's childlike attitude was exaggerated heavily. Seems to be getting downplayed as of recently however (or at least isn't much worse than the other engines).
  • Unwitting Pawn: To the diesels in Day of the Diesels who wanted to befriend him while Thomas was ignoring him, only for them to take over the Steamworks.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Thomas in the earlier seasons. Also with Harold. For the other engines, it's usually Gordon and James.
  • Yes-Man

Toby The Tram Engine

"This gentleman is a gentleman who knows how to speak to engines."

Voiced by: William Hope (US), Rob Rackstraw (UK), Ben Small (UK; Hero of the Rails - eighteenth season), Colm Feore (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)

Number: 7

Basis: London and North Eastern Railway J70 0-6-0T

Built: 1914

An elderly tram engine, Toby is unusual as his body's made of wood and he barely resembles a typical steam engine. He once worked on his own railway with his faithful coach Henrietta, until the line was closed down. Thankfully, the Fat Controller, who had visited the railway, brought him to his railway. Since then, Toby's old branch line has seemingly been reopened, where he is often seen working. Toby is wise and experienced, if somewhat easily unnerved.

  • Adorkable: As the show branched away from the books, Toby gained a more flawed, meeker side to his personality. This was taken Up to Eleven during the Hit Entertainment seasons, and though it's been downplayed since Season 17, it's still present.
  • Badass Grandpa: Pushing the express up Gordon's Hill in "You Can Do It, Toby!", which even impressed Gordon. He is also portrayed as being rather competent during his turn as rescue engine in "James To The Rescue".
    • In "Toby Feels Left Out", he works himself into such a panic trying to impress Sir Topham that he ends up doing nearly all eight engines' workload.
  • Berserk Button: In his first appearance, he was quite offended when he was called "electric" by The Fat Controller's two grandchildren.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Mavis and sometimes to Percy.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Demoted to Extra
  • The Ditherer: Has a tendency for this in later episodes, shying from daunting tasks and prone to panicking under pressure. A partial reason no one trusts him around Knapford Junction in "Signals Crossed", though in that case he is proven correct.
  • The Eeyore: In the later Hit seasons. He has occasional somber moments early on, but is usually more positive. Reversed as of Season 17.
  • Fatal Flaw: The later seasons try to give him the vice of timidness and low self esteem.
  • Flanderization: His meekness started off a subtle extra depth in the Mitton seasons, before he became increasingly superstitious and fearful of everything in the Hit seasons, to the point his intellect became an Informed Attribute. The Brenner episodes seem to be toning the trait back down.
  • Freudian Trio: Originally was one with Thomas and Percy.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Shows up at times. He loves birds for example.
  • Immune To Slapstick: Like Edward, Toby didn't cause a lot of accidents for himself originally (his first appearance even notes he hasn't suffered one in years), though he became more clumsy later on.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Mostly with Percy and Thomas.
  • Lovable Coward: Season 8-16 episodes make him rather fearful and insecure about his older build, leading to a self esteem Aesop.
    • A minor, but understandable case in Signals Crossed, where he's shown to be very cautious and nervous around Knapford junction due to how busy it is and how confused he is over the signal gantries. Once Thomas clears up which signals correspond to his tracks, he gets over it.
  • Nice Guy
  • Non-Standard Character Design: He is the most unique Steam Team member as he's a steam tram, is brown, and of course, square.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Usually a Blue Oni (especially in later seasons due to his meeker personality), most often with James.
  • Shrinking Violet: In later episodes.
  • The Smart Guy: In earlier seasons. It became less prominent as the show drifted from the books, though has slowly returned to focus.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Mostly with James.

Emily The Beautiful Engine

"I bet it won't last."

Voiced by: Jules de Jongh (US), Teresa Gallagher (UK)

Basis: Great Northern Railway Stirling Single 4-2-2

Built: 1894/95

A Stirling Single engine, and the only female of the Steam Team. When she first arrived on Sodor, she mistakenly took Thomas's coaches, to the shock of the other Sodor engines. However, after Emily saved Thomas and Oliver from an accident and apologized, they became close friends, and she was given her own coaches. Emily sports a very enthusiastic, though occasionally haughty personality.

    The Diesels


"Your worthy Sir Topham Hatt thinks I need to learn. He is mistaken. We diesels don't need to learn, we know everything. We come to a yard and improve it. We are revolutionary!"

Voiced by: Michael Brandon (US; thirteenth - sixteenth seasons), Martin Sherman (US; King of the Railway - eighteenth season), Kerry Shale (UK; thirteenth season - present US; nineteenth season - present)

Basis: British Railways Class 08 0-6-0DM

Built: 1952

The first diesel to visit the Island of Sodor, Diesel believes that diesels are better than steam engines, and wanted to "revolutionize" Sodor. He left and came back several times before becoming a permanent part of the railway.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the books, Diesel was merely a pompous bully, and, after one return to Sodor, managed to redeem himself. In the series, he returned permanently, though proved as nasty as ever, and gleefully bent on having all steamies sent to the scrapyard. He tamed closer to the books' version in the Hi T seasons.
  • Anti-Hero/Anti-Villain: In the HIT seasons.
  • Arch-Enemy: Though antagonistic to almost everyone, he seems to direct most of his enmity and rivalry towards Thomas in the HIT seasons. His main enemy in his initial appearances was Duck.
  • Arc Villain: of the three-episode arc with Duck as the main protagonist: "Pop Goes the Diesel", "Dirty Work", and "A Close Shave", though he doesn't appear in the last one.
  • Ascended Extra: He appeared in one novel of The Railway Series and a standalone story by Christopher Awdry. In the show (especially in later HIT seasons), he makes regular appearances and is a key antagonist.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In his debut episode "Pop Goes the Diesel".
  • The Bully: What he becomes in the new series.
  • Dark Messiah: In his first episode, he comes to Sodor preaching the diesel revolution.
    • Touched on lightly again in "Blue Mountain Mystery" where after hearing of Luke's Dark and Troubled Past, he convinces Paxton he is dangerous and must be gotten rid of.
  • Devil in Plain Sight
  • Does Not Know How to Say "Thanks": In "Disappearing Diesels". He settles for a friendly smile instead.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": A diesel named Diesel.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In his introductory episode, in which after smoothly flattering all the other engines, he says the above quote to Duck about how diesels "don't need to learn" and are "revolutionary".
  • Fantastic Racism: To the steam engines.
  • Flanderization: Diesel saw diesels as revolutionary originally, but it was not his main vendetta against the steam engines, and he was rather shrewd and manipulative in his antics. Shortly into the TV made episodes however, Diesel became a more outspoken bully and exaggeratedly racist towards steamies. The current episodes seem to be toning him back down, even if he is still a much more obnoxious heckler than initially.
  • The Heckler: Sure to be found making fun of whatever the spotlighted engine is doing, often triggering their insecurities.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Played with in "Diesel and the Ducklings". He thinks that diesels should be rough and tough, but shows his soft side towards some ducklings.
  • Jerkass: The most prominent one of the show.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The newer series has played with this in "Diesel's Special Delivery". Christopher Awdry's stand alone novel "Thomas And The Evil Diesel" also gave him a redeeming moment helping a derailed Clarabel. It's implied in "Disappearing Diesels" that he simply doesn't know how to be nice, even if he tries.
      • Even before the CGI series, there was what ended up happening in Emily & The Special Coaches. See for yourself.
      • Since HIT's takeover over the show, Diesel tends to get a Pet the Dog moment roughly Once a Season. His antagonism towards the other engines is also more petty and he will occasionally admit a begrudged respect for steamies such as Thomas.
  • Karma Houdini: Though this is soundly averted whenever he does something bad, the fact that he's still allowed on Sodor despite his terrible track record (and having been sent away multiple times) is probably a downplayed version of this. He is sometimes shown getting away with minor heckling as well, especially if the engine he victimizes isn't acting saintly either.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Sometimes Diesel's heckling is directed towards haughty engines or even ones that bite first. Fantastic Racism is a prominent issue among many steamies and diesels, Diesel's just one of the worst cases.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Renowned for this, most infamously in his debut, he tells jokes about the big engines to the trucks, and tells them that Duck shared them with him. Once the trucks starts laughing at the other engines, they're convinced Duck had been spreading nasty jokes about them. Despite being found out and punished, he still somehow manages to smooth talk engines into trusting him (eg. convincing a lonely Percy into helping the Dieselworks in "Day Of The Diesels", or sweet talking Mavis into doing odd jobs in "Thomas The Quarry Engine").
  • Obviously Evil: In the Mitton directed seasons anyway. While the books left it more imagination, the show version's demonic smile, sinister Leitmotif and shady voice over from the narrator leave little doubt from the first time he's shown that he probably isn't a Nice Guy.
  • Offscreen Karma: In "A Close Shave" where the Fat Controller found out about his lies about Duck telling names about the other engines and sent him away to the other railway. Averted in "Diesel Does It Again" and the later episodes where Diesel is seen being reprimanded by The Fat Controller for causing trouble again.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: "Diesel's Special Delivery", in which Diesel broods over not getting clapped and cheered by children as much as James does.
  • Pet the Dog: One episode per season, before he snaps back into his usual Jerk Ass personality.
  • Smug Snake
  • Visionary Villain: Started off as one, with it returning every now and then.
    Diesel: "Your worthy Sir Topham Hatt thinks I need to learn. He is mistaken. We diesels don't need to learn, we know everything. We come to a yard and improve it. We are revolutionary!"
  • Worthy Opponent: He displays some begrudged respect for some of the steamies, most often Thomas.


"Feeble, feeble, feeble!? Let me-!"

Voiced by: Teresa Gallagher

Number: D1

Basis: British Railways Class 101 Bo-Bo

Built: 1960

A feisty diesel railcar brought in to help out while Thomas was being repaired.

  • Berserk Button: Daisy doesn't like being referred as "feeble".note 
  • Lazy Bum: Until The Fat Controller calls her out on it.
  • Make Up Is Evil: She does have makeup, but while not evil, she is rather vain and snobbish.
  • Quickly Demoted Woman: The last episode dedicated to her was back in season 4, and she made a brief non-speaking role in season 8.
    • Subverted in the books; while she did disappear for the tenure the show adapted, she later reappeared with plenty of stories in the modern novels revolved around her. She also made more frequent appearances in the magazine series.
  • Spoiled Brat
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Her eyelashes and lipstick.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!


"Stop! You're making me giddy!"

Number: D2, Originally D5705

Basis: British Railways Class 28 Co-Bo

Built: 1958

A metropolitan-vickers diesel who works on Edward's station. Was initially referred as "The Diseasel" by Bill and Ben and was the subject of their tricks until Edward soon put a stop to their games.

  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: His last appearance was in "Double Teething Troubles" from season 5.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Bill and Ben thought he was a trouble-making diesel stealing their china clay trucks until he explained he had mistakenly took them and didn't know it was theirs.
  • Nice Guy
  • Reused Character Design: His faceplates are the same as Daisy, sans eyelashes and makeup.
  • Team Dad: To Bill and Ben.
  • Younger Than They Look: Despite keeping Bill and Ben in order. He is in fact 10 years younger than the twins.


"If we use the teensiest bit of Toby's line, we can save all this bother."

Voiced by: Teresa Gallagher, Jules de Jongh (US; Hero of the Rails - Blue Mountain Mystery)

Number: Fharquay Quarry 1

Basis: British Railways Class 04 0-6-0DM

Built: 1962

A feisty diesel that works at the quarry. She started off as a cheeky young engine who thought she knew what was right, but matured into a kinder and more motherly engine over time.

'Arry and Bert

"Got you this time, Stepney. You'll make very fine scrap indeed. Buffer 'im, Bert!"

Voiced by: Kerry Shale ('Arry; Bert, fourteenth - sixteenth seasons), William Hope (Bert)

Basis: British Railways Class 08 0-6-0DM

Built: 1952/1962

Also known as the Smelter Twins, 'Arry and Bert work at the scrapyards and are bullies to all steam engines. Multiple times, they have threatened and shown desire to smelt down the steam engines for good.

Diesel 10

I can whatever I want! I'll get him too! With Pinchy!

Voiced by: Neil Crone (Thomas and the Magic Railroad), Matt Wilkinson

Basis: British Railways Class 42 'Warship'

The major antagonist of Thomas and the Magic Railroad. A large warship diesel with a mechanical claw on his roof, he was out to destroy Lady and Mr. Conductor, but was defeated thanks to Thomas. He has returned several times in the show's run as a permanent part of the railway.

  • Affably Evil: By the time of Day of the Diesels.
  • Big Bad
  • Brooklyn Rage: In The Movie, an odd contrast to his smooth Evil Brit voice in later appearances.
  • Cartoon Creature: While he's based on a real locomotive type, his claw is purely a fantasy creation with little to no practical use.
  • Cheated Angle: In the model series, his nose is tilted more towards his left eye. This was averted when the CGI series came.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: The steam engines all can tell he's clearly evil, but the Fat Controller keeps him around.
  • Disney Villain Death: Not a death per se, but his demise is brought around by falling off a viaduct.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": He's a diesel who's name is Diesel, but he has a number to distinguish himself from the other Diesel.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In The Movie, he roars through as station, kicking up dust shouting "Get outta my way! I have unfinished business here and I wanna finish it FAST!" He also leaves Gordon, of all engines, shaking in fear.
  • Evil Brit: In the US dub of the television series, due to keeping his voice from the UK series.
  • Evil Laugh
  • For the Evulz: Dumping sneezing powder all over Tidmouth Sheds Yards has got to be this.
  • Gambit Roulette: His plans in Day of The Diesels rely on circumstance he could have hardly picked out.
  • I Call It "Vera": He calls his claw "Pinchy".
  • Large and in Charge: He is the self elected head of the diesels by Day of the Diesels, and he's a warship diesel.
  • Large Ham: In both The Movie and Season 17.
  • Laughably Evil
  • The Nicknamer: He calls Splatter and Dodge collectively "Splodge", because he "ain't got time to say both names". He calls his claw "Pinchy", Thomas "Puffball", Toby "Teapot", the rest of the steam engines "Tin Kettle", and Mr. Conductor and Sidney "Twinkle Toes".
  • Obviously Evil: He has a menacing claw on his roof.
  • Silence, You Fool!: When his entourage are bickering in Day of the Diesels, he shouts them quiet. Also prominent in Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Compared to the actual series, where most of the bad guys were easily controlled by the Fat Controller, Diesel 10 in The Movie with his plans of destroying all steam engines is much more dangerous. Dialed back in later televised appearances, where he's more just a trouble making bully.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Essentially the motivation for his actions in the CGI Series, he just wants the diesels to receive more attention since they always appear to be neglected, and he seems to apologize if he's made a mistake (i.e. giving the Steam Engines their own decorations since he ruined theirs thinking that the Dieselworks wouldn't have any decorations).


"Hi, Stephen. Thomas lost his puff and I'm trying to find it and...well, I thought that might be...the lost puff...up there..."

Voiced by: Steven Kynman

Basis: British Railways Class 08 0-6-0DM

Built: 1952/1962

A soft-natured, if somewhat ditzy diesel who works with the Narrow Gauge engines in Blue Mountain Quarry. Friendly towards steamies, but tends to hang with a bad crowd.

  • Ascended Extra: Started as a Merchandise-Driven extra. Following "Blue Mountain Mystery" he's a recurring supporting character and has even been granted his own limelight episodes.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Even worse than Thomas. Look at that duck!
  • Big Damn Heroes: In Blue Mountain Mystery, just as Diesel rats out Luke to the Fat Controller, Paxton arrives with Victor, who clears up everything.
  • Characterization Marches On: In his earliest appearances, Paxton was a background associate of the other diesels and often joined in heckling or tormenting other engines. "Blue Mountain Mystery" onward, his meek kindly persona is established.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Usually spacey, though he has occasional moments of clarity. He tries to warn Gordon to have his leaking boiler checked in "Gordon Runs Dry" for example.
  • Extreme Doormat: Though he will often ultimately draw the line when pushed into callous acts.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton
  • Minion with an F in Evil: To Diesel in "Blue Mountain Mystery". Also to Diesel 10 in "The Missing Christmas Decorations".
  • Nice Guy: "Blue Mountain Mystery" onward.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Hangs around with other more antagonistic diesels. Diesel in particular has been shown able to manipulate him into doing immoral deeds.
    • Ends up playing this himself in "The Lost Puff" when he convinces Thomas to play on the damaged tracks. He is horrified when it causes an accident however.
  • Windmill Crusader: Seems to be a recurring pivot in his limelight episodes, Comically Missing the Point in some way or other and going on a wild goose chase, be it for "lost puffs" or disappearing diesels.

The Diesel (D261)

"Not bad. I've seen worse. At least you're all clean."

Number: D261/D4701 (Book only)

Basis: British Railways Class 40 1Co-Co 1

Built: 1958/1962

A diesel who was sent to Sodor to help the engines, but insults them by saying they were out of date. He gets his comeuppance as he breaks down by an inspector's bowler hat. The Diesel crept away and leaves behind "a rather nasty smell and a battered bowler hat".


"...I'm a really lazy engine..."

Number: 11001

Basis: Bulleid No. 11001 0-6-0DM

Built: 1949

A diesel who is lazy. He takes advantage of Thomas by letting him do his work for him, but after he reversed into a ditch, he learns his lesson, and with the help of Thomas, he gets his work done, and promises to be a Really Useful Engine. He has a twin named Norman.


Voiced by: Keith Wickham

Basis: Bulleid No. 11001

An orange-red Diesel and is Dennis's twin.

  • Big Ol' Unibrow: Norman.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Him and Dennis. Unlike Dennis who works fine, but is very lazy, Norman wants to be Really Useful, but breaks down often. While Dennis has two eyebrows, Norman has only one.


"What about me? I'm a decoration!"

Voiced by: Bob Golding

Basis: British Railways Class 08 0-6-0DM

Built: 1952/1962

  • Butt Monkey: He spent two years on a hoist before getting new wheels.
  • Forgetful Jones: Sidney's known for being forgetful, even forgetting how long he's gone without his wheels.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Much like Paxton, he seems pretty docile and somewhat simple, despite hanging around with the other more antagonistic diesels.
  • Put on a Bus: He hasn't been seen in any episodes between "Day of the Diesels" and "The Missing Christmas Decorations", spending two whole years unable to move because he lacked wheels.

    Little Western and Arlesdale

Duck The Great Western Engine

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

Voiced by: Steven Kynman

Number: 8, Originally 5741

Basis: Great Western Railway 57xx 0-6-0PT

Built: 1929

An ex-Great Western Railway tank engine, Duck came to Sodor to help out Percy at the Big Station. He demands order and discipline, and doesn't let bigger engines bully him. He eventually gets a branch line of his own, shared with Oliver.

  • 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.
  • Badass Baritone: Has one of the deeper toned whistles, which is sometimes used for Gordon (especially in seasons 4 and 5). As for the Badass part, watch "A Close Shave", where he prevents twenty runaway trucks from causing a serious accident.
  • Berserk Button: As Donald found out, he doesn't like it when he's told that he quacks like a duck as far as talking too much goes.
    • 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:
    "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: His crew and he, prevented twenty heavily-loaded brake-way trucks from causing a serious accident further down the line.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Says this to the trucks who were teasing Diesel in "Dirty Work" and then says this to Gordon, James, and Henry who were teasing Edward at the big station in "Edward's Exploit".
  • 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.
  • The Bus Came Back: Disappeared after season 7, with only a few brief appearances in season 12, but now is back and co-starred a season 17 episode. He now makes frequent appearances again.
  • Catch Phrase: "Beg pardon, Sir..."
    • "There are two ways of doing things. The Great Western way or the wrong way."
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Suffered from this starting from the 8th season onward. This was almost reversed, as he reappeared in the 12th season, only to disappear again until the 17th season.
    • Demoted to Extra: Before he disappeared altogether, from when the show started deviating from the books. His last starring role prior to "The Thomas Way" was Season 4's "Fish".
  • Cultural Posturing: 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Inverted. He insists on being called Duck rather than his real name, Montague.
  • Flanderization: Not an overwhelming case, but he does talk about his Great Western pride a lot more often in the CGI episodes.
  • 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! The Fat Controller ensures this is rectified however and Duck is praised for his hardship.
  • Karmic Trickster: Has a fondness for playing tricks on engines he finds conceited.
  • 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 of being Great Western, he is a mild-mannered and respectable engine.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite being one of the most sensible engines on the line, he has his shortcomings. One example comes from "The Thomas Way" where he has caused an accident and earned a scolding from the Fat Controller (albeit pivoted partially by Thomas' misbehavior).
  • Off Model: His CGI render is larger than his basis, to the point where his footplate clips through Knapford Station's platforms.
  • 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 Protagonist: of the three episode arc "Pop Goes the Diesel", "Dirty Work", and "A Close Shave."
  • 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. Deconstructed in "The Thomas Way" when his stubbornness causes an accident and he has to compromise with Thomas.
  • Right Way/Wrong Way Pair: According to him, there's The Great Western Way and the wrong way. This was the main focus in The Thomas Way where he took on Thomas' option, now claiming there are three ways of doing things, but the Great Western Way is usually the best.
  • She's a Man in Japan: In the Greek dub, Duck is female and named "Jackie".
  • 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.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Is very proud of his Great Western heritage, and very vocal about it, especially in the CGI seasons.
    Duck: I'm a great Western and...
    Other Engines: Don't we know it!
  • The West Country: His voice in the CGI series.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Earlier in the series, he had this with 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

"There's merre comin' should yer misbehave" - Donald
"Don't mention scrap! It makes mah wheerls wobble!" - Douglas

Voiced by: Joe Mills

Number: 9 (Donald originally 57646) & 10 (Douglas originally 57647)
Built: 1909

A pair of mixed-good twins, Donald and Douglas came from Scotland when the Fat Controller needed a goods engine. He planned to send one of them away, but after they proved how useful a team they make, he decided to keep both.

  • 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.
  • All There in the Manual: The Fat Controller only purchased engine #57646; as the twins arrived without numbers, he never knew which engine carried it. According to the Railway Series, It was Donald. Douglas was 57647, and if Donald had left him behind, he would've been scrapped. It was hinted at in several stories in the books though.
  • Brother Chuck
  • Bully Hunter: Donald as the Spiteful Brake Van learns.
  • Feud Episode: In "Twin Trouble" and "Love Me Tender".
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Their name plates and numbers. Douglas has a slightly deeper toned whistle.
  • Long Bus Trip: They were absent for several years after the show was animated in full CGI, though they finally returned to the series in Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.
  • Noble Fugitive
  • Scotland: Their leitmotif even has bagpipes in the background.
  • Sibling Rivalry: They develop this kind of relationship in "Love Me Tender". For all their arguing, they would always get back together again.
  • Single-Minded Twins: They have individual roles at times, but mostly retain the same personality.
  • Tohoku Regional Accent: Douglas has this in the original Japanese dub.
  • Trigger: Do not like to talk about scrapping.
  • Trickster Twins: Notice that they are almost the only characters labeled by name and number: Hatt specifically insisted on this after one too many Twin Switch gambits.
  • Violent Glaswegian: While they're nice Ccots, they can get temperamental when pushed.
    Donald: "Spite Douggie, would ye? Take that!"

Oliver The Western Engine

"I don't feel good gracious-whatever it is. I just feel silly."

Voiced by: Joe Mills

Number: 11, Originally 1436

Basis: Great Western Railway 14xx 0-4-2T

Built: 1934

An ex-Great Western Railway tank engine that was supposed to be scrapped, but ran away to Sodor with his brake van, Toad. Thanks to Douglas, he's living a much happier life on Duck's branch line.

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism : In the episode Oliver Owns Up.
    • In "Toad's Adventure", this seems to have returned with a vengeance, to the point where Toad is utterly fed up with hearing about his arrival on Sodor.
  • Break the Haughty: He gets a little too prideful in Oliver Owns Up, and end up bunker-down in a turntable well.
  • Brooklyn Rage: Has a Brooklyn accent in the US version of "Oliver Owns Up".
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Like Duck, he was absent from the 8th season until the 12th, where he managed to get two speaking roles before vanishing again. However, in Tale of the Brave, he made a cameo. Finally speaking in "Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure."
  • 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.
  • Noble Fugitive
  • Off Model: His CGI render is smaller than his model and real-life counterpart.
  • The West Country: Like Duck, Oliver also gains a Cornish accent in the CGI series.

Toad the Brake Van

"I'll always look foward to the future. Busy Going backwards."

Voiced by: Joe Mills

Built: 1890/99

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

  • Ascended Extra/ A Day in the Limelight: Unlike the Railway Series, he had a lot more screentime. There was "Busy Going Backwards" in season 5, as well as "Toad's Adventure" and "Toad's Bright Idea" in Season 18 and "Toad and the Whale" in Season 19.
  • Bully Hunter: Helped Oliver put the trucks in their place after they wouldn't stop teasing him.
  • Chekhov's Skill: In "Toad's Adventure", he tells James that his brakes are very strong. This became useful when James' train got uncoupled and Toad saved himself and the runaway train from crashing into Thomas and Percy.
  • The Jeeves: To Oliver, in a sense.
  • Nice Guy
  • Not Now, Kiddo: A frequent victim to this.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: "Toad's Bright Idea" is the first episode in which Toad gets visibly angry. He still retains his polite speech, though.
  • Verbal Tic: Tends to address people with the pronoun "Mr."

The Slip Coaches

Voiced by: Jonathan Broadbent, Rebecca O'Mara, Steven Kynman

Three coaches Sir Topham Hatt brought from the other railway. They each have "slip hooks" that allow them to be uncoupled from their train without stopping.

  • A Day in the Limelight: Their introduction episode, Duck and the Slip Coaches.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Their ability to slip from their train becomes useful when Connor has to take extra passengers during a blizzard.
  • Expy: They fill the roles of Alice and Mirabel, Duck's coaches from The Railway Series.
  • Old Friends: They previously worked with Duck on the Great Western Railway.
  • Single Minded Trio
  • Two Guys and a Girl: The first and third coaches are male, while the middle one is female.
Left to right: Bert, Rex, and Mike

The Arlesdale Railway

Voiced by: Tom Stourton (Rex), Keith Wickham (Bert), Tim Whitnall (Mike)

Built: Rex 1923, Bert 1894, Mike 1966

A miniature gauge 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.

    Harwick Branch Line


"Feeble, feeble, feeble!? Let me-!"

Voiced by: Teresa Gallagher (SLOTLT and TGR only) Tracy-Ann Oberman (twentieth season onwards),

Number: D1

Basis: British Railways Class 101 Bo-Bo

Built: 1960

A feisty diesel railcar brought in to help out while Thomas was being repaired. She became the prominent engine to take passengers of the Harwick line after being completed.

  • Aesop Amnesia: Despite being called out for her laziness, she reverts back to her old ways.
  • Berserk Button: Daisy doesn't like being referred as "feeble".note 
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Somewhat inverted. Like some diesels, she thinks that she is right up to date. At the same time, she friendly.
  • Lazy Bum: Until The Fat Controller calls her out on it.
  • Make Up Is Evil: She does have makeup, but while not evil, she is rather vain and snobbish.
  • Quickly Demoted Woman: The last episode dedicated to her was back in season 4, and she made a brief non-speaking role in season 8.
    • Subverted in the books; while she did disappear for the tenure the show adapted, she later reappeared with plenty of stories in the modern novels revolved around her. She also made more frequent appearances in the magazine series.
  • Spoiled Brat
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Her eyelashes and lipstick.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!
Judy (left) and Jerome (right)

Jerome and Judy

Voiced by: Tim Whitnall (Jerome), Teresa Gallagher (Judy)

Two breakdown cranes that help out with maintenance work and recover engines and trucks after accidents. They debut in The Adventure Begins, when Thomas uses them to rescue James.

    The Steamworks and Dieselworks


"You've come to the right place, my friend."

Voiced by: David Bedella (US/UK), Matt Wilkinson (UK; Hero of the Rails - sixteenth season)

A Cuban narrow gauge engine, Victor transports parts all through the Steamworks, as well as giving orders and helping diagnose problems with engines who come in. As the only narrow gauge engine owned by the Fat Controller, Victor can sometimes leave the Steamworks to help the Skarloey Railway engines.

  • Belated Backstory: His past history isn't explored until Blue Mountain Mystery, a few years after he was introduced.
  • Cartoon Creature: He's based on a standard gauge engine, but re-scaled and modified to the same narrow gauge as the Skarloey Railway engines.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: While being sent to Sodor with Luke, the chains holding him to the ship came lose. As he didn't speak English at the time, nobody could understand him when he tried to warn them. So when Luke was being lifted off the ship, Victor was knocked into the sea.
  • Dashing Hispanic
  • Gadgeteer Genius
  • Nice Guy: He can be snarky at times, but otherwise is rather pleasant and tolerant of the other engines he helps.
  • The Smart Guy
  • Token Minority: The only Hispanic engine.

Kevin the Crane

"Sorry, boss. It was a slip of the 'ook."

Voiced by: Kerry Shale (US), Matt Wilkinson (UK)

A three-wheeled mobile crane and Victor's assistant. Kevin is faster than Victor at delivering parts, except Kevin is extremely clumsy.
Den (left) and Dart (right)

Den and Dart

Den voiced by: Keith Wickham(UK/US; fifteenth season onwards)
Dart voiced by: Rupert Degas (UK/US; Day of the Diesels - sixteenth season), Steven Kynman (UK/US; seventeenth season onwards)

Built: Den 1959/1971, Dart 1961

A pair of diesels that work at the Dieselworks.

    Sodor Search and Rescue Team


Voiced by: Teresa Gallagher

Built: 1951/56

A large tank engine with two water canons fitted on top of her tanks. Belle is the only girl of the rescue team, and the only steam engine.

  • Action Girl
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The water cannons on her tanks. Her appearance in Day of the Diesels even emphasizes this: she uses them to put out a fire, and has no water left to move under her own power. In real life, they wouldn't be allowed at all, as they would give her issues with steaming properly.
  • Cartoon Creature: While her basis is a real engine, and there have been engines fitted with water cannons before, Belle's additional modifications and bright paintwork make her look cartoonish compared to the rest of the cast.
  • Friendly Rival: With Flynn.
  • Odd Friendship: With Toby; the only reason she started talking to him was because they both have bells.
  • The Smurfette Principle: While not the only girl in the show, she's the only one in the rescue team.
  • Women Are Wiser: Belle doesn't let her emotions or fears get to her in terms of her fire-fighting duties, while Flynn's far more emotionally vulnerable.


"Ready for action!"

Voiced by: Glenn Wrage (US), Matt Wilkinson (UK), Rupert Degas (UK; fifteenth season)

A big, strong breakdown truck. Before joining the rescue team, he did odd jobs around the Island.

  • Ascended Extra: He was originally meant to be a major character in season 5, but due to poor planning, he ended up only as a background extra. In season 15 he finally got an episode, Stuck on You, and has made several minor appearances since.
  • The Blank: Ironically, the only time he was named before Series 15, his model had no face.
  • Catch Phrase: "Ready for action!"
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He appears briefly in the first episode of the fifth season before being introduced in the following episode.
  • Recurring Extra: Until season 15.
  • Suddenly Voiced: In season 15, ten seasons (a span of 13 years) after his debut.
  • Vanity License Plate: BRK 03.


"Full speed ahead!"

Voiced by: Keith Wickham

A life boat who came to Sodor during the construction of the rescue center.

  • Big Damn Heroes: In Emily Saves the World, a massive globe falls into the sea, and is too far for Cranky to pick up. Captain shows up and pushes it back toward the harbor.
  • Catch Phrase: "Full steam ahead!"
  • Demoted to Extra: He has done nothing of value since his introduction in Misty Island Rescue.
    • Recurring Extra: He's guaranteed at least a cameo if the Search and Rescue Center is ever visited.


Voiced by: Kerry Shale (nineteenth season - present), Ben Small (seventeenth - eighteenth seasons), Rupert Degas (fifteenth - sixteenth seasons)

Built: 1964

A big, American red fire engine brought to Sodor based on Belle's suggestion. He has specialized wheels under his frame that allow him to travel on rails as well as the road.

  • Broken Ace: He's pretty efficient and charismatic under the right circumstance, however he is often harbored with insecurities and bumbling moments as much as every other engine on Sodor.
  • Drives Like Crazy: After spending so much time on the rails, Flynn has trouble getting used to the road again.
  • Eagleland
  • Friendly Rival: With Belle.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Undergoes this in Too Many Fire Engines. Butch helps him snap out of it though.
  • Large Ham
  • Miles Gloriosus: His own insecurities have prevented him from doing his job properly on at least two occasions. Diesel has even called him out on not doing much rescuing.
    Diesel: You're never busy. You just stand around looking fancy!
    Flynn: ...I'm...I'm...waiting to be busy!

Harold the Helicopter

"I think railways are slow. They're not much use and quite out of date."

Voiced by: Kerry Shale (US), Keith Wickham (UK), Kevin Frank (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)

Built: 1949

Harold is owned by the coastguard on Sodor and lived at Dryaw airfield by Thomas' Branch Line before becoming part of the rescue team. When Harold first met Percy he stated that railways were "slow and out-of-date", but was proven wrong when Percy later beat him in a race.


Voiced by: William Hope (US), Matt Wilkinson (UK)

A large, red steam crane. Rocky was thought of as "new-fangled nonsense" by Edward when he first arrived, but proved his worth after lifting Gordon back onto the rails after a serious accident.

  • A Day in the Limelight: Season 19's Rocky Rescue.
  • The Big Guy
  • The Drag-Along: A sometimes literal case, since he sometimes gets used by a careless engine who doesn't operate him properly.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Edward; he thought Rocky to be "newfangled nonsense" when they first met, but teamed up to rescue Gordon after an accident.
  • Gentle Giant
  • The Leader: Something of one to the Rescue Team. He has a radio built into his cab that lets him hear orders from the Rescue Center and give orders to the rest of the team.

    Brendam Docks


"Reminds me of a story."

Voiced by: Keith Wickham

Basis: British Railway Class 07 0-6-0DM

Built: 1962

A friendly dockyard diesel that works at Brendam Docks. Salty has lived through a lot in his life and has plenty of stories of his life at sea.

Cranky the Crane

"You must of known my arm can't reach you there!"

Voiced by: Glenn Wrage (US), Matt Wilkinson (UK)

A harbor crane who rarely gets any sleep and has a nasty attitude. He bullied Thomas and Percy when he first arrived, but after an accident involving a ship knocking him over, his attitude has (relatively) improved.


Voiced by: David Menkin (US), Steven Kynman (UK)

Basis: H.K. Porter

Built: c.1917

A tank engine who works alongside Salty. He originally came to the island to help out when Salty needed to get repaired.

    Sodor China Clay Pits

Bill and Ben the Quarry Engines

"You had a cough in your smokebox yesterday, it's your fault the diseasel came.
It isn't!
It is!"

Voiced by: Jonathan Broadbent

Number: Sodor China Clay 1 (Bill) & 2 (Ben)

Built: 1948

A pair of twin tank engines that work on the quarry of Edward's branch line.

  • Bratty Half Pints: It's best lampshaded by BoCo in "One Good Turn".
    • Best seen (and heard) in the Japanese dubs; Bill and Ben's voice actors make them sound very young.
  • Feud Episode: In "One Good Turn"
  • Gossipy Hens: in "The Diseasel".
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Their name plates.
    • Bill's whistle is of a higher pitch than Ben's.
    • The Fat Controller tried to give them a more obvious one and have Bill painted blue. It doesn't work. The next day, Ben (pretending to be Bill) tricks Kevin into having him painted blue as well.
  • Jerks With A Heart Of Gold: The twins may be mischevious and bratty little engines, but they do have their moments of behaving well.
  • Karmic Tricksters: They like to think of themselves as this, but really, most engines they play tricks on under this impression starts from a misunderstanding and ends badly for the two.
  • Never My Fault: They insist on blaming each other, or Timothy, when things go wrong.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Constantly bickering with each other. Especially prominent since their reintroduction in Season 17.
  • Single-Minded Twins
  • Theme Twin Naming: Both names start with the letter "B" and are one syllable.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: They've become considerably nastier since their return in Season 17. This is especially noticeable in their treatment of Timothy.
  • Trickster Twins: Much to the irritation of the other engines.
  • Twin Switch: They didn't switch, just pretend that they are one engine instead of two. All they have to do is remove their names and numbers.


Basis: British Railway Class 17

Built: 1962/65

A diesel who was sent to help Bill and Ben. He was initially known for his "teething troubles", where his cooling system would malfunction and he'd overheat.

  • Butt Monkey
  • Nice Guy
  • Long Bus Trip: Derek first appeared in season 5 (and wasn't even named), and was last seen in a brief cameo in Calling All Engines.
  • Shown Their Work: Derek's basis is the BR Class 17, which was notorious for its poor cooling system.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Steep hills. They overload his faulty cooling system, making his engine overheat.


Voiced by: Tim Whitnall

A small, oil-burning engine introduced in Tale of the Brave.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Bill and Ben mock him for running on oil instead of coal. Turns out to be incredibly useful when Bill and Ben run out of coal and strand themselves.
  • Butt Monkey: To Bill and Ben.
  • The Dog Bites Back: In season 19's No Help At All, when Timothy finds out Bill and Ben recommended him for filling in at the docks because he's "no help" at the clay pits, he refuses to come back when they come begging for him.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Bill and Ben pull a trick on him and Thomas. He brushes it off and finds humor in it.
  • The Finicky One: Bill and Ben see him as this and complain about his lack of a sense of humor. He does have one, just not theirs.
  • The Heart: Of the Sodor China Clay team. In season 19's No Help At All, he's sent to work at the Docks in place of Salty, and with Bill and Ben's antics left unchecked, it's not long before the clay pits fall into complete disarray.
  • Nice Guy
  • Only Sane Man: Of the clay pits, anyway.
  • Ping-Pong Naïveté: He seems to be aware that Bill and Ben play tricks on him more than anyone, but keeps falling for them anyway.
  • Snipe Hunt: Bill and Ben send him out to find a "rainbow truck". He finds one - a truck loaded with garbage and splattered with paint. He brings it to them anyway.
  • Team Dad: Despite being constantly bullied by the twins, he tries to keep them in order and focused on their work.


Voiced by: Olivia Colman

A self-propelled steam shovel introduced in Tale of the Brave.

    Ulfstead Castle 

Tropes shared by the Ulfstead Castle:

  • Commonality Connection: Despite being built at a different age, both Glynn and Stephen are old, small, and like talking about the golden days.
  • Cool Old Guy: Both Stephen and Glynn.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Stephen is yellow, Millie is blue, and Glynn is red.
  • Freudian Trio: Stehpen is Superego, Millie is a cross between Ego and Id, and Glynn is Id.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: Both Stephen and Glynn.
  • Old Master:
    • While Stephen is nowhere near strong or fast enough to handle modern workloads, his teachings are time-tested.
    • Subverted for Glynn. While he seems to be portrayed as this, the Railway Series lore says they weren't very reliable and had a bad habit of coughing up dirty brown water.
  • Two Guys and a Girl


Voiced by: Bob Golding

An old and wise engine who the Earl had restored, and now works at the castle. Introduced in King of the Railway.

  • The Ace: Was this in his heyday.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Acts as this towards Percy.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "The Afternoon Tea Express" in season 17, and "Slow Stephen" in season 19.
  • Feeling Their Age: In King of the Railway, he spends a day trying to prove himself useful to the railway. Being unable to handle essentially any task he's given hits him hard.
  • Good Luck Charm: His lucky horseshoe.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He gets jealous at Glynn after being restored, and thinking he'll be the Earl's new favorite. He challenged Glynn to a race to see who will be the best favorite, though became good friends afterwards.
  • In-Series Nickname: "The Rocket".
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: His smaller, less robust design makes him much smaller than the more modern steam engines.



Voiced by: Miranda Raison

A narrow gauge tank engine owned by Earl of Sodor, introduced in King of the Railway. She lives on his estate, which connects to the Skarloey Railway.

  • Country Mouse
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: When she spends a day working at the Blue Mountain Quarry, she finds out she can handle much heavier loads than she realized.
  • Remember the New Guy: She explains that the Earl kept her locked in her shed while he was away, but she's been living on Sodor for years. Lampshaded by the other engines, who are surprised when they hear about her and say they've never met her before.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The first female narrow gauge engine, and the only female engine on the Earl's estate.
  • Token Minority: The first French speaking engine.
  • Women Are Wiser


Voiced by: Keith Wickham

Number: 1

An old vertical boiler locomotive, one of the many that initially built the North Western Railway. After he's rediscovered, the Earl has him restored and sent to work on his estate. He's the original engine that worked Thomas' branch line, and passes down both the line and his number to him. Debuted in The Adventure Begins.

  • Advertised Extra: He was given a toy and mentioned to be an important character in Thomas' past. In The Adventure Begins, he gets three lines and 20 seconds of screen time at the very end.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows
  • Canon Foreigner: He's one of the "Coffee Pot" locomotives mentioned in the Railway Series expanded lore.
  • Expy: He shares similarities with Skarloey: Old red colored engines with the #1 and share the same voice.
  • Foreshadowing: After Thomas gets repainted, Gordon mentions the last #1 was a "coffee pot", and Edward says one might still be on a siding somewhere.
  • In-Series Nickname: Thomas and Percy call him "Mr. Coffee Pot".
  • Last of His Kind: He appears to be the only Coffee Pot engine to have survived scrapping. Though he was rotting away in The Adventure Begins, he's fully restored in season 20.
  • Meaningful Name: His nickname comes from him vaguely resembling a coffee pot.
  • Mellow Fellow: He's completely unfazed by Stephen's competitiveness and boasting.
  • Passing the Torch: To Thomas. "Look after the branch line, Thomas, and wear that number with pride!"
  • Reluctant Retiree: His retirement wasn't his own decision; he was gradually phased out as growing workloads became too big for him to keep up. By the time Thomas takes over his line, he's rotting away in a siding.

    Foreign Engines


I am the duke and duchess' private engine, I take them everywhere."

Voiced by: Glenn Wrage (US), Matt Wilkinson (UK)
A private engine owned by the Duke and Duchess of Boxford, Gordon's distant cousin, and a snob that none of the Sodor engines can stand.

Built: 1935/38

  • Aesop Amnesia: No matter what happens to him, he's back to his pompous self by the next episode.
  • Attention Whore: Played up in Welcome, Stafford!.
  • Big Bad: of "Hero of the Rails", where he is the main threat to Thomas helping Hiro.
  • Break the Haughty: Almost every appearance of him involves this.
  • Jerkass
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's does show it in a few episodes. In "Emily's Rubbish" as he was impressed with Whiff proving his worth in helping Emily move the rubbish trucks, and then in "Spencer's VIP", he even asks for the privilege to take the deputy minister home because he's learned from his mistake in showing off and asks if he could give him second chance.
  • Large Ham
  • Light Is Not Good: Although when compared to diesels, the steam engines are portrayed as friendly and reliable, Spencer is always portrayed in a negative light; a big-headed showoff that likes making the Sodor engines miserable. He outright reached villain status in Hero of the Rails, when he not only pestered and annoyed the Sodor engines, but also attempted to send Hiro to the smelter's yard, with no solid reason except to make Thomas miserable.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: In Hero of the Rails.
  • Pet the Dog: In "Spencer The Grand", he is humbled after getting lost in the fog, and helps Percy make his way back to the sheds.
  • The Rival: To Gordon and Thomas.
  • Shadow Archetype: To the other pompous tender engines, particularly Gordon. He's just as prideful and arrogant, but while the others have gained experience and made friends on Sodor, Spencer is an unpopular fool that looks his nose down on the others. Downplayed as his character softened slightly in later episodes.
  • Smug Snake
  • Upper-Class Twit


Voiced by: Togo Igawa

An old, wise engine who came from Japan many years ago. He debuted in Hero of the Rails, where Thomas found him hidden away in an old forest and had his friends help repair him. He has since made several minor appearances.

  • The Ace: He's not called the "Master of the Railway" for nothing.
    • Broken Ace: In Hiro Helps Out, he tries telling other engines what to do when The Fat Controller is busy, only to cause more confusion and delay.
  • Badass Grandpa
  • But Now I Must Go: After setting things right at the end of Hero of the Rails, Hiro reveals that he misses his friends and homeland, and returns home with a big sendoff from his new friends...
    • I Choose to Stay: ...only to inexplicably come back in season 13, and since then, he seems to have become a permanent part of the railway.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Demoted to Extra: While he still gets the odd spotlight episode, his appearances are more sparse.
  • Determinator: In Henry's Hero, he manages to deliver a massive quarry train to the docks on his own - a job originally for two engines - while dealing with a terrible case of bad coal.
  • Gentle Giant
  • Mythology Gag: According to Christopher Skala, Hiro was originally going to be blue. This was used as his main boiler color for his patchwork.
  • Nice Guy
  • Noble Fugitive
  • Token Minority: An especially profitable one; Hiro proved to be a favorite in Japan almost immediately.
Left to right: Dash, Ferdinand, Bash

The Logging Locos

"That's right!"

US voices: Kerry Shale (Bash), William Hope (Dash), Glenn Wrage (Ferdinand)
UK voices: Matt Wilkinson (Bash), Keith Wickham (Dash), Ben Small (Ferdinand)

A trio of oil and wood-burning steam engines. Bash, Dash and Ferdinand previously worked on the Mainland, but were relocated to Misty Island due to their poor behavior.

Connor and Caitlin

Voiced by: Jonathan Forbes (Connor), Rebecca O'Mara (Caitlin)

A pair of streamlined engines from the Mainland. Introduced in King of the Railway, they run the main express train between the two islands.


Voiced by: Clive Mantle

Introduced in Tale of the Brave, Gator is an unusual green engine with sloping boilers working on Sodor temporarily.

  • Aesop Enforcer
  • All of the Other Reindeer: The other engines are initially shocked by his appearance. It's not as intense as other examples in the series, as the other engines quickly warm up to him, but Gator still gets frustrated over it.
  • Backstory of the Day: His backstory he shares with Percy at the docks represents the overarching theme of Tale of the Brave.
  • Berserk Button: His malfunctioning lamp, being bossed around, and being mistaken for a monster.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As nice as he is, if he's pushed enough, he will retaliate. In Toad's Bright Idea, he gets fed up with Toad's pestering to the point where he abandons Toad in the middle of the line and tries to complete his journey without him.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Becomes this to Percy.
  • Big Fun
  • The Big Guy
  • But Now I Must Go
  • Determinator: As proven by his backstory. However, this trait makes his trip with Toad in "Toad's Bright Idea" a bit rocky—while Gator is all about getting the job done quickly and simply endure the risks, Toad wants to get the job done safely.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Averted. He quite likes his nickname.
  • Face Your Fears: In his backstory, he had to cross a high bridge in a mountainous region to get urgent supplies to a village, despite his fear of heights. He also encourages Percy to do this.
  • Ideal Hero: Percy comes to see him as one.
  • Ironic Fear: He's terrified of heights, despite being designed to work in high, mountainous regions.


"Samson here, at your service!"

Voiced by: Robert Wilfort

Number: 15

Built: 1867

A strong, though oddly shaped tank engine that comes from the mainland to help out on Sodor.

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Any time he's given a job, he acts as if he's done it his whole life.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows
  • Break the Haughty: Three of the four episodes he's featured in involve this.
  • Can't Take Criticism: And how.
  • Expy: Possibly of Neil from The Railway Series. Both are green Neilson & Co. open cab 0-4-0 locomotives, and are noted for being quite unattractive.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride.
  • Gonk: Good gracious.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: His defining trait.
  • Leave Me Alone!: His attitude in Samson At Your Service. Embarrassed with a mistake he had made the previous night, he tries to do a job while tuning out everyone's teasing. Of course, he also tunes out their warnings that he's making a new mistake, and doesn't realize his error until too late.
  • Never Live It Down: Zigzagged in universe. After taking a misroute into the Blue Mountain Quarry one night, he became the frequent subject of playful teasing. When he starts acting foolish again however, he is convinced he is still being laughed at, failing to notice the other engines are just trying to warn him of his mistake.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: In Samson At Your Service, he takes Bill and Ben's blatantly sarcastic remarks about his usefullness as genuine praise.
  • Upper-Class Twit

The Flying Scotsman

"Flying Scotsman, coming through!"

Voiced by: Rufus Jones

Number: 4472

Basis: The real Flying Scotsman (a London and North Eastern Railway A3) 4-6-2

Built: 1923

Introduced properly in The Great Race, the Flying Scotsman is Gordon's brother from the mainland. He was the first locomotive to officially reach 100 mph.

  • Adaptation Personality Change: He seemed relatively respectful in his few speaking roles in The Railway Series, but he's much more pompous in the TV series. Justified as the fear of scrapping is gone in the recent series.
  • Artistic License – History: The TV series incarnation of Flying Scotsman has smoke deflectors, a double chimney, and his number printed on his cab, yet he still has two tenders. The real Flying Scotsman has had all of these features, but not all at the same time. Oh, and his smoke deflectors can slide forward for some reason.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He tried to warn Gordon about his boiler's problems, and when Gordon ultimately broke down as a result, Flying Scotsman did look like he wanted to help Gordon...before he realized he was still in the race, and hurried away.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows
  • Deadpan Snarker: He makes plenty of remarks to rile up Gordon, including calling him "Little Brother" despite them being the same size, or Gordon technically being older by Railway Series canon.
  • Demoted to Extra: An unusual example—he was supposed to appear in Season 3, in accordance with his appearance in the Railway Series, but they didn't have the budget to complete the model, so only his tenders and cab were shown. The problem with this is that the episode causes Gordon to completely not recognize him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When he noticed Gordon was starting to suffer from going so fast without his safety valve in the Great Race, he tried to warn Gordon. Too bad it didn't work.
  • The Nicknamer: Tends to refer to Gordon as "little brother".
  • Pet the Dog: After the events of The Great Race, he tries to cheer Gordon up, and reveals that his opinion on Sudrian engines has improved.
  • Upper-Class Twit: He doesn't think particularly highly of Sodor's engines. That being said, rather than hurling insults in their faces like Gordon or Spencer, he talks calmly and dismissively at at the same time.

    Secondary Characters


Voiced by: Keith Wickham

Number: 27

Built: 1901

A strong tank engine with a crane mounted on top of his boiler.

  • Demoted to Extra: Got this not long after his debut, though seems to be getting more spotlight since his reintroduction in season 17.
  • Off Model: His CGI render is shorter than his real-life counterpart and his original model.
  • Scotland: Has a Scottish accent, as his prototype was built in Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Possibly from Samson.


Built: 1904

A powerful bright-yellow tender engine. After being teased by Emily on pulling empty trucks, she feels less important, but with the help of Thomas, she realizes that pulling empties is important than she thought.


"It's meeeee!"

Voiced by: Jules de Jongh (US), Teresa Gallagher (UK)

Built: 1942/43

A lavender tank engine who idolizes Thomas and despite his annoyance of her following him, he started respecting her after helping him deliver the birthday post train to Alice at Hill Farm.
Whiff (left) and Scruff (right)

Whiff and Scruff

US voices: William Hope (Whiff), Kerry Shale (Scruff)
UK voices: Keith Wickham (Whiff), Matt Wilkinson (Scruff)

Number: 66 (Whiff)

Built: Whiff c.1869, Scruff 1946

A pair of engines who work at Sodor's waste dump. Whiff (introduced in season 11) is a bespectacled, large green tank engine, while Scruff (introduced in season 14) is a small, boxy tank engine. They're both regularly filthy, but don't mind and enjoy their jobs.

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: After getting a repaint, Scruff becomes terrified of getting dirty and instead tries to take other engines' jobs.
  • A Day in the Limelight
  • Catch Phrase: Scruff has one. "Let's get scrunching!"
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Scruff is sent in to be repaired at the start of "Samson At Your Service". But at the climax, he returns to stop Reg from scrapping the Fat Controller's car.
  • Demoted to Extra: Scruff was relegated to the background for two seasons following his debut, but got some spotlight once season 17 aired.
  • Extreme Doormat: Whiff is constantly looked down on or left to do another engine's workload by himself, but remains almost obliviously kind and understanding.
  • Nerd Glasses: Whiff.
  • The Pig Pen


UK Voices: Matt Wilkinson (UK; fifteenth season onwards - excluding nineteenth season), Rob Rackstraw (UK; nineteenth season only)
US Voices: Ben Small (US; fifteenth season - eighteenth season), Rob Rackstraw - (US; nineteenth season onwards), David Menkin (US; Samson at Your Service only)

A silver tank engine who debuted in The Great Discovery. Stanley was brought to Sodor to do Thomas' workload during the restoration of Great Waterton. Due of his popularity with the other engines, Thomas grew jealous of him and plans to make him look weak. This would cause Great Waterton tower to be demolished and causes Thomas' friends to turn against him. After Thomas is gone missing, Stanley was the first to realize Thomas' feelings and was the one who found and rescued him. Both became friends and with a combined effort made it back to Great Waterton in time to prepare for the opening celebrations.

  • The Ace: The narration describes Stanley as newer, bigger, and stronger than Thomas.
  • Always Someone Better: What Thomas thinks of him initially.
  • Demoted to Extra: After his debut in The Great Discovery and Season 12.
  • Nice Guy: Very much so. He even showed no hard feelings for Thomas after the latter caused him to take too much trucks which led to the accident with the Great Waterton tower.


Voiced by: Matt Wilkinson (UK), Glenn Wrage (US; thirteenth - fifteenth seasons), Ben Small (US; sixteenth season onwards)

Number: 14

Built: 1891/1904

A tank engine who loves to tell jokes and have fun. Can usually be found working in the shunting yards.

  • Cassandra Truth: An unfortunate downside to his jokey nature is that engines have a hard time believing him when he's being serious.
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Crying Wolf: Made a few jokes about elephants with his friends. Then when he finds a real elephant stranded on the line, his warnings fall on deaf ears.
  • The Hedonist: Is described as 'the most fun engine' and seeking fun and games from the other engines in the form of racing, jokes, and shirking their responsibilities. This was averted in Season 17, where Charlie mainly tells his jokes during the off periods in between his and his fellow engines' work instead of doing it whenever he pleases.
  • Identical Stranger: He and Billy (season 11) are the exact same prototype.
  • Odd Friendship: With Edward in "Charlie and Eddie".
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Charlie, who's lively, cheerful, and tells jokes while working.


Voiced by: Matt Wilkinson

A red inspection vehicle, Winston looks like a convertible on rails. He's used by The Fat Controller for inspecting line conditions.

  • A Day in the Limelight: Wayward Winston.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Demoted to Extra: Went from being a major character in season 17 to getting one cameo in season 18.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: One of the few characters to stand up to The Fat Controller. He forgets to put on Winston's brake, causing Winston to roll away unmanned. The Fat Controller scolds him after, but Winston calls him out on it.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Though it's not his fault. The Fat Controller simply can't handle him properly. When one of his assistants drives him in Happy Birthday, Sir!, he drives perfectly fine.
    • On the other hand in said episode, he tends to leave said driver in a bind by constantly heading back and forth searching for a present for The Fat Controller (eventually biffing into Thomas).


"My name is Ryan, and I'll be your engine today!"

Voiced by: Eddie Redmayne

A violet tank engine that arrives in Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure. After helping to construct it, he now works on the Arlesburgh-Harwick Branch Line as a goods engine. Enthusiastic and kind, he works hard and wants to be liked by everyone.

  • All-Loving Hero: Is friendly to everyone, even Thomas, who only treats him coldly in response. Even so, Ryan greets and bids farewell to him with friendly remarks, and doesn't even care when Thomas reveals he could have stopped the dynamite incident.
  • Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: Finally decides to help Thomas in the climax and starts heading up to Knapford, but as soon as the pirate ship comes into view, he immediately starts reversing and screaming. And keeps doing that even when he gets roped into helping.
  • Butt Monkey: Somehow keeps getting wrapped up in crises out of nowhere. In addition, Thomas hated him at first, but Ryan himself had no idea why.
  • Lovable Coward: As brave as he would like to be, Ryan has a tendency to panic in a crisis.
  • Nice Guy: Isn't even angry at Thomas for not warning him about something which nearly got them killed by an explosion.


"Hello there! My name's Philip! I'm a diesel boxcab!"

Voiced by: Rasmus Hardiker

Number: 68

Built: c.1930

A cheeky young diesel-electric Class A6 boxcab switcher that often works as a station pilot. Phillip is energetic and very talkative, much to the amusement of the younger engines, but the annoyance of the bigger ones.

Other Engines

    The Skarloey Railway 

Tropes shared by the Skarloey Railway engines:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the Railway Series books, all of the engines shared the same uniform livery. In the television series, they instead each got their own distinct colors.
    • Skarloey's blue stripes were changed to white.
    • Rheneas is a much more vermilion color than he is in The Railway Series. In Blue Mountain Mystery, he is briefly painted yellow with blue stripes.
    • Sir Handel and Peter Sam were originally blue and green, respectively, while working on the Mid Sodor Railway. While they're repainted in the books, they keep their colors in the TV series.
    • Rusty is dark grey in the books, but is orange on the show.
    • Duncan is red in the books, but yellow in the show.
  • Older Than They Look: The main six engines are all based on real preserved engines on the Talyllyn Railway. Rusty is the youngest, built in 1957. Skarloey is the oldest, built in 1864, making him 150 years old.


"I'm ashamed of you!"

Voiced by: Keith Wickham

Number: Skarloey Railway 1

Built: 1864

The first and oldest engine on the Skarloey Railway, named after a lake at one end of the line.

  • Badass Baritone: Noticeably has a deep voice when voiced by Keith Wickham in the CGI episodes.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Determinator
  • Old Master: Despite his small size and old age, he still works as hard as the younger engines, and is revered even by the standard gauge engines.
  • Out of Character: Oh dear.
    • Cowardly Lion: Played this role in seasons 10 and 11.
    • Depending on the Writer: Is he young or old? Brave or timid? It varies, although it's worth mentioning that he started as an old engine and was depicted as young later. As of season 16 onward, he's reverted back to his older persona.
    • The Eeyore: Usually this overlaps when he goes into Cowardly Lion territory, moping about his worthlessness.
    • Keet: While he was this in his youth, he slips in and out of this in the newer series.
    • Shrinking Violet: Had a hard time getting used to the Wharf in season 10.
  • Team Dad: Takes up this role in the recent seasons.


"I musn't stop between stations, the passengers wouldn't like it."

Voiced by: Ben Small (sixteenth - eighteenth seasons)

Number: Skarloey Railway 2

Built: 1865

Named after a waterfall on the railway, Rheneas is the second engine on the Skarloey Railway.

Sir Handel/Falcon

"What a small shed! This won't do at all! We're much too smart for this old shack!"

Voiced by: Keith Wickham

Number: Skarloey Railway 3, originally Mid-Sodor Railway 3

Built: 1904

A blue engine who worked with Peter Sam and Duke on the Mid-Sodor Railway.

Peter Sam/Stuart

I'm Peter Sam, I'm running this line, I'm Peter Sam, I'm running this line."

Voiced by: Steven Kynman

Number: Skarloey Railway 4, originally Mid-Sodor Railway 4

Built: 1920

A green engine who worked with Sir Handel and Duke on the Mid-Sodor Railway. An accident with slate trucks destroyed his funnel, and he was given a special funnel as a replacement.


"I warned him, but all he did was call me names."

Voiced by: Matt Wilkinson

Number: Skarloey Railway 5

Built: 1957

A little diesel brought to help out after Peter Sam's accident. He does maintenance work on the line, and does odd jobs when necessary.

  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite being a diesel, he is quite friendly and helpful towards the steam engines.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Duncan.
  • Nice Guy
  • She's a Man in Japan: In season 9, Rusty was accidentally referred to as a girl. To be fair, in The Railway Series books, his gender was only mentioned once, and was never mentioned prior in the television series. An article in the New York Times from when season 4 was new revealed that Rusty was originally intended to be androgynous!
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Was this seasons 5 through 7, and early in season 9. This was reprimanded with the return of Sir Handel and the introduction of Freddie the following season.
  • Token Diesel: He's the only diesel on the Skarloey Railway.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Duncan.


What aboot me? A'm a plain speekin' engine and I beleeve in plain speekin'! Speek up!

Voiced by: Tom Stourton

Number: Skarloey Railway 6

Built: 1928

An engine who came as a "spare" after Peter Sam's accident in the slate quarry. Duncan spends most of his time finding things to complain about. He used to bully Rusty for being a diesel, but they've since become good friends.


"That would never suit his grace."

Number: Skarloey Railway 8, originally Mid-Sodor Railway 1

Built: 1879

An old, wise engine who was Peter Sam and Sir Handel's mentor on the Mid-Sodor Railway. When it was shut down, he was locked away in a shed. Decades later, his shed was discovered and he was brought to the Skarloey Railway.


"Listen, Dookie! Who worries about a few spills?"

Number: Mid-Sodor Railway 2

Built: 1893

A tank engine from Duke's story. He was a showoff who often derailed himself and never listened to Duke. He was converted into a steam generator and never heard from again.

  • American Accents: George Carlin gives him a New York accent.
    • Incidentally, Stanley, his counterpart from The Railway Series, was referred to as American (and based on a Baldwin 10-12-D engine), with his dialogue having evident slang.
  • And I Must Scream: His fate.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Rode rough and often came off the rails.
  • Identical Stranger: He's the same prototype as Rheneas, introduced several episodes later (indeed, he's literally the same model, which is why the inside of his cab is still red).
  • Jerkass
  • Smug Smiler
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He's last seen as a steam generator. Afterwards, the railway gets shut down, Stuart and Falcon leave, Duke is locked in his shed, and the railway becomes overgrown with a forest...and Smudger's fate is never mentioned.
    • Oddly, Japanese promotional material depicts him having been moved to the Skarloey Railway, still as a generator.


Built: c.1879

An engine found locked away at an abandoned mine that was later converted to a fairground.

Fearless Freddie

Built: 1906

An old warhorse tank engine who once worked with Sir Handel. Despite his age, he's constantly trying to prove he's still as good as any young engine.

  • Broken Ace: Started off as this, though was gradually trying to regain his Ace status.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Intergenerational Friendship: He's portrayed as having one with Sir Handel, but ironically, Sir Handel is two years older than Freddie's real-life counterpart.
  • Old Master: Portrayed as this when his debut. Subverted, as his age has caught up with him and he's nowhere near as skilled as he once was.
  • Remember the New Guy: Was stated to have worked with Sir Handel and Peter Sam in the past. A bit of a downplayed example though, as it was mentioned back in Season 4 that several other engines had come and gone working on the Mid-Sodor, so one can assume that Freddie was one of them. It is also possible that they met Freddie at the Aluminum Works Project.
  • Long Bus Trip: Has not appeared since the switch to CGI.

Mighty Mac

"I'm Mighty!"
"And I'm Mac!"
"And together we're Mighty Mac!"

Built: c.1880

A double-ended Fairlie locomotive introduced in season 9. One end is Mighty, and the other is Mac.

  • The Big Guy
  • Body Horror: Well, as close as you'll get with a children's show about talking trains. Being an articulated Fairlie-type locomotive, both of them share the same body with each having a face at either end. They seem fine with it, though.
  • Conjoined Twins
  • Demoted to Extra: After their episode, they were quickly relegated to the background with only a few minor speaking roles.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: For their faces, Mighty's hair curl and triangular nose and Mac's freckles and rounded nose acts as this. On their paintwork, Mighty has yellow tank caps and windows, while Mac's are red.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Mac is younger and more hot-headed, Mighty is older and more conservative.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Mac, Blue Mighty.
  • Those Two Guys
  • Youthful Freckles: Mac


"I did something very bad."

Voiced by: Michael Legge

An engine introduced in Blue Mountain Mystery. He's a small, green pannier tank engine who lives and works at the Blue Mountain Quarry.

  • Cheerful Child: When he comes out of his shell.
  • Cowardly Lion: He can't stand up for himself at all.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: When he was getting lifted out of the ship that delivered him to Sodor, Victor fell off into the sea. Thinking it's his fault and that he killed another engine, he went into hiding at the Blue Mountain Quarry before Thomas and Victor eventually discovered and cleared his name.
  • Dark Secret: He unintentionally killed another engine. Or so he thought.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He's the most sincere and innocent of the narrow gauge engines, and even manages to befriend a deer that wanders into the quarry.
  • Kid-Appeal Character
  • Shrinking Violet: The shyest of the narrow gauge engines. Eventually warms up to Thomas though.
    • Downplayed after his Dark and Troubled Past is cleared up, after which he opened much more and is actually very boisterous and cheerful.

    Non-rail Characters

Bertie the Bus

"But to beat you over that hill, I'd have to grow wings and be an Aeroplane."

Voiced by: Keith Wickham, Rupert Degas (fifteenth - sixteenth seasons)

Built: 1929/1948

A bus Thomas met on his branch line. The two of them had a famous race from one end of the branch line to the other, in which Thomas won, earning Bertie's respect.

  • Bus Best Friend: Something of the vehicle equivalent of mixed race (or species) friendship at least.
  • Demoted to Extra: In recent years his appearances have become scarce, when he does show up, he's usually either avoiding an accident, or in need of rescue after getting stuck or breaking down.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Implied at times in the show where loud skids can be heard as he drives. He's obsessed with being faster than Thomas after all.
  • Fantastic Racism: Briefly in "Trust Thomas" after the engines fail to get tar for his broken roads, he labels them unreliable. He takes it back completely when Thomas gets this fixed.
  • Friendly Rival: His races with Thomas (though to prove the worth of their respective vehicles) are rather playful and in good fun.
  • Red Is Heroic: Is red, and a friend of Thomas.
  • Perpetual Smiler: In Season One, where Bertie had only one face mask. Subverted in later seasons, where he has a wider scope of facial expressions like the others.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Enjoys teasing Thomas, but all the same is charitable when he needs help.

Terrence the Tractor

"They're not ugly, they're caterpillars! I can go anywhere, I don't need rails

Built: 1934

A tractor who Thomas meets on his branch line. Thomas finds his caterpillar treads to be unusual, until Terrence rescues him from a snowdrift.

Trevor the Traction Engine

"Oh yes, I like children."

Built: 1927

An old, cheerful traction engine. He was found in a scrap yard by Edward, and was since purchased by the Vicar. He now lives on his orchard and gives rides to children.


" I shouldn't be treated like this! This pace is too hot for my system; it'll fuse all my circuits!"

Built: 1926

An old-fashioned car owned by a cricketer. She prefers slow and leisurely runs throughout the countryside, as high speeds overheat her engine.

  • The Alleged Car: She's pushed to the point of overheating frequently.
  • Demoted to Extra: After a brief appearance in the fifth season, she was relegated to the background for the rest of the model era.
  • Southern Belle: Given a Dixie accent in the American dub and is very polite to her driver.


"Bah! enjoyment is all you engines live for. One day railways will be ripped up!"

Built: 1960/61

A double-decker bus who believed railways needed to be ripped up and replaced with roads. Ended up getting wedged under a bridge after stealing Duck's passengers and was left in a field to rot as a henhouse.

  • Adaptational Heroism: Reconstructed. While his role in the books is adapted pretty loyally, he undergoes a Heel–Face Turn in a later episode of the TV series.
  • Fantastic Racism: He was outright racist towards anything on rails in his debut.
  • Grumpy Bear: Prior to becoming a vegetable bus, he was always grumbling and complaining.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: Duck tries to reason with him by mentioning Bertie, but Bulgy thinks Bertie's worthless too.
  • Heel–Face Turn: When he became a vegetable bus.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass: Until his Heel–Face Turn.
  • 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.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Was this in his debut, but disappeared in Bulgy Rides Again.


"Railways are no good, turn 'em into roads. Pull 'em up, turn 'em into roads."

Built: 1920/29

A steam roller who finds great joy in turning rails into roads.


A mining machine bought to work at Boulder Quarry, but disappeared after setting a boulder loose.


Oh, it's you. have you learned to drive properly yet?

A vintage steam quarry truck, who ended up being abandoned in a shed. She was the Fat Controller's first truck, and upon discovering her, he immediately had her restored.

  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In her debut episode, she's the only character able to insult The Fat Controller without getting into trouble.
  • Fantastic Racism: Subverted. She may believe that roads are superior to rails, but she often helps the engines out when necessary.
  • Grumpy Bear
  • Jerkass: A bit downplayed. She's can come across as rude, cranky, and critical, especially in the way she advised Thomas to be careful with his siderods.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Even with her condescending front, she is a loyal and hard worker, and reacts appropriately to good manners. Her treatment of Thomas also softens when he and Terence help her out of the snow following a crash.


A snub-nosed truck that works in the mountains near the Skarloey Railroad. She acts very motherly to the narrow gauge engines, even at the risk of her own well-being.

  • Drives Like Crazy: Done deliberately in Cool Truckings, when Duncan complains her drives are slow and boring.
  • Team Mom: To the narrow gauge engines, despite the fact she's younger than many of them.

Owen and Merrick

"Next stop - you're too heavy!" -Owen
"I think it's my nap time..." -Merrick

Voiced by: Ben Small (Owen), Matt Wilkinson (Merrick)

A pair of machines working at the Blue Mountain Quarry. Merrick is a crane with a set of rails, letting him move back and forth. Owen is a steam-powered incline, raising and lowering trucks up and down his platform. They debuted in Blue Mountain Mystery.

  • Catch Phrase: Owen's is "Next stop," followed by a location.
  • No Indoor Voice: Merrick, when he's awake.
  • Sleepy Head: Merrick tends to nod off if he's not busy with something. This became less prominent after Blue Mountain Mystery.

The Pack

Jack voices: David Menkin (US), Steven Kynman (UK)
Alfie voices: Nathan Clarke
Oliver voices: Tim Whitnall

A team of construction vehicles owned by Miss Jenny Packard. They are in charge of construction projects on Sodor. Members include Nelson the ballast tractor, Jack the front loader, Alfie and Oliver the excavators, Max and Monty the dump trucks, Kelly the crane, Byron the bulldozer, Ned the steam shovel, Isobella the steam lorry, Patrick the cement mixer, and Buster the steamroller.

  • Cool Old Guy: Kelly and Oliver.
  • Gentle Giant: Ned.
  • Jerkass: Max and Monty.
  • The Klutz: Ned.
  • One Steve Limit: Oliver shares the same name as the Great Western engine. This play for laughs in "Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure" when Marion thinks he (the engine) turned into a digger, only to find out at the end that there are two Olivers.
  • Put on a Bus: Though they had an entire mini-series dedicated to them, they quickly disappeared when Thomas & Friends was acquired by HiT.
    • The Bus Came Back: A good portion of the team reappears in The Great Discovery, and Jack and Alfie appear in one episode of season 12. After the change to CGI, Jack returned in King of the Railway, while Alfie, Oliver, Max and Monty returned in Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.
  • Rookie Red Ranger: Jack
  • Sibling Rivalry: Max and Monty.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Isobella's the only female vehicle in the Pack.
  • Youthful Freckles: Alfie has very faint ones, most noticeable in close-up shots.


A fun-loving little boat owned by Sailor John. He has a special chassis that allows him to be used on rails. After being fed up with Sailor John's lies and abuse, he sabotages his effort to steal the lost treasure, and now gives railboat tours around Arlesburgh Harbor.

  • The Dog Bites Back: He deliberately capsizes, forcing Sailor John to lose the treasure.
  • Extreme Doormat: He's all too happy to brush off Sailor John's abusive behavior. Eventually gets sick of it and turns on him.
  • Friend to All Children: He wants to spend more time on the rails, so he can one day get to give children rides. He gets his wish.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He tries to invoke this during the climax, telling him it'd be okay if Thomas smashed him if it meant stopping Sailor John. And when they reach water, he deliberately takes on water and capsizes. Luckily, he survives.
  • Ignorant Minion: Sailor John had told Skiff that he plans on donating the treasure to the museum once they find it. Realizing that Sailor John had been lying to him the whole time is what spurs Skiff to rebel against him.
  • Keet
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal

     Rolling Stock

Annie And Clarabel

"He's dreadfully rude, I feel quite ashamed. I feel quite ashamed. he's dreadfully rude."

Voiced by: Teresa Gallagher

Built: 1895

Two of Thomas' coaches whom The Fat Controller rewarded him with for rescuing James.

  • A Day in the Limelight: Season 18's "Not So Slow Coaches".
  • Ascended Extra: In a sense. Annie and Clarabel hardly spoke in the later seasons, becoming mere props for Thomas to pull around. However, Brenner's era has given them many more speaking roles and even a few limelight episodes.
  • The Finicky Ones: Nitpick Thomas' behaviour constantly and fuss over the speed he travels (he has a lot of fun with this one in "Not So Slow Coaches"). Gordon found them unbearable to work with after a mishap left them his substitute Express coaches.
    • Strangely, this is subverted in the season 3 episode "Percy's Promise". In an alternate reality they would be yelling "We want Thomas, we want Thomas."
  • 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.
  • Those Two Girls
  • Trigger: Hate being separated from Thomas for a long time. Also high-speeds.
  • 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.


"It's not fair at all!"

Voiced by: Maggie Ollerenshaw

Built: 1884

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

  • The Blank: Like in the Railway Series, she never had a face until Season 18.
  • Companion Cube: Gradually became this from the second season onward. This is no longer the case as of season 18.
  • Cool Old Lady: Following her Character Development in the CGI series.
  • The Quiet One: In the entire show's run, she has only spoken in one episode. Between seasons 1 and 3, her emotions were at least expressed to the viewer. In season 18, she gains a face and speaks freely.
  • Suddenly Voiced: While she always had a voice, she never actively used it until the 18th season.
  • Women Are Wiser: Often has to talk Toby through jobs and situations he's not comfortable with.

Troublesome Trucks/Foolish Freight Cars

Oh! Oh! Oh! We want a proper engine, not a red monster!

Voiced by: Christopher Ragland, Ben Small (King of the Railway - eighteenth season)

The rolling stocks who always annoys and plays 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.
  • Annoying Laugh: Starting from Season 2.
  • Asshole Victims: Trucks are very often collateral damage for 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: "They don't care how big they are, to them it's just a game..."
  • 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: On a few occasions, they have moments in helping the other engines take out a common foe like Bulstrode in "Special Attraction" and Diesel in "The World's Strongest Engine".
  • 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: Loves laughing at the engines for having unfortunate mishaps, sometimes by singing rudely at them.
  • Giggling Villains: They all love giggling a lot whenever they're having fun making the engines miserable. On season 2, they debuted their high-pitched giggling.
  • 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 so much trouble for the engines.
  • Jerkasses: Along with their tendency to play tricks on engines to amuse themselves, the trucks are never known for behaving well around them.
  • Karma Houdinis: They would always get away with causing the accidents and the engines will always get reprimanded by The Fat Controller 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 would play tricks on other engines who were 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 that they will show little to no concern for the well being of any character, whether engines or humans. One example is when they knocked the guard off of the brake van in "A Close Shave", and didn't care one bit.
    • 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.
  • Misplaced Retribution: If the trucks can't find the right engine to prank, they'll victimize another one instead ("One engine's as good as the other!").
  • Miles Gloriosus: For all their sociopathic trouble making, they are shown to have a limit. They tend to fear engines who (seemingly) prove willing to destroy them. One runaway incident also led them to get trapped in a mine, upon which they find themselves to be scared of the dark and beg Percy to pull them out.
  • Mooks
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Displayed this in "Missing Gator". After the trucks excitedly rolled down the hill and then into the old mine, they were glad that Percy arrived and even asked him to help them because they didn't like being alone inside.
  • Perpetual Expression: The trucks in the pre-cgi era are painted with random expressions such as a laughing face, angry face, or shocked face, and that's when they're causing mischief.
  • Runaway Train: They always cause this to happen. They either push an engine down a hill or break away from their coupling.
  • Screwy Squirrels: They love tricking the engines for fun.

The Spiteful Brake Van

"He's cross! we'll try and make him crosser still! Hold back!"

Built: 1929

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

  • Asshole Victim: The Fat Controller couldn't care any more about him after Douglas broke him up.
  • Chronic Villainy: He behaved well after Donald gave him a hard bump, but then returned to his bad behavior by trying to sabotage James' train. Needless to say, this didn't end well for him...
  • 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.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death
  • Jerkass: He isn't called "spiteful" for nothing.
  • Karmic Death: He was broken up 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.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Well, at least in the T.V. version.
  • Smug Snake: "You can't. I'm essential."
  • Tear Off Your Face: His fate after Douglas breaks him into pieces, with his face being raised by one of the breakdown cranes.

S.C. Ruffey

A privately owned truck who had made fun of Oliver's accident with the turntable, but Oliver sought retribution later on.

Hector The Horrid

"Keep away!"

A black hopper who debuts as a troublesome truck yelling at the engines to keep away from him because he was afraid of the coal. Thomas had helped him overcome his fear and the two are in good terms.

The Scrap Monster

Appearing in Tale of the Brave, a strange, twisted monster on rails that attacks Percy one night. It's actually just a pile of scrap that James finds creepy enough to scare Percy.


"Right you horrible lot - I'm in charge now! So no bumping and none of your cheek!"

Voiced by: Rob Rackstraw

A Welsh brake van that works with Samson.

  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Large like Samson's, but not as fuzzy.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: To the trucks mostly, but also to the engine pulling him.
  • The Fettered
  • Good Is Not Nice: He genuinely cares about maintaining railway safety. That doesn't mean he has to be nice about it.
  • Green and Mean: A non-malicious example.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He may be obsessed with rules and regulations to the point of delaying trains for minor infractions, but he's right; it's far more important for the journey to be completed safely.
  • Palette Swap: There's little separating him from the other brake vans besides his colors.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Is scowling by default.


The Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt

"You are a really useful engine."

Voiced by: Keith Wickham (UK; Hero of the Rails - present; US; The Adventure Begins - present), Kerry Shale (US; Hero of the Rails - eighteenth season)

The Controller of the railway, makes sure all of his engines are doing their best. Stern and no nonsense, but very caring towards all his engines.

  • A Day in the Limelight: The show gives him a handful of these. Much in the style of the engines, he usually ends up playing the Butt Monkey in them.
  • A Father To His Engines
  • Bald of Awesome
  • Berserk Button: As learned from "Jumping Jobi Wood", he took offence when Ferdinand called him "boss".
  • Big Fun: While he is serious in his duties, he can have his moments of being fun-loving.
  • Bully Hunter: Often harshly disciplines any engine that is mocking or belittling another.
  • Catch Phrase: "Reeeeally Useful Engine." and "You have caused Confusion and Delay." (This one however, has had several variations in Season 17)
    • "Early Days yet" towards his new Railway Inspection Vehicle, Winston. Which comes up when you find out he's a terrible driver.
  • Characterization Marches On: Awdry originally created the Fat Controller as a nod to "pompous railway officials who gave out plenty of orders but never actually did anything", with some engines actually acting rather impudent towards at times. He also had a tendency for Cool And Unusual Punishments for disobedient engines. The books, and by extension the show, altered him into a stern but fair Father To His Men with insurmountable knowledge of the railway (and many other goings on in Sodor), which almost no engine would even think of upsetting. Of course, it helps that the books, the original Fat Controller retired and was replaced by his son, who was subsequently replaced by his son, explaining the change in character.
    • some of his book character does manage to show through, though, such as him using the "doctor's orders" excuse to get out of pushing and pulling in the "Sad Story of Henry" episode.
  • Composite Character: Took the role of the Thin Controller in early adapted episodes.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Deadpan Snarker: Some of his lectures towards the engine lean as this. Especially evident with Michael Angelis' literally deadpan take on the character.
    The Fat Controller: Tunnels aren't dancefloors, and you are not a pop star.
  • Death Glare: Has given these to the engines in some episodes. Best shown in "Duck and the Slip Coaches" where he gave one to James after finding out that he stole Duck's idea on the Slip Coaches. Cue James' "Oh, Crap!" Smile.)
  • Denser and Wackier: While still a capable authority figure, The Fat Controller has become a noticeably more buffoonish and fallible character since Andrew Brenner's takeover as writer, with far more jokes at his expense.
  • Drives Like Crazy: His old lorry Elizabeth asks if he's "learned to drive properly yet" back in Series 6. With Winston's introduction in Series 16, it seems the answer is "No".
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep"
  • Fat Comic Relief: In some episodes.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Plays the Responsible Sibling to Lowham Hatt's Foolish Sibling.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Generally anything that is remotely sentient on Sodor is respectful and obedient to him. Whenever an engine (often the conniving Diesels) believes they have been rejected by him, it is pointed out he cares about all of his engines.
  • Legacy Character: In the original books.
  • Leitmotif: In seasons 1-7, an ominous sounding tune is played when he's on screen. Especially when he's reprimanding an engine.
  • Momma's Boy
  • Never My Fault: There are times that he reprimands his engines for accidents they aren't responsible for (i.e., in "Thomas Comes to Breakfast" he scolds Thomas for crashing the stationmaster's house when it really was the cleaner that careless messed his controls).
    • There was one aversion in "Thomas and the Rumors" where after Gordon causes a tunnel to collapse, he was having a stern word with Gordon's driver.
    • Subverted in "Wayward Winston". When he scolds Winston for rolling away, Winston politely but firmly points out that the Fat Controller didn't put the brake on, and the Controller admits that he's partially to blame.
  • Nice Hat / Hat of Authority: He's incredibly fond of his top hat, so much that it has slipped into Companion Cube territory.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In "Misty Island Rescue" he is so overjoyed at finding Thomas, he throws his hat into the air, not caring the least when it disappears into the mist.
    The Fat Controller: I can find another hat, but I can never find another Thomas.
  • 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.
    • 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...
  • Punny Name: Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Railroad Baron
  • 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 (i.e., "Duck Takes Charge").
  • So Proud of You: Calls his engines "really useful".
  • Stern Controller: When his engines are out of line or caused any accidents, he'll resort to this.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: He keeps giving engines like Thomas and Percy important jobs, regardless of how much he yells at them for screwing up. As of now, it's not like he has another choice.
  • Tranquil Fury: The master of this trope. No matter what level of destruction the engines cause, his reaction rarely excels past a stern, snarky lecture. Nevertheless, none of the engines want to be on his bad side.

Lady Hatt

Voiced by: Jules de Jongh (US), Teresa Gallagher (UK)

The Fat Controller's wife.

  • Deadpan Snarker:
    Lady Hatt: "Well, thank you, my dear. I knew this was my special birthday party, but I didn't know it was fancy dress!"
  • Poor Communication Kills: One day, she tasks Percy to give out the day's assignments after the Fat Controller falls ill and loses his voice. She likes to "flourish" her speech, which confuses Percy into handing out the wrong assignments.

The Ffarquhar Policeman

"The law is the law and we can't change it!"

  • Inspector Javert
  • Jerkass: Where do we begin? First he complains about Thomas whistling him a good morning, then calls him "dangerous to the public" and "regular law breaker" because he doesn't have cowcatchers or sideplates even though Thomas had been on the quarry route many times without a single fatality.
  • Knight Templar
  • Lawful Stupid
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Gets rang at and frightened by Toby.
  • Warts and All: Thomas expected him to be as kind as the previous one, but finds out that he was anything but.

Dowager Hatt

"Hold on to your hats!"

Voiced by: Keith Wickham

The Fat Controller's mother.

Alicia Botti

"I can't possibly travel in coaches riddled with mice!"

Voiced by: Jules de Jongh

A famous singer who frequently performs concerts on Sodor.

The Thin Controller/Mr. Percival

"You have caused delay and confusion!"
Voiced by: Kerry Shale (US), Keith Wickham (UK)

The Controller of the Skarloey Railway. Prior to his introduction in season 9, the railway was run by Sir Topham Hatt. His mode of transport is a red bicycle.

Sir Lowham Hatt

"Don't hurry the children, Edward. Let them play!"

Voiced by: Kerry Shale (US), Keith Wickham (UK)

The Fat Controller's twin brother.

Sir Robert Norramby

Voiced by: Mike Grady

The Earl of Sodor and the owner of Millie and Stephen. Ulfstead Castle and the Dinosaur Park are on his estate.

  • Big Fun: Most of his actions present him as this.
  • Captain Oblivious: When he returns to Sodor after several years away in King of the Railway, he doesn't seem to be aware that his welcome back party is actually for him and leaves again after less than a minute.
  • Cool Old Guy: His very energetic nature presents him as this.

Sailor John

Voiced by: John Hurt

The main antagonist of Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure. The owner of the railboat Skiff, Sailor John is out to steal the treasure hidden inside the recently discovered pirate ship.

  • All There in the Manual: According to the official site, he was kicked out of the navy.
  • Bad Boss: Skiff seems to be in poor condition by the time Thomas meets him. Sailor John also seems perfectly content putting Skiff in incredibly dangerous situations.
  • Expy: Somewhat one of P.T. Boomer, a character cut from Magic Railroad, in that he's a human antagonist that acts as a Knight of Cerebus and utilizes explosives. However, in terms of goals and motivations, the two differ greatly. Boomer was out to settle a personal grudge, while Sailor John merely wanted money.
  • Flipping the Bird: A G-rated example. While sailing away, he salutes Thomas with his left hand. Unless a person's right hand is disabled or missing, saluting with the left hand is considered an insult.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The darkest antagonist of the series so far.
  • Laughably Evil: Relatively speaking however, he's still a bumbling pirate who sails the rails for treasure.
  • Mad Bomber: Attempts to throw lit sticks of dynamite at Thomas during the climax.
    • In the film, he throws a stick of dynamite at the Fat Controller's office to break into his safe to steal the treasure.

     Thomas and the Magic Railroad

Lady the Magic Engine

"And helping each other brings to life the magic in all of us."

Voiced by: Britt Allcroft

A purple and gold tank engine who only appears in Thomas and the Magic Railroad and in a dream sequence in Calling All Engines. She runs the Magic Railroad that connects Shining Time to Sodor, and is the source of the Gold Dust required to keep Mr. Conductor and Sodor alive.

  • Cartoon Creature: She was designed by Britt Allcroft. While there IS a real-life engine that bears a close resemblance to her, it's really more coincidence than anything else.
  • The Chick: The only female engine in the film.
  • Cute Witch
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was destroyed once by Diesel 10, and Burnett Stone kept her locked in Muffle Mountain, doing what he could to repair her.
  • Disabled Deity: After Diesel 10 nearly destroyed her once, she was rebuilt but wasn't able to steam again. Because she hadn't run in years, the magic keeping Sodor and Mr. Conductor alive began to fade.
  • Dream Walker: Implied by her appearance in Calling All Engines.
  • Fertile Feet: Wheels, in her case. When traveling on the Magic Railroad, she leaves Gold Dust in her wake, which heals the world around her.
  • Flat Character: Despite being a major point of The Movie, not much is known about her personality at all.
  • Magitek: Is a steam engine responsible for generating the magic that protects Sodor and Shining Time.

Splatter and Dodge

Splatter- "Actually it's just Splatter.
Dodge- "An-an Dodge."

Voiced by: Neil Crone (Splatter) and Kevin Frank (Dodge)

Basis: British Railways Class 08

Built: 1952/1962

Diesel 10's two bumbling sidekicks.

Mr. Conductor

"Sparkle, Sparkle Sparkle!"
Played by: Alec Baldwin

A 20-centimeter tall man who lives in the signal house on the mural at Shining Time Station. He uses gold dust to travel between Shining Time and Sodor, and when his supply starts to run low, he needs to find the source of the magic.

  • Amnesia Danger: When his magic runs out, he gradually becomes more forgetful. He can't remember the way to the windmill, and later forgets the secret it had.
  • The Narrator
  • Incredible Shrinking Man
  • Magic Pants: His clothes change size along with him.
  • Remembered Too Late: He forgets the word "lady" from the windmill's secret, and only remembers it and its significance after Diesel 10 finds Lady and Thomas.
  • Sizeshifter: He can change his size between normal size and tiny, but only when travelling between Shining Time and Sodor.

Burnett Stone

"I just... don't seem to understand... about magic anymore."
Played by: Peter Fonda

An old man who lives on Muffle Mountain and had the ownership of Lady passed down onto him. After Diesel 10 destroyed lady and his wife Tasha passed away, he lived in solitude, trying to make Lady steam again.

  • Childhood Friends: With Tasha.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • The Eeyore
  • The Promise: He promised Tasha he would take her on a ride with Lady one day. He never got the chance; Diesel 10 wrecked Lady, and Brunett couldn't get her working again before Tasha died.
  • The Stoic
  • When He Smiles: Billy Twofeathers laments that Burnette had a "wonderful smile". We finally see it after coal from Sodor gets Lady in steam.

Lily Stone

Played by: Mara Wilson

Burnett's granddaughter who's sent to stay with Burnett, and helps him and Mr. Conductor uncover the secret of the Gold Dust.

  • Companion Cube: Bluebird, her plush bird.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father is never seen or mentioned, just her mother.
    • Not so in the original versions of the script, where it was mentioned that he was out of town trying to find work.
  • Dull Surprise
  • The Heart
  • Tomboy: She likes climbing and horseback riding.

P.T. Boomer

"That makes two of us!"
Played by: Doug Lennox

The original antagonist of the film, who was cut after test screenings. He was Burnette's childhood rival, and was responsible for crashing Lady in the first place. He returns many years later, intending on getting rid of her for good.

  • Evil Old Folks
  • Driven by Envy/Green-Eyed Monster
  • Evil Is Petty: One cut scene had him respond to Billy Twofeathers not giving him answers by punching a flower basket that Mr. Conductor had watered earlier in the film. Another one had him harass a newspaper delivery boy because he was trying to find information on Burnett. On another level, he could be seen as this in general, as he intended to ruin the man who had stolen his love interest by destroying an engine he owned instead of going after the man himself.
  • The Bully
  • The Skeptic: When he first sees Thomas, he assumes he is just a gigantic toy. He also doesn't believe in the magic of Shining Time Station.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show/Knight of Cerebus: The reason why he was cut was because the test audiences complained about how "scary" he was.

    Merchandise Tie-In


The 2014 merchandise tie-in character. Logan is a small, squat steam shunter that distributes coal in the yards.

  • But Now I Must Go: After helping on Sodor for a while, he and Sam leave together for the mainland.
  • Cartoon Creature: While he's based on a real Sentinel shunter, he has a number of unique modifications, including a more pronounced funnel.
  • Flat Character
  • Gonk
  • Leeroy Jenkins: When he can't tell Gordon and Edward apart, instead of stopping to ask, he rushes and shunts the wrong trains to each engine.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Though this is mainly because the book is comprised primarily of modified vector images instead of unique illustrations.


Voiced by: Rob Rackstraw

The 2015 merchandise tie-in character. Sam is a massive American locomotive that's sent to help with the construction of a new museum.

  • America Saves the Day: In Sam and the Great Bell. he rescues both Percy and the Sodor Museum's new bell on his first day.
  • The Big Guy: The biggest locomotive on Sodor.
  • But Now I Must Go: After helping on Sodor for a while, he and Logan leave together for the mainland.
  • Eagleland: The "Beautiful" variant.
  • GentleGiant: He is described as having a "big heart" in "Welcome to the Island Of Sodor Sam!". In "Welcome to the Island Of Sodor Sam!", when Thomas says that Sam "must be a very useful engine", Sam returns the compliment, saying that they're "all really useful engines, Thomas, we all have our own strengths."
  • Meaningful Name: His name comes from Uncle Sam.
  • Mighty Glacier: While he can haul massive trains without assistance, his top speed is only 45mph.


The 2016 merchandise tie-in character. Dustin is a snowplough locomotive that comes to help during a blizzard.