Characters / Thomas the Tank Engine

The character sheet for Thomas the Tank Engine.

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    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 upon her reintroduction in Season 20. Seems to be averted in Season 21, where relearning from her vices has stuck a little better this time round.
  • 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 is friendly.
  • Gratuitous French: Has started displaying this ever since "The Way She Does It". The other engines don't really understand her.
  • Lazy Bum: She was this until The Fat Controller calls her out on it. Then as of "Ryan and Daisy", she reverts back to this. Averted in Springtime for Diesel however, where she carries on with her work after suffering genuine damage to her springs.
  • Make-Up Is Evil: She does have makeup, but while not evil, she is rather vain and snobbish.
  • Odd Friendship: Develops one with Harvey in Season 21.
  • 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.
      • She finally returns in Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, being transferred over to the Arlesbergh Harbor-Harwick branch line for passenger duties. After that, she got four spotlight episodes in Season 20, and was seen in several other episodes as a supporting character.
  • Spoiled Brat
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Her eyelashes and lipstick.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: While still very pompous and high maintenance, she's noticeably less rude and self centred in Season 21, making friends with other engines easier, and actually tending loyally to her passengers even when she suffers damage.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!


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

Voiced by: Eddie Redmayne (SLOTLT only), Steven Kynman

Number: 1014

Basis: Great Northern Railway Class N2 0-6-2T

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. This continues throughout Season 20, when he takes on Daisy's jobs, albeit while doing his own, which exhausts him, as well as taking out Judy and Jerome after hearing how they've never been used for a long time.
  • 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. He also doesn't hold it against Daisy for exhausting him when she tries to pass off her work onto him.
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.
    • Though there are some engines in real life (like the LB&SCR D1) that do have water cannons during WWII.
  • 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 appearances since.
  • The Blank: Ironically, the only time he was named before Series 15, his model had no face.
  • Cartoon Creature: His design pulls from several Scammell vehicles, but isn't based on any one in particular.
  • 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.
    • He appears briefly at the end of Misty Island Rescue, hinting his return.
  • Off-Model: His CGI render was significantly out of scale until season 17.
  • Recurring Extra: Until season 15.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: Upon joining the Search & Rescue team, he has the logo painted on his cab.
  • 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: Rob Rackstraw (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.

  • Establishing Character Moment: In his introduction episode "Salty's Secret", he single-handedly organizes an entire quarry while singing pirate songs to the trucks.
  • The Storyteller: Well-known among the other engines for his tall tales.
  • Talk Like a Pirate: As a dockside diesel, he knows a lot of nautical slang and puts it to use.
  • Trauma Button: Dooonn't take him away from the sea, boooooyyys....
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: According to a magazine story, Salty is ironically terrified of meeting real pirates.
  • Younger Than They Look: Much like Mavis. He actually seems to know more about Sodor than most of the steam engines.


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.

  • The Ace
  • Instant Expert: Subverted. Salty is worried he'd be this and take over his job. Instead, Porter takes the time to stop and ask Cranky about how things operate at the docks, and becomes an expert gradually.
  • Meaningful Name/ Named After Somebody Famous: His name comes from his basis, H.K. Porter.
  • Off-Model: Much like Oliver, he has shrunken from his original basis. While this was done to make his loading gauge in line with Sodor's, it leaves his buffers too short and doorway too narrow.

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.

  • Berserk Button: Being rushed or told what to do by engines is the easiest way to irritate him.
  • Cartoon Creature: He's inspired by harbor cranes from the 1920s through the 50s, but not based on any specific design.
  • Deadpan Snarker: If there's an engine ever talking at the docks, Cranky typically chimes in to knock them down a peg.
  • Feeling Their Age: Starts to worry he might be getting old when he starts making terrible creaking sounds. Completely gets over it when the new crane, Carly, makes the same creaks on her first day.
  • Grumpy Bear
  • Jerkass: Especially in his debut. He tones it down in later appearances, but he's still quite cynical and blunt.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: According to Salty, anyway. Finally seen when Cranky saves Kevin from falling into the sea, and stands up for him to the Fat Controller.
  • Perpetual Frowner
  • Power Trio: Forms one with Carly and Big Mickey in Season 21.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: He and Big Mickey are the two guys to Carly's girl.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Has a fear of elephants.


Voiced by: Lucy Montgomery (UK)

A new, modern gantry crane brought to assist Cranky.

  • Catch-Phrase: "Ey up, chuck!"
  • Foil: To Cranky when comparing their behavior and work during their first days. Cranky was nothing but rude to the engines and made their work more difficult than it needed to be. Carly, in contrast, enthusiastically greets them and gets her work with relatively little fuss barring her competition with Cranky later on in New Crane On the Dock.
  • Genki Girl: Far more energetic than the grumpy Cranky and quiet Big Mickey.
  • Power Trio: With Cranky and Big Mickey.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only named female character of the docks, and the first female crane in the series.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Her eyelashes.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: She's the girl to Cranky and Big Mickey's two guys.

Big Mickey

Voiced by: Rob Rackstraw

A harbor crane who has been at Brendam longer than Cranky. He was originally a character from TUGS and brought over as a prop, but became named and voiced in season 21.

  • The Big Guy: The biggest and strongest crane of the docks.
  • Canon Foreigner: His model originated from Thomas' short-lived sister series, TUGS, and he has remained at Brendam Docks even after the transition to CGI. He retains his name from TUGS as well.
  • Power Trio: After finally speaking to the other characters, he forms one with Cranky and Carly.
  • The Other Darrin: His original voice actor from TUGS, Timothy Bateson, passed away in 2009. Rob Rackstraw gives a much older-sounding voice, albeit with the same accent.
  • Suddenly Voiced: He's been around since season 3, and it took until season 21 for him to have a face and voice.
  • The Quiet One: Cranky claims he hasn't spoken for years until Season 21. Big Mickey's response is that Cranky never talked to him either.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: He and Cranky are the two guys to Carly's girl.

    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 mischievous 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: His debut episode revolves around his repeated engine failures.
  • 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: More so than Gordon.
  • 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: The oldest standard gauge engine on the railway, but can still hold his own as a respectable heavy goods engine.
  • 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.
  • But Now I Must Go: At the end of Tale of the Brave, he's sent away to work on another railway.
  • 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.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is Gerald.
  • Percussive Maintenance: The only way to get his lamp working properly is for the driver to knock it, though later this stops working.


"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.


"Just because we're well-painted doesn't mean we can't do anything else."

Voiced by: Tina Desai

Number: Unknown

Basis: Nilgiri Mountain Railway X

Built: Somewhere after 1914

Introduced in The Great Race, Ashima is taking part in the Shunting Competition of The Great Railway Show, and after being stranded on the Island of Sodor after her rail ferry leaves without her, she acts as a voice of support to Thomas with convincing him to just be himself rather than try to be anything else.

  • But Now I Must Go: Once the Great Railway Show is over, Ashima tells Thomas she needs to catch her ferry to return home to India.
  • The Bus Came Back: Ashima will be returning to the series with several of the other International Engines in Season 22 and the latest special Big World! Big Adventures! Whether she'll be invited to work on the North Western Railway on Sodor or remain on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway in India is still unknown.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Justified; Ashima is this to Thomas, due to their paintwork.

Yong Bao

"Usually, I take the dragon to the big square, but as you're a guest on our railway, I think you should have the honour!"

Voiced by: Unknown

Number: Unknown

Basis: China Railways RM

Built: 1958-1966

Introduced in The Great Race, Yong Bao is taking part in The Great Railway Show as one of the contenders in the Best Decorated Engine Award alongside James and Emily from Sodor, but loses to Ashima's fellow engine from India, Rajiv.

  • The Bus Came Back: He is slated to return in Big World! Big Adventures! and Season 22 alongside Ashima and a few of the other International Engines. When Thomas visits him in his homeland of the People's Republic of China to work on his railway, Yong Bao explains to Thomas about the upcoming Chinese New Year and the Dragon that will be part of the festivities.


Voiced by: Unknown

Number: 520

Basis: SAR Class 520

Built: 1943

Introduced in The Great Race, Shane takes part in the Strength Competition against Henry, Germany's Frieda, North America's Vinnie, and possibly Hiro, but his place in it is unknown and whether he won or lost the competition.

  • The Bus Came Back: He is slated to return in Big World! Big Adventures! and Season 22 alongside Ashima and a few of the other International Engines. Thomas will possibly be visiting him in his homeland of Australia during his world trip.

    The Steelworks


Voiced by: Sophie Colquhoun

A diesel shunter, and one of the leaders of the Steelworks engines, next to Hurricane.

  • Affably Evil: She's a genuinely hard-working and dependable engine, but goes to extreme lengths to keep other engines working at the Steelworks.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Not only does her plan to force Thomas and James to work at the Steelworks completely fall apart, but Hurricane's badly damaged by the end of it all. Realizing this means she'd be handling all the work alone, she breaks down in tears, and Thomas can't help but feel bad for her.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Despite her kindness to Thomas when they first meet, she refuses to let him, and later James, leave the Steelworks, doing everything she can to keep them there.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Persists in calling Thomas "Little Tank Engine". After Thomas points out he has a name, she repeats the referral with punctuation.
  • Token Minority: Of the Steelworks engines, she is the sole diesel.
  • Villainous B.S.O.D.: Hurricane saves Thomas from the molten steel, but gets trapped in it himself. Frankie is completely at a loss of what to do.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The reason she forces engines to work at the Steelworks is because no engine legitimately wants to work there, yet she and Hurricane can't handle the huge workload themselves. Unfortunately for her, forcing engines to work there only made the problem worse.


Voiced by: Jim Howick

A massive tank engine with ten driving wheels.

  • Affably Evil: Like Frankie, he works hard at the Steelworks, and he sincerely cares about the other engines that work there. Oh, but he will make sure they stay there, willingly or not.
  • Artistic License – Engineering: His wheelbase is tighter than his real-world counterpart. This was done to make it easier to portray him inside the Steelworks, which has tighter curves than his basis could handle.
  • The Brute: The bigger, more aggressive engine between him and Frankie. Ironically between the two, he is the most sincerely affable.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He shunts Thomas out of the way of the molten steel, but gets trapped in it himself. Luckily, Merlin pushes him to safety, though his wheels are destroyed.
  • The Kindnapper: While Frankie slowly begins to bully Thomas and treat him more like a commodity, Hurricane is often shown to genuinely care about Thomas despite also forcibly keeping him at the Steelworks, even pulling a Heroic Sacrifice when he risks getting trapped in molten steel.
  • Obviously Evil: Every promotional image of him has him sneering deviously.
  • Off-Model: Part of his side rods fail to render properly, leaving a gap over his fourth driving wheel.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: His livery is comprised primarily of red, black, and maroon in between.


Voiced by: Hugh Bonneville

One of the experimental engines, Merlin is a gray tender engine with three funnels.

  • Big Damn Heroes: He, Theo and Lexi come to save Thomas and James when Frankie and Hurricane trap them at the Steelworks. Later, he comes back and saves Hurricane from melting in the molten steel.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "Invisibility...on!"
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Genuinely believes he can turn himself invisible.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: His face closely resembles Hugh Bonneville's, even before he was acquired to voice him.
  • Invisibility: He believes he has this power. In reality, he just makes a lot of steam around himself.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: When Thomas takes too long to rescue James, Merlin panics and tries to sneak into the Steelworks to help. He's spotted by Frankie and Hurricane, who realize something's going on and go after him.
  • Shown Their Work: His belief in being able to turn invisible comes from his basis, SR No. 783, which was modified with two additional chimneys to make it harder to see for overhead bombers.
  • Smoke Out: What his "invisibility" actually acts as.
  • You, Get Me Coffee: When they go to rescue James, he assigns Merlin to keep watch.


Voiced by: Lucy Montgomery

A cab-forward tender engine.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Because of her unique configuration, she doesn't feel like a proper engine.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She, Theo and Hurricane come to save Thomas and James when Frankie and Hurricane trap them at the Steelworks.
  • Character Tics: She's constantly changing her tone of voice and accent.
  • True Blue Femininity: Subverted. Despite her blue paintwork, she's blatantly unladylike, covered in rust and grime.


Voiced by: Darren Boyd

An experimental traction engine with a unique gearing system on his side.

  • Big Damn Heroes: He, Lexi and Hurricane come to save Thomas and James when Frankie and Hurricane trap them at the Steelworks.
  • Brutal Honesty: He has a very blung and direct way of speaking, which can sometimes come off as this.
  • Cartoon Creature: While he's inspired by railway traction engines, he's comprised of parts of several different designs.
  • Character Tics: He is always trembling.
  • Lovable Coward: His lack of self esteem makes him this when pulled into a rescue mission.


Voiced by: Colin McFarlane

A rolling gantry crane that works at the riverside harbor just before the Steelworks.

  • Character Tics: Has a habit of swinging his arm around, except the hook often swings back and hits him in the nose.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: His introduction come out of nowhere and seems to have no real importance besides emphasizing how much of an outsider Thomas is on the mainland. But later, when Thomas escapes the Steelworks, Beresford helps him hide from Frankie and Hurricane when they come looking for him.
  • Didn't Think This Through: When he blocks Thomas's path, he doesn't consider blocking the line running right below him as well.
  • Hates Being Alone: In the "Who's Thomas?" song, he laments that engines are always rushing about, leaving him isolated where he is.
  • Vocal Range Exceeded: In the latter half of the "Who's Thomas?" song, he tries to carry a high note, but stops once he notices Thomas and his trucks cringing.

    Secondary Characters


Voiced by: Keith Wickham

Number: 27

Built: 1901

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

  • A Day in the Limelight: Season 17's Gone Fishing.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: He got this treatment over his crane arm, until he rescues Percy after an accident. He's well-respected by the others now, save for Bill and Ben.
  • Demoted to Extra: Got this not long after his debut, though has gotten more spotlight since his reintroduction in season 17. He suffered it again in Seasons 19 and 20, being relegated to cameos at best. Season 21 gives him some more major roles.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Has a notably larger chin than any other character, and often acts as a rescue engine.
  • Mighty Glacier: Because of his weight, he can't reach or handle high speeds.
  • Odd Friendship: Develops this with Daisy in Season 21.
  • Off-Model: His CGI render is shorter than his real-life counterpart and his original model.
  • Scotland: Has a Scottish accent as of the CGI Series, 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.

Rosie in new livery 


"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.
  • Almighty Janitor: Depicted as one of the Fat Controller's most competent tank engines, yet is most often seen working as a shunter in the yard, and seems fairly happy with this job.
  • 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).


"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.

  • Big Brother Worship: Becomes very fond of Toby at one point due to their similar boxcab design. Naturally this only leads to exasperation for poor Toby.
  • Keet: Very excitable. Tends to irritate Gordon and James as a result.
  • Motor Mouth: He loves making conversation.
  • Replacement Flat Character: His naive and childish (and somewhat cheeky) attitude very much replicates how Thomas and Percy were initially, who by now act as Cool Big Bros to Phillip.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: To Gordon. He even makes a habit of sleeping in Tidmoth Shed to his dismay.

Other Engines

    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.
  • Verbal Tic: In Thomas and the Magic Railroad, he ends almost every sentence with "vroom vroom".
  • 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."

Voiced by: Christopher Ragland (US), Nigel Pilkington (UK)

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: While his role in the books is adapted loyally, he undergoes a brief Heel–Face Turn in "Bulgy Rides Again".
  • All There in the Manual: Various merchandise of Bulgy claims him and Devious Diesel to be friends.
  • The Bus Came Back: A literal example. After Season 7, Bulgy was relegated to cameos, and was last seen in Season 12's "Excellent Emily". He returns in Season 21's "Unscheduled Stops", sent by Sir Topham Hatt to help Thomas with Bertie's passengers while Bertie has his engine repaired.
  • Fantastic Racism: He was outright racist towards anything on rails in his debut.
  • Grumpy Bear: He's always grumbling and complaining about railways. He mellowed out when he became a vegetable bus, but snapped right back to his old ways when he was reinstated for helping passengers.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: Duck tries to reason with him by mentioning Bertie, but Bulgy thinks Bertie's too small to be useful.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: In "Bulgy Rides Again", Bulgy undergoes a Heel–Face Turn when he becomes a vegetable bus. Come "Unscheduled Stops", he's not only back to his old livery, but his old anti-rail ways as well.
    • However, Sir Topham Hatt makes it clear he will turn Bulgy back into a hen house if he starts his anti-rail talk again.
    Sir Topham Hatt: Now, now, Bulgy. Don't go getting all anti-rail again, or I might find some chickens who need a place to live.
    Bulgy: (stammers) Yes sir. Sorry sir.
  • 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
  • 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
Max voices: Kerry Shale (US), Tim Whitnall (UK)
Monty voices: Rob Rackstraw (US), Rasmus Hardiker (UK)

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
  • 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.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: In "Hasty Hannah", she is the responsible sibling to her sister Hannah's foolish sibling. She treats Toby with respect and knows that tramway coaches are not built for high speeds, while Hannah demands the engine pulling her go faster and faster, even if it means going past closing crossing gates and other engines at switches, and leads to her coming apart.
  • 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.


Henrietta's sister.

  • Aesop Amnesia: After Hannah nearly gets torn to bits at James' wheels, Toby tells Henrietta that he's sure Hannah has learned a lesson about going too fast. Henrietta tells Toby that Hannah has had to learn that lesson before.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Hannah loves to race at high speeds, and wishes that she could go as fast as she wants. She gets her wish when Toby leaves her in a siding and James pulls her, but it leads to her falling apart as James goes faster and faster.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: She's the foolish sibling to Henrietta's responsible sibling. She demands that the engine pulling her go faster and faster, even if it means going past closing crossing gates and other engines at switches. She also doesn't listen to Toby's warnings that tramway coaches like her and Henrietta are not built for high speeds, which leads to her coming apart when James pulls her.
  • Runaway Train: Less intentional example than with the trucks. She becomes so insistent about Toby speeding up that she starts bumping him forward, unintentionally putting him in danger.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: She resembles Henrietta, but with a yellow-orange color scheme.

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.
    • This goes for Peter Sam as well to a lesser degree, as he is said to never bump cars unless they misbehave, and when some trucks confuse him for Sir Handel and want to wreck him, the other trucks, who realize their error, plead with them to stop. Unfortunately, this is not enough to prevent them from causing Peter Sam's famous quarry accident, and it is not shown how the trucks feel about getting the wrong engine.
  • The Freelance Shame Squad: They laugh 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 also known for behaving rudely and obnoxiously 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.
  • 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 brake van, 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.
  • No Name Given: The term "spiteful brake van" is only used in narration.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Well, at least in the T.V. version. It's a fit for his "spiteful" personality.
  • Smug Snake: "You can't [leave me behind]. 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.


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 Eater
  • 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.
  • Happily Married: To Lady Hatt.
  • 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 Guy
  • 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!"
  • Happily Married: To Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Nice Girl
  • 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. He is also Duke's current grace.

  • All There in the Manual: The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways contains a good chunk of his book counterpart's history.
  • Adaptational Comic Relief: His book counterpart only appeared twice (Little Old Engines and Duke the Lost Engine), and was portrayed as easygoing, but had no real quirks. Sir Robert Norramby is easily one of the most energetic humans in the franchise.
  • 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.
  • Failed a Spot Check: His book counterpart had no idea about Duke. It is unknown if it applies to him in the TV Series continuity, since Duke hasn't yet returned to the show.
  • Legacy Character: Similar to Mr. Percival, he was based off of a RWS character who had a title that was passed down from their predecessor. Unlike Mr. Percival, his name is mostly identical to his book counterpart.

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 Thomas and the 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.
  • False Friend: To Thomas. He at first portrays himself as an amiable fellow, not unlike Sir Robert Norramby. But it doesn't take long until his obsession with the treasure shows itself and he breaks ties with Thomas after their second digging.
  • 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.
  • Perma-Stubble: As befitting his nature as a pirate.
  • Ruthless Modern Pirates
  • Put on a Bus to Hell: Is sent to prison at the end of the film, and due to his voice actor passing away, is probably not going to be putting in any other appearances.

The Thin Clergyman (Wilbert Awdry)

Voiced by: Rob Rackstraw

  • Creator Cameo: The author of the Railway Series himself.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: His appearances in the most recent specials starting from Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure. Also has a few in episodes where he appears, but does not speak.
  • Nice Guy: Is very kind to the engines whenever he talks to them. He was also very apologetic to Bert after seeing the little engine get into trouble because of the Thin Clergyman not watching the puddles on the road.
  • Not So Above It All: While amiable in both the series and in real-life, he had a great deal of disgust for episodes that lacked the realism that he prided on having in his books...yet when James starts singing and bouncing near the start of Journey Beyond Sodor, he's seen swinging to the tune.
  • Rail Enthusiast: Both in real-life, the books, and in the show. It's most apparent in Tit for Tat, where he and the Fat Clergyman take pictures of pretty much every engine on Sodor. Plus, there's the fact that he attends events like The Great Railway Show.
  • The Vicar: Not directly stated in the show, but was one in real-life and it is apparent in his book title.
  • Suddenly Voiced: His first appearance didn't have him speak. His appearances in the adaptations of Small Railway Engines have him be much more talkative, due to taking an active role in the episodes.

    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 Friend Romance: 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. In the original versions of the script, it was mentioned that he was out of town trying to find work.
  • Dull Surprise
  • Nostalgic Narrator: She was originally going to be the narrator, telling the story to her children as an adult.
  • The Heart
  • Tomboy: She likes climbing and horseback riding.

P.T. Boomer

"I'll get my revenge, on you and that engine!"
Played by: Doug Lennox

The original antagonist of the film, who was cut after test screenings, unfortunately taking a lot of the original movie with him. He was Burnett'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.

  • The Bully: To Burnett in the film's original backstory, and continues to the present day.
  • The Corrupter: In the original cut. His very presence in Shining Time disturbs and divides the community, turning the once thriving town into a distant and empty place (perhaps that was the source of the derelict, vandalized Shining Time Station in Mr. Conductor's nightmare).
  • Evil Old Folks: He's as old as Burnett Stone, and he's a disruptive menace.
  • Demoted to Extra: His only appearance in the final film is him asking a newsboy for directions, with his original dialogue redubbed.
  • 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.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Wanting Tasha for himself
  • Mad Bomber: Planned on using dynamite to blow up Muffle Mountain.
  • Meaningful Name: "Boomer" is a rather apt surname for a Mad Bomber.
  • 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, preferring to place his faith in money, which was the source of Burnett telling Diesel 10 "The magic you refused to believe in will get the better of you"; he was originally talking to Boomer.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show/Knight of Cerebus: The reason why he was cut was because the test audiences complained about how "scary" he was. It's even a plot point in the original script; a person like Boomer has zero business being in a peaceful town like Shining Time or the quiet country of Sodor.

Mr. Conductor Jr.

"This is just like the funfair! Give us two seconds!"
Played by: Michael E. Rodgers

He is the younger cousin of Mr. Conductor. He is very nice, handsome, and loves to have fun.

  • Adorkable: He is young, handsome, has blonde hair, and speaks in a Scottish accent.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: He can be like this to Mr. Conductor.
  • Character Development: At first, he was accident-prone and lazy, but as the film goes on, he becomes nicer.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He first starts out like this, but he becomes nicer as the film goes on.
  • Friend to All Children: The second time Junior meets her, he brings Lily along to the Island of Sodor.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He has blonde hair, and a nice personality.
  • Lazy Bum: He starts out like this, but this personality slowly disappears as the film goes on.
  • Manchild: He has a childlike and fun-loving personality.

    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: Given very little characterization in his book and promotional videos.
  • Gonk: His face has more detail than engines' faces tend to have.
  • 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.