Characters: Thomas the Tank Engine

Thomas & Friends is one of the longest running children's series in the UK (over 60 odd years, counting the books when they were first printed).

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The Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt

"You are a really useful engine."

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

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

  • A Day in the Limelight: The show gives him a handful of these. Much in the style of the engines, he usually ends up playing the Butt Monkey in them.
  • A Father To His Engines
  • Bald of Awesome
  • Berserk Button: As learned from "Jumping Jobi Wood", he took offence when Ferdinand called him "boss".
  • Big Fun
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Drives Like Crazy: His old lorry Elizabeth asks if he's "learned to drive properly yet" back in Series 6. With Winston's introduction in Series 16, it seems the answer is "No".
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep
  • Fat Comic Relief: In some episodes.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Plays the Responsible Sibling to Lowham Hatt's Foolish Sibling.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Generally anything that is remotely sentient on Sodor is respectful and obedient to him. Whenever an engine (often the conniving Diesels) believes they have been rejected by him, it is pointed out he cares about all of his engines.
  • Legacy Character: In the original books.
  • Leitmotif: In seasons 1-7, an ominous sounding tune is played when he's on screen. Especially when he's reprimanding an engine.
  • Momma's Boy
  • Never My Fault: There are times that he reprimands his engines for accidents they aren't responsible for, at least sometimes, not completely.
    • Subverted in "Wayward Winston". When he scolds Winston for rolling away, Winston politely but firmly points out that the Fat Controller didn't put the brake on, and the Controller admits that he's partially to blame.
  • Nice Hat / Hat of Authority: He's incredibly fond of his top hat, so much that it has slipped into Companion Cube territory.
    • OOC 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.
  • Punny Name
  • Railroad Baron
  • Silence, You Fool!: Whenever he is tired of the engines blurbing or whistling randomly.
  • 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 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.

Tropes shared by the Steam Team:

  • Chromatic Arrangement: James is colored red; Thomas, Edward, and Gordon are colored blue; and Henry, Percy, and Emily are colored green (though the last one is colored in a much darker shade of green). This leaves out Toby, who is colored brown.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Most of the Steam Team have had an episode together within the long run. However, Edward and Emily have had very little interaction. Edward also rarely interacts with Toby, likely due to similarities in character (and even being Flanderized in a similar manner).
  • True Companions

Thomas the Tank Engine

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

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

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

  • Aesop Amnesia: He suffers this a lot at the beginning of season 8. His impatience is recurrent as well as his dislike for wearing his snowplough.
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: After getting his own branch line. He tamed a bit after a few Break the Haughty moments.
    • This gets repeated on occasions later on (i.e., he gets conceited after his driver jokes about him going without him in "Thomas Comes to Breakfast" and when he thinks that a statue is him on it in "Thomas and the Statue").
  • All-Loving Hero: Around season 3 he grows out of being the Bratty Half-Pint and becomes this. After season 7, this snaps back, though he still often displays shades of this.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Initially in season 1, although this is justified since he was a cheeky, impatient Attention Whore.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Seems to be a prominent shortcoming in later episodes.
  • Attention Whore: In the first few episodes until he was given his own branch line. This became a big plot point in The Great Discovery. Played for laughs in Flash, Bang, Wallop!.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Annie and Clarabel may complain about Thomas going too fast and he may tease them incessantly, but the three absolutely adore each other, hating to be separated from each other; Thomas has even chased down other engines that have taken them.
  • Berserk Button: Woe betide any engine that he sees pulling Annie and Clarabel without his consent.
    Thomas: Those are my coaches! Give them back!
  • Big Brother Instinct: Though it's sometimes hidden beneath his egotism or childishness, Thomas is shown to look out for younger engines a lot, particularly Percy. This is particularly evident in later episodes, where he is more experienced so often charged with helping newer engines out.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: How he started out.
  • Breakout Character: In the original books, Thomas wasn't as heavily focused on; Awdry had plenty of other parts of Sodor to write about. However, Thomas connected with the younger audience, and when the television series was launched, he was cast as the main star. Expands into both the show and the books since the release of the former led for publishers to insist for more Thomas-centric stories from the latter to tie in.
  • Bring It: Claims Gordon can't go faster than him in "Old Reliable Edward". The next day, he proves it...but not quite how you'd think.
  • Bully Hunter: In later episodes. Hector found out the hard way not to pick on Rosie. He can also be very sharp with James and Gordon for mocking the weaker engines.
  • Catch Phrase: "Cinders and ashes!" and "Bust my buffers!"
  • Character Development (Started as a Bratty Half-Pint in season one. Then became a less bratty but more arrogant character in season 2. In season three he had matured into a really cool big brother type to Percy. Reset with season 8.)
    • Took a Level in Kindness: While Thomas' childish and accident prone personality returned, his nicer more altrustic qualities were kept for the most part, and he is far less arrogant and rude than he was in the stories from the original books.
  • Character Focus: Just how nominal a lead character Thomas is varies from season to season. In Seasons One or Thirteen for example he ranges from leading to key supporting character in nearly every episode, while in Seasons Three or Seventeen he has only a marginal amount of spotlight over the other engines, with many episodes he is limited to cameos or doesn't appear at all.
  • Cheerful Child: He is the second-youngest engine out of the Steam Team.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Leans as this in later episodes. He often causes problems due to his excitable and easily distracted tendencies, however he just as often solves problems devising a rather eccentric plan, and has frequent moments of insight that prove very helpful to the other engines.
  • Composite Character: A subtle method of sneaking Thomas into earlier episodes adapted from The Railway Series was to give him the role of a generic or unadapted engine from the original story.
  • Era-Specific Personality: A self important Bratty Half-Pint under Awdry's pen, before becoming Older and Wiser in Mitton's original stories, and then a well meaning Cloud Cuckoo Lander under Miller's pen. Brenner's run seems to be attempting for a compromise of all efforts so far.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Whistling rudely at Gordon, waking the express engine up and telling him to do hard work rather then rest. Of course this was before he mellowed out.
  • Fatal Flaw: The earlier seasons focus on his impatience and arrogance getting him into trouble. The later seasons focus more on his tendency to be easily distracted.
  • Freudian Trio: Originally was one with Percy and Toby. Formed one with Percy and James in King of the Railway.
  • Greeneyed Monster: In the older seasons, he can be initially jealous of other engines (Toby, Duck, and Stepney) but he became good friends with them. This was played a lot straighter with Stanley in The Great Discovery, but like the previous three, they became friends.
  • The Hero
  • Honor Before Reason: Usually loyal and hard working, but will sometimes abandon his work or disobey the Fat Controller when he believes he must help someone else. He is often rebuked for this, though the Fat Controller sometimes overlooks it if it is for the better rather than "causing confusion and delay".
  • Idiot Hero: Occasionally.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the earlier seasons before taking a level in kindness.
  • Just a Kid: Thomas often gets teased by bigger engines for his small size and big ambitions. Spencer even called him a "tiny toy tank engine".
  • Kid-Appeal Character
  • Leeroy Jenkins: He can be very impatient at times, especially in the newer seasons.
  • Miles Gloriosus: In season 2.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Thomas is enthusiastic and altruistic, but also lacks patience and has a recurring problem keeping focus on one task at a time.
  • Never Tell Me the Odds: Word of God states that he's always trying to do jobs best left to bigger, stronger, faster and smarter engines.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He seems to suffer this trait a lot in the later series due to his eagerness in doing jobs. In Calling All Engines where he unintentionally moved the trucks off the rails knocking off the water tower. Also in The Great Discovery where he gives Stanley too much trucks that this resulted in the trucks crashing to the newly-built Great Waterton tower.
  • No Sympathy: In the earlier seasons, he was dismissive of other engines' reasons for being late for his trains (i.e., Henry in "Thomas and the Guard" and Percy in "Woolly Bear").
  • Older and Wiser: The first original stories for the show made Thomas more mature and gentle. He slowly became childish again (if not more so) in later seasons, though still occasionally acts as a competent Big Brother Mentor.
  • The Prankster: How much of one varies Depending on the Writer, but he is established as such from the very first episode.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Ironically, Thomas is usually a Red Oni, though there are exceptions. He is usually a Blue Oni to James and Gordon. Also Decontructed with Toby, where he is still usually the Red Oni, but sometimes more relaxed as a contrast to Blue Oni Toby's dithering.
  • Serious Business: In the earlier seasons, he views running his branch line as this.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: At first.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Despite the show being named after him, he became the focus or nearly every episode starting in Season 8. This toned down at the start of Season 17.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Very much the later seasons due to his impatience causing more trouble than usual (i.e., "Wonky Whistle"). This was gradually averted in Season 17.
  • Troll: Whenever Annie and Clarabel complain about his speed in "Not So Slow Coaches", he deliberately adjusts too far in the other direction.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: In his earlier stories. Later stories focused more on his altruistic qualities, though he can still be arrogant every now and then.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Percy in the earlier seasons. Also with Bertie when it comes to their racing. He gets on with this with Gordon as well.
  • Vocal Evolution: Ben Small's voice for Thomas has gotten somewhat more nasal and helium pitched in later UK episodes.

Edward The Blue Engine

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

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

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

  • All-Loving Hero: Edward is usually infallibly kind and patient to others. The later seasons give him more arrogant moments, though these are still rare.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Initially due to him being old.
  • Badass Grandpa: In "Edward The Very Useful Engine", he was the banker for two trains, one being Gordon's Express, and the other being Duck's goods train.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In "Old Reliable Edward", he finally shows an limit to his patience and gets swift revenge on Gordon for expressing his lack of gratitude.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Often to the younger engines, mostly Bill and Ben.
  • Broken Ace: Later episodes Lampshade his Cool Old Guy image, giving him more insecurities about failing at a new task or losing the other engines' respect.
  • Butt Monkey
  • The Comically Serious: Seems to have taken this role in the CGI series due to his Odd Friendship with Charlie.
  • Compressed Vice: Started falling victim to these so to work into later seasons' Aesop structure (most infamously his Fantastic Racism towards Rocky in "Edward Strikes Out"). Later episodes seem to settle for making him self-conscious.
  • Cool Old Guy: In season 2, especially in Old Iron and Edward's Exploit. Returns on odd occasions, such as "Edward The Hero".
  • Demoted to Extra: In seasons 4-6. Given a bit more screentime later on, at the cost of his classic personality.
  • Fatal Flaw: The Hit seasons tried to define one for Edward, but couldn't keep a consistent grasp on him. The CGI episodes settle for making him self conscious and somewhat too good natured.
  • Flat Character: Unlike most of the other highly flawed engines, there isn't much to Edward outside being a somewhat old and polite engine. The Hit seasons attempt to remedy this by giving him a more flawed personality, with mixed results.
  • Honor Before Reason: The CGI series reverts to his kind persona, albeit to a fault, with many of his personal dilemmas caused by having problems prioritizing helping others or doing his job. Fails to be Good Is Dumb however since most of the time he knows things probably won't end well for him as a result.
    • "The Adventure Begins" provides a backtrack example, revealing he let Thomas take his goods train without proper consent in "Thomas And The Trucks" and got reprimanded for it.
  • Jerkass Ball: Has a tendency to grab this in since the show branched away from the books. Episodes such as "Edward Strikes Out" and "Harvey To The Rescue" are stand out examples.
  • Nice Guy: The most kindest engine of Sodor.
  • Not So Above It All: Aside from his various out-of-character portrayals in Sharon Miller's tenure as head writer, Edward has shown he still isn't above a bit of taunting and sarcasm. As proven in "Old Reliable Edward."
  • Out of Focus: The writers obviously don't find him very interesting.
  • Team Dad: To Bill and Ben.
  • The Spock
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Often with Gordon and James.

Henry The Green Engine

"I suffer dreadfully and no one cares!"

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

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

  • Adorkable: In episodes involving nature or special coal.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: In the books, he was originally green until he got a blue coat of paint after staying in a tunnel for awhile. The reason he got his old color back is because the Rev Awdry was fed up of people confusing him with Gordon in the book illustrations, when he was painted blue.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: In early stories he mostly played the role of another arrogant tender engine similar to Gordon and James. Later stories made him more sensitive and neurotic, while adding Hidden Depths such as his love of nature.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: At least in the earlier seasons.
  • The Eeyore
  • Emergency Transformation: His rebuild in The Flying Kipper.
  • Fatal Flaw: In early episodes, he was pompous and stubborn like the other tender engines. In later episodes he is more insecure and prone to worry over details.
  • The Finicky One
  • Freudian Trio: Originally the Ego of one with James and Gordon.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Depending on what season. Particularly Henry's Forest in Season Three.
  • Hypochondriac: When not genuinely ill, he is often moaning about not being tended to. A probable reason the other engines often don't take his ill bouts seriously.
  • Ill Guy: Until his rebuild. Oddly played up from Thomas and the Magic Railroad onward, when he inexplicably requires special coal again.
    • King of the Railway however, makes it clear that he never needed special coal since his rebuild, though still falls into this trope due to a broken valve.
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: His need for "special coal" sometimes conveys him as this.
  • Jaded Washout
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the original stories, where he was usually the nicer natured of the Terrible Trio than Gordon and James. In later episodes he is less conceited.
  • Lovable Coward
    • Dirty Coward: He was one in "The Sad Story of Henry" where he refused to leave the tunnel because he was afraid the rain will ruin his paint and doesn't care about taking the passengers to their destination.
  • Nature Lover: Starting from "Henry's Forest".
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: His rebuild in The Flying Kipper.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe. Staying in a tunnel to avoid the rain spoiling his paint. He lampshades this in "Percy Takes the Plunge":
    Henry: "No one will ever let me forget the time I wouldn't come out of the tunnel in case the rain spoiled my paint."
  • No Sympathy: In regarding to his illness where the other engines (most evidently with Thomas chewing him out for making him late and James berating him for not working hard enough). As soon he was better, he soon got the last laugh at the others. On later occasions, when he was sick, the engines now showed him genuine concern.
    • Repeated in "What's The Matter With Henry" when Henry feels ill again, the other engines (par Emily) scoff at this and even give him their own work load as a prank. They are remorseful when he breaks down as a result, explaining they thought he was just being melodramatic again.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Gordon and James' manly men.
  • The Rival: Had a few bouts with Percy in the first few seasons, somewhat mirroring Gordon's rivalry with Thomas.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Starting at season 8, Henry was softened, becoming far less pompous and rude. In "Blue Mountain Mystery" he looks back at his arrogant behavior with utter disdain.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Gordon and James.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Had a phobia of water initially.

Gordon The Big Engine

"Oh, the indiginity!"

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

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

  • Aloof Ally
  • The Big Guy
  • Berserk Button: Please don't make Gordon pull trucks.
  • Break the Haughty: What happens in every episode centered on him.
    • He's not immune to dishing to other engines as well, he gets sweet revenge on Thomas in the very first episode for example.
  • British Stuffiness: Particularly in the UK version
  • Catch Phrase: "Oh, the indignity!" "I'm the fastest/strongest and the best and I pull the Express!". In the earlier seasons, he used to say "Hurry, hurry, hurry!"
  • The Comically Serious
  • Fatal Flaw: Mostly his pompousness which gets him into trouble.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Thomas in "Down The Mine". Later referenced in "Paint Pots & Queens".
  • Freudian Trio (with James and Henry): Superego.
  • Grumpy Bear: Lampshaded by James in "A Better View for Gordon".
  • Humble Pie: Despite his prideful nature, Gordon often displays huge bouts of humility and is understanding to engines who end up the same.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • "I Am Great!" Song: "Ode to Gordon"
  • Insulted Awake: By both Thomas and Henry.
  • Jerk Jock: Comes across as this. He's the best at pulling the express, but is arrogant and is sometimes a bully to the other nicer-natured engines.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being pompous and often looks down on the other engines, Gordon will always put aside his pride and prove that he can be a kind and helpful engine.
  • Large Ham
  • No Respect Guy: At times. The key plot point of "Respect For Gordon".
  • Out-of-Character Moment: This gem from Season 16's "Thomas and the Sounds of Sodor":
    Thomas: "What are you doing here, Gordon? You're supposed to be on the main line!"
    Gordon: "I thought I'd take the pretty track."
  • Perpetual Frowner: Most of the times due to thinking highly of himself or when he looks down on the other engines. Their tendency to tease him doesn't help at all.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man, along with James, to Henry's Sensitive Guy.
  • Small Name, Big Ego
  • The Rival: To Thomas in season 1 (with occasional Friendly Rival moments in later seasons). To Spencer from season 7 onward.
  • Tsundere
  • Ungrateful Bastard: He has a few moments of using this trope, although in other episodes, he does show gratitude in spite of his pompousness.
    • In "Edward and Gordon", Edward helps him up the hill after the trucks held him back. He didn't thank him.
    • In "You Can Do It, Toby!", Toby helps him push the Express train up the hill. He neither thanked him nor did he apologized for insulting him earlier on.
    • Edward finally complains about him being this in "Old Reliable Edward", and with Thomas' help, gets Gordon to show some respect.
  • Upper-Class Twit: In the later seasons, due to the Flanderization of his ego.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With James and Henry. Also with the other engines he mostly looks down on like Edward, Percy, and Thomas.

James The Red Engine

"I'm a really splendid engine."

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

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

  • Aesop Amnesia: Almost all of his spotlight episodes revolve around his vanity in some way. No matter how often he's humbled, he's back the next episode, pompous as ever.
  • Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: In the final climax of Tale of the Brave, he goes through the clay pit cliffs, calling out for the monster. The moment he sees it (it's actually a dinosaur skeleton) he goes into a panic and runs the other way, screaming and whistling like crazy.
  • Attention Whore
  • Bee Afraid: He gets attacked by a swarm of bees in Season 3's Buzz, Buzz.
  • Break the Haughty: Happens to him in any episode involving him trying to be important.
  • Berserk Button: Never, ever remind James of the time with the bootlace, or any other of his accidents. Also don't threaten to paint him blue.
  • Butt Monkey: Though he brings it on himself most of the time.
  • Camp: Has shades of this. Not helped by the voice Alec Baldwin gave him.
  • The Chew Toy
  • The Dandy: He loves his red paint.
  • Determinator: So much he actually has a variant of his original Leitmotif for such instances.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: James seems to have gradually become more mischievous and cheerful than curmudgeonly Henry and Gordon as the show branched from the books.
  • Era-Specific Personality: In his first book (and the episodes that adapted it) James was more a troubled temperamental, but well meaning character. After that he quickly became a Small Name, Big Ego. Miller's era toned James down into a Mr. Vice Guy, being vain but otherwise friendly and rational. Afterwards Brenner's era turned James into a sly, obnoxious prankster.
  • Fatal Flaw: His vanity.
  • Fiery Red Engine
  • Freudian Trio: Id to Henry and Gordon.
  • Glory Seeker
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: In many occasions, he can get angry easily when things don't really go his way or when the other engines insult him. It doesn't help that his color is red, which symbolizes anger.
  • "I Am Great!" Song: His early season Leitmotif is later extended to a song about him.
  • Jack of All Stats: As a mixed-traffic engine, James can pull either coaches or trucks.
  • Jerkass: At his worst.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At his best. Though this can be Depending on the Writer, James has quite a noticeable softer side.
  • Miles Gloriosus
  • Never Live It Down: In-universe. The bootlace incident.
  • Nobody Calls Me Chicken: Calling him scared will make him do anything to prove otherwise.
  • The Prankster: Andrew Brenner tends to write him as this (both his televised episodes and magazine stories revolve around him playing tricks on the other engines).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Both figuratively and literally, to almost every engine, usually Edward or Toby, and even Gordon early on.
  • The Rival: Had one with Gordon early on. Had some bouts with Percy in the earlier seasons. Has a friendly rivalry with Thomas is the later seasons.
  • Troll: Under Andrew Brenner's pen, at least.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man, along with Gordon, to Henry's Sensitive Guy.
  • Small Name, Big Ego
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Gordon is arguably this to him. James became a lot more vain and pompous after "James and the Express".
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With many engines, but especially Toby.
  • Vocal Evolution: Keith Wickham emphasizes James' cockney accent a lot more in the later UK episodes.

Percy The Small Engine

"Yes sir, thank you sir."

Voiced by: Martin Sherman (US), Keith Wickham (UK), Linda Ballantyne (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)

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

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

Toby The Tram Engine

"This gentlemen, is a gentlemen who knows how to speak to engine."

Voiced by: William Hope (US), Ben Small (UK), Colm Feore (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)

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

  • Adorkable: As the show branched away from the books, Toby gained more flawed, meeker side to his personality. This was taken Up to Eleven during the Hit Entertainment seasons.
  • Badass Grandpa: Pushing the express up Gordon's Hill in "You Can Do It, Toby!", which Gordon was even impressed. He is also portrayed as being rather competent during his turn as rescue engine in "James To The Rescue".
    • In "Toby Feels Left Out", he works himself into such a panic trying to impress Sir Topham that he ends up doing nearly all eight engines' workload.
  • Berserk Button: In his first appearance, he was quite offended when he was referred "electric" by The Fat Controller's two grandchildren.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Mavis and sometimes to Percy.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Demoted to Extra
  • The Ditherer: Has a tendency for this in later episodes, shying from daunting tasks and prone to panicking under pressure. A partial reason no one trusts him around Knapford Junction in "Signals Crossed", though in that case he is proven correct.
  • The Eeyore: In the later Hit seasons. He has occasional somber moments early on, but is usually more positive. Reversed as of Season 17.
  • Flanderization: His meekness started off a subtle extra depth in the Mitton seasons, before he became increasingly superstitious and fearful of everything in the Hit seasons, to the point his intellect became an Informed Attribute. The Brenner episodes seem to be toning the trait back down.
  • Fatal Flaw: The later seasons try to give him the vice of timidness and low self esteem.
  • Freudian Trio: Originally was one with Thomas and Percy.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Shows up at times. He loves birds for example.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Mostly with Percy and Thomas.
  • Lovable Coward: Season 8-16 episodes make him rather fearful and insecure about his older build, leading to a self esteem Aesop.
    • A minor, but understandable case in Signals Crossed, where he's shown to be very cautious and nervous around Knapford junction due to how busy it is and how confused he is over the signal gantries. Once Thomas clears up which signals correspond to his tracks, he gets over it.
  • Nice Guy
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Usually a Blue Oni (especially in later seasons due to his meeker personality), most often with James.
  • Shrinking Violet: In later episodes.
  • The Smart Guy: Before season 8. Although it still shows up on occasions (eg. Emily Knows Best or James To The Rescue).
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Mostly with James.
  • Younger Than They Look: If we go by the build dates of Toby's real-life counterpart, the J70 tram, he is YOUNGER than Thomas, James and Percy (three engines who are described to be younger than him in the TV show).

Emily The Beautiful Engine

"I bet it won't last."

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

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

    The Diesels 


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

Voiced by: Michael Brandon (US Seasons 13-16), Martin Sherman (US), Kerry Shale (UK)

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


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

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

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


"Stop! You're making me giddy!"

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

  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: His last appearance was in "Double Teething Troubles" from season 5.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Bill and Ben thought he was a trouble-making diesel stealing their china clay trucks until he explained he had mistakenly took them and didn't know it was theirs.
  • Nice Guy
  • Team Dad: To Bill and Ben.


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

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

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

'Arry and Bert

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

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

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

Diesel 10

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

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

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

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


"Reminds me of a story."

Voiced by: Keith Wickham

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


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

Voiced by: Steven Kynman

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

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

The Diesel (D261)

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

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


A diesel who was sent to help Bill and Ben. Is initially known for his "teething" troubles, meaning cooling system problems.

  • Nice Guy
  • Long Bus Trip: Derek first appeared in season 5 (and wasn't even named), and was last seen in a brief cameo in Calling All Engines.
  • Shown Their Work: Derek's basis is the BR Class 17, which was notorious for its poor cooling system.


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

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


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

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

Den (left) and Dart (right)

Den and Dart

Den: "Well, what I mean to say is..."
Dart: "What he means is..."

Voiced by: Keith Wickham as Den (UK/US; fifteenth season onwards)

Voiced by: Rupert Degas as Dart (UK/US; Day of the Diesels - sixteenth season), Steven Kynman (UK/US; seventeenth season onwards)


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

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

    The Steamworks 


"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.

    Sodor Search and Rescue Team 


Voiced by: Teresa Gallagher

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

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


"Ready for action!"

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

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

  • Ascended Extra: He was originally meant to be a major character in season 5, but due to poor planning, he ended up only as a background extra. In season 15 he finally got an episode, Stuck on You, and has made several minor appearances since.
  • The Blank: Ironically, the only time he was named before Series 15, his model had no face.
  • Catch Phrase: "Ready for action!"
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He appears briefly in the first episode of the fifth season before being introduced in the following episode.
  • Recurring Extra: Until season 15.
  • Suddenly Voiced: In season 15, ten seasons (a span of 13 years) after his debut.
  • Vanity License Plate: BRK 03.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Prior to his debut episode, he has been seen doing countless other jobs, including rebuilding Great Waterton and Tidmouth Sheds, delivering engine and windmill parts, pulling the Chinese Dragon, clearing rubble, rescuing stranded vehicles, lowering boats into the sea...


"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: Ben Small, Rupert Degas (fifteenth - sixteenth seasons)

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 BSOD: 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. Their not much use and quite out of date."

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

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.

  • Fantastic Racism: Towards the railway whom he thinks is "slow and out-of-date".
  • Friendly Rival: To Percy, usually.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Was something of an antagonist in his first episode, but would later help rescue Thomas in The Runaway and helped Percy in Percy's Promise, and has since been portrayed in a positive light.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At first glance, Harold can come across as very blunt and vain. He always goes out of his way to help the engines however.
  • Large Ham
  • Small Name, Big Ego: The reason for his rivalry with Percy initially.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Percy.


Voiced by: Glenn Wrage (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.

  • 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.

    Sodor China Clay Pits 

Bill and Ben the Quarry Engines

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

Voiced by: Jonathan Broadbent

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".
  • Feud Episode: In "One Good Turn"
  • Gossipy Hens: in "The Diseasel".
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Their name plates.
    • Bill's whistle is of a higher pitch than Ben's.
    • The Fat Controller tried to give them a more obvious one and have Bill painted blue. It doesn't work. The next day, Ben (pretending to be Bill) tricks Kevin into having him painted blue as well.
  • Jerks With A Heart Of Gold: The twins may be mischevious and bratty little engines, but they do have their moments of behaving well.
  • Karmic Tricksters: They like to think of themselves as this, but really, most engines they play tricks on under this impression starts from a misunderstanding and ends badly for the two.
  • Never My Fault: They insist on blaming each other when things go wrong.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Constantly bickering with each other. Especially prominent in Season 17.
  • Single-Minded Twins
  • Theme Twin Naming: Both names start with the letter "B" and are one syllable.
  • Trickster Twins
  • Twin Switch: They didn't switch, just pretending that they are one engine instead of two. All they have to do is remove their names and numbers.


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.
  • 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.
  • Nice Guy
  • Only Sane Man: Of the clay pits, anyway.
  • Ping-Pong Na´vetÚ: 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.

    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.

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


Voiced by: Togo Igawa

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

  • The Ace: He's not called the "Master of the Railway" for nothing.
    • Broken Ace: In Hiro Helps Out, he tries telling other engines what to do when The Fat Controller is busy, only to cause more confusion and delay.
  • Badass Grandpa
  • But Now I Must Go: After setting things right at the end of Hero of the Rails, Hiro reveals that he misses his friends and homeland, and returns home with a big sendoff from his new friends...
    • I Choose to Stay: ...only to inexplicably come back in season 13, and since then, he seems to have become a permanent part of the railway.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Demoted to Extra: While he still gets the odd spotlight episode, his appearances are more sparse.
  • Determinator: In Henry's Hero, he manages to deliver a massive quarry train to the docks on his own - a job originally for two engines - while dealing with a terrible case of bad coal.
  • Gentle Giant
  • 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.

  • Accidental Misnaming: Ferdinand calls The Fat Controller "boss", and he didn't take kindly of that.
  • Annoying Laugh: Bash and Dash.
  • Catch Phrase: Ferdinand's is "That's right!"
  • Comic Trio
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Bash and Dash. All the time.
    • Deconstructed in Toby and Bash; when Bash has to work with Toby for the day instead of Dash, has so much trouble finishing any of his sentences that Toby has to figure out what Bash is trying to say.
  • Gentle Giant: Ferdinand.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Bash's boiler, wheels, and lining are grey, while his cab and dome are yellow. Dash's colors are swapped. Also, Dash has freckles while Bash doesn't.
  • Mighty Glacier: Ferdinand is the biggest and strongest of the trio, but also the slowest.
  • Put on a Bus: Come season 17, the tunnel entrance to Misty Island is boarded up, and the rails in front have been pulled away. The last time the three were seen, they were back on Misty Island.
    • The Bus Came Back: Ferdinand made a cameo in season 18.
    • Later confirmed by one of the producers that the tunnel is NOT boarded up, so it's assume they'll be back...
  • Single-Minded Twins: So much so that when Bash and Dash are separated for too long, they get anxious and have trouble expressing themselves, as seen in Toby and Bash.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Both names have "ash" in them.
  • Trickster Twins
  • Youthful Freckles: Dash.

Connor and Caitlin

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

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


Voiced by: Clive Mantle

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

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

    Secondary Characters 

Duck The Great Western Engine

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

Voiced by: Steven Kynman

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

  • All of the Other Reindeer: He gets this from the other engines in the earlier episodes, though he really brought it on himself with his constant harping on about the inherent superiority of the Great Western Railway above all others.
  • Berserk Button: As Donald found out, he doesn't like it when he's told that he quacks like a duck as far as talking too much goes.
  • Big "Shut Up!": Says this to the trucks who were teasing Diesel in "Dirty Work" and then says this to Gordon, James, and Henry who were teasing Edward at the big station in "Edward's Exploit".
  • Break the Haughty: What Diesel pulls on him.
  • Bully Hunter: He doesn't stand for any nonsense from the bullying engines as, for example, he stood up for Percy against the trio of Gordon, James, and Henry when he first arrived in Sodor.
  • Catch Phrase: "Beg Pardon Sir..."
    • "There are two ways of doing things. The Great Western way and the wrong way."
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Suffered from this starting from the 8th season onward. This was almost reversed, as he reappeared in the 12th season, only to disappear again until the 17th season.
    • Demoted to Extra: Before he disappeared altogether, from when the show started deviating from the books. His last starring role prior to "The Thomas Way" was Season 4's "Fish".
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Inverted. He insists on being called Duck rather than his real name, Montague.
  • Flanderization: Not an overwhelming case, but he does talk about his Great Western pride a lot more often in the CGI episodes.
  • Humiliation Conga: As if the trucks forcing him to crash into a barber shop wasn't enough, the angry owner decided to shave and lather him! The Fat Controller ensures this is rectified however and Duck is praised for his hardship.
  • Karmic Trickster: Has a fondness for playing tricks on engines he finds conceited.
  • Misplaced Nationalism: Or at least something very like it. In his debut episode he's fond of claiming that there are two ways of doing things, "the Great Western way or the wrong way". Fortunately he got over it quite quickly.
  • Motor Mouth: The whole plotline of "Donald's Duck" kicked off after Donald told him to zip it.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his moments of boastfulness of being Great Western, he is a mild-mannered and respectable engine.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His given name is 'Montague,' but most call him 'Duck,' after his tendency to waddle on the rails. Henry, Gordon, and James have quacked at him in the past.
  • Rightly Self-Righteous: Duck boasts about his Great Western heritage, much to the annoyance of the rude and arrogant engines like Gordon, Henry, and James. However, as Duck puts it, "The Great Western Way" implies that he's a reliable engine who works hard and gets the job done without any complaints. Deconstructed in "The Thomas Way" when his stubbornness causes an accident and he has to compromise with Thomas.
  • Right Way/Wrong Way Pair: According to him, there's The Great Western Way and the wrong way. This was the main focus in The Thomas Way where he took on Thomas' option, now claiming there are three ways of doing things, but the Great Western Way is usually the best.
  • She's a Man in Japan: In the Greek dub, Duck is female and named "Jackie".
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Is very proud of his Great Western heritage, and very vocal about it, especially in the CGI seasons.
    Duck: I'm a great Western and...
    Other Engines: And don't we know it!
  • Sixth Ranger: After he took over as Tidmouth's station pilot. He became more of a supporting character once he got his own branch line.
  • The Bus Came Back: Disappeared after season 7, with only a few brief appearances in season 12, but now is back and co-starred a season 17 episode. He now makes frequent appearances again.
  • The West Country: His voice in the CGI series.



Donald and Douglas, the Scottish Twins

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

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

  • All There in the Manual: The Fat Controller only purchased engine #57646; as the twins arrived without numbers, he never knew which engine carried it. According to the Railway Series, It was Donald. Douglas was 57647, and if Donald had left him behind, he would've been scrapped. It was hinted at in several stories in the books though.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the books, they were painted blue after arriving at Sodor. With three blue engines already, the TV producers wisely decided to keep their more distinctive black paint.
  • Brother Chuck
  • Bully Hunter: Donald.
  • Feud Episode: In "Twin Trouble".
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Their name plates and numbers.
  • Long Bus Trip: They were absent after the show went full CGI. Recent voice acting information however, has confirmed that they will be returning to the series.
  • Noble Fugitive
  • Scotland: Their leitmotif even has bagpipes in the background.
  • Single-Minded Twins: They have individual roles at times, but mostly retain the same personality.
  • Tohoku Regional Accent: Douglas has this in the original Japanese dub.
  • Trigger: Do not like to talk about scrapping.
  • Trickster Twins: Notice that they are the almost the only characters labeled by name and number: Hatt specifically insisted on this after one too many Twin Switch gambits.
  • Violent Glaswegian: "Spite Douggie would ye? Take that!"

Oliver The Western Engine

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

Voiced by: Joe Mills

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

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism : In the episode Oliver Owns Up.
    • In "Toad's Adventure", this seems to have returned with a vengeance, to the point where Toad is utterly fed up with hearing about his arrival on Sodor.
  • Break the Haughty: He gets a little too prideful in Oliver Owns Up, and end up bunker-down in a turntable well.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Like Duck, he was absent from the 8th season until the 12th, where he managed to get two speaking roles before vanishing again. However, a trailer for the latest special, Tale of the Brave, shows that he will be finally returning to the show.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: The Fat Controller asks him if he suffers this after he pulls S.C.Ruffey apart. Subverted in that the train was too heavy for Oliver to pull in the first place, the trucks were holding back, and S.C.Ruffey's wood and frame were already rotten and rusted.
  • Noble Fugitive
  • Off Model: Was made INCREDIBLY tiny in his return to CGI.
  • The West Country: Like Duck, Oliver also gains a Cornish accent in the CGI series.


Voiced by: Keith Wickham

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


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


"It's meeeee!"

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

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)

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


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

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.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Prior to season 17, he wasn't really stationed anywhere and just either did odd jobs, or did no jobs at all.


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).


"Samson here, at your service!"

Voiced by: Robert Wilfort

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


An old vertical boiler locomotive, one of the many that initially built the North Western Railway. 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 film, 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.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Expy: Of the Railway Series "Coffee Pot" engines.
  • 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 calls him "Mr. Coffee Pot".
  • Last of His Kind: He appears to be the only Coffee Pot engine to have survived scrapping. Though whether or not he survives beyond giving Thomas his branch line is unknown.
  • Meaningful Name: His nickname comes from him vaguely resembling a coffee pot.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: He's slightly smaller than Thomas in length.
  • Old Master: Subverted. 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.
  • Passing the Torch: To Thomas. "Look after the branch line, Thomas, and wear that number with pride!"

Other Engines

    The Skarloey Railway 

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.

Tropes shared by the Skarloey Railway engines:

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


"I'm ashamed of you!"

Voiced by: Keith Wickham

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

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


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

Voiced by: Ben Small

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

Sir Handel/Falcon

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

Voiced by: Keith Wickham

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

Peter Sam/Stuart

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

Voiced by: Steven Kynman

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


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

Voiced by: Matt Wilkinson

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

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


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

Voiced by: Tom Stourton

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

  • Break the Haughty
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: While usually played straight, it's subverted in Duncan and the Grumpy Passenger, where Duncan's complaint about his grumpy passenger is a legitimate one.
  • Drives Like Crazy: One episode was dedicated to Duncan's "Rock n' Roll", and ends with him derailing.
  • Expy: In terms of rude personality, he's the narrow-gauge version of James.
  • Fantastic Racism: Blatantly bullied Rusty for being a diesel, but stopped after Rusty rescued him from a derailment.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Rusty.
  • Grumpy Bear: Whether on good or bad days, he loves to complain a lot.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Displays this in the end of Duncan and the Grumpy Passenger:
    Duncan: "Why do people always think it's me who's always grumbling? I mean, I've never grumbled in my life! Me? Grumbling? Don't think so!"
  • Jerkass: At his worst.
  • Light Is Not Good
  • Put on a Bus: He was the last of the "core" narrow gauge engines to return following the switch to CGI animation. Greg Tiernan's team visited Talyllyn to inform the Narrow Gauge character models, but Duncan's basis, "Douglas", was being overhauled. He returned in Season 18.
  • The Scrooge: According to a Season 18 episode synopsis, he is this.
  • Violent Glaswegian: When he loses his temper.


"That would never suit his grace."
An old, wise engine who was Peter Sam and Sir Handel's mentor on the Mid-Sodor Railway. When it was shut down, he was locked away in a shed. Decades later, his shed was discovered and he was brought to the Skarloey Railway.


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

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

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


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

Fearless Freddie

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

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

Mighty Mac

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

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

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


"I did something very bad."

Voiced by: Michael Legge

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

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



Voiced by: Miranda Raison

A 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.
  • Token Minority: The first French speaking engine.

    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)

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.
  • Perpetual Smiler: In Season One, where Bertie had only one face mask. Subverted in later seasons, where he has a wider scope of facial expressions like the others.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Enjoys teasing Thomas, but all the same is charitable when he needs help.

Terrence the Tractor

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

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."

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!"

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!"

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

  • Adaptational Heroism: Reconstructed. While his role in the books is adapted pretty loyally, he undergoes a Heel-Face Turn in a later episode of the TV series.
  • Fantastic Racism: He was outright racist towards anything on rails in his debut.
  • Grumpy Bear: Prior to becoming a vegetable bus, he was always grumbling and complaining.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: Duck tries to reason with him by mentioning Bertie, but Bulgy thinks Bertie's worthless too.
  • Heel-Face Turn: When he became a vegetable bus.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He tried to beat Duck in a race by taking a shortcut - which involved him trying to drive under a bridge. The bridge isn't high enough, and he gets stuck underneath.
  • Jerkass: Until his Heel-Face Turn.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He gets a fake "Railway Bus" banner to steal Duck's passengers and doesn't accept their return tickets. His plan was to make the passengers think railway services were no good, but they quickly catch on.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Was this in his debut, but disappeared in Bulgy Rides Again.


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

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

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.


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.

The Pack

"I'm Jack the front loader! I can load, and unload, and carry lots of things!" - Jack
"More help means more dirt; more dirt means more fun!" - Alfie
"Can't you take a joke?!" - Max
"Mind my paint!" - Isobella
"We're a crackin' crew!" - Kelly
"Look at that. A work of art!" - Byron
"I must be careful, I must be careful, I must be careful." - Ned
"My Beautiful concrete." - Patrick
"Vroom, Vroom." - Buster

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.

     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

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


"It's not fair at all!"

Voiced by: Maggie Ollerenshaw

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

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

Toad the Brake Van

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

Voiced by: Joe Mills

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

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

Troublesome Trucks/Foolish Freight Cars

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

Voiced by: Ben Small

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.
    • Misplaced Retribution: And if they can't find the right engine to prank, they'll victimize another one instead ("One engine's as good as the other!").
  • 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".
  • The Freelance Shame Squad: Loves laughing at the engines for having unfortunate mishaps.
  • 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
  • Jerkasses
  • 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.
  • 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
  • OOC 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!"

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.

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.

The Slip Coaches

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

Three coaches Sir Topham Hatt brought from the other railway.

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.


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.

  • Eek, a Mouse!!
  • Hypocrite: In her first appearance, she admires Percy for being "So sweet and a dirty like a proper steam train", yet later in Toby's Triumph, she doesn't like how Toby is dirty.
  • Opera

Lady Hatt

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

The Fat Controller's wife.

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

The Ffarquhar Policeman

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

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

Dowager Hatt

"Hold on to your hats!"

Voiced by: Keith Wickham

The Fat Controller's mother.

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.

Mrs. Kyndley

An elderly lady who lives in a cottage near Hackenbeck.

Miss Jenny Packard

An Irish Woman who is in charge of the pack.

     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.
  • Flat Character: Despite being a major point of The Movie, not much is known about her personality at all.
  • Magitek

Splatter and Dodge

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

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

Diesel 10's two bumbling sidekicks.

Mr. Conductor

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

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

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

Burnett Stone

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

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

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

Lily Stone

Played by: Mara Wilson

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

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

P.T. Boomer

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

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

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