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Harwick Branch Line

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

Voiced by: Teresa Gallagher (SLOTLT and TGR only) Tracy-Ann Oberman (Season 20-present),

Number: D1

Basis: British Railways Class 101 Bo-Bo

Built: 1960

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


  • Aesop Amnesia: Despite being called out for her laziness, she reverts back to her old ways upon her reintroduction in Season 20. Seems to be averted in Season 21, where relearning from her vices has stuck a little better this time round.
  • Berserk Button: Daisy doesn't like being referred as "feeble".note 
  • Distaff Counterpart: Can be seen as one to Gordon.
  • Gratuitous French: Has started displaying this ever since "The Way She Does It". The other engines don't really understand her.
  • Lazy Bum: She was this until The Fat Controller calls her out on it. Then as of "Ryan and Daisy", she reverts back to this. Averted in Springtime for Diesel however, where she carries on with her work after suffering genuine damage to her springs.
  • Make-Up Is Evil: She does have makeup, but while not evil, she is rather vain, lazy, and snobbish.
  • Odd Friendship: Develops one with Harvey in Season 21.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Ryan. They live together, but they're just friends. She has Ship Tease with Diesel anyways.
  • Quickly-Demoted Woman: The last episode dedicated to her was back in season 4, and she made a brief non-speaking role in season 8.
    • Subverted in the books; while she did disappear for the tenure the show adapted, she later reappeared with plenty of stories in the modern novels revolved around her. She also made more frequent appearances in the magazine series.
      • She finally returns in Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, being transferred over to the Arlesbergh Harbor-Harwick branch line for passenger duties. After that, she got four spotlight episodes in Season 20, and was seen in several other episodes as a supporting character.
  • Spoiled Brat
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Her eyelashes and lipstick.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: While still very pompous and high maintenance, she's noticeably less rude and self-centred in Season 21, making friends with other engines easier, and actually tending loyally to her passengers even when she suffers damage.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: Oddly lacks a TrackMaster/Plarail toy. She also hasn't had any merchandise since 2009, which is odd considering how much she appears in the CGI series.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!

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

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

Number: 1014

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

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


  • All-Loving Hero: Is friendly to everyone, even Thomas, who only treats him coldly in response. Even so, Ryan greets and bids farewell to him with friendly remarks, and doesn't even care when Thomas reveals he could have stopped the dynamite incident. This continues throughout Season 20, when he takes on Daisy's jobs, albeit while doing his own, which exhausts him, as well as taking out Judy and Jerome after hearing how they've never been used for a long time.
  • Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: Finally decides to help Thomas in the climax and starts heading up to Knapford, but as soon as the pirate ship comes into view, he immediately starts reversing and screaming. And keeps doing that even when he gets roped into helping.
  • Butt-Monkey: Somehow keeps getting wrapped up in crises out of nowhere. In addition, Thomas hated him at first, but Ryan himself had no idea why.
  • Extreme Doormat: To Daisy in "Ryan and Daisy", where she makes him do her jobs.
  • Lovable Coward: As brave as he would like to be, Ryan has a tendency to panic in a crisis.
  • Nice Guy: Isn't even angry at Thomas for not warning him about something which nearly got them killed by an explosion. He also doesn't hold it against Daisy for exhausting him when she tries to pass off her work onto him.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: He and Daisy live together, but they're just friends.

    Jerome and Judy 
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Judy (left) and Jerome (right)

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

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


The Steamworks and Dieselworks

    Victor 
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"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.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Deconstructed in "Victor Says Yes"; his good heart and reluctance to say "No" results in him accepting anyone who comes in, and ends up taking too long to fix everyone, leaving him unable to tend to those who have more important problems such as blocked valves and broken boilers. The Fat Controller eventually calls him out on this.
  • 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.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Victor Says Yes", Blue Mountain Mystery (which focuses on how he got to Sodor).
  • Dashing Hispanic: He's pretty handsome for a steam engine.
  • The Medic: Of sorts to the steam engines. While the other engines do their jobs, Victor is at the Steamworks fixing broken engines.
  • Mr Fix It: If there's anything that needs fixing, he can do it. That's why everyone comes to him.
  • Nice Guy: He can be snarky at times, but otherwise is rather pleasant and tolerant of the other engines he helps.
  • Red Is Heroic: A deep red engine who oversees the repairing of any broken engine and diesel, and is a nice guy to boot.
  • The Smart Guy: He knows more about engine and diesel parts than anyone on Sodor; he has to be, in order to repair everyone properly.
  • Token Minority: The only Hispanic engine on Sodor.

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

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

A three-wheeled mobile crane and Victor's assistant. Kevin is faster than Victor at delivering parts, except Kevin is extremely clumsy.


    Den and Dart 
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Den (left) and Dart (right)

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

Built: Den 1959/1971, Dart 1961

A pair of diesels that work at the Dieselworks.


Sodor Search and Rescue Team

    Belle 
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Voiced by: Teresa Gallagher

Built: 1951/56

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


  • Action Girl
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The water cannons on her tanks. Her appearance in Day of the Diesels even emphasizes this: she uses them to put out a fire, and has no water left to move under her own power. In real life, they wouldn't be allowed at all, as they would give her issues with steaming properly.
    • Though there are some engines in real life (like the LB&SCR D1) that do have water cannons during WWII.
  • Blue Is Heroic: She has blue livery, and is a member of the Search and Rescue team.
  • Blue Oni: She's the Blue Oni to Flynn's Red Oni. Belle is far more level-headed and calm than he is.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name clearly refers to her bells.
  • Nice Girl: She's so nice, that even Cranky likes her.
  • Odd Friendship: With Toby; the only reason she started talking to him was because they both have bells.
  • Ship Tease: With Flynn, as shown in "Buckled Tracks and Bumpy Trucks".
  • The Smurfette Principle: While not the only girl in the show, she's the only one in the rescue team.
  • True Blue Femininity: Subverted with her. She has blue livery, but is not all that girly.
  • 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.

    Butch 
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"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.


  • A Day in the Limelight: In "Stuck on You".
  • Ascended Extra: He was originally meant to be a major character in season 5, but due to poor planning, he ended up only as a background extra. In season 15 he finally got an episode, Stuck on You, and has made several appearances since.
  • The Blank: Ironically, the only time he was named before Series 15, his model had no face.
  • Cartoon Creature: His design pulls from several Scammell vehicles, but isn't based on any one in particular.
  • Catchphrase: "Ready for action!"
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • He appears briefly in the first episode of the fifth season before being introduced in the following episode.
    • He appears briefly at the end of Misty Island Rescue, hinting his return.
  • The Heart: Of sorts to the Search and Rescue Team.
  • Off-Model: His CGI render was significantly out of scale until season 17.
  • Perma-Stubble: He has some stubble on him.
  • Recurring Extra: Until season 15.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: Upon joining the Search & Rescue team, he has the logo painted on his cab.
  • Suddenly Voiced: In season 15, ten seasons (a span of 13 years) after his debut.
  • Vanity License Plate: BRK 03.

    Captain 
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"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.
    • He also gets a moment of this when he shows up with the police to arrest Sailor John in "Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure".
  • Catchphrase: "Full steam ahead!"
  • Demoted to Extra: He has done nothing of value since his introduction in Misty Island Rescue.
  • Humble Hero: Despite his bravery, he isn't made egotistical about it and thinks nothing of it.
  • Recurring Extra: He's guaranteed at least a cameo if the Search and Rescue Center is ever visited.
    • This was even lampshaded in "Rocky Rescue", where a Running Gag was Captain saying "Don't forget about me!"

    Flynn 
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Voiced by: Rob Rackstraw (nineteenth season - present), Ben Small (seventeenth - eighteenth seasons), Rupert Degas (fifteenth - sixteenth seasons)

Built: 1964

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


  • Broken Ace: He's pretty efficient and charismatic under the right circumstance, however he is often harbored with insecurities and bumbling moments as much as every other engine on Sodor.
  • Drives Like Crazy: After spending so much time on the rails, Flynn has trouble getting used to the road again.
  • Eagleland
  • Friendly Rival: With Belle.
  • Heroic BSoD: Undergoes this in Too Many Fire Engines. Butch helps him snap out of it though.
  • Idiot Ball: He grabs this in the infamous "Fiery Flynn" and "Race to the Rescue" episodes.
  • 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!
  • Red Is Heroic: He is painted red and is a hero.
  • Red Oni: The Red Oni to Belle's Blue Oni. Flynn is more, well, fiery and emotional compared to her.
  • Ship Tease: With Belle, especially in "Buckled Tracks and Bumpy Trucks".

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

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

Built: 1949

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


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

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


  • The Big Guy
  • A Day in the Limelight: Season 19's Rocky Rescue.
  • 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.
  • Red Is Heroic: He is painted red and is a part of the Rescue Team.
  • Team Dad: Plays this role to the less mature Rescue Team members.

Brendam Docks

    Salty 
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"Reminds me of a story."

Voiced by: Keith Wickham

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

Built: 1962

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


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

Basis: H.K. Porter

Built: c.1917

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


  • The Ace
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Salty.
  • Instant Expert: Subverted. Salty is worried he'd be this and take over his job. Instead, Porter takes the time to stop and ask Cranky about how things operate at the docks, and becomes an expert gradually.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: His name comes from his basis, H.K. Porter.
  • Nice Guy: He's very kind and affable, even helping Harvey get over Bill and Ben's teasing in "Gone Fishing".
  • Off-Model: Much like Oliver, he has shrunken from his original basis. While this was done to make his loading gauge in line with Sodor's, it leaves his buffers too short and doorway too narrow.
  • The Perfectionist: Can be this at times.

    Cranky the Crane 
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"You must've 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.


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

    Carly 
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Voiced by: Lucy Montgomery

A new, modern gantry crane brought to assist Cranky.—-

  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Cranky. They compete to see who can get the most work done, and then end up getting their cables tangled. They improve when they learn to work together, though. Oh, and Salty seems to ship them together.
  • Catchphrase: "Ey up, chuck!"
  • Foil: To Cranky when comparing their behavior and work during their first days. Cranky was nothing but rude to the engines and made their work more difficult than it needed to be. Carly, in contrast, enthusiastically greets them and gets her work with relatively little fuss barring her competition with Cranky later on in New Crane On the Dock.
  • Genki Girl: Far more energetic than the grumpy Cranky and quiet Big Mickey.
  • Power Trio: With Cranky and Big Mickey.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only named female character of the docks, and the first female crane in the series.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Her eyelashes.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: She's the girl to Cranky and Big Mickey's two guys.

    Big Mickey 
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Voiced by: Rob Rackstraw

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


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

Sodor China Clay Pits

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

Voiced by: Jonathan Broadbent (Seasons 17-19), Rasmus Hardiker (Bill, Season 22 - present), Matt Wilkinson (Ben, Big World! Big Adventures! - present)

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

Built: 1948

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


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

    Derek 
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Basis: British Railway Class 17

Built: 1962/65

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


  • All There in the Manual: His name is only known by The Merch.
  • Butt-Monkey: Much like Henry, who suffered from a debilitating flaw himself, Derek's debut episode revolves around his repeated engine failures.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Never came back after a brief appearance HIT era.
  • Long Bus Trip: Derek first appeared in season 5 (and wasn't even named), and was last seen in a brief cameo in Calling All Engines.
  • Shown Their Work: Derek's basis is the BR Class 17, which was notorious for its poor cooling system.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Steep hills. They overload his faulty cooling system, making his engine overheat.

    Timothy 
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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. If something goes wrong for them, they blame him.
  • The Dog Bites Back: In season 19's No Help At All, when Timothy finds out Bill and Ben recommended him for filling in at the docks because he's "no help" at the clay pits, he refuses to come back when they come begging for him.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Bill and Ben pull a trick on him and Thomas. He brushes it off and finds humor in it.
  • The Finicky One: Bill and Ben see him as this and complain about his lack of a sense of humor. He does have one, just not theirs.
  • The Heart: Of the Sodor China Clay team. In season 19's No Help At All, he's sent to work at the Docks in place of Salty, and with Bill and Ben's antics left unchecked, it's not long before the clay pits fall into complete disarray.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Literally and figuratively.
  • Nice Guy
  • Only Sane Man: Of the clay pits, anyway.
  • Ping-Pong Naïveté: He seems to be aware that Bill and Ben play tricks on him more than anyone, but keeps falling for them anyway.
  • Ship Tease: With Marion, as she's the only one at the clay pits that respects him.
  • 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 rein them in and keep them focused on their work.

    Marion 
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Voiced by: Olivia Colman

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


Ulfstead Castle

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

    Stephen 
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Voiced by: Bob Golding

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


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

    Millie 
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"Bonjour!"

Voiced by: Miranda Raison

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


    Glynn 
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Voiced by: Keith Wickham

Number: 1

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


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

The Steelworks

    Frankie 
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Voiced by: Sophie Colquhoun

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


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

    Hurricane 
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Voiced by: Jim Howick

A massive tank engine with ten driving wheels.


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

    Merlin 
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Voiced by: Hugh Bonneville

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


  • A Day in the Limelight: In "Seeing is Believing".
  • Big Damn Heroes: He, Theo and Lexi come to save Thomas and James when Frankie and Hurricane trap them at the Steelworks. Later, he comes back and saves Hurricane from melting in the molten steel.
  • The Bus Came Back: He returned in the season 22 episode "Seeing is Believing", where he comes to Sodor to deliver steel pipes to Brendam Docks, and meets Thomas' friends.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "Invisibility...on!"
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Genuinely believes he can turn himself invisible.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: His face closely resembles Hugh Bonneville's, even before he was acquired to voice him.
  • Invisibility: He believes he has this power. In reality, he just makes a lot of steam around himself.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: When Thomas takes too long to rescue James, Merlin panics and tries to sneak into the Steelworks to help. He's spotted by Frankie and Hurricane, who realize something's going on and go after him.
  • Shown Their Work: His belief in being able to turn invisible comes from his basis, SR No. 783, which was modified with two additional chimneys to make it harder to see for overhead bombers.
  • Smoke Out: What his "invisibility" actually acts as.
  • Visible Invisibility: Merlin believes he can turn himself invisible, but in actuality, it all turns out to be the effects of smoke and reflective silver paint. Lexi and Theo are nice enough not to tell him that he isn't really invisible.
  • You, Get Me Coffee: When they go to rescue James, Thomas assigns Merlin to keep watch.

    Lexi 
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Voiced by: Lucy Montgomery

A cab-forward tender engine.


  • All of the Other Reindeer: Because of her unique configuration, she doesn't feel like a proper engine.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She, Theo and Hurricane come to save Thomas and James when Frankie and Hurricane trap them at the Steelworks.
  • Character Tics: She's constantly changing her tone of voice and accent.
  • Genki Girl: She's always cheerful.
  • Large Ham: She is very hammy.
  • True Blue Femininity: Subverted. Despite her blue paintwork, she's blatantly unladylike, covered in rust and grime.
  • Unexplained Accent: She has a Scottish accent despite her basis being American.

    Theo 
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Voiced by: Darren Boyd

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


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

    Beresford 
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Voiced by: Colin McFarlane

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


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

Thomas and the Magic Railroad

    Lady the Magic Engine 
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"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: A pretty female engine with magical powers, and the source of the Gold Dust that both the Conductors and Sodor uses.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was destroyed once by Diesel 10, and Burnett Stone kept her locked in Muffle Mountain, doing what he could to repair her.
  • Disabled Deity: After Diesel 10 nearly destroyed her once, she was rebuilt but wasn't able to steam again. Because she hadn't run in years, the magic keeping Sodor and Mr. Conductor alive began to fade.
  • Dream Walker: Implied by her appearance in Calling All Engines.
  • Fertile Feet: Wheels, in her case. When traveling on the Magic Railroad, she leaves Gold Dust in her wake, which heals the world around her.
  • Flat Character: Despite being a major point of The Movie, not much is known about her personality at all.
  • Magitek: Is a steam engine responsible for generating the magic that protects Sodor and Shining Time.

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

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

Basis: British Railways Class 08

Built: 1952/1962

Diesel 10's two bumbling sidekicks.


    Mr. Conductor 
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"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: True to form, Alec Baldwin would voice the US version of the main series as well.
  • 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 
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"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.


    Lilly Stone 
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Played by: Mara Wilson

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


  • Companion Cube: Bluebird, her plush bird.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father is never seen or mentioned, just her mother. In the original versions of the script, it was mentioned that he was out of town trying to find work.
  • Dull Surprise
  • Nostalgic Narrator: She was originally going to be the narrator, telling the story to her children as an adult.
  • The Heart
  • Tomboy: She likes climbing and horseback riding.

    P.T. Boomer 
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"I'll get my revenge, on you and that engine!"
Played by: Doug Lennox

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


  • The Bully: To Burnett in the film's original backstory, and continues to the present day.
  • The Corrupter: In the original cut. His very presence in Shining Time disturbs and divides the community, turning the once thriving town into a distant and empty place (perhaps that was the source of the derelict, vandalized Shining Time Station in Mr. Conductor's nightmare).
  • Evil Old Folks: He's as old as Burnett Stone, and he's a disruptive menace.
  • Demoted to Extra: His only appearance in the final film is him asking a newsboy for directions, with his original dialogue redubbed.
  • Driven by Envy
  • 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.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He never let go of Burnett winning Tasha's love and marrying her. This is why he hates him so much.
  • Hate Sink: If there’s one reason why he was cut from the film, is basically because he is a world class asshole with no redeemable qualities. Also, he doesn’t believe in magic and he is responsible for Burnett’s troubles. However, given that he was jealous of Burnett taking Tasha away from him, can you really blame him if he wants to take it out on somebody?
  • Love Makes You Evil: Wanting Tasha for himself.
  • Mad Bomber: Planned on using dynamite to blow up Muffle Mountain.
  • Meaningful Name: "Boomer" is a rather apt surname for a Mad Bomber.
  • The Skeptic: When he first sees Thomas, he assumes he is just a gigantic toy. He also doesn't believe in the magic of Shining Time Station, preferring to place his faith in money, which was the source of Burnett telling Diesel 10, "The magic you refused to believe in will get the better of you"; he was originally talking to Boomer.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show/Knight of Cerebus: The reason why he was cut was because the test audiences complained about how "scary" he was. It's even a plot point in the original script; a person like Boomer has zero business being in a peaceful town like Shining Time or the quiet country of Sodor.

    Mr Conductor Jr. 
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"This is just like the funfair! Give us two seconds!"

Played by: Michael E. Rodgers

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


  • Annoying Younger Sibling: He can be like this to Mr. Conductor, despite being cousins.
  • Character Development: At first, he was accident-prone, snarky, and lazy, but as the film goes on, he becomes nicer.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He first starts out like this, but he becomes nicer as the film goes on.
  • Friend to All Children: The second time Junior meets her, he brings Lily along to the Island of Sodor.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He has blond hair, and a nice personality.
  • Lazy Bum: He starts out like this, but this personality slowly disappears as the film goes on.
  • Manchild: He has a childlike and fun-loving personality.
  • Pretty Boy: He is young, handsome, has blonde hair, and speaks in a Scottish accent.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Like all Conductors, he uses Gold Dust to teleport himself between places. This comes in handy when he and James are trapped in the Sodor Ironworks and nearly pushed off into the melting pit by Diesel 10.
  • The Prankster: Junior loves pulling pranks and causing mischief. According to Thomas, Junior once shoved party poppers in his funnel.

Merchandise Tie-In

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


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

    Sam 
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Voiced by: Rob Rackstraw

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


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

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

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