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Madge is a Snub nosed Lorry with a three wheeled cab and a flatbed. What she lacks in elegance, she makes up for strength and personality. She acts as a motherly figure to the narrow gauge engines, but can be playful and loves a good joke. She first arrived to Sodor in 2007.



Mallard is a LNER A4 4-6-2 built in 1938 at Doncaster. On July the 3rd of that year, while undergoing tests he established a world speed record of 126mp/h. After the end of steam, Mallard was immediately preserved and put on display at the Museum of British Transport in Clapham, London. In 1975 he was taken to the National Railway Museum, where he remained until 1986 when he was overhauled and taken onto the main line. In 1988, the 50th anniversary of his record, he was retired and put back on display. Thomas met Mallard in “Thomas & the Great Railway Show” where he offered to take a railtour to the seaside. According to Gordon, Mallard is his Cousin, Spencer is probably his brother considering their both A4 4-6-2’s.


Manus, Doalty and Jimmy

Manus, Doalty and Jimmy are 3 of Toby’s brothers. According to “Toby, Trucks & Trouble”, Toby had several brothers, all LNER J70 tram engines like him. Toby is now old and his brothers have never been heard of since. It can be assumed that they were all sold to other private railways around England. Toby hopes they have been saved from the clutches of the scrap dealers. They are all painted Brown with black cowcatchers and side plates. LNER is written on the side plates in yellow.


Mark V

Mark V is an electric Trolley that works on the Skarloey Railway and is used for Personal use by The Thin Controller and Mr. Ivo Hugh. Mark V was built by John Bate in 1955 and arrived to Sodor in 1956. Not much is known about him. His use is only mentioned in “The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways”.



Marklin is a small black tank engine who was used for moving background rolling stock in the first season. His model was based upon the BR 80 heavy-duty tank engines used primarily in Germany and Poland. Marklin was possibly modified and used as Puffa for Thomas’ Sister series “TUGS” however this has little evidence to back it up but the engines are both BR 80’s.


Martha and Jennifer

Martha and Jennifer are Emily’s Coaches that were given to Emily after she saved Oliver and Toad from being in an accident after stranding on the cross points.



Mavis is a Quarry Diesel, built in 1952 by the Drewry Car Co. and came to Sodor in 1962. Mavis is particularly fond of putting Trucks in different places, despite Toby’s protests. Toby finally lost his patience and left Mavis to her own choices. Mavis, urged by Diesel, started to ignore Toby’s advice and ended up looking silly when she stuck outside Ffarquhar. Mavis was then forbidden to leave the Quarry, but thaw increased production at Centre Island Quarry. Mavis persuaded the manager to let her go up as far as the first crossing as to shunt Trucks quicker. She then formulated a plan to pass the crossing with help from the Trucks. However, the plan backfired when the trucks decided to bump Toby instead, and he ended up being suspended by flimsy rails over a rushing stream and Mavis had to help. Mavis confessed, but the Fat Controller and the Manager were pleased by Mavis' courage and honesty and allowed her occasional trips to Ffarquhar. Mavis was involved in a collision with a Lorry in 1987 and Toby had to do her work. Mavis works mainly with Bill, Ben and BoCo at Centre Island Quarry when Toby isn’t there.


Max and Monty

Max and Monty are devious dump truck twins. Max is number 15 and Monty is number 16 in the Pack. They are known to cause trouble for the rest of the Pack and the engines too, but are sternly scolded by Miss Jenny when they are found out. Despite being unruly at times with dangerous stunts, they both have a good side – somewhere – and do the work like everyone else. Max first appeared in Season 6 and Monty in Season 10.


Midland Railway Engines

The North Western Railway suffered an engine shortage back in its early days. Aside from Thomas, Edward, the “Coffee Pots” and the Wellsworth and Suddery Engines, it had no engines of its own. Therefore engines were hired from the Midland Railway until more could be purchased. This arrangement had ended by 1922.



Midlander is Rusty’s twin on the Talyllyn Railway. He was built in 1940. In reality Rusty is based on Midlander.


Mighty Mac

Mighty Mac is a double ended Fairlie locomotive. Despite the different personalities of each end, Might Mac is technically one engine. Mighty is the older of the two and is distinguished by the flick of hair meant to emulate Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mac is the younger half and is distinguished by his youthful features, round nose and freckled cheeks. They were built in 1992 and arrived to Sodor in 2005. When they first arrived, they were inexperienced and only worked in shunting yards. This lack of knowledge caused lots of conflict between the two halves, which placed themselves and their passengers in great danger whilst running an important errand. But, with advice from Thomas in mind, they were able to complete their task and realize the value of working as one.



Mike is a strong red engine who prefers goods trains to passengers. His temper matches his paint, and he can often be hot-headed. He is proud of his whistle which he once blew off trying to shoo off a cow. He was built in 1966 and worked on an unnamed line in England until 1967. He with Rex and Bert were sent to Sodor to work on the Arlesdale Railway. Mike states he was once green and because of that, people would confuse him for Rex. He is proud that he has his own unique color on the Arlesdale Railway.


Milk Wagons

Milk wagons are used for Milk transport. They are labeled TIDMOUTH MILK. They come from the Dairy factory in Tidmouth. One is usually taken with Thomas’ first branch line train. This caused a problem when Daisy first arrived, as she refused to pull it and told Percy to take it. The Milk Vans are often seen in sidings. Sometimes they are not properly adjusted and the labeling on them are up on top of them. Sometimes they don’t have the Milk label on them at all.


Ministry of Defence Engine

The Slate Quarries on the Skarloey Railway had been taken over by the Ministry of Defence in accordance to “The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways”, after their closure for storage of ammunition. The MoD uses their own engine to shunt the sidings in the Quarry, a black electric powered engine described as “Beetle like”. Due to the secretive nature of its work, the engine has never been seen.



Molly is a yellow GER Claud Hamilton 4-4-0 engine. Built by James Holden in 1904, she arrived to Sodor in 2005. Molly is the sensitive type. Her feelings are hurt easily, and she gets embarrassed very easily, but she can have courage to do things right. When she arrived; she was laughed at by Emily for having empty trucks. Her feelings were very hurt, so Thomas came up with an idea. He had workmen decorate Molly’s trucks with lanterns and cover them with tarpaulins, to make them look special to the other engines. The wind, however, blew the covers off in front of Gordon, Percy and Emily. Molly ran away, embarrassed, until she learned that the engines at the depot needed her empty trucks to carry coal. When she arrived at the depot, Edward, Henry and James were grateful to see her. Gordon however was annoyed when he had to wait at a signal for Molly’s and Thomas’ trains to pass.


Mr. Conductor

Mr. Conductor is a small 20-centimeter tall conductor that appeared in Thomas’ American spin-off “Shining Time Station” and “Thomas & the Magic Railroad” as well. Mr. Conductor is famous for telling the Children stories about Thomas and his friends/ The First Mr. Conductor was portrayed by Ringo Starr (the first narrator for both the UK and the US). He was discovered by Matt while he was cleaning up the station. Stacy knew he was there but preferred not to mention him to anyone. He was initially afraid of Harry, the station’s engineer, but in the end the others convinced him if he tried to talk to Harry, they could be friends. In the episode “Tis a Gift”, Mr. Conductor left for the North Pole with Nicholas J.B. King, Esquire, the head of the Indian valley, decided to keep the station open after learning that Mr. Conductor lived there. The Second Mr. Conductor was portrayed by George Carlin (The Second Narrator for the US Version) and was the American cousin of the first. When compared to the original, this Mr. Conductor had a more brightly colored outfit and more-known sense of humor, as he is occasionally seen playing tricks on Schemer. In a few cases, after some gold dust landed on a drawing of him, an evil twin was created who caused trouble at the Station, and could only be turned back into the picture by using magic dust or glue. The third Mr. Conductor was portrayed by Alec Baldwin (the third US Narrator) and appeared in the movie “Thomas & the Magic Railroad”. No specific relationships between the other two are given. Mr. Conductor had to watch over the engines on Sodor while Sir Topham Hatt was away, but he found that his gold dust supply was diminishing, and he might not be able to return to Shining Time. While being pursued by Diesel 10, who wanted to destroy the steam engines, Mr. Conductor had to solve the riddle to create more gold dust. Eventually with the help of C. Junior, Lily, Lady, and Burnett Stone, he found the source of the gold dust. In the end of the movie C. Junior became the fourth Mr. Conductor.


Mr. Fergus Duncan/The Small Controller

Mr. Fergus Duncan, also known as the Small Controller, is the controller of the Arlesdale Railway. He is bigger than either Sir Topham Hatt or the Thin Controller; the nickname refers to the fact that his railway is often called the “Small” Railway.


Mr. Ivo Hugh

Mr. Ivo Hugh is the former Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Skarloey Railway. He retired sometime before the events of "New Little Engine", and his son, Ivo Hugh II, took over his position. He was later honored by having Ivo Hugh named after him. It is revealed in "Gallant Old Engine" that, while Rheneas was solely running the Skarloey Railway, he was the guard for the railway. After Rusty's arrival, he also became his driver. He also had a private transportation vehicle on the Skarloey Railway, "Mark V".


Mr. Percival/The Thin Controller

Mr. Peregrine Percival also called “The Thin Controller” is the current manager of the Skarloey Railway since 2004. He was hired by Sir Topham Hatt who could no longer handle the Skarloey Railway because of the ever increasing Industry of the Standard Gauge Line. Mr. Percival has a dislike for cars and uses his bicycle to get around the line. He has five children and is married to Polly Percival. Mr. Percival’s hero is Sir Topham Hatt.


Mr. Sir Handel Brown

Sir Handel Brown I, also known as the Owner, is the owner of the Skarloey Railway. He has other business to attend to so he leaves The Thin Controller in charge. He also has partial ownership to the Arlesdale Railway. He is most likely married and has five daughters named Agnes, Ruth, Lucy, Jemima and Beatrice. The original coaches were named after them. He has a son named Sir Handel Lloyd Brown II, who took control of the Skarloey Railway after his retirement. Apparently Lady Hatt is his Sister. This first Sir Handel Brown lived from 1875-1950 and Sir Handel Lloyd Brown II was born in 1924.


Mrs. Kyndley

Mrs. Kyndley is an Elderly lady who lives near Hackenback in an old cottage. She is good friends with Thomas, Toby and Percy. In 1952 she was bed ridden after being struck by illness, she later would warn Thomas about a landslide ahead by waving her red dressing gown out the window as he passed by. In gratitude she was given presents by Thomas’ crew and Sir Topham Hatt gave her tickets to Bournemouth to recover. In 1953, the engines in gratitude gave her a special Christmas party for how she saved Thomas and Toby the year before. Then her house was snowed up and she had to be rescued with help from Thomas, Toby and Terence. She would later attend the party and announced Percy was her new friend as well for his efforts contributed in her rescue. Her daughter was married in 1998 when Percy helped her find the Good Luck package. Again in 1998, the engines helped cheer her up when her sister couldn’t come to visit her.


Ms. Jenny Packard

Jenny Packard is a friendly Irish woman who is owner of the Sodor Construction Company, and takes responsibility for a number of the bigger building projects around Sodor. She took over the company from her father, who founded the company. When she is pleased with someone, she compliments him/her with “Ye’d make a mother proud”.



Murdoch is a large and strong orange BR standard class 9F, built in 1960 by Robert Riddles at Swindon Works. He arrived to Sodor in 2003 to relieve the engines of their heavy work loads. He was big and strong, so the other engines were eager to learn more about him. Murdoch, however, disliked the noise of their chatter and got cross at Salty and Harvey when they inquired about his past exploits. The next day while taking a goods train, he came across some sheep that broke free from the fence. The noise bothered him a lot, he was grateful when Toby came with the farmer and shooed them away. That night he apologized to Salty and Harvey. Murdoch was happy, but shy about being decorated during the May Day festivities. On one windy autumn day, a large red carpet landed on the back of Murdoch's goods train, unbeknownst to Murdoch. Percy briefly chased down after it, until the heavy winds blew it away again. Emily once needed Murdoch's help when she became stranded in the mud and near the end Emily asked him which track she should take; Murdoch told Emily that the tracks on Gordon's Hill were being cleared and told her to take the valley route instead. Murdoch pulled Rocky to help Thomas recover the lost materials for the Sodor River Bridge's restoration.



Mutt is Billy Twofeather’s friendly dog that lives at Shining Time Station among the company of Mr. Conductor and Stacy Jones. He misses Billy, when he is away, and is always there to greet him when his train comes in. Mutt was the reason that Lily made it to Sodor, by putting her on the wrong Train. He was played by two Hollywood dog’s named Bently and Dila.



Nancy is a guard’s daughter who lives near the Skarloey Railway and sometimes polishes the engines. On one occasion she was polishing Skarloey for Rheneas’ return, and Duncan became very jealous after she had no time to clean him as she had to help the Refreshment Lady. She once polished Skarloey for his centenary. After he became cross and she called him a “crosspatch”, Skarloey told her the story of his first days on the railway and the time he was a “crosspatch”. In the Railway Series, she has grown up and lives with her husband on the Isle of Man.



Ned is an old steam shovel and is number 19 of the pack. Ned means well but can sometimes be clumsy. Indeed, he once nearly caused a terrible accident by knocking out the keystone of a bridge when Thomas was due to cross with a goods train. Luckily Jack was able to save the day by supporting the bridge until Thomas realized what was wrong. Ned has his jib arm right in front of his face, which could make visibility difficult. Ned mostly carries out clearance work and quarry digging. Ned knocked some buildings down all at once in “Thomas’ Trusty Friends”. Ned has learnt his lesson about being careless in some episodes. But apart from the minor bumps and accidents, Ned's heart is as big as his bucket and he is a valued member of the Pack. Ned can be loyal and hard-working for his friends.



Neil is an old time engine that has an unusual box shape and a Scottish accent. He is a simple but kind engine who befriended Skarloey when he was young. He was built in 1860 and is Sodor & Mainland Engine number 2. He and his brothers on the Sodor and Mainland were scrapped when the line closed; most likely due to incapability’s to handle heavier loads.



Nelson is a Ballast Tractor that is used to carry other members of the Pack to the Construction site on his Flatbed. As the bearer of such weighty loads, he often feels overworked, but never complains. He is proud of his paint and is happiest when he looks his best. He is number 10.



Neville is a Black SR Bulleid Q1 locomotive, built in 1942 for pulling passengers during WWII, and for pulling freight. He was shipped to Sodor in 1961 and pulled trains on the Kirk Ronan Branch and he was used for mainline goods service on the North Western Railway from 2005 onwards. At first, the other engines thought he was a Diesel and that he was friends with Arry and Bert. As the rumors got worst from “being friends with Arry and Bert” to “Bumping the Steamies”, the engines made Neville feel unwelcome. Thomas soon found that Neville had taken Annie and Clarabel without his consent. Emily arrived and made Neville leave. Toby soon came by and told them that Henry saw that Arry and Bert were bullying Neville. Thomas realized that he forgot to warn Neville about the broken bridge and went off to rescue him. Neville had gone onto the Bridge and was in danger of falling. Thomas helped him back to safety and they were then good friends.



Nora is a coach who operates with Ernest on the Culdee Fell Railway.


Old Slow Coach

Old Slow Coach is a GWR Victorian Luxury Coach that was saved from scrap by Thomas and Percy in 1998. She was long due for the scrapheap when Thomas and Percy found her. They both vowed to find a way to save her. Their chance came sooner than expected when the workmen’s hut was gutted by fire. Percy suggested that Old Slow Coach house the workmen while a new hut was being made. After the hut was rebuilt, Old Slow Coach was restored into a coach, and later formed the “old” item for Mrs. Kyndley’s daughter’s good luck package.


Old Stuck-Up

Old Stuck-Up, so named by James, is a haughty BR Class 40 1Co-Co1 diesel. He was built at Vulcan Foundry in 1960 and came to Sodor in 1983. BoCo was to show Old Stuck-Up, who then had not received his nickname, around, but when the diesel saw steam engines in the shed he refused to go further and insulted the railway for keeping them in service. A furious James bestowed upon him the nickname "Old Stuck-Up". The next day, Old Stuck-Up was about to leave when he remembered he needed refueling. He attempted to use BoCo and Bear's part of the shed to be refueled and cleaned, but slid on cleaning fluid on the rails and thus crashed into the back of the shed. He was sent home after being talked to severely by the Fat Controller - BoCo quipped that while he couldn't hear everything, he didn't think it sounded particularly flattering. His real name may be determined by his number D125 or if it is something other than his number perhaps not.



Oliver is a Green GWR 14xx 0-4-2T who works on Duck’s Branch line. He was built by Charles B. Collet at Wolverhampton Works in 1932. He has two coaches named Isabel and Dulcie and a Breakvan named Toad. Oliver worked on the Great Western Railway and sometime in the 1960’s he ran away for fears that he would be scrapped with Isabel and Toad, and were forced to hide between signal boxes and rely on the goodwill of the signalmen to pass at safe times. When control got wind of the runaways, they hid in an old quarry branch and had the cutting blocked by rubbish to avoid being spotted of the diesels outside. The runaways decided it was safe to leave at some point, but before they could reach the greener pastures of Sodor, Oliver ran out of coal. Luckily, Douglas was able to rescue Oliver and hid him on a siding at Crovan's Gate. The Fat Controller soon found out and arranged for the three to be repaired and painted in Great Western Colours. Toad decided to be Douglas' Breakvan to thank him, and the Fat Controller rescued an autocoach named Dulcie and gave her to Oliver. Oliver was then sent to work on Duck’s branch line, but became conceited after the big engines gave him their respect in recognition of his adventures and pushed his weight around, prompting several trucks to push him into a turntable well. Oliver received little respect from the trucks after the incident, but got his own back by pulling the ringleader, Scruffey, apart. Oliver is now well-respected by the trucks, for fear they will be pulled apart too.



Oliver is a wise old excavator who carries out demolition and digging work. He is capable of switching between different tools, including a bucket, a chisel for digging, a scissor claw and a wrecking ball for demolition. Oliver is wise and keeps an eye out for the other members of the Pack. Oliver is also good mannered and hard working. Oliver never complains about his work or gets impatient. Oliver is number 14 in the pack. Oliver has the cap rim of a builder’s hat between his forehead and cab windows.



Patch is a young boy that appeared in “Thomas & the Magic Railroad”. He was portrayed by Cody McCains. He is a spirited kid with a mind for curiosity. He does odd jobs at Shining Time, and when coming across an old map of what was the Magic Railroad, wanted to find out its secret, which he and Lily later discovered. He has his own horse, who appears to be feisty. It is revealed when some members of Sodor Island Forums came across the original script of The Magic Railroad that Patch would later in his life be married to Lily, having a kid and also having Mutt’s later family member. It is also shown in the credits that the older Patch was to be played by Robert Tinkler.



Patrick is a cement mixer that is quite a boastful soul and always brags about how his job is the most important because cement is the most important. He thought this only until he was put in his own place and landed in his own cement.


Peel Godred Engines

The Peel Godred branch line is run using electric locomotives to deal with the heavy aluminum traffic on that line. E1, E2, E3 and E4 were built in 1917, the electric multiple units in 1961, and the goods engines in 1973. No details are given as to the locomotives that first worked the line, but "Sodor: Reading Between the Lines" states that goods traffic is currently handled by engines similar to the BR Class 87, and the passenger services are run by electric multiple units.



Percy is a cheeky saddle tank. He was built in 1897 by Avonside Engine Company. He was brought to Sodor in 1949 to run Thomas’ Branch line during the big engines strike. At first Percy liked to annoy bigger engines. Percy was later waiting at Wellsworth but forgot to whistle to the busy signalman, and thus was startled when Gordon came running toward him with the Express. Gordon managed to stop in time, but Percy was frightened, ran away and ended up in a sandbank. He was rescued by Gordon and took up the duty of station pilot at Knapford. Percy was till cheeky and often liked to play jokes on Gordon and James, but one day the other engines got their revenge when Percy failed to recognize a “backing signal”. After this, Percy was subject to bullying from the bigger engines until Duck arrived and helped Percy put the big engines in their place. With Duck’s arrival, Percy was sent to Knapford to help build the harbor and has stayed there ever since. Percy has been dumbed down as the TV Series progressed. Percy is incredibly accident-prone and holds the dubious record of the most accidents in one season – five.


In “Thomas & the Magic Railroad”, Percy was voiced by Linda Ballantyne. The voice had originally gone to UK Narrator since 1993, Michael Angelis.


Percy's Friends

Percy’s friends are four 1377 Class 1F 0-6-0 tank engines from the other railway. Their real names are unknown. Percy once met them at Vicarstown and told them of the time he braved a flood to help Thomas, when Henry came along and told them to go away.


Peter Sam

Peter Sam (formally known as Stuart) is a Narrow Gauge Engine. He was built in 1923 by Kerr Stuart at Stoke-on-Trent. Peter Sam is a kind, well-mannered and popular with passengers and coaches alike. Even the trucks don’t play tricks on him. While living on the Mid Sodor Railway, he was cheeky and occasionally made fun of Duke until told what happened to Smudger. After the line closed down in 1947, he and Falcon were sold to the Sodor Aluminum Company at Peel Godred and worked there until 1951, at which time both engines were sheeted for a year until they were purchased by the Skarloey Railway in 1951. Upon arriving Stuart – renamed Peter Sam – had many adventures. One of his more notable stories arcs involved his funnel, which was severely damaged after an accident at the incline. The Funnel eventually fell off as he passed under a tunnel after striking an icicle, and it was temporarily replaced with a rusty pipe. Peter Sam was soon given a new funnel, a Giesl injector which suits him much better. Peter Sam while being named Stuart was named after his builder. He is currently named after the previous Thin Controller, Mr. Peter Sam.


Pip and Emma

Philippa, better known as Pip and Emma make up a BR HST InterCity 25. They were built in 1976 at BREL Crewe Works. They came to Sodor in 1987, when Gordon took a trip to Carlisle. Pip and Emma were asked to take the express back to Tidmouth for him. Pip’s cooling system was faulty, but Emma was in order and so off they went. Unfortunately Emma failed near Crovan’s Gate and so James pulled them home. The engines were quick to befriend Pip and Emma, and after Gordon had returned Douglas took them back to Barrow-in-Furness. In 1996, they came back to Sodor and were borrowed to take Prince Phillip and some guests to Tidmouth for the Railway Series Golden Jubilee. Following Privatization, the Fat Controller purchased them to run a faster service to run a faster service in London.



Proteus is a legendary narrow gauge engine with a magic lamp hung upon his funnel. He was built in 1878 by Hughes’ Loco and Tramway Engine Works Ltd. Legend has it that if someone finds the lamp, their wishes will be granted. Skarloey told this story to the other engines, which made Peter Sam search the line, looking for this lamp. The clues to finding his magic lamp are feeling a rush of wind when the lamp is near, hearing a strange creaking sound, and see a flickering light that shines on and off.


P.T. Boomer

P.T. Boomer, also incorrectly known as Pete Boom, was a character expected to be seen in “Thomas & the Magic Railroad”. He was cut from the film as test audiences complained he was too scary. He was portrayed by Canadian Actor, Doug Lennox. P.T. Boomer was always very jealous of the relationship Burnett had with Tasha (Lily’s Grandmother), and bullied Burnett into allowing him to take Lady for a run. After crashing her, he left Shining Time and Burnett spent years trying to restore her to no avail. Boomer is described in the script as being "a drifter through choice". He returns now a good forty years later a bitter and dark character, hell-bent on getting rid of Lady. He owns a motorcycle that he caused havoc about on the Shining Time route, once brutally cutting off The Rainbow Sun on the crossing, causing the train to stop abruptly. Boomer is the reason behind Mutt’s unease and reason for bringing Lily to Shining Time rather than letting her go on to Muffle Mountain. Boomer spends much of his time throughout the movie arguing with Burnett Stone and digging into the mountain looking for Lady. He has no ownership or connections with Diesel 10, other than they shared desire to destroy Lady and Sodor. He doesn't believe in magic, and when he finds Thomas (after setting off the explosion that sends him hurtling off the cliff of Muffle Mountain) in the real world, he believes that he's just a huge toy. Thomas is the reason why Boomer ends up on Sodor; he's transported back in Thomas's cab on the way back through the Magic Railroad. He and Diesel 10 met their fates during the chase scene when they plunged off the viaduct into a barge filled with sludge. He was cut from the movie so close to the premiere that he appeared in a trailer for the movie. He even appears in coloring books. Doug Lennox states that he was told about being cut over the phone.



Rex is a green engine that works on the Arlesdale Railway. He was built in 1923 by Davey Paxman & Co. and worked on an unknown line in England until it closed in 1967. He likes nothing more than teasing Mike. He is a hard worker but sometimes has trouble with traction. After the railway secured a deal to transport wool to Arlesburgh, Rex was chosen to pull the first train, but after a negligent farmhand split some wool bales on the rails he was derailed. His train was rescued, but Rex had to remain there for several days until being lifted out.



Rheneas is a Narrow Gauge Tank Engine. He was built by Fletcher, Jennings Co. at Whitehaven in 1865 and arrived on the Skarloey Railway in 1865. Unlike Skarloey, Rheneas was stern and thoughtful, and fell out with Skarloey after the latter called him a “stick-in-the-mud” following an argument over cabs. The two reconciled after Rheneas saved Skarloey from a landslide. Rheneas literally saved the railway by keeping service through a very lean period in the late 1940s. By 1950 Skarloey was in need of repairs, leaving Rheneas to run the line. He managed to pull a full train home one rainy day despite jammed valve gear, and thus was rewarded with an overhaul. Rheneas returned to service in 1962 after a major overhaul involving firebox repairs and an extensive mechanical overhaul; as part of the overhaul he has been fitted with air braking equipment.



Rickety is a blue Troublesome Truck that appeared in the first illustration of “Toad Stands By” teasing Oliver along with the other trucks. After The Naughty Pink Truck lost his position as the leader, Rickety became leader.



Rocky is a large Breakdown Crane. He arrived to Sodor in 2006 and Gordon and Edward were skeptical about his abilities, noting that Harvey could travel under his own power. Later, Edward carelessly left the docks before his cargo was properly secured, causing his pipes to spill onto the mainline. Edward was adamant that Harvey clear up the line, but the little engine was too small to finish it quickly, and as a result Gordon crashed into the pipes. Edward returned to Brendam to pick up Rocky, who cleared the line and brought Gordon back to the Rails. Since this incident, Rocky has become an invaluable asset to the railway. He is frequently called upon to lift loads and help out after accidents.



Rod is an Orange caterpillar crane that helped repair the broken bridge outside Hackenback in “Washout”. He is named Rod by the Sodor Island Forums



Rosie is a Purple SR USA Class 0-6-0T Tank Engine, built in 1942 in Iowa and shipped to Britain in 1942. After D-Day landings she and the other engines were sent to mainland Europe to assist with the war effort. Sometime between 1945 and 2006, Rosie made her way to Sodor. Rosie idolized Thomas to the point of hero-worship and imitation. Though this is said to be the most sincere form of flattery, it had only served to irritate Thomas whilst he was trying to deliver a special birthday post train to Alice at Hill Farm. After Thomas had an accident in course of delivering this train, she helped him and he started to respect her. Rosie later helped Thomas shunt trucks until Hector frightened her away. Rosie was later charged with acting as back-engine to Emily with the funfair special. Wanting to take the train herself, and thinking she was doing Emily a favor, Rosie succeeded only in creating confusion and delay on a grand scale, but eventually set things right.


Royal Claude

Royal Claude is a Claude Hamilton Locomotive from the LNER that was around whilst Toby was working at the Yarmouth Harbor as part of the LNER. He was built in 1904 by James Holden. He is the same class as Molly. It can be assumed he works on the main line.



Rusty is a Diesel who does maintenance work for the Skarloey Railway. He was built by Ruston and Hornsby in 1954 and came to Sodor in 1958 to help Sir Handel and Peter Sam and do maintenance work while Skarloey and Rheneas were being repaired. Rusty is a helpful and kind little Diesel but initially once refused to help Duncan after he derailed. When Sir Handel claimed to be ill, Rusty promised to follow after Peter Sam with Sir Handel’s trucks. He later helped Peter Sam away from the wreckage of slate trucks. He can sometimes be impatient and careless at times but he is useful and tries to get them done well. In the US Version of the 9th Season, Rusty was identified as Female but due to complaints they were edited for DVD and later televised airings now identifying him as male.


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