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Tidmouth Sheds Ensemble 1992
Facing the camera: Trevor, Bertie, Edward, James, Donald, Douglas, Percy, Thomas, Duck, Toby. Facing away: Diesel, Bill, Ben. In the middle: City of Truro.

The following article is a list of characters from the British children’s series Thomas & Friends.

Railway vehicles


Standard gauge

  • Thomas (No. 1) is a blue tank engine of the North Western Railway. He initially worked as the station pilot at the Big Station. After helping to rescue James from an accident, Thomas was rewarded with two new coaches, Annie and Clarabel, and was assigned to the Ffarquhar Branch Line.
  • Edward (No. 2) is a blue mixed-traffic tender engine. He runs his own branch line with BoCo. Edward is one of the oldest engines on Sodor and is occasionally made fun of for his age. He is wise and optimistic and spreads his knowledge to the other engines. After a berth at Tidmouth Sheds was destroyed, Edward left the other engines living there to live at Wellsworth Sheds.
  • Henry (No. 3) is a green mixed-traffic tender engine who works on the Main Line. He was originally a prototype engine that needed special Welsh coal to operate properly. Following an accident when pulling the Flying Kipper, Henry was rebuilt giving him a new shape and better performance, and eliminating the need for the expensive special coal. Henry moved out of Tidmouth Sheds to live at Vicarstown Sheds in order to be closer to his jobs.
  • Gordon (No. 4) is a blue express engine who works on the Main Line. He is Flying Scotsman's only surviving brother. Gordon is also one of the fastest and strongest engines on the Island of Sodor and his main task is to pull the Wild Nor' Wester, the railway's express train. At times, this leads him to feel superior. He is mainly used for passenger duties, but has occasionally pulled goods trains, much to his dislike, as he believes that these are below him.
  • James (No. 5) is a red mixed-traffic tender engine who works on the North Western Railway, usually on the Main Line. He can be vain and sometimes boastful, but means well and is a hard worker.
  • Percy (No. 6) is a green saddle tank engine who was brought to Sodor to help run the railway during Gordon, Henry and James' strike. He is Thomas' best friend and one of the youngest engines on the North Western Railway and often gets into trouble with his attempts to play tricks on the other engines. His favorite job is to deliver the mail and he works on Thomas' Branch Line as a goods engine.
  • Toby (No. 7) is a steam tram who works on Thomas' Branch Line with his coach Henrietta. Toby is wise and always willing to share his experience and knowledge with the other engines. He is careful with every job he undertakes and rarely has accidents.
  • Duck: (No. 8) is a green Great Western engine who runs his own branch line with Oliver. He thinks there are two ways of doing things, the Great Western way and the wrong way. Duck’s real name is Montague, but he is nicknamed Duck because he “waddles”.
  • Donald and Douglas (No. 9 and 10) are twin black mixed-traffic Scottish tender engines. They tend to work together on the railway. although they can be argumentative.
  • Oliver (No. 11) is a green Great Western tank engine. He and his brake van Toad were originally meant to be scrapped, but they were saved by the Scottish twin Douglas. After his escape he became boastful about his it, although he has become more humble since then.
  • Emily (No. 12) is a green Stirling Silver tender engine. She was the only female engine living at Tidmouth Sheds before the arrivals of Nia and Rebecca. Emily is kind, caring, and often acts as a voice of reason.
  • Nia (No. 18) is an orange tank engine who originally lived in Kenya before going on a world adventure with Thomas. When Thomas had to return to Sodor, she revealed she had no home to go to since her shed was destroyed, so Thomas invited her to live on Sodor, taking Edward's place at Tidmouth Sheds. Nia is friendly and a good problem solver.
  • Rebecca (No.22) is a streamlined yellow tender engine who was originally from England. Rebecca is a very cheerful and uplifting engine.
  • Bill and Ben are a pair of yellow saddle tank engines owned by the Sodor China Clay Company. They are mischievous and love to play pranks on the other engines. The two work at the docks and the company's clay pits.
  • Stepney (No. 55) is an enthusiastic tan tank engine who works on the Bluebell Railway. Rusty saved him from being scrapped.
  • Harvey (No. 27) is a maroon crane tank locomotive. He is very cheerful and helps clean up after other engines' crashes.
  • Fergus
  • Arthur
  • Murdoch
  • Molly
  • Neville
  • Rosie (No. 37)
  • Whiff (No. 66)
  • Billy
  • Stanley
  • Hank
  • Flora
  • Pip and Emma
  • Charlie (No. 14) is a purple tank engine originally from England. He has a mischievous personality.
  • Bash and Dash
  • Ferdinand
  • Scruff
  • Belle
  • Stephen
  • Porter
  • Timothy
  • Marion
  • Glynn (No. 1)
  • Ryan (No. 1014)
  • Sonny
  • Diesel is a black diesel shunter. Diesel has an oily, scheming, and malicious nature and holds a grudge against steam engines. Despite this, he still desires to be a useful engine.
  • Daisy
  • BoCo
  • Mavis
  • Derek
  • Arry and Bert are twin diesel engines who work at the Sodor Ironworks.
  • Diesel 10
  • Salty
  • Dennis
  • Den
  • Dart
  • Paxton
  • Norman
  • Sidney
  • Philip
  • Stafford
  • Hiro (No. 51)
  • Spencer is the private engine of the Duke and Duchess of Boxford. He is very fast, which leads to a rivalry with Gordon.
  • Flynn is a fire engine that is part of the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre and operates as a road-rail vehicle, both on road and rail.

Narrow gauge

Crovan's Gate Ensemble 1995
Key narrow-gauge characters: Duncan (yellow), Skarloey (red), Sir Handel (blue), Peter Sam (green), Duke (brown) and Rheneas (orange).
  • Skarloey (No. 1)
  • Rheneas (No. 2)
  • Sir Handel (No. 3)
  • Peter Sam (No. 4)
  • Rusty the Diesel (No. 5)
  • Duncan (No. 6)
  • Duke
  • Bertram
  • Mighty Mac
  • Fearless Freddie (No. 7)
  • Luke
  • Victor
  • Millie
  • Smudger
  • Proteus

Rolling stock


  • Annie and Clarabel are Thomas' faithful coaches, whom he loves dearly and would never dream of being separated from them.
  • Henrietta is a coach that travels with Toby, Victoria and Elsie. Percy or Daisy usually take her when Toby is absent. Thomas and Emily have also pulled her.


  • Troublesome Trucks (also called Cars or Freight Cars, originally Foolish Freight Cars, in the US) are pieces of rolling stock that are nicknamed so because they can be very troublesome, and love to play tricks on the engines. They can be Open Wagons, Vans, Tankers, or Brake Vans, depending on the type.
  • Hector (acronym for "Heavily Engineered Coal Truck on Rails") is a large hopper car who is good friends with Thomas and James. He first appeared in the eleventh season episode "Hector the Horrid", and he also appears in the twelfth season episode, "James Works It Out".

Rescue cranes

  • Rocky is a large breakdown crane, who is part of the Sodor Search and Rescue Team.

Non-railway vehicles

The television series Thomas & Friends and the original Railway Series books are known for its anthropomorphic railway engines. This article lists the characters over the years that are not rail-based.

Recurring characters


Terence is an orange tractor fitted with caterpillar tracks. Voice Actors: Tom Stourton (UK/US); Yasuhiko Kawazu (Japan, Seasons 1-5); Hinata Tadokoro (Japan, Season 21 onward)


Bertie is a red bus who works near Thomas' Branch Line. Voice Actors: Keith Wickham; Rupert Degas; Kevin Frank ("Thomas and the Magic Railroad"); Hikaru Midorikawa (Japan, Seasons 1-8); Takafumi Kawakami (Japan, Seasons 9-12); Mitsuhiro Sakamaki (Japan, Season 15 onward)


Trevor the traction engine was due to be broken up before he was saved by the Vicar of Wellsworth. Voice Actors: Christopher Ragland; Nigel Pilkington; Toshio Kobayashi (Japan, Seasons 2-6); Mitsuhiro Sakamaki (Japan, Season 9 onward)


Harold is a white helicopter who patrols the skies of Sodor, nicknamed "whirlybird" by the engines, Voice Actors: Keith Wickham; Kerry Shale; Rob Rackstraw; Kevin Frank ("Thomas and the Magic Railroad"); Yūki Satō (Japan, Seasons 2-8); Wataru Hatano ("Calling All Engines!" onwards); Nozomu Sasaki (Japan; "Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie" only)


A bad-tempered double-decker bus. His favourite phrase is "Free the roads!". Voice Actors: Colin McFarlane Season 21 onward; Daisuke Gōri (Japan, Seasons 3-7); Hinata Tadokoro (Japan, Season 21 onward)


A green, grumpy steamroller. Whenever he is flattening a road, he is seen rebelling by saying "Railways are no good! Turn 'em into roads! Pull 'em up! Turn 'em into roads!" Voice Actors: Masato Hirano (Japan, Seasons 4-5)


A green tower crane who works at Brendam Docks. Voice Actors: Matt Wilkinson; Glenn Wrage; Hisao Egawa (Japan, Seasons 5-8); Takaya Kuroda (Japan, Season 9 onward)


Butch R.K. 03 is a yellow and navy blue breakdown vehicle. Voice Actors: Rupert Degas; Matt Wilkinson; Glenn Wrage; Hiroo Sasaki (Japan, Season 15 onward)


A vintage Sentinel steam lorry. Voice Actors: Fu Suzuki (Japan, Seasons 6-8); Keiko Nemoto (Japan, Season 11 onward)


A jet plane who lives at the Sodor Airport, now discontinued in the US. Voice Actors: Taisuke Yamamoto (Japan, Season 10 onward)


A green and cream coloured snub-nosed lorry with a three-wheeled cab and a flatbed. Voice Actors: Nanaho Katsuragi (Japan, Season 11 onward)


A yellow mobile crane who works alongside Victor at the Sodor Steamworks. Kevin's catchphrase is "It was a slip of the hook!" Voice actors: Matt Wilkinson; Kerry Shale; Takayuki Kawasugi (Japan, "Hero of the Rails" onward)


A blue, red and yellow coast guard lifeboat. Voice Actors: Kentarō Hayami (Japan, "Misty Island Rescue"; theatrical version only); Hidenari Ugaki (Japan, "Misty Island Rescue" onward); Nozomu Sasaki (Japan; "Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie" only)


Merrick is a sleepy, snoring gantry crane. Voice Actors: Tomohiro Tsuboi (Japan, "Blue Mountain Mystery" onward)


A bright orange incline engine. Voice Actors: Jun'ichi Kanemaru (Japan, "Blue Mountain Mystery" onward)


Diesel powered rail-based grappling crane at Crocks Scrap Yard. Voice actors: Kenta Miyake (Japan)


A crane at Brendam Docks. Voice Actors: Lucy Montgomery (Season 21 onwards); Misa Ishii (Japan, Season 21 onwards)

Big Mickey
See also: List of Tugs characters#Big Mickey

A large hammerhead crane who works at Brendam Docks. Voice Actors: Rob Rackstraw (Season 21 onward); Hinata Tadokoro (Japan, Season 21 onwards); Nozomu Sasaki (Japan; "Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie" only)


A rolling gantry crane stationed on the Mainland. He speaks in a Jamaican accent. Voice Actors: Colin McFarlane ("Journey Beyond Sodor" onward); Kōichi Sakaguchi (Japan, Journey Beyond Sodor onward)


A race car. Voice actors: Peter Andre (UK/US; Big World! Big Adventures! onward); Issa Hentona (Japan; Big World! Big Adventures! only)


A road engine. Voice actors: Harriet Kershaw (UK/US Season 24 onward)

Minor characters


An elderly automobile used by the cricketers on the Island of Sodor. Voice Actors: Hiroko Emori (Japan, Seasons 4-5)


A self-propelled barge who worked at the harbour. Voice Actors: Ryōichi Tanaka (Japan, Season 4)


Quarry machine with two arms and caterpillar tracks.

Tiger Moth

A red-and-yellow biplane first seen in Season 5.


Colin is a stationary steam crane who works at the Wharf.


An air ambulance. Voice actors: Rachael Miller (UK/US; Season 22 onward); Tamaki Orie (Japan; Season 22 onward)

The Horrid Lorries

The three Horrid Lorries came to Sodor to replace the engines, but were sent away following a series of accidents. All three are painted dark red and carry numberplates, which read "LOR 1" (L0R 1), "LOR 2" (L0R 2) and "LOR 3" (L0R 3). Voice Actors: Tetsu Inada (Japan, Season 5), Lorry 1; Moriya Endo (Japan, Season 5), Lorry 2; Kōzō Shioya (Japan, Season 5), Lorry 3

Sodor Construction Company

In series 6, a new set of characters was introduced called "The Pack". The characters were devised by then-producer Phil Fehrle with the intention of being turned into a spin-off series, possibly as a rival to HIT Entertainment's other successful show and brand Bob the Builder. This spin-off series never materialised.


A friendly and enthusiastic front loader. Voice Actors: Steven Kynman; David Menkin; Naomi Shindō (Japan, Season 6 only); Hideki Nakanishi (Japan: "The Great Discovery"-Season 12); Keiko Nemoto (Japan, "King of the Railway" onward)


An excavator. Voice Actors: Tom Stourton; Nathan Clarke; Toshio Kobayashi (Japan, Season 6 only); Emiko Takeuchi (Japan, "Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure" onward)


Oliver is a wise old excavator. Voice Actors: Tim Whitnall; Ryō Horikawa (Japan, Season 6 only); Yūta Odagaki (Japan, "Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure" onward)

Max & Monty

Max and Monty are the devious and troublesome red Dump truck twins. Voice Actors: Tim Whitnall; Max is voiced by Yasuhiko Kawazu (Japan, Season 6 only); Hayato Fujii (Japan, Season 20 onwards); Rasmus Hardiker; Monty is voiced by Hayato Fujii (Japan, Season 20 onwards)


A crane truck and the oldest member of the Pack. Voice Actors: Kōzō Shioya (Japan, Season 6 only)


A cocky, boisterous bulldozer with a big blade. Voice Actors: Ryōichi Tanaka (Japan, Season 6 only)


A steam shovel. Voice Actors: Yasuhiro Takato (Japan, Season 6 only)


A vintage lorry who looks almost identical to Elizabeth. Voice Actors: Yuka Shioyama (Japan, Season 6 only)


A boastful concrete transport truck.


A simple steamroller.


A ballast tractor whose job is to haul construction workers and the Pack to and from work.


A bulldozer who was introduced in series 23. Voice Actors: Teresa Gallagher (UK/US; Series 23 onward)


A mole. Voice Actors: Harriet Kershaw (UK/US; Series 23 onwards)

Happy Hook

A crane in the Dieselworks.