Emily (Thomas & Friends)
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|Emily the Stirling Engine|
|Thomas & Friends character|
|First appearance||"Emily's New Coaches" (2003)|
|Created by||Jan Page (Writer)|
Robert Gauld-Galliers (Designer)
|Voiced by||Teresa Gallagher (UK; 2009–present)|
Jules de Jongh (US; 2009–present, UK; Thomas & Friends in 4-D: Bubbling Boilers and The Great Race singing voice only)
Emily the Stirling Engine is a fictional anthropomorphic steam locomotive from the television series Thomas & Friends. She was the second female steam engine (Lady was the first female steam engine), first female steam engine to be featured in the television series (Daisy was the first female diesel engine and female locomotive) and first female tender engine, and became a member of the "Steam Team", as the eight core characters of the series which she became in Series 8, and appeared in lots of episodes more often. She was also the only female foreign engine so far in the Steam Team, up until the addition of Nia and Rebecca in Series 22. She is painted dark emerald green and has two large driving wheels and a shiny brass safety valve cover.
When she first arrived on the Island of Sodor, she took Thomas's coaches Annie and Clarabel by mistake, much to Thomas' dismay. However, after she rescued Thomas and Oliver from an accident, Thomas forgave her and The Fat Controller (Sir Topham Hatt) rewarded her with two coaches of her own. Emily acts as a sisterly figure to the other engines. She is very kind and friendly and always sensitive to the other engines' feelings. If she wrongs someone, knowingly or not, she is quick to apologize.
Emily is the first member of the Steam Team who does not appear in The Railway Series—the series of books that have formed the basis of the television series, and she is also the first member in the Steam Team who was not created by the Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry and his son, Christopher. As well as this, she is the first Steam Team member who did not make their first appearance in the first series. She originally spoke with a Scottish accent in the British dub of the series, and speaks with an American accent in the American dub.
Emily is based on a Stirling 4-2-2 of the Great Northern Railway. These locomotives were used on high-speed express services from York to London in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Great Northern Railway used an apple green livery on their locomotives unlike that carried by Emily.
- Stead, E: Thomas to the Rescue, Egmont, 2010.