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
|Voiced by||Teresa Gallagher (UK; 2009-present)
Jules de Jongh (US; 2009-present, UK; Thomas & Friends in 4-D: Bubbling Boilers only)
Yuka Shioyama (Japan; 2003-2004; S7-8)
Erina Yamazaki (Japan; 2005-present; Calling All Engines! onwards)
Emily the Stirling Engine is a fictional steam locomotive from the television series Thomas & Friends. She was the second female steam engine (Lady was the first female steam engine) and first female steam engine to be featured in the television series (Daisy was the first female Diesel engine and female engine), and became a member of the "Steam Team", as the eight core characters of the series which she became in Calling All Engines!, and appeared in lots of episodes more often. She is also the only female in the Steam Team. She is painted dark 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. She speaks with a Scottish accent in the U.K. narration of the series, while in the U.S. narration, she speaks with an American accent.
Emily is the only 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 only member in the Steam Team who was not created by the Rev. W. Awdry and his son, Christopher. As well as this, she is the only Steam Team member who did not make their first appearance in the first series.
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 a dark emerald green livery on their locomotives similar to that carried by Emily.
- Stead, E: Thomas to the Rescue, Egmont, 2010.