Emily (Thomas & Friends)

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Thomas & Friends character
Emily the Engine.jpg
First appearance "Emily's New Coaches"
Created by Jan Page
Phil Fehrle
Voiced by Teresa Gallagher (UK)
Jules de Jongh (US)
Gender "Female"

Emily the Stirling Engine is a fictional anthropomorphic steam locomotive from the television series Thomas & Friends. She was the first female steam engine to be featured in the television series, and is the only female member of the "Steam Team", the eight core characters of the series. She is painted dark-green and has large driving wheels and a shiny brass safety valve cover. She is younger than Edward.

She arrived on Sodor in 2003 in the Thomas and Friends Series 7 episode: "Emily's New Coaches".

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 rewarded her with two coaches of her own. From Season 8 to season 11, she has been depicted as a rather bossy character (which can make her difficult to work with at times) but since Season 12, she became very kind. She is sometimes a "big sister" figure to the smaller engines like Thomas and Percy. 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. She was a relatively late addition to the TV series, arriving in Series 7.

In the more recent (CGI) stories, from Hero of the Rails onwards, Emily is voiced by Teresa Gallagher (UK) and Jules de Jongh (US).


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.

Whilst the Stirling 4-2-2 is a tender engine, Emily is incorrectly described as a tank engine in some of the Thomas and Friends books.[1]


Since arriving on Sodor, Emily has appeared in many episodes. The following is a list of the episodes in which Emily appeared in as a Main character:

  • "Emily's New Coaches" (Season 7, episode 1) – Emily's arrival on Sodor.
  • "What's the Matter with Henry?" (Series 7, episode 6)
  • "Salty's Stormy Tale" (Series 7, episode 13)
  • "Bulgy Rides Again" (Series 7, episode 19)
  • "Thomas, Emily and the Snowplough" (Season 8, episode 8)
  • "Emily's New Route" (Series 8, episode 10)
  • "Spic and Span" (Series 8, episode 13)
  • "As Good As Gordon" (Series 8, episode 18)
  • "Emily's Adventure" (Series 8, episode 20)
  • "Halloween" (Series 8, episode 21)
  • "Chickens to School" (Series 8, episode 24)
  • "Emily Knows Best" (Series 9, episode 17)
  • "Thomas and The New Engine" (Series 9, episode 11)
  • "Thomas' Milkshake Muddle" (Series 9, episode 3)
  • "Respect for Gordon" (Series 9, episode 6)
* "Emily and the Special Coaches"/"Emily and the Special Cars" (Series 10, episode 21)
  • "Emily's Rubbish"/"Emily And The Garbage" (Series 11, episode 2)
  • "Thomas and The Storyteller" (Series 11, episode 1)
  • "Dirty Work (Series 11)" (Series 11, episode 4)
  • "Excellent Emily" (Series 12, episode 8)
  • "Rosie's Funfair Special"/"Rosie's Carnival Special" (Series 12, episode 3)
  • "A Blooming Mess" (Series 13, episode 12)
  • "Thomas and The Runaway Kite" (Series 13, episode 13)
  • "Pingy Pongy Pick Up" (Series 14, episode 3)
  • "Victor Says Yes" (Series 14, episode 9)
  • "Emily and Dash" (Season 15, episode 3)
  • "Kevin The Steamie" (Season 15, episode 16)
  • "Emily's Winter Party Special" (Season 16, episode 14)
  • "No Snow for Thomas" (Season 17, episode 17)
  • "Flatbeds of Fear" (Season 18, episode 3)
  • "Emily Saves the World" (Season 18)
  • "The Truth About Toby" (Season 19)



  1. ^ Stead, E: Thomas to the Rescue, Egmont, 2010.

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