Rusty the Diesel

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Rusty the Diesel
Thomas & Friends character
Thomas & Friends Rusty.png
Rusty's Small Scale Model
First appearance The Little Old Engine (The Railway Series)
"Trucks" (Thomas and Friends)
Voiced by Matt Wilkinson (UK/US)
Number 5 (Narrow gauge engine)
Gender Male

Rusty the Diesel is a fictional narrow gauge diesel locomotive in Wilbert Awdry's Railway Series books and in the accompanying television series Thomas & Friends.


Rusty is a friendly, calm and caring diesel who was built in 1957 by Ruston and Hornsby. He is used for maintenance work and motive power in case of emergency or breakdown. Despite his rust-colour (black in the Railway Series), Rusty's name is a portmanteau of Ruston and Hornsby.[1] He is based on the Talyllyn Railway's "Midlander".


Commercial models of Rusty
Model range Type Color
Ertl die-cast metal Normal
Take Along/Take n Play die-cast metal Normal
Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway wood Normal
TrackMaster plastic motorized Normal
Mega Bloks plastic Normal
My First Thomas plastic Normal
Bachmann HO scale plastic Normal (Coming Soon)