List of Thomas & Friends non-rail vehicles
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The television series Thomas & Friends and the original Railway Series books are well known for its anthropomorphic railway engines. This article lists the characters over the years that are not rail-based.
- 1 Recurring characters
- 2 Minor characters
- 3 The Pack
- 4 Prop Vehicles
- 5 References
Terence is an orange tractor fitted with caterpillar tracks. He often pulls other vehicles who have become stuck. When Thomas first encountered Terence, he insulted Terence’s caterpillars, but later discovered their usefulness when Terence pulled him out of a snowdrift. Terence also had a removable bulldozer blade that he used to clear snow or any sort of rubble. He first appeared in Season 1 and later appeared in Seasons 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 21.
Terence works on Farmer Finney's farm, adjacent to Thomas’ branch line.
Bertie is a red bus who works near Thomas' Branch Line. He has been good friends with Thomas ever since their great race. He first appeared in Season 1 and has appeared in every season of the show ever since.
- Kevin Frank ("Thomas and the Magic Railroad")
- Rupert Degas (UK/US, Seasons 15-16)
- Keith Wickham (UK/US, Season 17 onwards)
- Hikaru Midorikawa (Japan, Seasons 1-8)
- Takafumi Kawakami (Japan, Seasons 9-12)
- Mitsuhiro Sakamaki (Japan, Season 15 onwards)
Discovered by Edward in a scrapyard on his branch line, Trevor the traction engine was due to be broken up before he was saved by the Vicar of Wellsworth. He now lives in the Wellsworth Vicarage Orchard and is often used for light haulage work, and at the vicarage fete to give all the children rides. He is painted dark green with red lining, gold boiler bands and red wheels. He first appeared in Season 2, and has appeared in seasons 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 19, 20 and 21.
- Nigel Pilkington (UK, Season 20 onwards)
- Christopher Ragland (US, Season 20 onwards)
- Toshio Kobayashi (Japan, Seasons 2-6)
- Mitsuhiro Sakamaki (Japan, Seasons 9 onwards)
Harold is a white helicopter who patrols the skies of Sodor. Nicknamed "whirlybird" by the engines, he enjoys a good-natured rivalry with them, especially Percy. He first appeared in Season 2, and has appeared in every season since, except seasons 11 and 13.
- Kevin Frank ("Thomas and the Magic Railroad")
- Keith Wickham (UK, "Misty Island Rescue" onwards)
- Kerry Shale (US, "Misty Island Rescue" onwards)
- Yūki Satō (Japan, Seasons 2-8)
- Wataru Hatano ("Calling All Engines!" onwards)
Bulgy is a Scarlet red and cream, bad-tempered double-decker bus, later repainted green and cream. He hated railways, and believed that some day they would all be replaced by roads. He carried a poster on his side telling people to "JOIN THE ANTI-RAIL LEAGUE". His favourite phrase is "Free the roads!" He also wears a large sign saying "THE RAILWAY BUS," although he isn't really.
When he first arrived, he tried to steal Duck’s and Oliver's passengers by pretending to be a railway bus. Bulgy was determined to get the passengers to the Big Station before Duck, but was stopped when he became stuck under a low bridge after taking a short cut. Eventually he was turned into a henhouse by Duck's branch line, but was given a second chance in series 7. However, after the hens caused trouble for him when he was delivering passengers, he decided to work as a vegetable bus, where he was much happier than ever before.
He later appeared in the Season 21 episode "Unscheduled Stops". In this episode, he is restored to his Season 3 appearance unlike his Season 7 appearance.
George is a green steamroller with gold boiler band and red lining who loathes the engines. He can often be heard chanting, "The Railways are no good; turn 'em into roads! Pull 'em up! Turn 'em into roads!". He rarely comes out on top, as his enthusiasm for beating the railways can make him careless.
- Masato Hirano (Japan, Seasons 4-5)
Cranky is a grey-green tower crane who works at Brendam Docks loading and unloading ships. He finds the engines tiresome, particularly the smaller ones, and enjoys teasing them, in particular using the term "bugs" to deride them. Cranky cannot move on his own, but he can be dismantled and rebuilt in other locations if necessary. Cranky was introduced in season 5 and has appeared in every season of the show ever since.
- Matt Wilkinson (UK, Season 13 onwards)
- Glenn Wrage (US, Season 13 onwards)
- Hisao Egawa (Japan, Seasons 5-8)
- Takaya Kuroda (Japan, Season 9 onwards)
Butch is a golden yellow and navy blue breakdown vehicle. He helps clear rubble and haul broken down cars and lorries. His number plate is 'BRK 03', and is also known as the 'Sodor Heavy Recovery Unit'. His first named appearance was in the series 5 episode "Horrid Lorry", in which he had no face. In further appearances, he was given a small, stubbled face on his radiator, but he never spoke. Butch finally made his first speaking appearance in the Season 15 episode, "Stuck on You". Butch also appeared in every season since, except seasons 12, 13, 14, 18, and 20.
- Rupert Degas (UK, Season 15 only)
- Matt Wilkinson (UK, Season 16 onwards)
- Glenn Wrage (US, Seasons 15-16)
- Steven Kynman (US, Season 17 onwards)
- Hiroo Sasaki (Japan, Season 15 onwards)
Elizabeth is a maroon vintage Sentinel steam lorry. She was once Sir Topham Hatt’s first lorry, however she was stored in a shed for some time before she was found by accident. She now works at the quarries with Rusty. Her shed is located near the Loop Line between Elsbridge and Crosby. She does not like laziness or rudeness, and will respond to both in the strongest terms. Although she believes roads are superior to rails, she often helps the engines out. Elizabeth first appeared in season 6 and has appeared in seasons 7, 8 and 11.
Jeremy is a white and blue jet plane who believes planes are better than trains. He first appeared in Thomas and the Jet Plane in series 10. This episode was his only speaking role. He then made cameos and non-speaking roles in series 11, 12 and 20, as well as The Great Discovery.
- Taisuke Yamamoto (Japan, Season 10 onwards)
Madge is a green and cream coloured snub-nosed lorry with a three-wheeled cab and a flatbed. Her first appearance was in the episode Cool Truckings and then Wash Behind Your Buffers in Season 11's special DVD, Engines and Escapades. She also had a brief role in The Great Discovery. She is described as having a motherly attitude towards the Skarloey engines, and often eager to please-so much so she forgets her own priorities.
- Nanaho Katsuragi (Japan, Season 11 onwards)
Kevin is a mobile crane who works alongside Victor at the Sodor Steamworks. Kevin calls Victor "Boss" and he's young and somewhat accident prone, which can be a bother to Victor, but the two work well together.
Kevin's catchphrase is "It was a slip of the hook!" This has become so well known that most of the engines can finish the line for him.
Kevin is a road crane based on a 20-ton Ransome and Rapier crane. Kevin wears a yellow livery with black warning stripes.
- Matt Wilkinson (UK, "Hero of the Rails" onwards; excluding "Hasty Hannah" and "Journey Beyond Sodor")
- Kerry Shale (US, "Hero of the Rails" onwards; UK, "Hasty Hannah" and "Journey Beyond Sodor" only)
- Takayuki Kawasugi (Japan, "Hero of the Rails" onwards)
Captain is a blue, red and yellow coast guard lifeboat who is part of Sodor Search and Rescue Team, along with Belle, Flynn, Harold, Rocky and Butch. He speaks in a Cockney accent with nautical slang.
- Keith Wickham (UK/US, "Misty Island Rescue" onwards)
- Kentarō Hayami (Japan, "Misty Island Rescue"; theatrical version only)
- Hidenari Ugaki (Japan, "Misty Island Rescue" onwards)
Merrick is a sleepy red gantry crane, whose snores can be heard around the Blue Mountain Quarry. Once he is needed, Merrick is wide awake and ready to swing any boulder down to the stone cutting shed.
Merrick was introduced in Blue Mountain Mystery, and has appeared every season since, except seasons 19 and 21.
- Matt Wilkinson (UK/US, "Blue Mountain Mystery" onwards)
- Tomohiro Tsuboi (Japan, "Blue Mountain Mystery" onwards)
Owen is an enthusiastic orange incline engine, who is really proud of the uniqueness of his job. He never tires of sending slate trucks up and down the incline at the Blue Mountain Quarry.
Owen was introduced in Blue Mountain Mystery, and has appeared every season since, except season 19.
- Ben Small (UK/US, "Blue Mountain Mystery"-Season 18)
- Jun'ichi Kanemaru (Japan, "Blue Mountain Mystery" onwards)
Carly is a crane who works at Brendam Docks. She was introduced in season 21.
Big Mickey is a large hammerhead crane who works at Brendam Docks with Cranky and Carly.
Before being stationed at Brendam, Big Mickey worked at Knapford Harbour. He once knocked over Edward with a large boiler by accident. In the twenty-first series episode, "New Crane on the Dock", he surprised everyone after not making communication with anyone for many years.
Big Mickey was originally a character in Thomas & Friends' sister series; TUGS.
- Rob Rackstraw (UK/US, Season 21 onwards)
Beresford is a blue rolling gantry crane stationed on the Mainland. He speaks in a Jamaican accent and befriends Thomas by helping him hide from Hurricane and Frankie. He was introduced in Journey Beyond Sodor.
Caroline is an elderly red and gold automobile used by the cricketers on the Island of Sodor. She does not like high speeds as these wear her out, overheating her motor. She does have a softer side, and she appreciates the engines after Stepney helped her back to the field in the series 4 episode 'Train Stops Play'. She also appears in series 5's 'Lady Hatt's Birthday Party' and in Seasons 8 and 9.
- Hiroko Emori (Japan, Seasons 4-5)
Bulstrode is a white, black and red self-propelled barge who worked at the harbour on the Island of Sodor. He was used to carry cargo like coal and stone, but always complained about not being loaded fast enough. Percy accidentally pushed trucks off a dock and into his hull, causing damage to him and the trucks. The trucks then giggled and said to him, "Serves you right! You were always barging in and moaning!" He was then towed to Tidmouth Beach, where he was used as a children's playground. Bulstrode tends to barge his way into things that are not his business.
- Ryōichi Tanaka (Japan, Season 4)
The Horrid Lorries
The three Horrid lorries came to Sodor to replace the engines, but were sent away following a series of accidents. Lorry 2 accidentally drove down and off a steep mountain road on his way from the quarry and crashed into some rocks below and got smashed, Lorry 3 broke down after being overloaded with flour and his rear wheels fell off, and Lorry 1 reversed straight into the sea.
All three are painted dark red and carry numberplates, which read "LOR 1"(L0R 1), "LOR 2"(L0R 2) and "LOR 3"(L0R 3). Thomas christened them "The Brothers Grim: Smashed (Lorry 2), Broken (Lorry 3) & Sunk (Lorry 1)" after their accidents. According to the official series website, they consider themselves brothers and were all built at the same time for transporting goods and are built to work for "The Pack" after "Horrid Lorry" their models had their faces and registration plates removed and were used as props till "Hero of the Rails".
In the video game Thomas & Friends: Trouble on the Tracks, Horrid Lorry No. 1 is shown to still be working on the island. The Fat Controller asks him to collect coal from the mines for the engines in the shed after James who was supposed to collect it had an accident. He also appears in the game "Railway Adventures" in the Supply Run level where Thomas has to take a Repairman, a Fuel Tanker or a Coal Truck to him.
- Tetsu Inada (Japan, Season 5)
- Moriya Endo (Japan, Season 5)
- Kōzō Shioya (Japan, Season 5)
Thumper is a vermillion quarry machine with two arms and caterpillar tracks, used to loosen rocks in the quarry. He was featured in one series 5 story, "Rusty and the Boulder", with no dialogue.
Tiger Moth is a red-and-yellow biplane. He was first seen in Season 5.
In the magazines, the character of Tiger Moth is extended- to the point where he is depicted with a face.
Colin is a green stationary steam crane who works at the Wharf and is a good friend of Freddie. Colin has never been to a party because he cannot move, so Freddie decides to hold the party at the Wharf. Colin had made his debut in the series 12 episode "The Party Surprise". He can load and unload cargo from trucks and barges.
In series 6, a new set of characters was introduced called "The Pack". This is a gang of construction machines owned by Miss Jenny Packard & Co. 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, and prior to 2006, The Pack appeared in the episodes "Jack Jumps In" and "A Friend In Need". They have been featured with four new characters in a DVD entitled On Site with Thomas. In The Great Discovery, almost all of The Pack are seen. The exceptions are Nelson, Patrick, Isabella and Byron. Jack, Alfie and either Max or Monty also appeared in the series 12 episode, "Percy and the Bandstand".
Jack is currently one of five members of the Pack to appear in the CGI series, thus appearing in the 2013 special, King of the Railway. However, Jack also appeared with a new look to his face. It was formerly round, but since King of the Railway it has been square.
Also, Alfie, Oliver, Max and Monty (the other four members of the Pack to appear in the CGI series), returned in the 2015 special, Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.
Jack is a friendly and enthusiastic front loader who was first seen in the episode 'Jack Jumps In' when he joined the Pack. Despite a couple of accidents, he was able to prove himself when he saved Thomas from disaster, and is now part of the team. Jack is painted red and cream and has the number 11.
Jack first appeared in series 6, and has also appeared in series 12, 19, 20 and 21 and The Great Discovery. He also had supporting roles in King of the Railway and Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.
- Steven Kynman (UK, "King of the Railway" onwards)
- David Menkin (US, "King of the Railway" onwards)
- Naomi Shindō (Japan, Season 6 only)
- Hideki Nakanishi (Japan: "The Great Discovery"-Season 12)
- Keiko Nemoto (Japan, "King of the Railway" onwards)
Alfie is an excavator and a fast worker whose motto is, "More work means more dirt; more dirt means more fun!". He loves working hard, and handles the toughest of jobs with ease. He is painted green and has the number 12 painted in white on his sides and on the back of his cab.
In some examples of merchandise Alfie is depicted with freckles, although he evidently doesn't have any in the TV series.
Alfie first appeared in series 6, and has also appeared in series 12 and 20. He had a minor role in The Great Discovery and a supporting role in Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure. In The Great Race, Thomas imagined himself with Alfie's shape.
- Nathan Clarke (UK/US, "Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure" onwards)
- Toshio Kobayashi (Japan, Season 6 only)
- Emiko Takeuchi (Japan, "Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure" onwards)
Oliver is a wise old excavator, larger than Alfie, who keeps an eye on the other members of the Pack. He is light brown and light green and has the number 14 painted on his cab in red. Oliver is also capable of switching between different tools, including a chisel and wrecking ball. He is polite to the other members of the Pack.
He should not be confused with the steam engine Oliver. However, Marion once made this mistake when she met him for the first time. She believed the Arlesdale Railway engines turned him from a steam engine to a digger. It was the line's opening ceremony that she found there were two Olivers on Sodor.
Oliver first appeared in series 6, and had also appeared in series 20, series 21 and The Great Discovery. He had a supporting role in Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure. Thomas imagined himself having Oliver's wheels in The Great Race.
- Tim Whitnall (UK/US, "Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure" onwards)
- Ryō Horikawa (Japan, Season 6 only)
- Yūta Odagaki (Japan, "Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure" onwards)
Max and Monty
Max and Monty are the devious and troublesome red Dump truck twins. They are known to cause trouble for the Pack Members and also the engines; but are sternly scolded by Miss Jenny when they are found out! Despite being unruly at times with dangerous stunts, they have a good side in them somewhere and still do the work like everyone else. They are painted red and grey and have the numbers 15 and 16 respectively. Max has a thick front bumper, while Monty has a "two pipe-type" front bumper.
Max first appeared in series 6 (with Monty first appearing in the mini-series, thereafter), and have also appeared in series 12 and The Great Discovery. They both had reappeared small roles in Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, and later had speaking roles in series 20 and both cameoed in Series 21.
- Tim Whitnall (UK, Season 20 onwards)
- Kerry Shale (US, Season 20 onwards)
- Yasuhiko Kawazu (Japan, Season 6 only)
- Hayato Fujii (Japan, Season 20 onwards)
- Rasmus Hardiker (UK, Season 20 onwards)
- Rob Rackstraw (US, Season 20 onwards)
- Hayato Fujii (Japan, Season 20 onwards)
Kelly is a dark blue crane truck (with yellow crane arm) and the oldest member of the Pack, having originally belonged to Miss Jenny's father. He is a good friend of Isabella. He seems to be good at heart and to get on with everyone (except perhaps the dump truck twins). He has the number 17 painted on the sides of his cab. Kelly will be helpful whenever he can.
- Kōzō Shioya (Japan, Season 6 only)
Byron is a boisterous yellow bulldozer with a big blade. He is a bit conceited, but likes to be useful like the rest of the Pack. He has the number 18 painted on his sides. He always likes to make sure the site is leveled which can sometimes cause trouble. He soon learned that "the leveled site is very important but that is nothing to boast about" after Olivar told him to be careful near the muddy pond and not to fell into it, However he Rescues Alfie in Percy's happy Day and Miss Jenny scolds at Max and Monty.
- Ryōichi Tanaka (Japan, Season 6 only)
Ned is an old light brown and tan steam shovel. He means well, but he can sometimes be clumsy. Indeed, he once nearly caused a terrible accident by knocking out the keystone of a railway bridge when Thomas was due to cross with a goods train in "A friend in need". But apart from the minor bumps and accidents, Ned's heart is as big as his bucket and he is a valued member of the Pack. He has the number 19 painted on his cab as well as 'Packard and Co.', but later changed to "Sodor Construction Company" on "On Site with Thomas".
- Yasuhiro Takato (Japan, Season 6 only)
Isobella is a vintage lorry who looks almost identical to Elizabeth, apart from her bright yellow paintwork and her flatbed. She is a hard worker, but does not like getting dirty. She is painted yellow with red lining and she has the number 22 painted on her sides in red. She is the second steam lorry on the island of Sodor.
Despite many misconceptions of her name being spelt "Isabella", official material proves that her name is correctly spelt as "Isobella".
- Yuka Shioyama (Japan, Season 6 only)
Patrick is a concrete transport truck. He was found to be quite a boastful soul in his first appearance. He knows all there is to know about cement and thinks it is one of the essential means of keeping the building site running. He is painted maroon with cream bits. He has the number 23.
Buster is a simple red-brown steamroller who goes about his job with glee and pride knowing all is right with the world. What Buster lacks in imagination, he makes up for in heart, commitment and hard work and is liked by all the machines in the yard (except perhaps Max and Monty). He is the only member of the Pack not to wear a number.
Nelson is an intelligent Ballast tractor whose job is to haul construction workers and the Pack to and from work. As the bearer of such weighty loads, he often feels overworked, but will never complain. He is proud of his paint job and is happiest when he looks his best. He wears the number 10 and is painted black with cream lining, red alloys and beam.
The website of series art director Robert Gauld-Galliers features a sketch of a thirteenth Pack character, Nigel, a green-and-gold transporter who wears the number 21. Because of the similarity in name and prototype, it is possible that Nigel is the character who eventually became Nelson.
There are several other vehicles that have appeared in various episodes of the series as props. The Ertl Company range of die-cast models featured a number of them and named these "characters" for ease of identification, for example the Dyson Low Loader and the Sodor Soft-Side Truck.
Sir Topham Hatt’s Car
Sir Topham Hatt goes almost everywhere in it. He has had a few accidents while driving it, namely, popping one of its tyres in a pothole, and sliding into a ditch, a haystack, and a pond. In the Season 11 story Thomas and the Runaway Car, Thomas collected the "New" Car that looks identical to the "Old" Car. Whether or not this is a new one or merely the old one is currently unknown. It is painted "Hatt Blue".
Tom Tipper's Mail Van
Tom Tipper the Postman goes everywhere in his mail van, as shown in the Season 4 story "Mind That Bike". When his boss decides it is too expensive to run, Tom is forced to use his bike, until Percy accidentally ruins it by pulling out while it was propped up against his train. The next day when Percy comes to the station, Tom has a brand new van because of the accident. Both vans are painted red with "Sodor Mail" on the sides in white.
Miss Jenny's Land Rover
Miss Jenny Packard of the Sodor Construction Company uses a Land Rover as her primary mode of transportation to the construction sights. The car appears only in the spinoff "Jack and The Pack". It has a blue and cream paint job.
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