Rusty the Diesel
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 lives and works on the Skarloey Railway on the Island of Sodor as Engine No. 5. Rusty is a friendly and caring diesel, built in 1957 by Ruston and Hornsby, he is used for maintenance motive power in case of emergency or breakdown. Despite his rust-colour, Rusty's name is a portmanteau of Hornsby, he is based on the Talyllyn Railway's "Midlander"
Diesel (Thomas & Friends)
"Devious" Diesel is a British Rail Class 08 diesel shunting locomotive, originating from "The Other Railway". The character appeared in The Railway Series books and the Diesel Engine and Thomas and the Evil Diesel, appears as the primary antagonist in the television series, Thomas & Friends; when Diesel came on trial to the North Western Railway, Duck was asked to show him around. Duck left him to his own devices; as a result, Diesel was made into a laughing stock by the trucks for trying to pull some rusty old trucks and failing spectacularly, Diesel blamed Duck for not helping him. He attempted to seek revenge on Duck by spreading rumors to the trucks by calling Henry Old Square Wheels, James Rusty Red Scrap Iron, Gordon a Galloping Sausage, blamed it on Duck; when the three engines heard about it, they accused Duck for the situation and refused to let him in the sheds. However, The Fat Controller became aware of Diesel's antics when he tried to tell lies about Henry, sent him away in disgrace.
Diesel reprises his role from The Railway Series book Duck and the Diesel Engine, however, he returned when Duck and Percy needed help at Knapford Harbour. He proved to be just as troublesome as and was sent away after pushing a load of China Clay Trucks into the water. However, when Henry had an accident with some trucks, Diesel was brought back to help out with his goods work, but was again sent away in disgrace, after attempting his worth at being stronger than Henry, resulting in falling in a barge. Since Season 7, Diesel has not had any form of acknowledgment that he belonged to the Other Railway and has remained on the North Western Railway since. Kerry Shale Michael Brandon Martin Sherman Daisuke Gōri Hisao Egawa Ken Sanders Shinichi Ishihara
Harold the Helicopter
Harold the Helicopter is a fictional Helicopter character in The Railway Series books by the Rev. W. Awdry and Christopher Awdry and the television series Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends. Harold is white with a red pinstripe, he is proud of being able to fly, the speed and versatility this gives him. This has led to rivalries with the engines, most notably a race with Percy the Small Engine in the helicopter's first appearance, which Percy won. Despite this, he is a friend to the railway, in particular to Percy, has been able to help the engines out- though they do sometimes refer to him as "whirlybird", he is owned by the Coastguard on Sodor and lives at Dryaw airfield by Thomas' branch line and since the movie-special Misty Island Rescue lives at the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre. He keeps a watchful eye over the Island in case of trouble, speeds to the rescue of anyone in distress, he speaks in a manner reminiscent of an RAF pilot as depicted in movies of the 1940s and 50s, using terms such as "wizard" in conversation.
Harold makes his first appearance in Percy the Small Engine. He is not seen again under the Reverend's name, but reappears in More About Thomas the Tank Engine and Thomas Comes Home by Christopher Awdry. Since Misty Island Rescue, Harold is owned by the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre on Sodor and lives at the Rescue Centre by the Misty Island Tunnel, his previous home was at the airfield near Dryaw. From 2010 onwards, Harold is now voiced by Keith Wickham and Kerry Shale in the CGI version of the series. Harold first appeared in the book Percy the Small Engine. Martin Clutterbuck suggests that the inspiration for the story in which he races Percy came from the British Department of Transport's claims that the helicopter would soon render railways obsolete. Harold is based on a Sikorsky S-55 helicopter, built in the UK as the Westland Whirlwind; this was one of the most successful early helicopters, with examples being used all over the world. The character's name may arise from the fact that variants of the Whirlwind in UK military service were designated HAR 1, HAR 3, HAR 10 etc
Sir Handel is a fictional steam locomotive from The Railway Series children's books by the Rev. W. Awdry and its spin-off TV series, Thomas & Friends. Sir Handel lives and works on the Skarloey Railway on the Island of Sodor as Engine No.3. Sir Handel is named after the owner of Sir Handel Brown. Sir Handel can be badly behaved at times and is prone to temper tantrums when he does not get his own way, he has been known on at least two occasions to pretend to be ill in order to avoid work, but this backfires on him. He is not popular with the trucks because he always bumps them regardless of how they behave, they play tricks on him, he feels that he should only pull coaches with bogies. He was called Falcon and lived on the Mid Sodor Railway with Duke and Stuart; when the railway closed, he and Stuart were sold to the Sodor Aluminium Company, later to the Skarloey Railway, where he was renamed and given a red coat of paint. He had problems with staying on the track, so he was fitted with a set of wheels with wide tyres, nicknamed "steamroller wheels" by the other engines.
He was taken to pieces for a television programme. He was sent to the Talyllyn Railway in Wales when one of their engines needed repairs. Most he caused trouble for the Thin Controller by deliberately damaging his firebox. Sir Handel was renamed after the founding member of the Skarloey Railway, does not get on well with either trucks or coaches. Sir Handel made his first appearance in Season 4 of the TV series, along with the other engines from the Skarloey Railway, he was introduced as Falcon on the Mid Sodor Railway, kept his blue colour when he came to the Skarloey Railway. He did not appear again until the show's 10th series in 2006, he was not seen in Series 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9. The reason given for his absence was. Upon returning, he adopted a more mature persona compared to his former pompous personality from Series 4. Like the other narrow-gauge engines, Sir Handel received a larger-scale model when he returned in Season 10. While being superficially the same, the two models may be differentiated by the level of detail.
On the new model: the front of the saddle tank is smooth. The new model appears to have the same body as Proteus, who appeared in Season 9. In Season 16, Sir Handel has shown that he is patient and selfless, in the special, Blue Mountain Mystery, he showed that he is humble and kind, helping Luke to keep his secret, but all was ruined by Diesel and Paxton, but he has proved. From Spring 2012 onwards, Sir Handel is now voiced by Keith Wickham in the CGI version of the series in both sides of the atlantic, respectively. Sir Handel is based on the locomotive Sir Haydn who works at the Talyllyn Railway in Wales; this locomotive was built by Henry Hughes & Co at the Falcon Works in Loughborough in 1878, one of three identical locomotives for the 2 ft 3 in gauge Corris Railway in Merionethshire. Nos. 1 and 2 were scrapped in 1930 and No.3 worked until the Corris Railway closed in 1948, hauling the last train on 20 August that year. After three years covered by a tarpaulin at Machynlleth Station No. 3 was purchased by the nearby Talyllyn Railway in 1951.
The original cab was replaced in the 1960s, this change can be seen in the TV version of Sir Handel. Sir Haydn the real locomotive is named after Sir Henry Haydn Jones former owner of the Talyllyn Railway and the person upon whom the owner of the Skarloey railway is based; the Corris Railway is building a new locomotive to the same design. In the 1980s, the Talyllyn Railway repainted Sir Haydn to represent Sir Handel. Christopher Awdry wrote this into the 1985 book Great Little Engines, explaining that Sir Handel was visiting the line to help out. An incident in which Sir Haydn ran into a tree branch and was given a bandage and eyepatch was turned into a story in the book, with no alteration from the real event
Thomas & Friends (franchise)
Thomas & Friends was created by the Rev. W Awdry; the series has been seen in one feature film released in 2000. HIT revealed that its theatrical division would be piloted by a "Thomas" film. Targeted for late-2010 release, in September 2009 this was revised to "Spring 2011"; as of January 2011, the release date had been pushed back further to 2012 and the name of the production had still not been announced. The initial draft of the script was written by Josh Klausner, who has said that the film will be set around the times of World War II, Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi helped write the script. On 8 June 2011, Deadline announced that 9 director Shane Acker will direct the live-action adaptation of Thomas the Tank Engine, with Weta Digital designing the film's visual effects. "Day out with Thomas", is a marketing name used by HiT Entertainment for special events held at heritage railways in the UK. The characteristic features of these events include locomotives wearing'faces' to resemble'Thomas' characters, a "Fat Controller" character performed by one of the railway's volunteers.
The general idea is that the public have the chance to ride in a train pulled by'Thomas' or one of his friends. In the US the name refers to "Come Ride the Rails with Thomas", a US tour by real trains modelled after Thomas the Tank Engine; the Thomas engine visits various historic railroads across the United States allowing visitors to play games, meet Sir Topham Hatt and to ride on a passenger car pulled by the engine. HiT Entertainment sponsors the event to promote the Friends brand. In the Netherlands is a "Day out with Thomas", Een dag uit met Thomas, is held at the South Limburg Railway Compagny a heritage railway in Simpelveld in the South of the Netherlands in the province of Limburg; the Thomas locomotive is shipped from the UK. The South Limburg Railway Compagny has its own Diesel locomotive. From 2007 until 2017, Drusilla's Park near Alfriston, England opened a railway ride featuring Thomas and Clarabel; the track runs through the Zoo Park and features James, Diesel and the Fat Controller.
Since 2007, several Six Flags amusement parks in the US have included Thomas and Friends -themed attractions: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Six Flags New England, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags America. However in late 2010, Six Flags began the process of removing Non-Warner Bros. licensed theming from its attractions, including Thomas and Friends. Several of these attractions have since been re-themed. On 15 March 2008, Drayton Manor in the UK opened their own Thomas Land just like Japan's Amusement Park which attracts 1.7 million fans every year. Thomas Land at Drayton Manor is on the site of what was Robinsons Land. For the 2008 & 2009 Season, Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA, featured a'Thomas and Friends Live' production. A wide range of merchandise has been manufactured to cash in on the success of the series; the most popular and wide-ranging items of merchandise are the models of the characters, which have been produced in many different ranges, some including accompanying railway systems.
Other popular products include videos and magazines, computer games. Thomas merchandise has included such items as audiobooks, annuals and activity books, board games, photo notebooks, cutlery, household items such as curtains, duvet covers and lampshades, soft drinks and spaghetti shapes. With the popularity of the Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends TV series among children, Thomas-based merchandise has proven lucrative. At least 5 different categories of trains and tracks exist: "Take Along Thomas" with grey tracks. Merit Toys produced some larger scale battery-powered engines with carriages and wagons in the 1980s, which ran on red tracks. Complementary videos, DVDs, games, stationery and household items have been produced. From 2015 The "Minis" and "My First Thomas" range started In January 1987, a number of Thomas toys were recalled after test found lead content in the paint was up to 90 times the permitted level; the toys were imported by ERTL from China. Mattel licenses "Day out with Thomas" events all over the world, at which visitors to heritage railways can meet and ride on a train hauled by a replica "Thomas".
As none of the E2 Class survived into preservation, various other classes have been adapted to resemble Thomas. Replicas are based on alternative 0-6-0 format engines such as Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0ST number 3781, converted from a saddle-tank to a side-tank design by fabricators of the Mid-Hants Railway to create No. 1 "Thomas" in 1994. The Strasburg Rail Road in Lancaster, PA built and featured their No. 1 "Thomas" since 1999 in the US and announced their introduction of "Percy, the Small Engine" at the "Day Out With Thomas" event on 13 September 2014. Due to the increasing licensing fees and many other restrictions imposed by HiT including the need for "Sir Topham Hatts" to have auditions and the requirement for intensive Criminal Records Bureau checking, many heritage railways in the UK and overseas have reluctantly decided to withdraw from running "Thomas" days, thu
Percy the Small Engine
Percy the Small Engine is a fictional anthropomorphic steam tank engine from The Railway Series of children's books written by the Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry and his son, Christopher Awdry. He appears in the spin-off television series Thomas & Friends. Percy lives on the Island of Sodor with many other locomotives, including Thomas the Tank Engine, Gordon the Big Engine and Henry the Green Engine, he is the smallest and cheekiest, of the principal steam engine characters. He carries the number 6 on his bunker; the Fat Controller brought him to Sodor when there was an engine strike due to a shortage of shunting engines. The bigger engines tried to bully him, but Percy soon showed that he was more than capable of standing up for himself. After a few years of shunting at the Big Station, the Fat Controller promoted him to goods traffic on Thomas' branch line; when not pulling trucks, he can be seen pulling the post train or taking Annie and Clarabel when Thomas is busy. Percy's best friends are Toby.
He is known to have a great respect for Edward since his first appearance. He is reasonably experienced, but can still be a little naive and overconfident. In that sense, he is the perfect foil for Thomas --. Percy's first appearance in The Railway Series was in book no. 5, Troublesome Engines published in 1950. He was given his own title with book no. 11, Percy the Small Engine. Like Henry the Green Engine, Percy was the source of much friction between Rev. W. Awdry and C. Reginald Dalby, the first illustrator of The Railway Series. Awdry complained that Percy did not look like a real locomotive, an issue that had caused contention between the two men on several occasions and concerning several characters. In the case of Percy, it was infuriating, as Awdry had built a model of the engine in order that the artist could use it as a reference. All this came to a head when the book Percy the Small Engine, centering on the eponymous character, was written. Awdry wrote to Dalby a letter requesting that he should make Percy look less like "a green caterpillar with red stripes".
The sentence was this: "I beg and exhort you not to make Percy look like a green caterpillar with red stripes!" Insulted by this, Dalby resigned from the Railway Series. Subsequent illustrators modified the design to make Percy look more like a typical industrial locomotive; the television series, utilised the original design. The phrase "a green caterpillar with red stripes" resurfaces in the story'Woolly Bear', in which Thomas uses it as an insult to Percy and amends were made between Awdry and Dalby. In general outline, Percy is a typical British industrial shunting locomotive, his bunker is quite unusual for an 0-4-0ST shunter, but was added to allow him to travel greater distances without refuelling than was possible. It is not known where Percy came from, but in "Trouble in the Shed", Sir Topham Hatt bought him at an engine shop to help out around the yard while Thomas was running his branch line and Henry and Gordon were on strike for not wanting to fetch their own trains; the Rev. W. Awdry considered it essential that his railway stories should be as realistic as possible.
To this end, most of his locomotive characters were based upon real designs. However, Percy was designed. Percy's history within the fictional universe is unknown, as he does not match any real locomotive design – he is of "obscure antecedents", as the Rev. Awdry himself puts it, he does bear a resemblance to several designs of 0-4-0 tank locomotive built by the Avonside Engine Company such as GWR No. 1340 Trojan, so Awdry stated that Percy had begun as one of these, but had been extensively rebuilt – "fitters at Crovan's Gate have found components made by Hunslet and other manufacturers". Percy is an 0-4-0ST of unknown origin, but is certainly second hand. Percy arrived on Sodor in 1934 and was first used as Tidmouth Pilot to help rebuild Knapford Harbour. Percy is now based at Ffarquhar. Percy arrived in "Troublesome Engines", the only loco whose acquisition from a workshop is described, his own book "Percy the Small Engine" dates from 1956. C. Reginald Dalby quit as illustrator after Awdry described his portrayal of Percy in "Percy the Small Engine" as a "caterpillar".
Amends were made in "Tramway Engines" when Percy's accident with treacle and straw obligingly made him look like a real caterpillar. In the tale of how he came about, note that "the artist didn't pay much attention, so my Percy – the proper one – looks different from the Percy in the books" the Rev describes his "Spare Percy" for use during emergencies: "I built PERCY in 1949, I soldered him together out of brass and other parts cut and filed to shape. I wanted another engine – Thomas was the only one I had – and I wanted a model of Percy to help our artist draw his pictures. Stewart Reidpath made a chassis for me and fitted it with one of his motors, so Percy is sometimes as temperamental as Thomas, for the same reason, he will run and shunt beautifully for weeks on end and the and for no apparent reason, decide to be'Awkward'. This can be exasperating at exhibitions, he did this at Nottingham Exhibition 1978, the only thing to do was to use my'Spare Percy' which I had made for just such an emergency.
"To make'Spare Percy' I cut out the boiler and side tanks from a Tri-ang'Nellie' and filled the resulting space between cap and smokebox wi
Annie and Clarabel
Annie and Clarabel are two fictional passenger coaches from The Railway Series children's books by the Rev. W. Awdry and its television adaptation, Thomas & Friends. In the stories, they are Thomas the Tank Engine's passenger coaches. Annie and Clarabel both have seating accommodation for carrying passengers, they have been described by the Rev. Awdry in need of new paint; the two coaches are nearly always seen coupled together, with Annie facing Thomas and Clarabel facing backwards. In The Adventure Begins, when Thomas met Annie and Clarabel for the first time he thought they were the express coaches, he introduced himself, leaving them both impressed. They were pulled by James. Not only do they carry passengers for Thomas, but they act as advisors and confidantes. On several occasions they have warned him about potential hazards, Thomas invariably runs into trouble when he ignores their warnings. Annie and Clarabel are pulled by other engines when Thomas is busy, but Thomas always worries for their safety and can sometimes be jealous.
The coaches first appeared in the 1946 book Thomas the Tank Engine, in which they were awarded to Thomas along with his branch line. In this first, brief appearance, they were not named. In Tank Engine Thomas Again, they were given names and their characters were expanded upon. In The Railway Series, they are depicted as bogie coaches. In the television series they are depicted as four-wheeled coaches – they are built on a rigid chassis, with fixed axles. In both series they appear in a plain orangey-brown colour, in the television series they have their names painted on their body sides; the color scheme is based on that of the former British LNER railway, which formed the basis for a number of Awdry's early characters. When steel carriages were introduced a paint scheme was devised by the LNER which resembled this colour scheme, they first appeared in the first season of the television program Thomas & Friends and have been in every season since. They had no speaking role from Season 12 until Blue Mountain Mystery.
And since they again have speaking roles. In a sense, Annie is the oldest character in the Railway Series. Wilbert Awdry was a model railway enthusiast. In 1927, while still at school, he built a model coach. In 1948 he constructed models of Thomas and his coaches to run at a local village fair, so used that 1927 coach as Annie, he built a new coach to represent Clarabel. Unlike most characters in The Railway Series and Clarabel do not appear to be based upon any specific prototype. However, they are typical of suburban coaches, such as might have been used for branch and secondary services. Christopher Awdry has suggested in a character profile that they may have been rebuilt from older, six-wheeled coaches by The Fat Controller. Unlike most of the engines, the history of Annie and Clarabel before their first appearance in the books has been kept vague. Most merchandise of the coaches show Annie with a shocked expression on her face, while Clarabel is depicted smiling; the characters designs on television bear a strong resemblance to coaches of the Metropolitan Railway, part of, now part of the London Underground.
Annie and Clarabel, along with Old Slow Coach, are the only coaches to have facial features, except for the Narrow Gauge Coaches in Season 4. Annie and Clarabel are very similar to the old coaches in Season 1. Shining Time Station Thomas the Tank Engine Annie and Clarabel on'The Real Lives of Thomas the Tank Engine'