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Alice and Mirabel are two Great Western autocoaches pulled by Duck on his branch line. Occasionally they are taken by Donald. They were rescued from scrap by the Fat Controller, along with Dulcie.


The Railway Series

Around the time of Oliver, Isabel, and Toad's arrival on Sodor, the Fat Controller was in the process of re-opening the Little Western line between Tidmouth and Arlesburgh. He assigned Duck and Oliver to the line, but the only coach was Isabel. The Fat Controller was able to rescue three more autocoaches like Isabel. Two of the coaches, Alice and Mirabel, became Duck's coaches while Dulcie joined Isabel and Oliver. [1]

When Oliver tried to teach the Troublesome Trucks, Alice, Mirabel and Duck cheered him on. [2] Later, on that year's Summer Bank Holiday they complained about the heat, so Duck let them cool in the Goods Shed. That evening, a bus named Bulgy stole their passengers, which made them very cross. Fortunately, they got them back when Bulgy got stuck under a bridge. [3]


Alice and Mirabel are affable funny coaches and are very attached to Duck. They are known to complain about the heat and they do not appreciate their passengers being "stolen" by buses, like Bulgy.

Technical Details


Alice and Mirabel are based on British Railways (BR) Hawksworth autocoaches, which were used in push-pull service on branch lines - while designed by Hawksworth for the Great Western Railway (GWR), they were never built until after British Railways was formed. The autocoaches were efficient because it eliminated the need for the engine to run around to the other end of the train to turn around. Fifteen Hawksworth autocoaches are preserved by heritage railways, such as the Llangollen Railway in North Wales. [4]

Isabel and Dulcie are also based on these coaches.


Alice and Mirabel are painted in the GWR chocolate brown with cream window surrounds livery. Their rooftops are painted light grey.

In the My Thomas Story Library book, "Bulgy", their entire front and back ends are painted chocolate brown.



Magazine Stories

Alice and Mirabel were also mentioned in a 2014 magazine file fact dedicated to Duck.

Annual Stories



* RWS only | ** T&F only | --- Dropped