Bash and Dash are mischievous twins who always finish each other's sentences. They were sent to Misty Island because they were naughty on the Mainland, but now they always try to do their best for the Fat Controller.
Bash and Dash are the wacky, mischievous Logging Loco twin engines who know each other so well that they can often finish the others' sentences. Living in an environment without proper rules, authority, or society, Bash, Dash and Ferdinand lived for fun, silly games and playing about in the chaotic, consequence-free Logging Camp and the dense Jobi forests of Misty Island. Often, they were easily distracted, reckless and got very little work done and when they did work, it was in a particularly silly, wacky or questionable manner.
However, after Thomas wound up on Misty Island, later managing to make his way back to Sodor, the twins were welcomed to the railway by the Fat Controller. The Logging Locos' outlook has now changed and they all try to be Really Useful engines.
Instead of aspiring to only goof around, they are now keen to help the Sodor engines and learn about the proper way of doing things, the values of good behaviour and forming new friendships with others. Although sometimes Bash, Dash and Ferdinand may be baffled by concepts that are unfamiliar to them, due to living in isolation on Misty Island for some time, they attempt to assimilate new prospects, take part and strengthen their friendships with the Sodor engines and their reputation of being really fun.
Joining in or even trying to recreate these previously unfamiliar social quirks helps the kooky Logging Locos learn about the world around them, the virtues and graces of others and how to appreciate and understand new things to help them be Really Useful.
Although they will always be fun-loving and may raise the eyebrows of some of the bigger engines as they lark about with their work, the Logging Locos' new-found respect for considering others and learning and applying everyday rules, values and behaviours helps them to learn and draw from the Sodor engines and the sensibilities of society, the world around them and maturing into Really Useful engines to make the Fat Controller proud.
Bash appears to be the more timid, peaceful one of the twins, while Dash is more outgoing and supportive.
Bash and Dash are based on the Bear Harbor Lumber Company's locomotive #1. This type of engine is known as a "gypsy", which had a special yarding mechanism at the engine's front, allowing it to haul logs when the gear is engaged. However, Bash and Dash's yarding mechanism is behind their cabs instead of their fronts to accommodate their faces. Their driving gears and brakes have been removed entirely and they have screwlink couplings. Their cabs appear to be much sturdier, as opposed to the "open" cab that their real life counterpart possesses.
Bash's boiler, wheels and lining are painted slate grey and his cab and dome are painted amber. Dash's boiler, wheels and lining are painted amber and his cab and dome are painted slate grey. They both have a semi-circular symbol depicting three yellow trees with two brown axes crossing each other on the right sides of their cabs.
- Matt Wilkinson (UK)
- William Hope (US)
- Sigbjørn Solheim (Norway; Misty Island Rescue - sixteenth series, excluding Thomas' Crazy Day, Jumping Jobi Wood! and Gordon and Ferdinand)
- Christoffer Staib (Norway; Thomas' Crazy Day, Jumping Jobi Wood! and Gordon and Ferdinand only)
- Masayasu Wakabayashi (Japan; Misty Island Rescue only)
- Mitsuhiro Sakamaki (Japan; fourteenth series onwards)
- Robert Missler (Germany)
- Leszek Zduń (Poland)
- Miguel Ángel Ruiz (Latin America; Misty Island Rescue onwards)
- Dor Srugo (Israel)
- Paqui Horcajo (Spain)
- Fabrice Trojani (France and French speaking Canada)
- Petri Hanttu (Finland; Misty Island Rescue onwards)
- Keith Wickham (UK)
- Kerry Shale (US)
- Christoffer Staib (Norway; Misty Island Rescue - sixteenth series, excluding Thomas' Crazy Day, Jumping Jobi Wood! and Gordon and Ferdinand)
- Sigbjørn Solheim (Norway; Thomas' Crazy Day, Jumping Jobi Wood! and Gordon and Ferdinand only)
- Toshiaki Kasuga (Japan; Misty Island Rescue only)
- Hiroo Sasaki (Japan; fourteenth series onwards)
- Michael Bideller (Germany)
- Klaudiusz Kaufmann (Poland)
- Carlo Vázquez (Latin America; Misty Island Rescue onwards)
- Yehonatan Magon (Israel)
- César Díaz Capilla (Spain)
- Petri Hanttu (Finland; Misty Island Rescue onwards)
- Loukas Frangoulis (Greece; fourteenth series onwards)
- Bash and Dash can run on either wood or oil.
- Due to the excessive modifications from their original prototype, neither Bash nor Dash would be able to run in real life; there is no visible means as to how their cylinders turn their wheels at all.
- Bash and Dash have only been partially modified for British railways, with screwlink couplings but no buffers.
- In a promo of Dash, his side rods are missing. A CGI head-on promo of both twins also depict them with their faces swapped.
- Their liveries are the same as each other's, but with the placements swapped.
- Dash has more merchandise representation than Bash, a first-timer in the franchise for any twin characters.
- They have travelled far faster in the television series than their basis is capable of.
- Wooden Railway (discontinued)
- Motor Road and Rail (discontinued)
- TrackMaster (discontinued)
- Take-n-Play (discontinued)
- Capsule Plarail
- Capsule Collection
- Boss (discontinued)
- Collectible Railway
- Classic Minis
- Racers Minis (Dash only)
- Neon Minis (Bash only)
- DC Super Friends Minis (Bash as Black Lightning, Dash as Booster Gold)
- Sports Minis (Bash only)
- Creatures Minis (Dash only)
- SpongeBob SquarePants Minis (Bash as Mermaid Man)
- Night Time Minis (Dash only)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minis (Bash as Bebop)
- Adventures (discontinued; Dash only, Bash cancelled)
- TrackMaster Push Along (coming soon)