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“We have a friend called Bertie, and he's a bus, but he likes the railway. Sometimes he teases us about it, but he'd never want to see it ripped up.”
Duck telling Bulgy about Bertie[src]

Bertie is a red bus who works alongside Thomas' Branch Line. He is owned by Sodor Roadways.

Biography

As in the television series, Bertie reprised some of his roles from the Railway Series but was later chosen to take visitors to the Vicar's party and teased Trevor by calling him a "stick-in-the-mud" and old fashioned. However, he got his comeuppance when he got himself stuck in the mud and had to be pulled out by Terence. After that, Bertie thanked Trevor and gave him an apology for teasing him.

When Edward had an accident on the day before he was to take the Brass Band to a concert, Bertie had to take them instead but got stuck in the mud again. Luckily, Edward was repaired and took the Brass Band to their concert.

Bertie is continuously alluding to his race with Thomas and how he could win next time. He actually raced Thomas again and won after Thomas got side-tracked with collecting the sports medals.

Bertie and Thomas have seemed to continue this tradition of racing. However, in the seventeenth series, he was re-routed, giving him an advantage. Thomas is still able to beat him occasionally.

In the nineteenth series, he, Thomas and Spencer got into an argument after Mr. Percival claimed two wheels was best; Bertie argued four wheels was in fact best. He tried to prove his point by taking The Duke and Duchess of Boxford to Callan Castle after both Thomas and Spencer failed to do so, but he too failed after receiving a flat tyre. Harold eventually came to the Duke and Duchess' rescue. Bertie later teased Thomas by telling him about what was on the other side of a mountain on his branch line. Thomas was cross by Bertie's teasing and became determined to find out what was there. Thomas eventually discovered it was a roadside billboard Bertie was describing, though he got into an accident while trying to find out. Bertie visited him at the Steamworks and apologised, though Thomas was able to trick him into believing that he was getting fitted with wings.

In Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, while he and Thomas were racing, Thomas nearly collided with Toby while Bertie nearly collided with Oliver the Excavator. At Ffarquhar, he complained that he was always getting stuck behind slow construction vehicles since the construction of the new branch line had started. He was then seen on the road by the Harwick Branch Line. Sheep were in his way, but Bertie just smiled.

In the twenty-first series, Bertie ended up breaking down while he and Thomas were racing. This ended up with Thomas taking on his passengers but ended up getting requests for lots of unscheduled stops, which made him run late. However, Bertie was soon temporarily replaced by Bulgy, leading to Thomas running on time.

After being repaired, he shared the mantle of keeping Bulgy in line. Bulgy, however, was still up to his old ways, so Bertie had to remind him that the Fat Controller brought him back to help him with the passenger service; he later broke down due to struggling with passenger transport (flourished due to train halting courtesy of Bulgy). Bulgy took his passengers while Butch towed him away.

Later, when Percy created rumours of a railway show for little engines at Ulfstead Castle, Bertie took Thomas' passengers from Ffarquhar to Knapford after Thomas abandoned his duties to attend.

Personality

Bertie is friendly and ready to help anyone in need. However, he can be quite cheeky and can even be boastful about himself, especially to Thomas, always joking around and teasing him about their races. He can sometimes be quite grumpy, as whenever he breaks down or gets stuck, he grumbles about it. He is always, however, easy-going and cheerful to everyone he sees. Unlike Bulgy, Bertie respects the railway and its engines, and serves as one of the many minds keeping the double-decker bus in line.

Technical Details

Basis

Bertie is based on an AEC Regal "T Class" London Country Area bus, but without a head code box. Eight of these are known to survive in preservation. One of these, T31, is believed to have been the first bus to be privately preserved in the UK.

Upon closer inspection, however, Bertie appears to be based on a post-war Leyland Motors "Tiger", type PS-1/PS-2, built between 1946 and 1953, with several examples surviving in preservation.

Livery

Bertie is painted in the common red livery of buses in the United Kingdom, mostly famously used by London Transport. His number plate, CRD54, refers to the fact that it was first seen in Edward the Blue Engine, published in 1954 and illustrated by C. Reginald Dalby. His interior was originally cream-colored with red seats, but in the CGI series, he retained his red seats while his interior became red.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Specials

Music Videos

Learning Segments

DVD Game

Storytime

Magazine Stories

Bertie also appeared in the magazine stories, A Hole in One, Clowning Around, Danger Signs!, Flag Day, Flying the Flag, Holiday Havoc!, Holidays, How Does Percy Work?, Lights On, On Inspection, Road and Rails, Slow Down, Bertie!, Slow Tow, Special Bus Service, Squeaky Wheels, The Best Bridge and The Mystery Tour.

Annual Stories

Audio Files

Themes

Horns

First used Last used Sound Effect
Series 1 Railway Adventures

In Rusty to the Rescue, one scene in Harvey to the Rescue and since the eighth series, Bertie reuses Caroline's horn sound.

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Series 4 Active
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Series 4 Series 7
First used Last used Sound Effect
Thomas and the Magic Railroad Thomas and the Magic Railroad

In the mobile app Read and Play!, Bertie has a different horn.

First used Last used Sound Effect
Read and Play! Read and Play!

In Engines Working Together, Bertie's current horn sound is lower-pitched.

First used Last used Sound Effect
Engines Working Together Engines Working Together

Trivia

  • Bertie used to be one of twelve characters, as well as the only sentient non-rail vehicle, to appear in every series of the television series until the twenty-second series in which he did not appear in an episode, possibly due to his model being updated for the twenty-third series. He also has the most appearances out of all of the sentient non-rail vehicles in the series.
  • In the French dub, Bertie was known as Bertrand in the first seven series.
  • In some countries such as Poland, Bertie is portrayed as a female character.
  • Bertie is the only road vehicle who visited Misty Island.
  • From Three Cheers for Thomas until 2008, Bertie would have moving eyes edited on.
  • Bertie was the only vehicle character to retain his driver in Thomas and the Magic Railroad.

References


Non-rail vehicles

* RWS only | ** T&F only | *** Other Media only
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