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Bulstrode is a highly disagreeable barge who used to work on water. He now resides at Tidmouth Beach as a children's playground.


Bulstrode was used to carry cargo like coal and stone to Knapford Harbour, but always complained about not being loaded fast enough. This annoyed the trucks, but one day Bulstrode ended up getting what he deserved when Percy accidentally pushed stone trucks off the quay and into his hold, bursting a hole in his hull. He was then towed to a beach, where he was turned into a children's playground. He remains there today, most likely still grumbling, but the children take no notice.


Bulstrode is rude and bad-tempered, and complains endlessly.

However, he is portrayed the opposite in magazine stories.

Technical Details


Bulstrode is based on a 1920s self-propelled coastal barge.


Bulstrode is painted with a cream cab, brown deck, a black hull and a red keel. His name is painted on his bow in white. In the "My First Thomas" range he is painted blue, red and yellow.


Thomas & Friends

Music Videos

His faceless model made numerous appearances at the Norramby Fishing Village in the fifth series. His surprised face was also used on some trucks in the eighth and tenth series episodes, Fish and The Green Controller respectively.

He also appeared in the books, Thomas the Really Useful Engine and The Secret of the Mine.

Magazine Stories

Bulstrode also appeared in the magazine stories, Boat Afloat, Bulstrode the Engine, Gone Fishing and Pirate Passengers.

Voice Actors


  • Bulstrode's appearance in the television series is rather different from his Railway Series appearance: in the Railway Series he has two cargo holds and his face is the same colour as his cab, while in the television series he only has one hold and the standard grey face.
  • Bulstrode is currently the only non-human character created by Christopher Awdry to be introduced into the television series.
  • According to Abi Grant, Bulstrode was meant to have a large scale model built for the Wharf, but this never happened due to budget reasons.
  • Bulstrode's original model began to deteriorate during the production of the fifth series, and was subsequently damaged while being shipped to/from Canada during the production of Thomas and the Magic Railroad, which explains why his model can be seen without a face in certain series 5 episodes. A new model of Bulstrode was built to replace the original and had different dimensions. The newer model of Bulstrode never ended up being used in the television series, and is currently on display at Drayton Manor on a beach near Bluff's Cove.
  • An unused happy face mask that was made for the newer Bulstrode model was later used for the Rockin' Bulstrode ride at Drayton Manor and has been used for merchandise such as his Trackmaster and 2013 Wooden Railway models.
  • In a few of the HIT Era episodes, Bulstrode's surprised face was used as a truck's face.
  • Despite being beached in both the television series and the Railway Series, he is still depicted as being used in forms of media such as Video Games, and DVD Minigames.
  • Bulstrode is usually depicted with his surprised face in the promotional material and merchandise.


Non-rail vehicles

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

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