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Bulstrode is a highly disagreeable barge. He now resides at Tidmouth Beach as a children's play area. 


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 play area. He remains there today, most likely still grumbling. 

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.


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 square cargo holds, six bumpers on each side, and his face is the same colour as his cab and rectangular, while in the television series he has only one rectangular hold with three bumpers on each side and a square 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. 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, but is currently on display at Drayton Manor on a beach near Bluff's Cove.
  • Bulstrode had a total of five face masks, one of which a happy face mask for his newer model that was not used on-screen. However it was used for the Rockin' Bulstrode rides at Drayton Manor and Thomas Land, merchandise such as his TrackMaster and 2013 Wooden Railway toys, and his actual model on display at Drayton Manor as of 2020.
  • 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 Magazines, Video Games and DVD Minigames. However, it is likely that he was given a second chance.
  • Bulstrode is usually depicted with his surprised face in the promotional material and merchandise.
  • Bulstrode had a nameboard but it was never used in any of the intermission segments along with Toad's nameboard.


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