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City of Truro is a famous tender engine from the Great Western Railway, who once visited the Island of Sodor. He is believed to be the first engine in the world to attain the speed of 100 mph.


The Railway Series

City of Truro first appeared in Duck and the Diesel Engine when the Railway Society visited. Duck, although shy at first, quickly befriended him, as the two were both Great Western. Duck talks Great Western all night with City of Truro, which makes Duck very proud of his Great Western ancestry, much to the annoyance of Gordon. Gordon was jealous of City of Truro's record and attempted to go as fast as him, only to have his dome blown off on the Viaduct.

When Duck crashed into the barber shop, Sir Topham Hatt said he would inform City of Truro of Duck's bravery and how he and his crew managed to prevent a serious accident. City of Truro was later referenced in Thomas and the Great Railway Show as being a member of the National Railway Museum.

Thomas & Friends

City of Truro also appeared in the third series episode, Gordon and the Famous Visitor. His name was not mentioned (though it appeared on a banner and on his nameplate) and he did not speak, but, according to Duck, he is a celebrity. The engines believed that the engine was conceited due to his high status. However, they learnt that he was not conceited at all and he enjoyed talking to the engines till long after the stars came out.

Just like in the Railway Series, Gordon was jealous of City of Truro and tried to beat his speed record, only to have his dome blown off.

City of Truro pictured in a book

In the eighth series, a photograph of City of Truro appears inside the Duke and Duchess of Boxford's private coaches. In the sixteenth series, a photograph of City of Truro also appears in "Great Railways", a book of famous railway engines.


City of Truro and Duck got on very well during his stay on Sodor, talking about their Great Western heritage and ways. He sparked jealousy within Gordon, and gave him ambition to break City of Truro's record but to no avail. In addition, Edward and Duck described him as "the finest engine in the world".

Technical Details

Real-life History

City of Truro is based on the real locomotive of the same name, built in 1903 for the Great Western Railway (GWR) at Swindon Works, to a design by George Jackson Churchward. Debatably, City of Truro broke the 100 mph speed barrier for steam railways in 1904, the year after it was introduced. However, Flying Scotsman was the first steam engine to attain the speed of 100 mph that was officially recorded. On September 8th, 1991, City of Truro attended the opening of the line to Lydney Lakeside with Wilbert. It went on static display at the National Railway Museum following a tube failure in February 2013. In November 2015, it was moved to Steam Museum in Swindon, Wiltshire. For more information - see here.


In both the Railway Series and television series, City of Truro is painted in his original GWR green with orange and black lining and dark red/brown frames. He also has a copper-capped chimney (plain black in the television series), a brass safety valve bonnet (grey in magazine illustrations) and the early 1900s GWR monogram on his tender. The livery closely resembles that worn by the real City of Truro, which is currently painted in the later GWR green with black frames, "Great Western" lettering and garter crest.



  • City of Truro is the first real engine to appear in both the Railway Series and the television series.
  • Although he did not appear with a face in either the Railway Series or the television series, City of Truro was portrayed with a face in Famous Engines, the 1980 annual and the magazine story, Surprise Visitor, later republished as "City of Truro".
  • Although City of Truro's name was never mentioned in the television series, it is seen on the banner at Tidmouth Sheds and his nameplate.
  • City of Truro was given the name "セレブリティー" (English Translation: Celebrity) in Japan.
  • City of Truro is the only surviving member of his class.
  • City of Truro is the only engine introduced in the third series not to appear in full CGI (excluding a real-life photograph in the sixteenth series episode, "Flash Bang Wallop!").
  • City of Truro is the first engine in the television series to not be available in Wooden Railway and the only engine not available following the release of Smudger in 2008 up until Rex in 2015.


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Name Released Discontinued Highlights Image
The Famous Visitor - City of Truro 1993 2004

Originally sold under Shining Time Station brand as a "Special Edition" character


Thomas Engine Collection Series

Name Released Discontinued Highlights Image
Celebrity Engine 1999 2008
Name Released Discontinued Highlights Image
Celebrity Engine Gold Edition 2000 2000

Campaign Item, very few in existence, painted in a chrome gold colour, note the wheels remain red



“Good riddance," grumbled Gordon. "Chatting all night keeping important engines awake, who is he anyway?"
"He's City of Truro. He's famous."
"As famous as me. Nonsense!"
"He's famouser than you. He went 100 miles an hour before you were drawn or thought of!"
"So he says. But I didn't like his looks. He's got no dome!" said Gordon darkly. "Never trust domeless engines, they're not respectable! I never boast, but I say that 100 miles an hour would be easy for me! Goodbye!”
―Gordon and Duck arguing about City of Truro, "Domeless Engines."


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