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This article is about the railway traction engine. You may be looking for the Small Controller or the Story Library book.

“He's just an old fusspot!"
"He's always saying 'Do it right!"
"Well, the next thing he tells us to do...
"We'll do it wrong! Hehehehehe!”
Bill and Ben complaining/talking about Fergus[src]

Fergus is a small railway traction engine who works at the Sodor Cement Works.

Biography

Thomas & Friends

Fergus primarily works at the Sodor Cement Works on the Kirk Ronan Branch Line, and is thus called "the pride of the Cement Works".

Fergus was once sent to work at the Ffarquhar Quarry with Mavis, Bill and Ben, but the twins immediately began to get annoyed with Fergus telling them to "Do it right". So when they brought a rock crusher, they decided to do the opposite of what he told them to do (to "Do it wrong"). However, their naughty actions nearly caused them to get caught in a landslide caused by blasting and their heavy rock crusher. Fergus managed to push them out of the way, only to end up in the rockslide himself. The twins managed to help Fergus out and apologized for their bad behavior.

Fergus, not knowing the line, got lost once and ended up at the Sodor Ironworks. Salty was sent to fetch him, and the two departed for home. As they passed the lighthouse, the generator broke down and the light in the lighthouse went out. Luckily, Salty suggested Fergus to use his flywheel to power up the generator. The plan worked, and the ship managed to clear the path before it crashed into the rocks.

The Fat Controller once sent Devious Diesel to help Fergus at the cement works. Diesel soon started to find Fergus annoying with his "Do it right" attitude, and so tricked him by stating that the Fat Controller wanted him to work at the smelter's yard. When Fergus arrived there, he found the place very scary and he and his driver immediately ran away when 'Arry and Bert showed up. When the Fat Controller learned of Fergus' absence, he sent Thomas to search for him. Thomas eventually found Fergus, out of steam and hiding at the Maithwaite Quarry Mine. Although Fergus was worried that he would be in trouble, the Fat Controller had already heard the whole story and punished Diesel by sending him to the Ironworks. Fergus returned home, thankful for his friendship with Thomas and relieved that he was still "the pride of the cement works".

According to the Official Website, Fergus now has a slight but persistent cough which affects his speech, caused by working at the dusty cement works.

Personality

Fergus knows the rulebook by heart, and his catchphrase is "Do it right!" His insistence on doing everything absolutely according to the rules can annoy the other engines, but he is a decent engine at heart and will not hesitate to help others in trouble. He is also friendly to nearly everyone he meets.

Technical Details

Basis

Fergus is based on the Aveling and Porter 2-2-0WT 'TJ' class railway traction engine No. 9449 "The Blue Circle", the last standard gauge traction engine to ever be built. Like Fergus, "The Blue Circle" worked at a cement works, Snodland Cement Works, between 1926 and 1962. It was presented to the Bluebell Railway in April of 1964, but was deemed "too slow" and loaned to a group at Quainton Road in 1997. In 2001 it was officially sold to them. In 2005 Chinnor Princes and Risborough Railway. In 2007 it was sold to the Battlefield Line at Shackerston. Since Fergus' introduction, "The Blue Circle" has been dressed up as Fergus on multiple occasions. In January 2015, it moved to the Rushden, Higham and Wellingborough Railway. After being bought again in 2019, it moved to work on the Nene Valley Railway.[4]

Livery

Fergus is painted reflex blue with gold boiler bands and red wheels. He has a brass funnel cap and bronze buffers.

Appearances

Official Description

From Official Website[1]

Fergus: Fergus is a Traction Engine who works at the Cement Works. Working around all the dust has given Fergus a chronic cough, but he is extremely reliable and always plays by the rules.


Fun Fact: Unsurprisingly, he's resistant to change and can be irritated when other engines "muck about."

From Official Website[2]

Fergus: Fergus is a Traction Engine whose main function is to shunt trucks at the Cement Works. It's dusty work and has left him with a slight but persistent cough, which punctuates his speech. Fergus is a reliable down-to-earth character, who believes in playing by the rules (he knows the Rule Book off by heart). Unsurprisingly, he's resistant to change and can be irritated when other engines "muck about." Physically, Fergus is blue with red wheels and a tall funnel.


Fun Fact: He has a flywheel which can be used to power tools, such as a saw, drill or pump.

From Official Website[3]

Fergus: Fergus is a Traction Engine whose main function is to shunt trucks at the Cement Works. It's dusty work and has left him with a slight but persistent cough, which punctuates his speech. Fergus believes in playing by the rules and is resistant to change.


Fun Fact: He has a flywheel that can be used to power tools, such as a saw, drill or pump.

Audio Files

Whistles

First used Last used Sound Effect
Series 7 Series 7

In the game Engines Working Together and Fun Cubes, Fergus is incorrectly portrayed with Spencer's whistle.

First used Last used Sound Effect
Engines Working Together Fun Cubes

In the original version of The Whistle Song, Fergus has a different whistle sound.

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The Whistle Song The Whistle Song

In the Sing Along mode of Engines Working Together, Fergus is incorrectly portrayed with Thomas' whistle.

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

Trivia

  • According to the official website, Fergus' flywheel can be used to power tools such as a saw, drill or pump. It has also powered a generator in the past.
  • In a SiF interview with Chris Lloyd, it was mentioned that Fergus' model was damaged during the filming of Bill, Ben and Fergus. His model still worked, but the flywheel could not turn anymore. This may explain why he never appeared after the seventh series.
  • Fergus differs slightly from his basis: his smoke box is larger to accommodate a face. His bufferbeam is also missing a large section for the same reason.
  • According to Robert Gauld-Galliers' concept art, Fergus was originally going to have black, oval-shaped buffers.
  • His late 2013 Wooden Railway toy's wheels do not have the red interior of the previous toy.
  • Fergus incorrectly has black buffers on most of his promotional artwork and in several magazine stories.
  • Fergus travels far faster in the television series than his basis is capable of.
  • The Fergus model made an unexpected appearance at the Gauge 1 Model Railway Associations annual show on 12 October 2019, when the Lower Tidmouth station prop was on display by Twitter user TomsProps. The model was brought to the display by Sam Wilkinson. This was the first time the prop had been seen in public since 2003.
  • Fergus is the only character in the series to have permanent bronze buffers. The other two (Emily and Spencer) had theirs replaced with silver ones in the following series.
  • Fergus's theme composed by Robert Hartshorne was later reused in the eleventh series episode, Sir Handel in Charge.

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References



* RWS only | ** T&F only | --- Dropped
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