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“I'd hate to be red like James, people would think I was a fire engine!”

The Sodor Fire Brigade owns several identical fire engines. They can be found at the Wellsworth Fire Station, and first appeared in the 1989 magazine story, Fire.


The Railway Series

In the Railway Series, they first appeared in the Henry the Green Engine. When Gordon jammed his whistle, five fire brigades thought it was an emergency alarm. So they stood on duty with five fire engines.

Thomas & Friends

In the television series, they first appeared in the fifth series and made several cameos until The Great Discovery. Throughout the sixth series and seventh series, they were commonly seen at Dryaw. From the ninth to twelfth series, one of them was used as a crash tender at the Sodor Airport.

Since Belle and Flynn's arrival, the fire engines have been rarely seen. However, one of the signs on the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre building features a depiction resembling the same design as a fire engine and an ambulance.

Technical Details


In the Railway Series, the fire engines are based on the N-Type Fire Engines built by Dennis Specialist Vehicles. These were built from 1905 to the late 1920s. Angus is also based on these. In the television series, the fire engines are based on the Dennis F8 fire engines. 


The fire engines are painted in the fire engine red livery.



  • Angus and Flynn are the only known fire engines to have names and faces.
  • A model of one of the fire engines is currently on display at Drayton Manor.


Non-rail vehicles

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