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Henrietta is a tram coach that travels with Toby, Elsie, Victoria and The Quarryman's Coach.


Henrietta worked with Toby on their old tramway in East Anglia. She became depressed when buses and lorries took over her work and when their line closed, due to the lack of passengers and freight, Toby could not bear to leave her behind. So Toby brought her with him to the North Western Railway. He mentioned to the Fat Controller that a stationmaster on his tramway wanted to use her as a henhouse, but the Fat Controller agreed that "that would never do".

At first, Toby and Henrietta were teased by James for having shabby paint. However, Toby and Henrietta later received new coats of paint for their hard work and James stopped teasing them after he crashed into some tar tankers and spoiled his own paint. When the engines went to England, she was used as the Fat Controller's "private coach". Later, when Daisy was brought to Sodor, she insulted her along with Annie and Clarabel when Daisy found that she had to share the Carriage Shed with them and Percy and Toby were forced to take them away and stay up half the night trying to cheer them up.

Henrietta is often used to transport quarry workers to and from Ffarquhar Quarry. Once, some workers had to crowd on Henrietta's balcony. However this caused controversy with a policeman, who sent an inspector to inform the quarry manager of a by-law forbidding passengers to be riding on the balconies of coaches. This problem was resolved when the Fat Controller restored an old coach named Victoria to help Toby and Henrietta. Together they formed "Toby's Vintage Train".


Henrietta is Toby's faithful coach, who likes to be full of passengers and take them on journeys. She does not like to be separated from Toby, although she rarely transports a full load of passengers. Henrietta is quite content with her life on the Island. Toby is attached to Henrietta and always takes her with him, as he says "she might be useful one day".

Technical Details


Henrietta is based on a Great Eastern Railway (GER) Wisbech and Upwell Tramway 4-wheel coach.

From the beginning, the Wisbech & Upwell used its own special passenger stock. Initially, only four wheelers were used, but bogie coaches were introduced in 1884. The coaches had balconies at each end and a drawbridge type gangway between coaches. Each balcony had an emergency hand-brake wheel. The coaches looked squat and low-lying due to the need to handle raised track and the absence of platforms at some of the depots. All the four-wheeled coaches were scrapped by 1948, but the bogie coaches survived into British Railways ownership. One of them, Irene (No. 7), has been preserved by the Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway Society.


Henrietta is painted burnt orange with a dark grey roof. Her bufferbeams, valences and wheels are painted black.

When she first came to Sodor, Henrietta was painted red-brown with a white rooftop. Her buffer beams were painted red.

Wilbert Awdry's model of Henrietta also features the letters "NW" painted on her sides in yellow.



  • Despite not having a visible face until Thomas and Victoria, she had the ability to speak in The Railway Series books that took place before Thomas and Victoria.
  • In an annual story, it was revealed that Henrietta has one surviving sister left, being a bogie version of herself.


“It's not fair at all!" grumbled Henrietta as the buses roared past full of passengers. She remembers that she used to be full and nine trucks would rattle behind her. Now there are only three or four, for the farms and factories send their goods mostly by lorry.
―Henrietta, Toby and the Stout Gentleman, Toby the Tram Engine
“Toby had wanted to take Henrietta, but the Fat Controller had said, "No!" He wondered if Henrietta was lonely. Percy had promised to look after her; but Toby couldn't help worrying. "Percy doesn't understand her like I do", he said.”
―Toby and the Fat Controller, Double Header, The Eight Famous Engines


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