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This page is for the minor locomotive characters who have appeared in the Railway Series and Thomas & Friends.

Percy's Ghost Engine

This Ghost Engine was mentioned in a ghost story Percy told to Thomas and Toby, which his driver told him about the night prior. The story stated that the ghost steam train fell to its doom in a ravine where a viaduct was going to be built, and its ghost continues to run every year on the anniversary of the accident as a warning to others. However, Thomas refused to believe him and Percy's driver confirmed to him that the ghost was just television fiction. Percy could not help but feel disappointed.

When Percy crashed into a cart of lime, a signalman remarked that Percy looked like a ghost. This gave Percy an idea to scare Thomas. With the help of Toby, they convinced Thomas that Percy had crashed and returned as a ghost, thus scaring Thomas out of the shed. Later, Toby jokingly told Percy that Thomas had seen a ghost.

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Audio Files

Whistle

In Ghost Train, Percy's Ghost Train reuses Edward's whistle.

First used Last used Sound Effect
Ghost Train Ghost Train

Trivia

  • The Ghost Engine was made using Percy's model covered in white streamers and reused Edward's whistle sound.
  • In the UK narration of the episode, Percy's driver says the ghost was a pretend one on television. However, in both US narrations, he simply states that it was only a "pretend ghost story".

Edward's Ghost Engine

Edward's Ghost Engine was mentioned in a story Edward told the other engines one Halloween. According to the story, the engine returns every Halloween to haunt the scrapyards, trying to look for his lost whistle. Thomas later teased Percy, saying Percy thought it was real, but he learned his lesson after remaining behind at the Smelters to take a special load and thinking that some chains touching his cab were ghostly fingers. He then believed that a whistle in the shed was the ghost's lost whistle, forcing him to race out of the smelters, frightened.

Technical Details

Basis

The Ghost Engine is based on a Caledonian Railway (CR) McIntosh 812 Class 0-6-0 goods engine. Donald and Douglas are other members of this class.

Appearances

Books

Audio Files

Whistle

First used Last used Sound Effect
Scaredy Engines Scaredy Engines

Trivia

  • The Ghost Engine uses either Donald or Douglas' model without the tender and nameplate. It also wears one of the twins' surprised face masks.
  • The sound of it's lost whistle which was heard in the shed sounds similar to Sir Handel's whistle which was the one that he uses from the tenth series to onwards.

Sixteen's Friends

When Sixteen worked at the steelworks, he worked with other industrial engines who were described by Wilbert as his friends. Unlike Sixteen, they obeyed the rules and never went beyond the "DANGER" notice at the tip. They tried their best to warn Sixteen not to go beyond the "DANGER" notice, to no avail. While they were never seen, it can be assumed they were Austerity engines too.

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Earnest

This article is about the broad-gauge engine. You may be looking for the mountain engine.

Earnest is a broad gauge tender engine who appeared in a portrait in Topham Hall and the Ffarquhar Stationmaster's house.

Technical Details

Basis

Earnest appears to be a Jenny Lind type 2-2-2 locomotive, designed by David Joy. Jenny Lind was the first of the class, built for the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway by E.B. Wilson and Company and named after a famous opera singer from the era. The design was so successful that it would later go on to be mass-produced as one of Wilson and Company's standard designs and adopted by a number of other railways, including the Midland Railway. None of these locomotives have been preserved.

Livery

Earnest is painted light brown with a green tender, brass fittings and gold lining.

Appearances

Trivia

  • According to a SiF interview, the portrait of Earnest was illustrated by Robert Gauld-Galliers and was described as a "made-up character" in the Victorian era to match the various other human portraits featured throughout the series. The portrait was roughly 80 x 60 mm.
    • In 2017, Robert Gauld-Galliers confirmed that at the time of production Earnest was not named and suggested he would be named Earnest.
  • Earnest is the first engine in the television series to have a moustache and is the third overall.

The Halloween Engine

The Halloween Engine is a ghostly tender engine who appeared in the eighth series episode, Halloween. It was briefly seen at Tidmouth Sheds.

Technical Details

Basis

The Halloween Engine is an amalgamation of various parts. Its body is based on a London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) A1/A3 Pacific, while its cylinders, wheels and frames are from a BR Standard Class 9F. Its tender is an LNER 4200 gallon "Group Standard" tender.

Appearances

Trivia

  • The Halloween Engine was made using Gordon's model from the cancelled Down The Mine pilot, with Murdoch's chassis and one of the old tenders pulled by Henry in the third series episode, Tender Engines, with an added tail-lamp.

Emily's Ghost Engine

Emily's Ghost Engine is an engine that once appeared in Emily's dream, it only appeared in the magazine story Peep and Sleep, in which Emily is having trouble sleeping, due to Duck blowing his whistle too loudly. One night Emily has a dream, in which the ghost engine makes her fall asleep for 100 years. Following this, Emily decides she won't sleep the next night, until the other engines arrive at the sheds first.

Technical Details

Basis

The engine appears to be a freelance design.

Livery

The engine appears as a ghostly apparition, resembling a cloud.

Hiro's Friends

Hiro's friends are engines who live and work on a Japanese railway owned by Sir Takaboushi Hideki on Hiro's homeland. They referred to Hiro as "Master of the Railway".

Hiro first mentioned them as his "best friends at home" when he first met Percy during his restoration. Hiro later remembers his old friends when he is homesick in a magazine story.

Appearances

The Log Engine


“We know a guy who was built to run on logs!”
―Lexi, Journey Beyond Sodor

According to Lexi, she and Theo once knew of a locomotive that was built with a type of log wheels.

Technical Details

Basis

The engine is a freelance design.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Specials

Music Videos

Trivia

  • It is quite possible this engine's appearance was misinterpreted as it literally running on logs as its wheels, and it may have originally been intended to be one of two things:
    • A locomotive built to run on a pole road, a type of track laid with logs instead of steel rails, on which specialised locomotives ran.
    • A locomotive which burns logs as fuel, similar to Bash, Dash and Ferdinand.

Dockyard Engines

There are two dockyard engines who work by the harbour in New York City.

Biography

Great Race Friends Near and Far

When Vinnie arrived back to America after The Great Railway Show, the dockyard engines shunted some trucks for him to pull to the Big City. However, Vinnie started bragging that he could pull more. Because of this, they then added on more trucks to the point that Vinnie could not pull the train.

Technical Details

Basis

The dockyard engines are based on the H.K. Porter 0-6-0ST, built in Butler, Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh. These mainly worked in the dockyards on the east coast of the United States. The Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal Railroad, which served the dockyards in Brooklyn, New York, owned several examples of the dockyard engines' design, all of which were retired after the railroad started using diesel locomotives in 1963. One of these, B.E.D.T. 15, was rebuilt into an operating replica of Thomas by the Strasburg Railroad in 1998 for use during Days Out with Thomas events throughout the USA. Another engine, 14, is preserved at the Ulster & Delaware Railroad Historical Society in Arkville, New York.

Porter is also based on this type of locomotive.

Livery

The dockyard engines' livery is viridian with yellow stripes, lining and brass fittings. They have a gold star on each side of their lamp and red window frames. Although these tank engines are of American design, all American locomotives have cowcatchers instead of buffers.

Appearances

Videos

The Swiss Tank Engines

The Swiss Tank Engines are two tank engines who Yong Bao met while in Switzerland.

Biography

Great Race Friends Near and Far

The Swiss Tank Engines were afraid to go into a tunnel because they believed a monster was inside and they also heard strange noises coming from the tunnel. Yong Bao journeyed into the tunnel to reveal that it was only a goat.

Technical Details

Basis

The Swiss Tank Engines are based upon the Polish PKP 0-8-0T TKp No. 5485, but with minor modifications. This locomotive was built in 1959 and was used at a coal mine railway in Bytlom, Poland until the mine was shut down in 1995. It was sold to the Nene Valley Railway in Peterborough where it has operated in excursion service, undergoing an overhaul at the Flour Millworks in Gloucestershire between 2012 and 2019.

Livery

The Swiss Tank Engines are painted dark green with red running boards and buffer beams and black wheels.

Appearances

Videos

Trivia

  • At one point during the video, one of the engines gains eyelashes.

The Russian Engines

The Russian Engines are two steam engines that Ivan met while travelling home to Russia.

Biography

Great Race Friends Near and Far

Ivan found the tank engine stuck on the line while returning home from the Great Railway Show. The tank engine revealed that the coal delivery had been late, so he had run out of coal. Ivan, fortunately, had a full tank of diesel fuel and offered to pull him to the next station. On the way to the station, Ivan came across the tender engine, who had also run out of fuel, with a train full of freezing passengers. By now, Ivan's tank was half full, but he offered to push the tender engine and his train. Despite the tender engine's reservations, with great effort, Ivan was able to take the engines to the station.

Upon reaching the station, Ivan left the engines at the platform and went to the nearby depot to fetch some coal for them. The engines were very thankful, however, when Ivan tried to move he found out he had used up all his fuel. The tank engine then offered to take Ivan to the nearest diesel depot to refuel. There, Ivan said that steam and diesel engines could always help each other.

Technical Details

Basis

The tender engine is based on the C Series 2-6-2, while the tank engine is based on the 9P Series 0-6-0T. A single C Series, C68, is preserved by the Russian Railway Museum in Saint Petersburg, while numerous 9Ps are preserved across the former Soviet Union.

Livery

The tank engine is painted black with red wheels and lining. The tender engine is painted green with gold lining, red wheels and white rims.

Appearances

Videos

The Crowd Engines

The Crowd Engines are a pair of engines which feature in the background when Diesel is imagining a statue of himself as a super hero being unveiled.

Technical Details

Basis

As the duo are recolours of Ryan and Paxton, they are based on a Great Northern Railway (GNR) Class N2 and a British Rail (BR) Class 08 diesel-electric shunter respectively. Due to the video they feature in being stylised with graphics based on the Minis range of merchandise, both have significantly squashed proportions and run on four-wheeled chassis.

Liveries

The tank engine is painted brown, while the diesel shunter is painted blue.

Appearances

Videos

The Grey Tank Engine

This tank engine appeared in a picture frame alongside Thomas in Thomas' driver's home.

Technical Details

Basis

The engine resembles Thomas and therefore it can be assumed that it is an LB&SCR E2 class. It is also worth noting that the engine has a levelled running board very much like Thomas.

Livery

The engine is painted light grey.

Appearances

Books



* RWS only | ** T&F only
International Characters

* RWS only | ** T&F only | ✦ Changed location
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