Norman is an orange-red diesel shunter. He is often seen working around Vicarstown. He has a twin named Dennis.

Biography

Thomas & Friends

Norman was one of the diesels who took over the Sodor Steamworks. He later laughed at Flynn for not being able to rescue Thomas. Norman told Percy that Sidney had been on his hoist for two years and was there when he was given his new wheels. He also offered Thomas a place to sleep at Vicarstown Dieselworks when the turntable at Tidmouth Sheds was frozen.

Norman was at the Dieselworks when Paxton returned after looking for him, Diesel, Sidney, Den and Dart.

When the Great Railway Show was being held, Norman was one of the engines who were hoping to be picked to compete, but he was not picked. Norman was later involved in an accident with Thomas, resulting in the tank engine being unable to compete in the Great Railway Show until he decided to compete there anyway.

Sometime later, he helped the other diesels do the steam engines' work when the coal delivery was delayed.

Then, he was one of the diesels who got in to trouble by not doing their jobs properly due to Diesel playing a trick on Rebecca so she could do the jobs and end up in the wrong place.

Personality

Norman's shape resembles that of his twin Dennis, but he is a diesel engine who is much kinder and more willing to work. He wants to be liked by all the engines, whether they be steam or diesel engines. So he does his part at the Sodor Dieselworks and follows all of his orders; in fact Norman is so efficient, Sir Topham Hatt holds him in high regard.

However, poor Norman often breaks down and he does not like that. Unlike Dennis, who is lazy, if Norman were fixed properly he would show what a Really Useful Engine he can be. He is also willing to help another engine in trouble. He also appears to be the quietest of the diesels in the Dieselworks.

Technical Details

Basis

Norman is based on British Rail (BR) 11001, a prototype Bulleid diesel built at Ashford Works, England in 1949 and scrapped in 1959. Norman's twin Dennis is also based on BR 11001.

Livery

Norman is painted orange-red with yellow lining and a dark grey roof. His paint is chipped in places and shows signs of weathering.

Appearances

Books

Magazine Stories

Songs

Audio Files

Horn

First used Last used Sound Effect
Day of the Diesels Day of the Diesels
First used Last used Sound Effect
Series 18 Active

Trivia

  • Despite Norman's bio which claims he is always called by his nickname "Norm", he has been consistently referred to by his full name rather than his nickname. He shares this dilemma with Paxton and Sidney, possibly due to the new writing style for scripts implemented in the seventeenth series by Mattel, the current owner of the franchise.
  • Norman's transmission wheel changed from red to black in the seventeenth series.
  • Norman is the first vehicle character to have a unibrow.
  • Norman shares his current horn sound as Dart.
  • In Day of the Diesels, Norman shared Mavis' horn sound from Calling All Engines!.
  • Norman was never named in Day of the Diesels with the exception of the song.
  • Norman is the only character introduced in Day of the Diesels to not yet have an episode dedicated to him.
  • Norman is the only standard gauge diesel in the CGI series to not have a headlamp.

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