Thomas & Friends
Paxton was one of the diesels who took over the Sodor Steamworks.
Upon his return to work at the quarry, Paxton overheard Luke telling Thomas about how the little green engine knocked a yellow engine into the sea. Paxton told Diesel about what he had heard. Diesel decided that Luke should be punished and set out with Paxton to expose Luke. However, Paxton felt bad and helped Thomas and Luke out by bringing Victor to talk to Luke and the Fat Controller.
Paxton almost got into a collision with Winston when he was a runaway, but luckily he stopped just in time. Afterwards, he warned Gordon to be checked over after an accident with stone. When Gordon ignored his warnings and broke down, Paxton brought him to the Steamworks to be repaired.
After Sir Topham Hatt told Paxton among other engines to be careful near the bumpy track, Paxton then messed around on the damaged track with Thomas, causing Thomas to collide with Toby. After Toby says Thomas "Lost his puff", Paxton searches for the "Puff" and makes himself look silly in front of Stephen and Victor. He then learns that "Puff" means steam.
Diesel once got the other diesels to hide from him. This worried Paxton, believing them to have disappeared, but he eventually found Diesel, stranded on the branch line, with no fuel and shunted him to the next station for him to stock up.
At Christmas time, he was given the job of transporting a Christmas tree to Ulfstead Castle. But the tree caused him to derail and when Diesel passed by, he refused to help Paxton. That night, Paxton pretended to be the Ghost of Christmas Present to try and remind Diesel of the true meaning of Christmas, but Diesel was too scared to listen and ran away.
One day, he was pulling trucks when he found a train struggling on Gordon's Hill pulled by Samson along with Thomas as the back engine. He offered to help and pushed Samson and Thomas over Gordon's Hill.
One winter, when the steam engines ran out of coal due to the coal delivery being delayed, Paxton and the other diesels filled in for them in order keep the railway running.
He, along with Thomas, Rebecca, Annie and Clarabel got held up when James and Philip stopped on The Fenland Track and refused to move out of the way. Paxton realized that there were a lot of engines on the bridge and worried that it might collapse. Luckily, he and the others made way for James after Philip decided to be the bigger engine.
He later helped Sidney solve "The Case of the Puzzling Parts" to find out whom his flatbed of parts was for. After colliding with Sidney when the latter broke down at the Blue Mountain Quarry, both diesels realized the parts were meant for Sidney.
He once had to take some fruit and veg to Tidmouth Market, but upon arriving at McColl Farm, he learned from Terence that Rebecca had already taken them. He later learned that Diesel told her to bring them to the Blue Mountain Quarry, as well as the flatbeds of parts for Philip to the farm, Sidney's steel to Ulfstead Castle and Norman's stone trucks to Vicarstown Yards, in order to get them into trouble.
Later, he and Nia thought that Diesel is so rude and no help at all that it lead the black shunter cover in glowy paint in order to make them look for him at the Blue Mountain Quarry to which they did they were cross with about his self-interested attitude.
He and the other diesels later got trapped in their sheds after Den slipped on some loose seaweed from Salty after his accident and ran into the control panel, resulting in the steam engines doing their jobs. He also attempted to get through the gap of his shed, but to no avail. They remained trapped the next day.
Paxton is a young, gentle diesel who often works in or around the Blue Mountain Quarry and the Vicarstown Dieselworks. He is easily described as the opposite of Devious Diesel as he is good-hearted and well meaning, but gullible, naïve and easily misled. Because of his naïveté and gullible nature, he can be easily tricked by engines such as Diesel and has a tendency to take sarcasm literally, such as when Gordon ordered him to move over so he could fill up with diesel fuel when the big engine was obviously throwing a paranoid tantrum. He also has a short attention span, but a better memory than Sidney. He tends to be more of a follower than a leader and can sometimes find thinking for himself and making big decisions difficult. This may result in him being pressured into a situation he might not necessarily be comfortable with. However, if a friend is in trouble, Paxton will have the conscience and the self-assertion to do what he feels is right. As a result, the steam engines find that he is likeable and Paxton particularly looks up to Thomas at times. He also works alongside the narrow gauge engines frequently. However, Paxton can easily misjudge situations, misplace his trust in someone who might not have everyone's best interests at heart, particularly Diesel and is rather impressionable, but his good nature will ultimately show him for who he really wants to be.
There are times when Paxton has wised up, for he knows what Diesel is capable of. He can occasionally show some cunning, as displayed when masquerading as the Ghost of Christmas Present. He also loves to solve mysteries, no matter how tricky they prove.
Paxton is based on a BR Class 08 diesel-electric shunter. Over seventy members of this class survive today in preservation, while around 100 remain in service on the national rail network. They were in fact the most successful shunting engines in the world, with 996 of them built. Diesel, the Diesel Shunter, 'Arry, Bert, Splatter, Dodge, Sidney, Ulli, the Mainland Diesels and Fernando are other members of this class.
Paxton is painted jungle green with yellow lining. His siderods and front bufferbeam are painted a rusty orange colour. His paint is chipped in places and shows signs of weathering.
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- Despite Paxton's bio which claims he is always called by his nickname "Pax", he has been consistently referred to by his full name rather than his nickname. He shares this dilemma with Norman and Sidney, possibly due to the new writing style for scripts implemented in the seventeenth series by Mattel, the current owner of the franchise.
- According to the Licensing Source 2015 book, Ian McCue, current producer of Thomas & Friends, stated that Paxton is his favourite character.
- Paxton was never named in Day of the Diesels outside the song.
- There have been a few occasions where Paxton has gone faster than his basis' top speed.
- According to Steven Kynman, Paxton speaks with a Cockney accent.
- Paxton has had several changes to the television series as the series progresses:
- Series 19:
- His bumpers gained a metallic hue
- Series 20:
- He won a tail lamp.
- “Um...er...excuse me! Um...I-I-I wonder if, er, someone could help me? M-maybe? Please?" (thud) "...Ow.”
- ―Paxton after being buried in the rubble from Blondin Bridge, Blue Mountain Mystery
- “Oh my! Oh my!”
- ―Paxton having to choose between finding Sir Topham Hatt or finding Victor, Blue Mountain Mystery
- “Hi, Stephen. Thomas lost his puff and I'm trying to find it and...well, I thought that might be...the lost puff...up there..."
"Up there? Well, that's just a cloud..."
"Yes, of course. I knew that. A cloud. Okay...got to go. Great to see you. Bye, Stephen.”
- ―Paxton talking to Stephen about Thomas' "lost puff", The Lost Puff, seventeenth series