Thomas the Tank Engine Wikia
Thomas the Tank Engine Wikia

“Oh dear, Thomas!"
"You don't sound right."
"I know! It's that Ryan: he makes my firebox fume."
"I don't think Ryan can make sparks fly out of you funnel!”
Rex, Bert, Thomas & Mike[src]

Ryan is a purple tank engine who used to work on the Great Northern Railway. He takes goods on the Harwick Branch Line, while Daisy takes passengers.


Thomas & Friends

Ryan was brought to help run Thomas' Branch Line while Thomas was sent to help out at the construction yard during the building of the Harwick Branch Line. After Thomas fell into a deep cavern, Ryan was once again brought to do his job while he was being repaired. After taking bad coal, he accidentally set fire to some dynamite, which Thomas managed to dispose of quickly - however, the incident also landed Thomas in trouble with Sir Topham Hatt, when he thought Thomas was trying to cause chaos, confusion and delay. Ryan later helped stop Captain Calles' Pirate Ship, which was being used by Sailor John to escape with the treasure. When Thomas was fished out of the water, Sir Topham Hatt told Thomas that Ryan told him everything that had happened, and that he was proud of him. Soon afterward, Ryan started work on the Harwick Branch Line as the goods engine, with Daisy as the passenger engine. [1]

Ryan had to help Toby take stone from Ffarquhar Quarry to Harwick, but ended up doing Daisy's extra jobs too. This led to him being so over-worked that he took his passengers to the quarry instead of Knapford Station. Later, Ryan found Judy and Jerome at Knapford. They had grown tired of sitting there for ages, so Ryan took them to Arlesburgh Harbour. He then went looking for Judy and Jerome when Daisy derailed near a signal box. Ryan looked everywhere for the breakdown cranes and finally found them at the Blue Mountain Quarry.

When Diesel tricked Harvey into making tension between him and Daisy, she told Ryan that Harvey was saying that he was more useful than her. Ryan later told Daisy this, making her cross. At Christmas time, Daisy complained to Ryan, Judy and Jerome about how Christmas was not the same as previous years. In response, Ryan reminded her that both he and Daisy did not share a shed a few years ago, nor were Judy and Jerome stationed at Arlesburgh.


Ryan is an affable engine, who goes out of his way to be kind and is concerned when he sees others in trouble. Ryan would like to be a hero, but he is not actually as brave as he wishes he was and has a tendency to panic a little in the face of danger. It does not put him off trying though. Ryan is direct and sincere, but he has a good sense of humour too and is not above making a joke at his own expense. Ryan also appears to be somewhat of a pushover, as evidenced by how easily Daisy was able to make him do her work.

Technical Details


Ryan is based on a Great Northern Railway (GNR) Class N2, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley as a improvement of Henry Ivatt's Class N1, These locomotives were fitted with condensing apparatus because they were used for inter-city work in the Metropolitan areas of London, England, while later examples were usually seen around Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland. One member of this class, No. 1744 has been preserved and operates on the North Norfolk Railway in Norfolk. In addition to being the sole survivor of its class, 1744 is also the sole surviving example of a Gresley designed tank engine.

The international white tank engine is also based on a GNR Class N2.


Ryan is painted purple with white and gold lining. The initials "GNR" are painted on the sides of his tanks in gold and his number (1014) is painted on the sides of his bunker, also in gold. He also has brass nameplates on the sides of his boiler.


Audio Files


Since his first appearance, Ryan reuses Smudger's whistle.

First used Last used Sound Effect
Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure Series 21

In the mobile games made by Budge Studios, Ryan was incorrectly portrayed with Henry's whistle sound at a step higher in pitch.

First used Last used Sound Effect
Express Delivery Go Go Thomas! (2018 version)


  • Ryan's TrackMaster prototype shows him with the correct purple wheels. But when the final product came out, his wheels were black. However, this was corrected with the TrackMaster pack, 'Ryan and Jerome'.
  • Ryan is the only engine introduced in Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure to not be created by the Rev. W. Awdry.
  • In the original script of Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, Ryan was portrayed as being "overconfident and dismissive", compared to his final portrayal. All merchandise descriptions of him still mention this personality.
  • Before he was introduced, his whistle sound was used for Smudger. It was also used for Stepney in most of the US version of Thomas and Stepney, Falcon in Bulldog, Stuart in the US version of Sleeping Beauty and James in Bowled Out.
  • Ryan was named and caricatured after the founder of Sodor Island Fansite (SiF) and long-time Thomas fan, Ryan Hagan.
    • The production team even gave Hagan a Thomas Wooden Railway model of Ryan; however he refused to open it.
  • In real life, Ryan's number (1014) was carried by a Class C2 (LNER Class C12) 4-4-2T rather than an N2 on the GNR.
  • The preserved example of Ryan's basis, 1744 appeared in the 1970 movie The Railway Children where it pulled the 'Scots Flyer' express train.
  • Ryan is the first 0-6-2 tank engine in the television series.
  • Some of Ryan's early merch depicted him as Thomas-shaped, this was possibly because Ryan was planned to be smaller.



* RWS only | ** T&F only | --- Dropped