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S.S. Roxstar is a large ocean liner (sometimes referred to as a cruise ship) that is often moored at Brendam Docks. She was originally from the sister show of Thomas & Friends, TUGS under the names of S.S. Vienna, S.S. Duchess, and S.S. Princess Alice.


Thomas & Friends

S.S. Roxstar brings passengers and holidaymakers to Sodor, dropping them off at Brendam Docks. She also bought the Barrow football players from the Mainland.

One time, S.S. Roxstar was moored at Knapford North Harbour. [1] S.S. Roxstar was also moored at Dakar Docks in Senegal, Dar es Salaam Docks in Tanzania and Guanabara Bay in Brazil. [2]

Technical Details


S.S. Roxstar is based on the SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, a German Ocean Liner scuttled in World War I.


S.S. Roxstar's livery consists of a black hull, a white superstructure, and black and white funnels with a golden star on both sides.

Behind the Scenes

The S.S. Roxstar started life out as S.S. Vienna/S.S. Duchess/S.S. Princess Alice on Thomas & Friends sister show, Tugs. According to an interview with Jeremy King on Sodor Island Fansite (SiF), S.S. Roxstar's model was described as very light as it was made from Plywood, being around 12 feet long. A model maker from Germany built her and brought the model over by vehicle. As Tugs only had one moving ocean liner prop, her model was modified to make The Duchess and Princess Alice. After the show's cancellation, her model was brought over to Brendam Docks in the third series carrying the same livery. In the fourth series Vienna was repainted into S.S. Roxstar.


Thomas & Friends


Audio Files

In Train Stops Play, S.S. Roxstar shares Bulstrode's horn sound.

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Train Stops Play Salty's Stormy Tale

From Series 4 to Series 6, S.S. Roxstar shares Lakesider III's whistle sound.

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Fish Gordon Takes a Tumble
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The World's Strongest Engine]] The World's Strongest Engine

In several episodes starting from Squeak, Rattle and Roll, S.S. Roxstar has a passenger ship horn sound, which is the same as the Theadore Tugboat character Queen Stephanie at a slightly higher pitch.

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Squeak, Rattle and Roll Unknown

In several episodes S.S Roxstar has the same horn as the Old Tramp Steamer.

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Thomas and the Birthday Picnic Thomas and the Treasure

In Percy and the Oil Painting, S.S. Roxstar shares the Yellow Salvage Vessel's horn sound.

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Percy and the Oil Painting Toby Feels Left Out


  • The S.S. Roxstar was recycled from the Ocean Liner model from TUGS. The configuration used for S.S. Roxstar was that of S.S. Vienna.
  • This model is currently on loan to the Star Tugs Exhibition.
  • S.S. Roxstar's name is a pun on the word "Rockstar".
  • S.S. Roxstar has gone through changes in the years:
    • Series 4:
      • The ship's livery changed to a black hull, a white superstructure, and black and white funnels with a golden star on both sides.
      • It gained the name "Roxtar", but this spelling was later fixed to S.S. Roxstar.
    • CGI Series:
      • S.S. Roxstar's name was removed.
  • The ship’s livery bears a strong resemblance to the real-life shipping company the Red Star Line.
  • Despite its name being gone in the CGI series, Landmarks of Sodor still calls it "S.S." Roxstar.


Non-rail vehicles

* RWS only | ** T&F only | *** Other Media only