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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.

Biography

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

Basis

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

Livery

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. Her original livery was white all over with golden funnels and lining. Later on, the funnels were repainted red and black. Finally, she was repainted into her current livery.

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 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, now under the name S.S. Roxstar.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Specials

Trivia

  • 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 until 2019.
  • S.S. Roxstar's name is a pun on the word "Rockstar".
  • S.S. Roxstar has gone through changes in the years:
    • Series 3:
      • In early Series 3, she had the same livery which she had in TUGS.
      • In late Series 3, her funnels were repainted red and black.
    • 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 gone in the CGI series, Landmarks of Sodor still calls it "S.S." Roxstar.

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Non-rail vehicles

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