Sonny is a well-tank engine who used to work at a coal mine and was brought to Sodor by Baz and Bernie, but later joined the North Western Railway.

Biography

Thomas & Friends

Before arriving on the Island of Sodor, Sonny worked at a coal mine, pulling heavy trucks of coal up steep hills. He was one of the first engines to be built with piston valves, allowing him to control the amount of steam he used.[1]

At some point after being withdrawn, he was acquired by Baz and Bernie. Sonny first came to Sodor with Baz and Bernie on board and arrived at Vicarstown to get directions to The Technology Fair. He then continued on to Ulfstead Castle.

Following an accident with a strong magnet during the Technology Fair, Sonny was sent to collect some fresh milk from the Sodor Dairy. During his trip to the Dairy, Sonny met Thomas, who taught him the ways of Sir Topham Hatt's railway. Upon his arrival back to the castle, he was praised by Sir Robert Norramby for being a really useful engine.

The evening after, when Baz and Bernie began planning to steal the plans to Ruth's Hover-Car, Sonny stood up to the pair, encouraged by the idea of becoming a really useful engine. As a result of his defiance, Baz and Bernie opted to use Kenji as their getaway vehicle instead and tied Sonny's regulator open to create a distraction. After being caught by Thomas, Sonny revealed Baz and Bernie's plans. Once the pair had been caught, Sir Topham Hatt - encouraged by Thomas - decided to give Sonny a second chance and brought him into the North Western Railway fleet.

Though Sir Topham Hatt gave him a second chance, Sonny was still not accepted by the other engines and many remained suspicious. This led to Sonny eventually forming a "friendship" with Diesel, who manipulated Sonny and used him to do his jobs for him. Sonny soon found out Diesel's plans following a confrontation with Percy at Ffarquhar.

When Diesel later derailed over a dangerous drop, Sonny pulled him back from the ledge, accidentally derailing his trucks in the process. Sir Topham Hatt initially planned to send him back after the accident, until Diesel admitted that the accident was really his fault and that Sonny saved him. Following this act of heroism, Sonny was officially accepted onto the Fat Controller's Railway.

Sonny later came the wrong way down Toby's Branch Line after the collapse of The Rickety Old Bridge and had to be rescued by Ruth's Walking Bridge.

Personality

Sonny is a complicated engine. While a bit of an outsider, he often follows along to whatever orders he has been given from his superiors, unfortunately landing him at the hands of Baz and Bernie's scheming minds. During his time at the ownership of the two thieves, Sonny displayed tendencies to be gruff, sinister and rude, repelling other engines. However, after Thomas helped him on a dairy run and he got praised by Sir Robert Norramby, the well-tank engine turned over a new leaf, standing up to the thieves and working hard to be really useful, as well as willing to tell the truth if needed. Although he is sometimes distrusted for his past sins, Sonny has proven to be trustworthy and reliable, making him a true asset to the North Western Railway.

Technical Details

Basis

Sonny is based on the Haydock Foundry well-tank locomotives, built between 1868 and 1887 and designed by Josiah Evans. The only surviving Locomotive is "Bellorophon" With over 90 years of service and lasting up to 150 years old as of the present day, the locomotive was an icon to railway fans, and ran on the Foxfield Railway until being withdrawn for repairs in 2018. The locomotive is currently preserved by the Vintage Carriages Trust.

Livery

Sonny is painted dark navy blue with gold lining and white boiler bands. His dome, safety valve stand, wheels and running board are painted black. His bufferbeam is also painted black, albeit with red sections around the coupling hook and either side of his buffers. His number is painted on his cab sides in white.

Appearances

Audio Files

Whistle

First used Last used Sound Effect
Series 24 Active

Trivia

  • Sonny speaks with a Cockney accent and uses Cockney slang such as "Gov'nor" when addressing authority.
  • Sonny's bunker lining has two additional lines on his right side which are not present on his left side.
  • Sonny's backhead is incorrectly modelled, as it is much smaller in diameter than his firebox.
  • Sonny is the first engine of a few things:
    • The first engine since Nia to have his arrival to Sodor seen in full. He is also the first mainland engine with this distinction.
  • Sonny is the second vehicle character to have been owned by antagonistic human characters before reforming. The first was Skiff to have formerly owned by Sailor John and the first steam engine to do so.
  • Sonny is the last new engine to join the North Western Railway and the last named new steam engine character introduced in the CGI series and thus the show overall.

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