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The Ballast Regulator is a specialized petrol-driven machine used for cleaning ballast on the North Western Railway.

Biography

The Railway Series

Prior to the events of Small Railway Engines, Sir Topham Hatt brought a Ballast Regulator to his railway. In 1967, he was used to haul and clear away ballast, and pack new fresh stones (from the Arlesdale Mines) within the trackbeds throughout the North Western Railway. During this time, he was usually seen working with Donald and Douglas.

Personality

Not much is known about the Ballast Regulator's personality. However, his Wooden Railway box description, states he is a hard-worker that knows the true meaning of working on railways, and aims to make the rides safer and smoother for the engines.

Technical Details

Basis

The Ballast Regulator's specific basis is unknown, however, he is based on a piece of rail transport maintenance of way equipment that specialises in cleaning track ballast of impurities. They are often used in conjunction with ballast tampers while maintaining track.

Livery

The Ballast Regulator is painted yellow with the words "Sodor Chain Load Undercut" painted in red on his side.

Appearances

Official Description

From Official Media:[1]

Sodor Railway Repair: The Sodor Railway Repair has an important job, clearing old ballast from the track and packing the sleepers (railroad ties) with fresh stones. This is one train that knows the true meaning of working on the railroad! Hard at work clearing old ballast from the track, the Sodor Railway Repair helps keep Thomas’ railroad in tip top shape.

Trivia

  • He was the first and only non-human character in The Railway Series to wear glasses.
  • In The Railway Series, he was depicted with a black face, but his Wooden Railway toy is depicted with a normal grey face to match the other characters.
  • In the Wooden Railway range, he is known as the "Sodor Railway Repair". However, this title is technically inaccurate, as he is not strictly used for repair.

Merchandise

Gallery

The Railway Series

Main Series

Merchandise


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