The Mainland Diesels are a group of diesel shunters who live and work on the Mainland at the Great Railway Show Yard and the Bridlington Goods Yard. One of them is named Ulli.


Thomas & Friends

During the Great Railway Show, these diesels were seen shunting trucks around the yard for the contestants; such as the heavy train for the Strength Competition. Three of them watched the Shunting Competition.

When James went to Bridlington to search for Thomas, he bumped into one of the diesels and asked him if he had seen the tank engine, who replied he could not remember. When James provided more details, the diesel asked another diesel, Ulli, if he had seen Thomas, who replied "Nope". The diesel then explained that Bridlington was a busy goods yard and left. After finding out from Thomas' trucks that he was at the Steelworks, James tried to ask the diesel if he knew where it was, only to be ignored.

Two of them appear in Thomas and the Royal Engine when Thomas arrived at a station and went to washdown after getting covered in mud.

Technical Details


The Mainland Diesels are based on the BR Class 08. Over seventy members of this class survive today in preservation, while around 100 remain in service on the national rail network. They were in fact the most successful shunting engines in the world, with 996 of them built. Diesel, 'Arry, Bert, Splatter, Dodge, Paxton, SidneyFernando and the Diesel Shunter are also based off of this engine.


The Mainland Diesels are all painted to the EWS style of colours; orange-red and yellow livery. They have black and yellow hazard stripes painted on their fronts, white ladders, yellow counterweights and red buffers.


Voice Actors


Other Diesel:

  • John Schwab (UK/US)
  • Kozo Dozaka (Japan)
  • Jorge Ornelas (Latin America)
  • Joshy Peters (Germany)


  • Ulli is the only one of the diesels to be named.[1]
  • Diesel's test model's face was re-used for one of the diesels.
  • One of the diesels' faces is later reused for Fernando, another member of their basis.


Thomas & Friends

CGI Series


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