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The Wild Nor' Wester (known as The Express in the television series) is an express passenger service train. In the Railway Series the duty of pulling the train was usually given to Gordon but it was later passed down to Pip and Emma. In the television series, Gordon maintains the responsibility - with assistance from Rebecca.


The Wild Nor' Wester was created to provide an express passenger service between Sodor and London. In 1925, following an agreement with the LMS, locomotive exchanges were moved from Vicarstown to Barrow-in-Furness.

During 1959, a special coach was added to the express that would be detached at Tidmouth for passengers traveling on Thomas' Branch Line.

By 2010, as too much time was being wasted on changing engines at Barrow, Sir Stephen Hatt purchased Pip and Emma to run the service.


The Wild Nor' Wester stops at the following stations:

Rolling Stock

A variety engines have pulled the Wild Nor' Wester. Before Pip and Emma took over, Gordon mainly pulled the express, through Henry, James, and Bear would sometimes do it. When Class 40 failedStepney and Duck took his place, the latter later helping Thomas and Percy when Henry was ill . Edward also helped Henry pull the express when Gordon burst his safety valve.


Railway Series only

Television Series only


Railway Series only

Television Series only


Thomas & Friends




  • On Wilbert Awdry's Tidmouth - Knapford layout, the Wild Nor' Wester consisted of four corridor coaches: three in GWR chocolate and cream livery and one in LMS maroon livery.
    • These coaches were also shared with The Sudrian, with one side of the consist being painted in the livery of the Wild Nor' Wester and the other in the livery of the Sudrian.
  • The Wild Nor' Wester is likley loosely named after the North Western Railway
  • In the Railway Series version of Bowled Out, the Wild Nor' Wester is stated to consist of fifteen coaches, though it is likely this number is not always consistent.
  • In The Missing Coach, it is stated the Wild Nor' Western returns daily to Tidmouth at 3:30 in the afternoon.
  • Although it is a Main Line service, the Wild Nor' Wester has frequently been seen stopping at Brendam Docks from the fifth series onwards. According to Landmarks of Sodor, it stops here once a day to pick up passengers from liners such as the S.S. Roxstar.

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