Thomas the Tank Engine Wikia

The Works Diesel is a mixed-traffic diesel engine who lives and works at Crovan's Gate.


The Railway Series

The Works Diesel rescued James after his injector failed, and managed to change James' opinion of diesels with his charismatic personality[1]. He then brought the Christmas tree for Thomas from British Railways[2]. The Works Diesel was later seen talking to Gordon at Barrow-in-Furness in 1992[3].


Although the Works Diesel never spoke, he is described as being friendly and is impossible to not like - even James, who retained a hearty dislike of diesels, could not help but befriend him before the two had even reached the Works.

Technical Details


The Works Diesel is based on a British Rail (BR) Class 47 "Brush" Co-Co diesel-electric engine. Five-hundred and twelve members of this class were built from 1962 to 1968. Thirty-two of these engines are preserved by museums, such as the National Railway Museum, and heritage railways, such as the Midland Railway - Butterley. Another thirty members are still used on the national railway network.

The Works Diesel's number "47111" was carried by a real Class 47.


The Works Diesel is painted in the BR Rail Blue livery with yellow cabs. He has yellow warning panels on his front and back end. His rooftop is painted dark grey, and his buffer beams are painted brown with dark grey buffers. He lacks a BR crest or logo and has the number 47111 painted on his sides in white.



The Works Diesel was mentioned in a January 2014 magazine fact file featuring James[4].


The Railway Series

Main Series



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