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A Tramp Steamer is a large steamship that carries freight in and out of Harbours and Docks on Sodor without a fixed schedule. There have been various different Tramp Steamers that were seen mainly at Brendam Docks.

"Izzy Gomez"


This tramp steamer was recycled from Izzy Gomez, a character from TUGS. It has made various appearances from the third to the fifth series.

The tramp steamer was first seen at Knapford Harbour and Brendam Docks in the third, fourth and the fifth series. It was also seen bringing special loads of fruit to Brendam Docks.

Technical Details

Livery

The tramp steamer's wheelhouse is painted cream, while its hull is grey with a red stripe. Its funnel is black with a green stripe around the top.

Appearances

Audio Files

In All at Sea, "Izzy Gomez" shares it's horn with a passenger ship.

First used Last used Sound Effect
All at Sea All at Sea
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Percy, James and the Fruitful Day Percy, James and the Fruitful Day

In Fish, "Izzy Gomez" shares Bulstrode's horn sound.

First used Last used Sound Effect
Fish Fish
First used Last used Sound Effect
Double Teething Troubles No Sleep for Cranky


Trivia

  • Due to the fact that the model was never seen after Series 5, it can be assumed that it was destroyed during the transit back from Canada after Thomas and the Magic Railroad filming wrapped up.
  • Early in TUGS' production a faceless variation of Izzy Gomez's model was created, however it was used to create several other tramp steamers in the show such as Nantucket and Johnny Cuba. The version seen in Thomas and Friends was achieved by placing a cab front where Izzy's face would go.
    • A faceless Izzy Gomez similar to the Thomas and Friends version was seen in a deleted scene from the TUGS finale Bigg Freeze.


The Old Tramp Steamer


The old tramp steamer (possibly S.S. Moygannon) only appeared in the fifth series, and sixth series.

Biography

One stormy night, the old tramp steamer lost control, ran aground and crashed into a shed the engines were in at Brendam, causing it to collapse and knock Cranky over. The tramp steamer brought the horrid lorries, and special funfair equipment to Brendam in later appearances.

At some point prior to Salty arriving on the island, the old tramp steamer ran aground again and came to a rest fifteen feet from Salty's shed.

Technical Details

Basis

The old tramp steamer is based on the cargo ship S.S. Moygannon, built in 1921 by Dublin Shipbuilders Ltd. S.S. Moygannon was wrecked in the north of the English Channel in 1940 under the name S.S. Agba. At the time it was owned by Fisher Joseph & Sons

Livery

The old tramp steamer has a dark grey hull, cream superstructure and black funnel with cream lining.

Appearances

Audio Files

Horns

First used Last used Sound Effect
James and the Trouble with Trees James and the Trouble with Trees

In Horrid Lorry and Put Upon Percy the old tramp steamer shares it's horn with the Yellow Salvage Vessel

First used Last used Sound Effect
Horrid Lorry Put Upon Percy

In Something in the Air the old tramp steamer has a horn sound that was also used for "Izzy Gomez"

First used Last used Sound Effect
Something in the Air Something in the Air
First used Last used Sound Effect
Baa! Make Someone Happy

Trivia

  • His model was built by art director, Robert Gauld-Galliers and went missing in Canada, during or after production of Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
  • The Old Tramp Steamer was made from a 1:24 scale kit of S.S Moygannon. The model measured six feet long.
  • Despite never expressing any sentience, the tramp steamer was referred to as male by Salty.


The Captain's Ship


In the seventh series episode, Salty's Stormy Tale, the captain's ship was sailing back to Brendam Docks at night. Unfortunately, the lighthouse's lamp had gone out, and the generator was broken. Without the lighthouse, the ship was steaming toward the rocks. Luckily, Fergus' flywheel was used to power up the lighthouse's light and the tramp steamer missed the rocks just in time. In the morning, the captain thanked Salty and Fergus for saving his tramp steamer from capsizing.

The captain's ship first appeared in the sixth series, and she has made several appearances since. Since the switch to CGI, she has often been seen moored next to Cranky.


Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Specials

Audio Files

First Used Last Used Sound Effect
Thomas the Jet Engine Thomas the Jet Engine

In Thomas, Percy and the Squeak the Captain's Ship used the same whistle as "Izzy Gomez"

First Used Last Used Sound Effect
Thomas, Percy and the Squeak Thomas, Percy and the Squeak

In Percy and the Magic Carpet, the Captain's ship used the same horn as S.S. Roxstar, which was also used by the Theodore Tugboat character Queen Stephanie.

First used Last used Sound Effect
Percy and the Magic Carpet Percy and the Magic Carpet

In Thomas and the Rainbow the Captain's ship used the same sound previously used for the Old Tramp Steamer

First used Last used Sound Effect
Thomas and the Rainbow Thomas and the Rainbow


Trivia

  • While the superstructure of the ship appears custom built, the hull is from a Mountfleet steam trawler kit (the same as Lord Mountevans below).


Lord Mountevans


When the Sodor Pudding Factory was snowed in, Elizabeth was asked to collect the puddings and deliver them to Lord Mountevans before she left for The Mainland. Elizabeth nearly missed the ship when she crashed into a snowdrift, however, Thomas and Terence were, fortunately, able to save her and get the puddings to the docks on time.

Lord Mountevans first appeared in the sixth series, and she has made several appearances since. Since the switch to CGI, she has often been seen moored next to Big Mickey.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Specials

Audio Files

In Series 8 Lord Mountevans had the same horn sound as the Old Tramp Steamer.

First used Last used Sound Effect
James Gets a New Coat Fish

In The World's Strongest Engine, Lord Mountevans had the Yellow Salvage Vessel's whistle.

First used Last used Sound Effect
The World's Strongest Engine The World's Strongest Engine

Trivia

  • The ship's model is currently on display at Drayton Manor.
  • The ship is based on North Sea steam trawler Lord Mountevans.
  • The ship is made from a Mountfleet 1:32 steam trawler kit.


Other Tramp Steamers

Several Other tramp steamers have appeared in magazines and My Thomas Story Library books as well as various episodes throughout the series and Great Race Friends Near and Far.

Audio Files

First used Last used Sound Effect
The Flying Kipper The Flying Kipper
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The Flying Kipper The Flying Kipper

A ship in Vinnie is Back in America has the Old Tramp Steamer's horn at a lower pitch.

First Used Last Used Sound Effect
Vinnie is Back in America Vinnie is Back in America
Non-rail vehicles

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