Thomas, is a tank engine who lives on the Island of Sodor. He is engine No. 1 on the North Western Railway, and works on the branchline at Ffarquhar, He is the Main Protagonist.


Thomas is the No. 1 blue engine. He is a cheeky little engine who often gets into scrapes, usually by being over-eager to do things best left to bigger and more sensible engines. But clouds never last long in Thomas' world and soon he’s bustling about again, playing his part in the yard and on his very own branch line. Thomas works hard and he always strives to be a Really Useful Engine.[1]

Thomas later helped Bash and Dash rescue their friend Ferdinand from a tunnel when he ran out of fuel. He then tricked Percy into thinking he had gotten lost at sea whilst on a job this soon lead Percy to trouble when he heard Thomas' whistle, Percy accidently rolled onto a jetty and as soon as he hit the bars at the front, the jetty broke and he was washed out to sea and Thomas soon realized that he had made a horrible mistake. During Christmas  time, Thomas was visited by Father Christmas and he asked Thomas to lead his sleigh all over Sodor because it was very foggy and the blue engine agreed when Thomas was tied to the front of the sleigh, his nose started to glow bright red and Comet, who is one of Father Christmas's raindeer, said that Thomas had to light the way for the rest of them. Thomas is now a Really Useful engine. In the being of the series,Thomas was working in the yard shunting coaches,and cars where he was often teased by the big engines including Edward seen in the episode Trouble for Thomas. But over time after he helped James he now pulls Annie and clarabel,and sometimes pull trucks,and other loads. He also works on hie branch line near fthuar.


Thomas Gets Tricked: Thomas keeps on pulling tricks on Gordon, so Gordon tries to get him back.

Persona Edit

Thomas is rather cheeky, but is good at heart and generally behaves well, except when he is getting into mishap. He loves teasing the others and on occasion brags about his superiority, but is always brought down to earth in due course. If Thomas has one major character flaw, it's that he's forgetful, and slightly impatient. However, he's also optimistic and idealistic.

Although their friendship has been turbulent at times, Percy is generally portrayed as Thomas' best friend. In the future season it seems like Thomas isn't really that cheeky much.

Basis Edit

Thomas is based on the Billinton E2-Class 0-6-0T locomotives built for the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway between 1913 and 1916. He is apparently one of the last batch built as only these engines featured his distinctive extended-side-tanks, projecting forward over the leading wheels and little downsweeps at each end of footplate. The E2s were introduced in 1915 to replace earlier members of the E1 class, which had been scrapped. The last five in the ten strong class had extended side tanks to give a greater water capacity, but all engines had two inside cylinders and driving wheels 4'6" in diameter. Thomas was bought to Sodor in 1915 to help with the construction of the North Western Railway, and remained after the completion. The engine was first used as Pilot at Tidmouth and then Vicarstown, before being drafted in to the Ffarquhar Branchline. The engine is now based at Ffarquhar. After an accident with a stationmaster's house, Thomas' footplate front was made straight.

Voice Actors Edit

  • John Bellis (Thomas and the Magic Railroad; original workprints only)
  • Edward Glenn (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)
  • Ben Small (UK; Hero of the Rails - eighteenth season)
  • John Hasler (UK; The Adventure Begins onwards)
  • Martin Sherman (US; Hero of the Rails - eighteenth season)
  • Joseph May (US; The Adventure Begins onwards)
  • Ringo Starr (UK; 2009 Children in Need charity single)

Trivia Edit

  • Thomas was the first engine to have a number.
  • Three Thomas models are currently on display: one at Drayton Manor in the UK, one in Canada at Nitrogen Studios, and the large scale Thomas model used in the spin-off series, The Pack, in Japan at Thomas Land.
  • Christopher Awdry lost the original Thomas model when he was in the US.
  • Thomas also appeared in a Youtube video called "Shed 17".
  • From Hero of the Rails onwards, when Thomas blows his whistle, it budges up and down.
  • In Day of the Diesels, it was revealed that Thomas' driver's name is Bob.
  • Thomas is painted in the NWR's standard blue livery with red-and-yellow lining and the number "1" painted on his tank sides in yellow with a red border. In the Railway Series, he carries two builder's plates on the sides of his cab. Thomas also has red lining on the back of his bunker, and a golden plaque on his smokebox.
  • Thomas has saved the Island of Sodor from Diesel 10, and has helped Lady.

58 Engines | 53 Rolling Stock | 5 Non-Rail Vehicles | 8 People | 15 Lines | 17 Former