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The article is about the characters from Thomas & Friends , that have appeared in the films first.
Thomas & Friends is a British-American children's television series. In the United Kingdom, it had its first broadcast on the ITV network in Great Britain in 1984. In the United States, it had its first broadcast on Shining Time Station in 1989. It is based on The Railway Series of books by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry and his son, Christopher Awdry.
Thomas and the Magic Railroad was the first theatrical Thomas & Friends movie.
Thomas and the Magic Railroad is a 2000 British–American children's fantasy film written, produced and directed by Britt Allcroft. The film stars Peter Fonda, Mara Wilson, Alec Baldwin, Didi Conn, Russell Means, Cody McMains, Michael E. Rodgers with the voices of Britt Allcroft, Kevin Frank, Neil Crone, and Eddie Glen. The film is based on the British children's book series The Railway Series by The Rev. W. Awdry, its televised adaptation Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, and the American television series Shining Time Station by Britt Allcroft and Rick Siggelkow. It was co-produced by Gullane Pictures/The Britt Allcroft Company and the Isle of Man Film Commission. It was distributed by Destination Films in the United States, Icon Film Distribution in the United Kingdom and ABC Films in Australia.
Diesel 10 (voiced by Neil Crone in the film/voiced by Matt Wilkinson in the UK and the US; Misty Island Rescue onwards) is a large cunning darkly comedic diesel engine with a claw (which he calls "Pinchy") extending from his roof. He was the main antagonist in Thomas and the Magic Railroad . Thomas said that he is rated "10 out of 10 for devious deeds and brutal strength". When he first came to Sodor, he hated steam engines so much that he made a goal to get rid of them once and for all. He tried to destroy "Lady", the magic engine that brings a magic railway and the steam engines alive. Although this plan failed, he was able to crash Lady causing her to be severely damaged. Her caretaker, a man called Burnett Stone, brought her back to his workshop in Muffle Mountain where he spent many years trying to bring her back to life. Diesel 10 repeatedly terrorized the steam engines and "Twinkle Toes" (his nickname for Mr. Conductor) in an attempt to track down Lady and the Magic Railroad.
Neil Crone is a Canadian actor, voice actor, comedian, writer and motivational speaker.
Matt Wilkinson is a British actor, voice actor, playwright and director.
Diesel 10 recruited two other diesel engines, Splatter and Dodge (who he collectively referred them as "Splodge"), to help him find Lady. However, the diesels grew tired of Diesel 10's attitude at the end of the film, and refused to help or follow him when Lady and Thomas returned to Sodor from the Magic Railroad. Diesel 10 chased Lady and Thomas until the three came to the collapsing viaduct. Lady and Thomas were light enough to make it across, but Diesel 10 was unable to stop, and the track broke under his wheels, causing him to fall off the broken viaduct and land in a barge filled with sludge below. Afterwards, he got in trouble with Sir Topham Hatt, The Fat Controller.
Sludge is a semi-solid slurry that can be produced from a range of industrial processes, from water treatment, wastewater treatment or on-site sanitation systems. For example, it can be produced as a settled suspension obtained from conventional drinking water treatment, as sewage sludge from wastewater treatment processes or as fecal sludge from pit latrines and septic tanks. The term is also sometimes used as a generic term for solids separated from suspension in a liquid; this 'soupy' material usually contains significant quantities of 'interstitial' water. Sludge can consist of a variety of particles, such as animal manure.
The Fat Controller is a fictional character in The Railway Series books written by the Reverend W. Awdry and his son, Christopher. In the first 2 books in the series he is known as The Fat Director. In the third book he becomes The Fat Controller, as the railway has been nationalised. His full name is revealed in the foreword to the book Henry the Green Engine.
Diesel 10 is olive-coloured.
Diesel 10 reappeared in Calling All Engines! . Diesel 10 is feared by the engines and first appears when Thomas and Percy are at the scrapyards. When they see Diesel 10, they get scared and decide to return when he's gone. Thomas tries to go to other places but leaves when he finds Diesel 10 there. In the end, Thomas goes to Diesel 10 for help to move some derailed trucks and he agrees.
Calling All Engines! is a 2005 direct-to-video special, a spin off of the TV series, Thomas & Friends and the first Thomas production since 2000's Thomas and the Magic Railroad. The film was produced by HIT Entertainment and released in the United States on September 6, 2005 and the United Kingdom on October 3, 2005.
Diesel 10 also appeared in "The Great Discovery", "Misty Island Rescue" and "Day of the Diesels". His first appearance in an episode was in the 17th season episode "The Missing Christmas Decorations".
Diesel 10's claw can be briefly seen during Rebecca's imagination in the season 22 episode "What Rebecca Does".
Lady (voiced by the series creator Britt Allcroft) is a violet and gold tank engine who had magical powers. A long time ago Diesel 10 chased her, and made her have an accident. For years Burnett Stone had worked on her and kept her in his workshop on Muffle Mountain.
Britt Allcroft is an English film, television and live theater producer, writer, director and voice actress. She is the creator of the children's television series Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, Shining Time Station and Magic Adventures of Mumfie. She wrote, co-produced and directed the film Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000).
Lady's face only appears on the Island of Sodor and The Magic Railroad.
Lady also reappeared in Calling All Engines in Thomas' dream sequence, alongside Rusty, telling Thomas how to get the airport finished.
In the Calling All Engines DVD's Character Gallery, Lady is described as "a magical engine. When she moves along the rails, she spreads gold dust along the rails. Lady has been known to help Thomas and his friends when there was no other engine to turn to."
Splatter (voiced by Neil Crone) and Dodge (voiced by Kevin Frank) were Diesel 10's bumbling sidekicks. They were collectively called "Splodge" by Diesel 10. Although the other engines feared them, Splatter and Dodge did not have the bravery, intelligence, or villainy to match with Diesel 10. Their names refer to how their paint coats are heavily weathered. Splatter was colored purple and grey and more talkative than Dodge. Dodge was olive and grey and more intelligent than Splatter. When they were hired by Diesel 10 to help him in his scheme to rule Sodor by destroying the Steam Engines, they did not take a liking to their boss when he collectively refers to them as "Splodge" and grew impatient with them when they asked him about his scheme. As time goes on Splatter and Dodge spent their time mocking their boss and pointing out the flaws in Diesel 10's scheme causing Diesel 10 to lose his temper and cause trouble during his temper problems (Their housing collapses over them when Diesel 10 loses his temper, and Diesel 10 empties a coal barrel all over him when he tries to punish Splatter and Dodge during another temper tantrum).
The two diesels grew tired of Diesel 10 at the end of the film, telling Diesel 10 to do his own dirty work as he tries to catch Lady and Thomas.What happened to them after that is unknown, although it can be assumed they returned to the Mainland.
Mr. Conductor (Alec Baldwin) is the railway conductor who often helps to run the railway for Sir Topham Hatt (The Fat Controller) when he is not helping out at Shining Time Station. When Sir Topham Hatt went on holiday, Mr. Conductor traveled to the Island of Sodor to keep Diesel 10 in order, but he ran out of gold dust, and could not get back to Shining Time Station, nor find the windmill, nor how to find out how to make more, leaving him powerless. Diesel 10 threatened to drop him off the viaduct into the river going underneath and not being able to swim, but instead, catapulting him to the windmill, Mr. Conductor eventually found a clue and when Burnett Stone traveled to the island, his engine, Lady, provided him with gold dust.
Lily Stone (Mara Wilson) is the granddaughter of Burnett Stone. She lives in a big city, but came to visit him during the film. After getting on the wrong train, she arrived at Shining Time Station, where she met Junior. The station master, Stacy Jones, drove her to Burnett's home, and told Lily that she wished she could visit Shining Time again soon. Lily meets Junior again, and they travelled to Sodor. Later, she and Thomas found a way back to Muffle Mountain. She found Lady and helped Burnett find a way to make her run again and get to the island of Sodor.
Burnett Stone (Peter Fonda) is Lily's grandfather and Lady's caretaker. He keeps her in Muffle Mountain.
Mr. Conductor Jr. (Michael E. Rodgers) aka C. Junior or simply Junior is the cousin of Mr. Conductor, who was always on holiday at the beach. He is good-natured and friendly, but was also originally clumsy and lazy, preferring to relax and go surfing rather than do honest work. Mr. Conductor urged him to travel to Shining Time Station to retrieve the last of the family's gold dust. There, Junior met Lily, and they went to Sodor to find Mr. Conductor. They did find him at the windmill, but Junior became caught on the whirling blades of it, and was flung onto the back of Diesel 10's roof. He ended up in the scrap yard, flung onto James's cab. The 2 were nearly sent into the smelting pit, until Junior used the last of his gold dust to transport them away. Junior then reunited with Mr. Conductor, and told him that their gold dust was now completely gone. When Lady returned to the Island, Mr. Conductor and Junior found their gold dust again. Junior, pleased and encouraged by his success in helping out, offers to take a job on Sodor, and was hired on as conductor so that Mr. Conductor could go back to Shining Time Station and resume working there.
Patch (Cody McMains) is a local boy who works for Burnett Stone. He found Lady and asked Burnett about her. Later he met Lily and spent time with her until Lily departed for Sodor. The two of them later traveled to Sodor in Lady. In a final scene that was deleted from the film, it was revealed that Patch and Lily eventually got married.
Mutt is Billy's dog, who tried to help Lily and can sense trouble in the world.
Stacy Jones (Didi Conn) is the manager of Shining Time Station. She is frequently helped by Mr. Conductor and when Lily arrived at the station by mistake, Stacy drove Lily to Burnett. Didi Conn reprised the role she played on Shining Time Station .
Billy Twofeathers (Russell Means) is a train driver who works in the Indian Valley, driving trains to Muffle Mountain, Shining Time, and other places. Billy was a character in the series Shining Time Station , in which he was played by Tom Jackson.
The Great Discovery introduced 1 new character to the series.
Stanley (voiced by Matt Wilkinson in the UK and by Ben Small, David Menkin, Rob Rackstraw, and then John Schwab in the US) is a strong white, silver and red tank engine who made Thomas jealous when he first arrived on Sodor.
Three new characters were introduced in Hero of the Rails .
Hiro (voiced by Togo Igawa in the UK and the US) is an old, lost black Japanese steam engine.
Victor (voiced by David Bedella in both the UK and the US) is a dark red narrow gauge tank engine who is the main shunter and in charge of the Sodor Steamworks.
Kevin (voiced by Matt Wilkinson in the UK, Kerry Shale in the US) is a young yellow crane who works at the Sodor Steamworks.
Four new characters were introduced in Misty Island Rescue .
Captain (voiced by Keith Wickham in the UK and the US) is a red, yellow and blue lifeboat who resides at the Sodor Search & Rescue Centre with Harold, Rocky, Belle, Flynn and Butch.
Bash and Dash (voiced by Keith Wickham and Matt Wilkinson in the UK, William Hope and Kerry Shale in the US) are grey and amber twin engines on Misty Island.
Ferdinand (voiced by Ben Small in the UK, Glenn Wrage in the US) is a big teal tender engine who works with Bash & Dash.
Seven new characters were introduced in Day of the Diesels .
Belle (voiced by Teresa Gallagher in the UK and the US) is a big blue tank engine (Sodor's biggest tank engine) with firefighting equipment.
Flynn (voiced by Rupert Degas, followed by Ben Small, later Rob Rackstraw in the UK and the US) is a Fiery red fire truck who joins the Search & Rescue team.
Den (voiced by Keith Wickham in the UK and the US) is a stately orange and slate gray diesel who runs the Sodor Dieselworks in Diesel 10's absence.
Dart (voiced by Rupert Degas, now Steve Kynman in the UK and the US) is a yellow and dark red diesel who helps Den run the Sodor Dieselworks when Diesel 10 is not around.
Norman (voiced by Keith Wickham in the UK and the US) is an orange-red diesel engine who is always breaking down but would get fixed to prove that he can be really useful. He is also Dennis's twin brother.
Paxton (voiced by Steve Kynman in the UK and the US) is a slightly young gullible and outgoing, but sometimes serious dark green diesel who likes steam engines, especially Thomas. It is later indicated in Blue Mountain Mystery that he works at the Blue Mountain Quarry hauling stone from the quarry.
Sidney (voiced by Bob Golding in the UK and the US) is a navy blue diesel who can always be a bit forgetful and always starts work at one place only to end up at another.
Four new characters were introduced in Blue Mountain Mystery.
Luke (voiced by Michael Legge in the UK and the US) is an apple green narrow gauge engine, who was introduced in Blue Mountain Mystery.
Winston (voiced by Matt Wilkinson in the UK and the US) is a red track inspection vehicle, who first appeared in Series 16, but introduced officially in Blue Mountain Mystery.
Owen (voiced by Ben Small in the UK and the US) is an ochre quarry incline traction engine who works at the Blue Mountain quarry, who was introduced in Blue Mountain Mystery.
Merrick (voiced by Matt Wilkinson in the UK and the US) is a red traveling gantry crane who works at the Blue Mountain quarry, who was introduced in Blue Mountain Mystery.
Four new characters and one character from The Railway Series were introduced in King of the Railway
Millie (voiced by Miranda Raison in the UK and the US) is a blue French narrow gauge engine who made her debut in King of the Railway.
Stephen (voiced by Bob Golding in the UK and the US) is an antique bright yellow engine who works at Uflstead Castle, who made his debut in King of the Railway. He is modelled after the Stephenson's Rocket
Connor (voiced by Jonathan Forbes in the UK and the US) is a teal streamlined engine from The Mainland, who made his debut in King of the Railway.
Caitlin (voiced by Rebecca O'Mara in the UK and the US) is a fuchsia streamlined engine from The Mainland, who made her debut in King of the Railway.
Sir Robert Norramby (voiced by Mike Grady in the UK and the US) is the Earl of Sodor, who made his debut in King of the Railway.
Four new characters were introduced in Tale of the Brave .
Gator (voiced by Clive Mantle in the UK and the US), is a boxy green steam engine, whom looks like an alligator, because of his shape and size.
Timothy (voiced by Tim Whitnall in the UK and the US), is small oil-burning tank engine, who works at the China Clay Pits, with Bill, Ben and Marion.
Marion (voiced by Olivia Colman in the UK and the US), is a self-propelled steam shovel, who sometimes works at the China Clay Pits, with Bill, Ben and Timothy.
Reg (voiced by Tim Whitnall in the UK and the US) is a diesel crane, who works on Edward's Branch Line, at Crock's Scrap Yard.
Three new characters were introduced in The Adventure Begins:
Glynn (voiced by Keith Wickham in the UK and the US) is an old 'Coffee Pot' engine.
Judy and Jerome (voiced by Teresa Gallagher and Tim Whitnall in the UK and the US, respectively) are breakdown cranes, who take their jobs as the breakdown train very seriously.
Three new characters were introduced and three Railway Series characters debuted into the television series in Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.
Ryan (voiced by Eddie Redmayne in the film and later Steven Kynman in the UK and the US) is a purple tank engine with the number 1014 on his bunker.
Mike (voiced by Tim Whitnall in the UK and the US) is a miniature steam engine from the Arlesdale Railway. He is painted red with blue stripes and blue and yellow lining.
Rex (voiced by Tom Stourton in the UK and the US) is a miniature steam engine from the Arlesdale Railway. He is painted green with red stripes and lining.
Bert (voiced by Keith Wickham in the UK and the US) is a miniature steam engine from the Arlesdale Railway. He is painted blue with red stripes and lining.
Skiff (voiced by Jamie Campbell Bower in the UK and the US) is a railboat, a boat that runs on rails.
Sailor John (voiced by Sir John Hurt in the UK and the US) is a pirate, who tries to steal a pirate ship, as well as the pirate treasure.
The Great Race, the 2016 60 minute movie, includes 12 new engines. In an effort to expand the preschool franchise beyond its current lineup of mostly male, British -- and apparently white -- characters, the new engines are from locations around the world and include 3 female characters.
New characters include:
Ashima (voiced by Tina Desai in the UK and the US)is a large tank engine from India. She is meant to challenge Thomas, both in terms of being able to do some things better than him and in being able to relate to someone very different from him. She participates in the shunting race and is modelled after the Nilgiri Mountain Railway X class locomotive.
Carlos (voiced by David Bedella in the UK and the US) is an engine from Mexico, meant to resemble a Ferrocarriles Nacionales de México locomotive known as No. 903.He participates in the decorated engine parade.
Raul (voiced by Rob Rackstraw in the UK and the US) is a "feisty", "strong and agile" little steam engine from Brazil. Inspired by the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Raul is intended to broaden Thomas' cultural awareness.He participates in the shunting race. he returned in Series 23
Yong Bao (voiced by Dan Li) is a tender engine from China, intended to capitalize on the franchise's growing popularity in China, now its #2 market, after the United States.He participates in the decorated engine parade. Yong Bao later reappears in "'Big World! Big Adventures!"
Shane is a green and yellow tender engine from Australia.He participates in the strength race.
Vinnie (voiced by John Schwab in the UK and the US) is a tender engine from the United States.
He is big, strong and competitive. He participates in the strength race. He is also a bully. His design is based on the Grand Trunk Western 6407 Steam Train. In the 2016 special The Great Race, he bullies Thomas and Philip and chases Philip through the yard where the Great Railway Show was held during the Shunting Competition. Vinnie tried to force Philip into the turntable well, but Thomas and Ashima successfully managed to pull Vinnie away from Philip, allowing Philip to successfully escape the big bully steam train. After Philip escaped from Vinnie, Thomas' coupling snapped after Vinnie resisted, causing Vinnie to launch into a set of points that were against him, which accidentally made Vinnie fly off the tracks and crash into an electricity pylon, which then fell on top of him. Vinnie was left trapped under the pylon, screaming for help. He remained there for the rest of the day and was rescued that evening and returned home to the United States of America.
Étienne (voiced by Rob Rackstraw in the UK and the US) is a fast electric engine from France. He participates in the Great Race event.
Axel (voiced by Rob Rackstraw in the UK and the US) is a fast streamlined engine from Belgium. He participates in the Great Race event.
Gina (voiced by Teresa Gallagher in the UK and the US) is a small tank engine from Italy. She participates in the shunting race. she'll return in Digs & Discoveries in Series 23
Frieda (voiced by Teresa Gallagher in the UK and the US) is a streamlined engine from Germany. She participates in the strength race and is modeled after the DB Class 10.
Rajiv is a little tank engine from the East Indian Railway in India. He participates in the decorated engine parade and is modeled after the Fairy Queen locomotive.
Ivan (voiced by Bob Golding in the UK and the US) is a diesel engine from Russia. He participates in the shunting race.
Six new characters were introduced in Journey Beyond Sodor.
Merlin (voiced by Hugh Bonneville in the UK and the US) is a steam engine fitted with three stovepipe chimneys. He has the number 783.
Lexi (voiced by Lucy Montgomery in the UK and the US) is a cab forward steam engine.
Theo (voiced by Darren Boyd in the UK and the US) is an experimental railway traction engine.
Hurricane (voiced by Jim Howick in the UK and the US) is a large tank engine with 10 driving wheels. He has the number 20.
Frankie (voiced by Sophie Colquhoun in the UK and the US) is a diesel engine. She has the number 4002 on her bufferbeam.
Beresford (voiced by Colin McFarlane in the UK and the US) is a blue rolling gantry crane, stationed on the Mainland.
This special is a tie in with the twenty-second season. Five characters were introduced in this film special.
Nia (voiced by Yvonne Grundy in the UK and the US) is a Kenyan tank engine who befriends and accompanies Thomas during his journey around the world. She teaches Thomas about friendship. She also becomes a member of the Steam Team and also has a new home on Sodor.
Ace (voiced by Peter Andre in the UK and the US) is a yellow race car who inspires Thomas to become the first engine to travel the world.
Kwaku (voiced by Abubakar Salim in the UK and the US) is an African Garratt railway engine, who is friends with Nia.
Beau (voiced by Kerry Shale in the UK and the US) is an American mining engine with a mustache who works at the Grand Canyon.
Natalie (voiced by Teresa Gallagher in the UK and the US) is an American diesel shunter, who works at an American Harbour in San Francisco.
Other minor characters introduced include some race cars (two of which are named Angelique and Tony), Emerson, an Arizona diesel, a Chinese diesel, Shankar, a Brazilian diesel shunter and many more.
Gordon the Big Engine is a fictional anthropomorphic tender locomotive in The Railway Series books by Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry and is one of the central characters in the television series Thomas and Friends, which is based on the books. He is painted blue and carries the number 4. Gordon views himself as the most important engine because he is the biggest, fastest, and he pulls the Express.
Percy the Small Engine is a fictional anthropomorphic steam tank engine from The Railway Series of children's books written by the Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry and his son, Christopher Awdry. He also appears in the spin-off television series Thomas & Friends.
Edward the Blue Engine is an anthropomorphic steam locomotive from The Railway Series children's books by the Rev W. Awdry, and the related TV Series Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends. He is a blue 4-4-0 tender engine with red lining out, about the same size as James the Red Engine, and has the number 2 on his tender. Like James as well as Henry, he is a mixed traffic engine, meaning that he is designed to pull both freight and passenger services. He is one of the principal characters in both the books and the television series.
James the Red Engine is a fictional anthropomorphic tender locomotive from The Railway Series children's books by the Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry, and the spin-off TV series Thomas & Friends. He is a mixed-traffic engine, which means he is just as capable of pulling coaches as trucks. He has a 2-6-0 ("Mogul") wheel arrangement and is engine number 5 on the North Western Railway, The Fat Controller's railway on the Island of Sodor.
Emily the Stirling Engine is a fictional anthropomorphic steam locomotive from the television series Thomas & Friends. She was the second female steam engine, first female steam engine to be featured in the television series and first female tender engine, and became a member of the "Steam Team", as the eight core characters of the series which she became in Series 8, and appeared in lots of episodes more often. She was also the only female foreign engine so far in the Steam Team, up until the addition of Nia and Rebecca in Series 22. She is painted dark emerald green and has two large driving wheels and a shiny brass safety valve cover.
The Skarloey Railway is a fictional narrow gauge railway on the Island of Sodor. It first appeared in The Railway Series by Rev. W. Awdry
Peter Sam is a fictional narrow gauge steam locomotive character in The Railway Series children's books by the Rev. W. Awdry and the spin-off TV series Thomas and Friends. Peter Sam lives and works on the Skarloey Railway on the Island of Sodor as engine No. 4.
The Arlesdale Railway, more commonly known as The Small Railway, is a fictional railway on the Island of Sodor from the Railway Series books by the Rev. W. Awdry and his son Christopher Awdry.
"Devious" Diesel is a British Rail Class 08 diesel shunting locomotive, originating from "The Other Railway". The character appeared in The Railway Series books, Duck and the Diesel Engine and Thomas and the Evil Diesel, and also appears as the primary antagonist in the television series, Thomas & Friends. In both the Railway Series and the Television series he is the first Diesel locomotive character to be introduced.
Thomas the Tank Engine is a fictional anthropomorphised steam locomotive in The Railway Series books by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry and his son, Christopher, published from 1945 on. He became the most popular and famous character in the series, and is the title protagonist in the accompanying television spin-off series Thomas & Friends.
The Great Race is a 2016 CGI animated Thomas & Friends musical-dramedy-adventure film.