Animal Character Profiles

Animal Character Profiles

A selection of the more memorable Sodor animals that have made a contribution to the railway's history over the years...

The Goat

The Goat

In a moment of happy abandon, the Fat Controller leaned out of his carriage window to cheer Edward and Henry on as they rescued the Express and brought it home for Gordon.  However, in that moment, his hat blew off from his head and landed in a field – where a goat ate it for tea.  Needless to say, he wasn’t happy...

Bluebell The Cow

Bluebell The Cow

The first time we met Bluebell the cow, she had wandered onto the railway line and into Gordon’s path, forcing him to stop halfway along a bridge.  She was left feeling upset and lonely when her calf was taken to market to be sold, and would not move from the bridge no matter what Gordon or Henry did to try and shift her.  Henry ‘didn’t want to hurt her’ and so backed his train to the station he had come from.  Thankfully, the Station Master knew all about it and arranged for Percy to take Bluebell’s calf to her to try and pacify the situation.  Quite happy, Bluebell and her calf were led away by the Porter, leaving Gordon and Henry feeling quite silly, having teased Edward previously for not being able to handle cows...!

Thomas' Toad

Thomas' Toad

When Thomas was pushed off the rails by some troublesome trucks and into a muddy pond, a little toad sat by the edge of the water and watched him sink on his little pier.  However, he seemed keen to keep Thomas company and rode on his buffer beam all the way back to the yard.

Dilly the Duck

Dilly the Duck

Dilly the Duck was initially intended to be a retaliation joke for Donald after he teased Duck for ‘quack, quack, quacking’ all night in the shed.  However, an emotional attachment grew between the crew, Donald and Dilly herself, who rode in the cab with them and eventually hopped off at the middle station on Duck’s Branch Line where she remained.  She is kept very content by the pond nearby to swim in, and always on hand to greet the engines as she comes in.  And although christened ‘Dilly’ by a Station Master, she is better known as ‘Donald’s Duck’.

James's Bee

James' Bee

There was a fundamental misunderstanding at Tidmouth Station when a Bee Hive was burst open and left its inhabitants exposed to the elements.  With nowhere else to go, they decided to cling to James’s warm boiler for heat... but one of the bees burnt its foot and assumed that James did it on purpose.  As retaliation, he flew high into the air and stung James right back, giving him a big bright red nose, which some may say would serve him right for calling BoCo a ‘Buzz Box Diesel’ earlier that day!

Champion the Bull

Champion the Bull

Champion the Bull broke away from the Farmer whilst he was trying to load him into a cattle float for Market.  Champion trotted away down the road, slipped down a slope and landed by the side of the railway line, where he proceeded to take lunch between the rails.  Despite her best efforts, Daisy found Champion to be difficult, if not impossible to shift.  Assuming it would only take a simple ‘toot and look him straight in the eye’, she lost her nerve and had to be rescued by Toby, who guided Champion back up the line to the Farmer who finally loaded him into a cattle float.  Needless to say, Daisy was not entirely keen on the subject of ‘Bullseyes’ when propositioned with them later on that day...

Henry's Elephant

Henry's Elephant

Following a visit from the Circus, a tunnel had become blocked.  Henry was sent to clear the blockade with some workmen, and they all got far more than he bargained for when Henry tried to push through.  Much to everyone’s surprise, he was promptly pushed back by a large grey elephant who had escaped from the train and decided to rest in the tunnel instead.  After pushing him out, the elephant was given cake and water by the workmen, and ‘hooshed’ Henry with water when startled by him.  In the Railway Series, the elephant was one of the pre-empting factors of Gordon, Henry and James’s strike action in Troublesome Engines.

Gremlin the Dog

Gremlin the Dog

The Fat Controller had a VIP coming to visit, and issued the engines with strict instructions that she be treated with the utmost respect and attention.  She brought a dog with her, who turned out to be quite a handful when he ran out of the station, completely startled by Gordon’s ‘tribute’ whistle to the Fat Controller’s visitor, and even more startled when he was confronted by a large bull in a field he had ran to aimlessly.  Luckily though, he managed to get a ride in Thomas’s cab all the way to the Harbour – where it was revealed that the Fat Controller’s VIP was none other than his mother – who was seriously considering changing the dog’s name to ‘Gremlin’!

The Maithwaite Ram

The Maithwaite Ram

Maithwaite Station was in the running for the ‘Best Dressed Station’ competition.  However, its chances were very nearly scuppered by the actions of three very naughty boys who came along and vandalised the efforts of the Station Staff.  However, it was thanks to the efforts of a very stern ram that they didn’t get away with it.  The ram was initially going to be rewarded with a pumpkin, but seemingly preferred the taste of the Fat Controller’s hat instead!

Alicia The Mouse

Alicia the Mouse

Alicia Botti, the famous Opera Singer, was coming to the Island of Sodor to play a concert at Maron Castle.  However, when Thomas was going to collect her, there was a strange squeaking noise coming from Annie, which no-one could account for.  They soon found out what it was when they reached Brendam Docks, where Alicia Botti was confronted by the horrifying sight of a little mouse inside the carriage – and refused to ride in Annie – opting instead for Percy.  But Thomas didn’t mind, and he and Percy gave their new friend a home at the back of Tidmouth Sheds and a new name – Alicia!

Pegasus The Horse

Pegasus The Horse

Pegasus was a horse who lived near to Harold’s airfield, named after a mythical flying horse – which Percy thought was quite a joke.  However, when Pegasus became stuck in the mud on the way to the Vicar’s Fete, Harold needed to free him in the best way possible – flying him out of the mud and onto the Fete... suddenly, Percy didn’t think a flying horse was such a ridiculous concept after all!

Alfie's Kittens

Alfie's Cats

Alfie came to a demolition site one day feeling like a zero... and left that night feeling like a hero!  Ridiculed about his size by Max, Monty and the other machines, Alfie didn’t like being small and felt inferior to the other machines.  However, when the workmen discovered that there were some kittens trapped inside the building, there was only one machine suitable for the job – Alfie!  Alfie scooped the kittens and mother cat up in his bucket and pulled them to safety – proving there’s nothing wrong with being small!

Buster's Moles

Buster's Moles

Poor Buster the Steamroller had nothing to do when the Pack were renovating a Football Ground ahead of the big game.  That all changed when some naughty moles dug their way under the ground and made several big holes all across the pitch, leaving it, as Buster so brightly said “Like a big currant bun... only green!”  The Moles looked on as Buster went about his work, and were suitably impressed!

The Black Loch Seals

The Black Loch Seals

James and Emily were quite convinced that strange shapes moving in the water at Black Loch could only mean one thing – a vicious monster that would terrorise the engines.  But when a rockslide blocked her path, and Emily was forced to confront the ‘beast’, she was surprised to find that instead of a large terrifying monster, it was simply a family of seals playfully swimming in Black Loch and coming over to say “Hello” to Emily and her passengers.

The Golden Eagle

The Golden Eagles

The air was filled with excitement as Bird Watchers came to see a magnificent Golden Eagle on the Island of Sodor.   Thomas and Percy were keen to see it too, and Thomas spent most of the day trying to hunt it down with the help of Bertie the Bus – forgetting that poor Percy was doing all the work whilst he was gallivanting around the Island aimlessly.  Eventually, Thomas helped Percy back to Tidmouth sheds when he broke down – and they both saw two magnificent Golden Eagles standing proudly above them on the cliffs.

Toby's Feathered Friends

Toby's Birds

When Thomas took it upon himself to help build Toby a brand new roof to keep him dry, he didn’t know one very important thing... Toby liked the roof riddled with holes as it meant his bird friends could fly in and make their nests in the shed ceiling, and he enjoyed the company; his home was their home too.  But Thomas found a great way to make it up to his good friend by having the workmen use the wood from his old shed roof to make a bird house that could sit outside Toby’s shed.  Now, Toby is delighted with it – his feathered friends can still visit and he can still keep dry.

The Sodor Warbler

The Sodor Warbler

The Sodor Warbler is a very rare bird, which has only recently returned to the Island, sparking a frenzy among Bird Watchers keen to see it.  The Fat Controller arranged for a nesting pole to be delivered to Bluff’s Cove for the Warbler to make its nest on, but Henry was so busy trying to do ‘good deeds’ that he almost forgot to deliver it.  But he did one good deed which brought a smile to everyone’s face – he unwittingly gave the Sodor Warbler a ride on his buffer beam all the way to Bluff’s Cove, where he settled down to sleep in his new nest upon his new nesting pole.