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The great friends of the road, the dirt, and the sky!

OffRailCharacters.jpg picture by UnluckyTug06
 
The off-rail characters are imporrtant to Sodor. Many of the road characters played important roles in helping the engines out of tight situtations, which is why they agree rails and roads have a lot in common.
 
Terence.jpg image by UnluckyTug06 Terence is a helpful CAT 70 tractor, that  working the fields alongside Thomas's branchline, always with a smile on his face. When Thomas firt met him, he teased Terence because of how awkward his caterpillar tracks looked, but soon learned to respect him when Terence pulled him out a snowdrift. Terence's caterpillars are very useful, and with them, Terence has helped both engines and vehicles out of many tight jams. He befriends easily and doesn't take much offence. He also helped with shunting while Toby and Percy had to change their jobs due to an accident with Mavis and suggested that the engines go to the road.
 
FIRST SEEN - Series 1, Thomas, Terence, And The Snow
LAST SEEN - The Great Discovery
 
Bertie.jpg image by UnluckyTug06 Bertie is the cheerful red pre-war rural single deck bus that works the roads up and down alongside Thomas's branchline. He is very fast, and feels he can brag because of it, once starting a race between him and Thomas, Thomas winning. They have had another race, which Bertie won due to Thomas being side-tracked. Bertie still believes that roads are more reliable than rails, and is always challenging Thomas to a race to prove so but still maintains a friendship with the blue engine. He generally helps out a lot though and once changed Edward done his line in order to get Thomas' passengers on the train. His registration is CRD 54 (A reference to C. Reginald Dalby and how the book came out in 1954)
 
FIRST SEEN - Series 1, Thomas, Terence, And The Snow
LAST SEEN - Series 12, Saved You!
 
Trevor.jpg image by UnluckyTug06 Trevor has had a decent life for a Foster steam traction engine, and is very content. He was once painted black, and did jobs in farms and was well liked. But when he wasn't wanted anymore, he was sent to a scrapyard where he sat and rusted until Edward found him one day, and later convinced the Vicar to buy him. Trevor was refurbished, and is now painted green, working happily in the vicarage orchard, always happy to give children rides. Trevor can work anywhere, and once proved it to Thomas. He is slow-moving, which causes other road characters to become impatient with him. He has the misfortune of having his carts constantly destroyed. He is based on a traction engine owned by Teddy Boston (The Fat Clergyman).
 
FIRST SEEN - Series 2, Saved From Scrap
LAST SEEN - Series 12, Excellent Emily
 
Bulgy-1.jpg image by UnluckyTug06 This is Bulgy, a double-deckered bus. At one point, he was to carry passengers on Market Day near Duck's branchline, but decieved Duck and Oliver by lying to the passengers and saying he was a railway bus. But a low-hanging bridge soon stopped him and Duck had to save the day. He was badly damaged and got sold to farmer and used as a henhouse. But Bulgy changed his ways completely, and for the better. When the summer rush arrived, the Fat Controller brought him back to the roads due to Thomas and Emily being at the works, and was determined to give the passengers a smooth ride. But an incident with the hens turned Bulgy off to passengers completely. He is now a vegetable bus, selling vegetables in a built stand on him in the streets to people. He is much happier now, because as he says "Vegetables never complain!"
 
FIRST SEEN - Series 3, Bulgy
LAST SEEN - Series 12, Excellent Emily
 
George.jpg image by UnluckyTug06 George is a stubborn, disagreeable and dishonest Avening and Porter steamroller with a rough attitude towards the railways. When the roads near the Skarloey line needed to be repaved, he would chuffer about chanting "Railways are no good! Rip them up, turn them into roads!" nonstop. Skarloey tricked Sir Handel into thinking he could takle George cause of his steamroller wheels. The two became enemies and George rammed into Sir Handel's train. He returned later to work at the level crossing on Thomas' branch line and caused upset to Daisy. He then returned and paved over a level crossing, causing Thomas to crash, and blocked Duck's way and caused a truck to be crushed by Gordon. He was put in a shed for a week and learnt his lesson.
 
FIRST SEEN - Series 4, Steamroller
LAST SEEN - Calling All Engines
 
 Caroline is a Bull Nosed Morris car that belongs to the Elsbridge Cricket Club. She is old and worn out and doesn't like going too fast. She didn't like engines that much as they were loud and too fast for her. When a cricket ball fell in Stepney's trucks, she had to chase him and ended up in a race against him. When they caught him, Caroline was worn out and couldn't take them back. Stepney held her get back to the cricket club and she was very grateful and now adores engines.
 
FIRST SEEN - Series 4, Train Stops Play
LAST SEEN - Series 5, Lady Hatt's Birthday Party
 
bulstrode.jpg Bulstrode is a crabby old coastal barge. He had a reputation for causing trouble and was known for being disagreeable. The trucks hated him and so did engines and workers. Percy once had to go shunt trucks and found he was put in the wrong place and causing havoc. Percy tried to sort things out, but he couldn't stop when shunting and pushed the trucks off the wharf and onto Bulstrode! The barge was damaged and got left on a beach and children played in him. He hasn't been heard of since.
 
FIRST SEEN - Series 4, Special Attraction
LAST SEEN - Series 4, Special Attraction
 
Lorries.jpg picture by Duckfan8 The Horrid Lorries are triplet lorries that were brought to assit with work on the Island. They were instantly rude to the engines and caused a lot of upset. They slowly began to take over their work and the engines began to feel unwanted. However, they all ended up having accidents: one broke down, one drove into the sea and one fell off a cliff! To Thomas, they were known as The Brothers' Grim! They were sent off to be repaired, but never returned.
 
FIRST SEEN - Series 5, Horrid Lorry
LAST SEEN - Series 5, Horrid Lorry
 
Thumper.jpg picture by Duckfan8 Thumper is a bizarre machine brought to dig for rocks at a new quarry. It worked well and pleased the men. However, it's pumping pistons shook the mountain and made the boulder roll down the mountain and destroyed a lot of the line. It's fate after the quarry was closed is unknown.
 
FIRST SEEN - Series 5, Rusty And The Boulder
LAST SEEN - Series 5, Rusty And The Boulder
 
 Elizabeth.jpg image by UnluckyTug06 Elizabeth is a steam-powered vintage senitial lorry, and proud of it. Once being owned by the Fat Controller, she was locked in a shed until Thomas's driver and fireman accidentaly found her. Jem Cole restored her, and she looks and runs much better now. Elizabeth is the grandmotherly figure on Sodor, keeping the engines in their place. She loves doing important jobs and feeling special, but she can rude and rather blunt sometimes.
 
FIRST SEEN - Series 6, Elizabeth The Vintage Sential Lorry
LAST SEEN - Series 11, Thomas Sets Sail
 
3Madge.jpg image by UnluckyTug06 Madge is a snub-nosed lorry that is very proud of what she does, and that is making deliveries around the Hills. She is a very cautious and responsible driver, and the Thin Controller praises her for that. Though Madge does know how to have fun, as she once showed Duncan when taking him on her trolley to the other end of the line. She sees the little engines often, and keeps them in order and always makes sure they do the right thing. She fusses over them and once got muddy make sure Skarloey and Rheneas got clean that she got hem muddy!
 
FIRST SEEN - Series 11, Cool Truckings
LAST SEEN - The Great Discovery
 
Aircraft.jpg picture by UnluckyTug06
 
As much as the road is use to the Island, the sky serves just as much use to those on land.
 
Harold.jpg image by UnluckyTug06 Harold is a Westland-Sikorsky S-55 Whirlwind helicopter and is used for nearly any job. He is an important piece of the smooth running of the Island's work, flying high above the engines making sure all is well. He boasted a lot about flying to Percy when he was new, but after a brisk race, Percy won and left Harold speechless. Harold is good friends with all the engines, though the engines get cross when he is used for important work instead of them. He takes part in a lot of search and rescues and assisted in saving Toby from falling over a waterfall. He gets bored easily when he isn't needed as he enjoys helping others out.
 
FIRST SEEN - Series 2, Percy And Harold
LAST SEEN - Series 12, James Works It Out
 
Jeremy.jpg image by UnluckyTug06 Jeremy is a modern jet plane that often visits Sodor after the Sodor Airport opened. Like all aircraft, he is boastful about flying, and liked to show off to Thomas, making Thomas want to fly like him too. But whena storm struck, Jeremy managed to warn Thomas and the picnic was moved to the hanger. Jeremy is white and blue and has special lights like most planes, but that tricked the engines into thinking a UFO was hovering over Sodor. Jeremy is now seen bringing important people to Sodor and also delivers cargo occasionally. He is very busy and doesn't have time to talk to the engines most days.
 
FIRST SEEN - Series 10, Thomas And The Jet Plane
LAST SEEN - Series 12, Excellent Emily
 
bp.jpg picture by Duckfan8 Tiger Moth is a bi-plane that lives at Dryaw Airfield. It and it's driver have a wild nature and it speeds around a lot and does dangerous dives, annoying Harold and humans. It ended up crashing and was grounded. It has been seen as a promotional plane with banners attached to it's back. It is usually seen resting at the Airfield.
 
FIRST SEEN - Series 5, Make Someone Happy
LAST SEEN - ???
 
This pretty picture is the famous Red Balloon that arrived in 2002 to Sodor to take holidaymakers around the Island. Thomas and James dismissed the idea of a hot air balloon on their island at first, but it was later pointed out that the balloon would create for passenger work for them, and they forgot their negative thoughts quickly. The balloon has many times fallen out of the sky due to various losings of hot air. Once, it fell on James, and another time in a tree which Skarloey was conviently passing.
 
FIRST SEEN - Series 6, James And The Red Balloon
LAST SEEN - Series 12, Duncan And The Hot Air Balloon
 
Cranes.jpg picture by UnluckyTug06
 
The cranes are seen in the harbour parts of Sodor, mainly at the Docks and at the Wharf, a few even on the road!
 
cranky-1.jpg image by UnluckyTug06 Cranky stands mighty and tall, getting the best view of the Docks. He gets his name from his behavior, usually crabby because he works day and night, rarely with a well-deserved rest. When he first arrived, he was cheeky and enjoyed getting Thomas and Percy into trouble, and calling names like 'mice' and 'bugs'. But a stormy night caused Cranky to fall (twice), and learned to treat the engines nicely after they helped him. Cranky also dislikes Salty, mainly because he doesn't know how to shut up at the right times. Cranky may not have wheels, but can be broken down and moved to different locations if needed.
 
FIRST SEEN - Series 5, Cranky Bugs
LAST SEEN - Series 12, Rosie's Funfair Special
 
Colin.jpg Colin The Crane image by dcelano Colin is a green crane that works the Wharf, unloading all sorts of loads for the Narrow Gauge engines. He has a brick base, and feels lonely and bored about not being able to move. He is good friends with the engines but espically Freddie. The grey engine arranged for the Christmas party to be held at the Wharf so that Colin could attend it, and the crane was very happy. He was even covered in lights for the party!
 
FIRST SEEN - Series 12, The Surprise Party
LAST SEEN - Series 12, The Surprise Party
 
Butch.jpg picture by Duckfan8 Butch is the roadway's rescue vehicle. He works under the company name Sodor Recovery Unit, and proud of his job. Butch doesn't talk much, but still enjoys to be useful. He played a large role in rescuing the Horrid Lorries after all three got into wrecks. He is usually seen waiting at the yards for work.
 
FIRST SEEN - Series 5, Horrid Lorry
LAST SEEN - Series 7, Harold And The Flying Horse

JTP.jpg picture by UnluckyTug06
 
Jack & The Pack has a rather large backstory. In 2002, Phil Fehrle wanted to launch a spinoff series of Thomas & Friends, namely Jack & The Pack, for competition in ratings against a related show Bob The Builder. The show never made it on its own time-frame, but the characters have starred in various episodes on Thomas & Friends, and 2 special release DVDs with episodes featuring them. They also made large appearances in 2008's The Great Discovery.
 
3Jack.jpg image by UnluckyTug06 Jack is a young and ambitious front loader that is always eager to work but can be dangerous at times. When he first arrived, he jumped straight into work but went after the wrong jobs. He befriended the others quickly, but still took risks and rolled up a hill to give rocks to Max and he tipped over and slid down the hill! Miss Jenny told him off and he behaved more the next day and saved Thomas from falling off a bridge. He got into the Pack and became very kind and stopped jumping in and has saved the day on a few occasions, though once raced around and damaged some slate tiles. He is best friends with Alfie and Thomas.
 
FIRST SEEN - Series 6, Jack Jumps In
LAST SEEN - Series 12, Percy And The Bandstand
 
alfie.jpg image by UnluckyTug06 Alfie is a small excavator that loves to do dirty work and demolitions. As he says, "More dirt means more fun!" He was originally seen mainly digging up stones and dirt, but then he got involved in the incidents and excitment more. He assisted in holding up the lightning tree when Max and Monty hit it, and once started sinking in the mud when the dump trucks hit a water pipe, and Byron luckily saved him. He got teased a bit for his small size, but used it to rescue some kittens and doesn't get teased as much anymore. He is best friends with Thomas, Percy and Jack.
 
FIRST SEEN - Series 6, Jack Jumps In
LAST SEEN - Series 12, Percy And The Bandstand
 
1Oliver.jpg image by UnluckyTug06 Oliver is a large excavator with a larger heart. He is polite all the time and tries hard to upset the others and helps keep the others in order. He has a number of different items that go at the end of his arm: a scissor claw, a bucket, wrecking balls and many others! He helps out a lot and assisted in holding up the lightning tree when it was falling. He once discovered dinosaur bones while digging up dirt for a swimming pool at the new school and became very famous across the Island.
 
FIRST SEEN - Series 6, Jack Jumps In
LAST SEEN - The Great Discovery
 
1Ned.jpg image by UnluckyTug06 Ned is a rather clumsy steam shovel that tries his best to do his work well, though often stuffs up and gets blamed when things go wrong. He usually drops his loads heavily or by the trucks and his arm once knocked the keystones off a bridge. He likes to do demolitions but is usually stuck with bad jobs, but proved the workers wrong when he accidentally demolished a building that Oliver couldn't knock down!
 
FIRST SEEN - Series 6, A Friend In Need
LAST SEEN - The Great Discovery
 
3Kelly.jpg image by UnluckyTug06 Kelly is a roadway crane and seen as a leader of the Pack. He usually issues out orders and tries to keep the others under control, and usually tells Isobella off the most. He always rushes to the scene of trouble to see if everyone is alright, and his arm is very strong, and helped to hold up the lightning tree when it was falling. He gets nervous after having accidents and after tipping over due to the wind didn't want to go out but braved the wind and managed to rescue Isobella from falling off a raised road!
 
FIRST SEEN - Series 6, Jack Jumps In
LAST SEEN - The Great Discovery
 
Isobella-1.jpg image by UnluckyTug06 Isobella is a very cheeky, stuck up steam lorry. She adores her paint and tells the others off when they nearly get it dirty and Kelly has to tell her off a lot of the time. She does lots of jobs outside of the Pack and once came off the road while delivering a piano and Kelly had to rescue her from falling. Due to be one of two steam vehicles on the Pack, Isobella is needed a lot when the others break down. Due to a fuel shortage, all the machines broke down during rainy weather and Isobella had to go through the muddy countryside to get the fuel and was unrecognisable, but she realised she didn't mind the mud that much.
 
FIRST SEEN - Series 6, Jack Jumps In
LAST SEEN - J&TP, Mud Glorious Mud
 
byron.jpg Byron is a big bulldozer and is very proud of his work. He prefers to work alone but is always glad to get praise. He is very good with doing very tidy, perfect work. During some rainy weather, the others were too busy trying not to get bogged to notice his nice straight trench. But when Alfie started sinking, Byron rushed to the rescue and saved the little excavator from disaster and got the praise he wanted.
 
FIRST SEEN - Series 6, Jack Jumps In
LAST SEEN - J&TP, A Happy Day For Percy
 
3Maxmonty.jpg image by UnluckyTug06 Max and Monty are twin dump trucks and always cause trouble. They usually race against each other and chase each other and they are very competitive and argue quite a lot of the time, when they aren't teasing the others. They end up endangering everyone during their chaos, and have crashed into trees, caused Alfie to sink and caused Patrick to drive off the road, though they always get reprimanded. They act very tough, but they got scared after hearing a ghost story and got embarassed after they realised the "ghost engine" chasing them was actually Thomas!
 
FIRST SEEN - Series 6, Jack Jumps In (Max)
                      J&TP, On Site With Thomas (Monty)
LAST SEEN - The Great Discovery
 
Buster.jpg image by UnluckyTug06 Buster is a friendly steamroller who dreams of going fast, though he isn't designed to speed. He loves to work but he can't really do much outside of construction sites and gets upset when he can't do anything. But due to his rollers, something turns up in the end, like when he had to flatten molehills on a soccer field after a big storm. He also helped majorly in building the Sodor Speedway and was pleased to be able to test it. Max and Monty laughed at him, but their arguments put them behind and Buster won the race.
 
FIRST SEEN - J&TP, A Visit From Thomas
LAST SEEN - The Great Discovery
 
Nelson.jpg image by UnluckyTug06 Nelson is a very hard working transporter. He takes the machines all around the Island to wherever they are needed if they can't get there fast enough. He gets tired easily and dreamt of being carried instead of carrying. One day he had to carry Thomas and found him very heavy and felt exhausted afterwards but Percy took him back to the yard and he was glad his dream had come true.
 
FIRST SEEN - J&TP, On Site With Thomas
LAST SEEN - J&TP, Percy Helps Out
 
Patrick.jpg image by UnluckyTug06 Patrick is a boastful cement mixer who thinks that cement and his work are the most important things with a construction site. He started a big debate amongst the machines, which caused Max and Monty to compete and block the road and they charged towards him and he had to drive off a cliff and into his cement to avoid damage! He was upset about his ruined work, but got told off for boasting about cement.
 
FIRST SEEN - J&TP, On Site With Thomas
LAST SEEN - J&TP, On Site With Thomas

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