They're a friendly, lovable bunch of characters who are all about teaching your little one valuable life lessons through imaginative play. Each one teaches with the help of their very distinct character, but which one is which? And where is the Island of Sodor, the place they call home? Let’s find out the difference between each engine and what they can teach your child.

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 this 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”.


Percy is the No. 6 green engine always eager to help. Percy is Thomas’ best friend and his favourite job is delivering the mail. “Two boilers bubbling are better than one!’ is his attitude, and he’s always there to cheer Thomas up.

Let your child take a journey to see how best friends like Percy and Thomas work together and support each other.

Percy TEACHES friendship

Emily is a beautiful emerald green engine. She is clever, cheerful and confident, and loves giving other engines the benefit of her advice. But she is also an excellent organiser, and is always up for a challenge.

With Emily organising the other engines, your child can see how important it is to work together to achieve a common goal.

Emily TEACHES Teamwork

James is the No. 5 red engine. He has a fine scarlet coat and brass dome, and prides himself as being a ‘Really Splendid Engine’. Sometimes this leads to misguided ideas about his importance, often landing James in trouble.

James is also a real problem-solver. Your child can learn how special it is to resourcefully find a solution to difficult tasks.

James TEACHES Problem Solving

One of the oldest engines on the island of Sodor, Hiro is very wise and very strong. Thomas looks up to him, almost like a grandfather, and learns from Hiro the importance of doing his duty as an engine.

Help your child learn how Thomas is inspired by Hiro to manage the responsibility of his daily challenges.

Hiro TEACHES Responsibility