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"Those are my coaches. Give them back!"
— Thomas, Emily's New Coaches, seventh season

Annie and Clarabel
  • Class: LB&SCR coaches No. 661
  • Built: 1896

Annie and Clarabel are Thomas' faithful coaches, whom he loves very much.


The details of Annie and Clarabel's lives before 1923 are unknown. In 1923, they were given to Thomas when he started working his own branch line. They have had several adventures, such as losing their guard and becoming runaways.

In The Adventure Begins, before Thomas got his branch line, he met Annie & Clarabel for the first time when he thought they were the express coaches. He apologised and introduced himself, leaving Annie and Clarabel impressed. They were often pulled by James. When Thomas received his branch line after rescuing James, the two coaches were given to him to use. When Thomas is away, Percy, Toby, Duck, Stanley, Rosie (unseen) and Ryan take his place to pull them. Emily and Neville have both taken them not knowing they were Thomas' coaches, and Caitlin has once taken them without realising they were coupled to her own coaches. Gordon has pulled them once, when Samson took his Express Coaches by mistake.


Annie and Clarabel are respectful to all of the engines, but most of all Gordon and Thomas. They are Thomas' best friends and are quick to rebuke him when he gets troublesome. Annie and Clarabel are best friends, but like all friends, sometimes they fall out.


The coach that was to be the basis for Annie was first built by a teenage Wilbert Awdry as part of a model railway layout. Many years later, after a long hiatus from modelling, a brake coach was built to match so that the Reverend's Thomas model would have a complete train.

In the Railway Series, they are a pair of bogie coaches (i.e. each coach is supported on a pair of four-wheeled bogies or "trucks"). As currently illustrated, they appear similar to non-corridor suburban coaches operated by the LMS.

In the television series, Annie and Clarabel are LB&SCR Stroudley four-wheeled coaches.


In the Railway Series, Annie and Clarabel were originally painted orange-brown and were later painted brown with a yellow stripe.

In the television series, they were painted in a tan livery with their names painted on their sides in white, from the first season, to mid-way through the fifth season. Since then, they are repainted in an orange-brown livery, again, with their names painted on their sides in white.

In the magazine story, Thomas, Terence and the Snow, Annie and Clarabel were coloured greenish grey.


Railway Series

Television series


Magazine stories

Annie and Clarabel also appeared in the magazine stories, An Old Friend, Animals, Bulgy's Dream, Catch!, Christmas Puddings, Clever Carriages, Clever Clarabel!, Clowning Around, Daisy and the Troublesome Trucks, Diesel Causes Delay, Dressing Up, Fast Food!, Feeding Time, Holiday Havoc!, Lights On, Looking Splendid, Night Lights, Party Time!, Percy gets Wet!, Picnic Surprise, Pot Luck!, Problem Passenger, Really Important Luggage, Road and Rails, Santa Special, Slick Trick!, Special Passengers, The Best Bridge, The Brown Bear, The Craft Show!, The Flying Broomstick, The Hallowe'en Special, The Huge Horses!, The Open Top Bus, The Posh Coaches, The Trainspotters, and Thomas Gets Delayed.

Voice Actors



  • Shelley-Elizabeth Skinner (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)
  • Teresa Gallagher (UK/US; Blue Mountain Mystery onwards)
  • Chisato Nakajima (Japan; first - eighth seasons)
  • Saori Gotō (Japan; ninth - eleventh seasons)
  • Sakura Yoshioka (Japan; Blue Mountain Mystery onwards)
  • Margrit Strassburger (Germany; Blue Mountain Mystery - King of the Railway)
  • Monika Hein (Germany; seventeenth season only)
  • Marion von Stengel (Germany; Tale of the Brave onwards)
  • Marianne Westby (Norway; Blue Mountain Mystery onwards, excluding the seventeenth season)
  • Marit Berg (Norway; seventeenth season only)
  • Ewa Serwa (Poland; Blue Mountain Mystery onwards)
  • Blanche Ravalec (France and French speaking Canada; eighth season onwards)
  • Ruth Toscano (Mexico; Blue Mountain Mystery onwards)
  • Marjolein Algera (The Netherlands)
  • Claudia Victoria (Brazil)


  • Annie is the older of the two.
  • The Hero of the Rails intro shows Annie and Clarabel with bogie wheels.
  • Annie and Clarabel's models used to be on display at Nitrogen Studios but are now on display in Japan.
  • Early illustrations of Annie show her shocked face, and this was carried on to later illustrations and most merchandise. This is likely intentional for easier identification.
  • A real television series version of Clarabel (a former LNER "Sunshine" coach) has recently been put into service at the Llangollen Railway in North Wales.
  • There were originally plans to give Annie and Clarabel 3D grey faces, similar to the engines in the twelfth season as it would be easier to animate. These plans were dropped, and they kept their inanimate faces.
  • For some reason, Annie and Clarabel did not have their eyelashes in the thirteenth season and some episodes of the fourteenth season.
  • In the first and second season, Annie's front bufferbeam was lowered down specifically so that it could be compatible with Thomas.
  • During the production of the twelfth season, Annie and Clarabel were referred to as "Annabelle and Clarabelle".
  • Since Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday, Annie and Clarabel have had red buffer housings apart from Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
  • Several merchandise ranges and CGI promos of Clarabel lack her guard compartment.


"Oh come along, we're rather late! Oh come along, we're rather late!"
"We're coming along! We're coming along!"

- Thomas, Annie, and Clarabel singing, "Thomas and the Guard"

"He's dreadfully rude, I feel quite ashamed. I feel quite ashamed, he's dreadfully rude. You mustn't be rude, you make us ashamed."

- Annie and Clarabel telling Thomas off for teasing Gordon, "Down the Mine"

"My! What splendid coaches! So much better than those beach huts on wheels!"

- Lady Hatt, "Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday"

"I'll never complain about Thomas again!"
"Nor will I!"

- Annie and Clarabel after being pulled by Caitlin, "Not So Slow Coaches"



Merchandise Gallery

See Also

North Western Railway rolling stock
Annie and ClarabelHenriettaElsieToadIsabel and DulcieAlice and MirabelS. C. RuffeyFred PelhayRicketyU. L. P.VictoriaThomas' Special CoachTroublesome Trucks"The Flying Kipper"The Spiteful BrakevanThe Ballast SpreaderThe Circus TrucksCattle TrucksChina Clay trucksFfarquhar Quarry Co. TrucksFlatbeds, Conflats and WellwagonsUtility WagonsThe Breakdown TrainBrakevans
Old Slow CoachRockyHectorThe Chinese DragonMail CoachesGordon's Snow MachineThe Jet EngineThe Rock CrusherEmily's CoachesJames' TrucksThomas' TrucksToby's Museum CoachGordon's Special CoachesHenry's Lucky TrucksFlora's Tram CoachThe Photographer's DraisineThe CalliopeThe Open-Topped CarriagesStephen's CoachesExpress CoachesThe Royal TrainOld CoachesThe Pump TrolleyMilk WagonsSalt WagonsTar WagonsBranch Line CoachesPlant VansFuel TankersSpecial CoachesOil TankersThe Fireworks VansCream TankersJam WagonsRaspberry TankersThe Toffee TankerFunfair TrucksHopper TrucksThe TravellerSlip CoachesJerome and Judy
The Elderly BrakevanBennett and Co.The New CoachThe Special Stationmaster's HomeThe Carriage CaféThe Animal Sanctuary CoachThe Naughty Pink TruckThe Posh CoachesAnnie and Clarabel's Old FriendCarols on WheelsThe Old Guard's VanThe Play CoachCircus CoachesThe Station Coach

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