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"I'm not sure people will want to ride in an old traction engine, after travelling in a smart red bus like me!"
— Bertie teasing Trevor, Edward, Trevor and the Really Useful Party, third season

  • Registration number: CRD 54
  • Class: AEC Regal "T Class" London Country Area bus
  • Built: Sometime between 1929 and 1949

Bertie is a red bus who works near Thomas' Branch Line.

Bio in the Railway Series

Tank Engine Thomas Again

After Thomas became stuck in a snowdrift, Bertie came to rescue Thomas' passengers. He later raced Thomas after claiming he was the faster of the two, but lost after having to stop at a traffic light.

Edward the Blue Engine

Bertie tried to catch up with Edward while carrying Thomas' passengers.

More About Thomas the Tank Engine

Bertie teased Thomas about being slow, but had to eat his words after breaking down.

Thomas and Victoria

Bertie was mentioned as being sick and unable to help Toby and Henrietta with carrying the quarry workers.

Thomas and his Friends

Bertie was mentioned to have helped pick up visitors who wanted to see the bust of the Thin Clergyman unveiled after the partial collapse of Henry's Tunnel.

Bio in the television series

Bertie is continuously alluding to his race with Thomas and how he could win next time. He actually raced Thomas again in the seventh season episode Three Cheers for Thomas, but only won because Thomas was sidetracked with collecting the sport medals.

Bertie and Thomas have seemed to continue this tradition of racing. However, in the seventeenth season, he was re-routed giving him an advantage. Thomas is still able to beat him occasionally.

In Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, while he and Thomas are racing, Thomas nearly collides with Toby, and he nearly collides with Oliver the Excavator. He was then seen on the road by the Harwick Branch Line. Sheep were in his way, but Bertie just smiled.


Bertie is friendly and ready to help anyone in need. However, he can be quite cocky and boastful about himself, especially to Thomas, always joking around and teasing him about their races. He can sometimes be quite grumpy, as whenever he breaks down or gets stuck, he grumbles about it. He is always, however, easy-going and cheerful to everyone he sees.


Bertie is based on an AEC Regal "T Class" London Country Area bus.


Bertie is painted in the common red livery of buses in the United Kingdom, mostly famously used by London Transport. His number plate, "CRD54", refers to the fact that it was first seen in Edward the Blue Engine, published in 1954, and illustrated by C. Reginald Dalby.


Railway Series

Television series


Magazine stories

Bertie also appeared in the magazine stories, A Hole in One, Bertie's Bad Day, Bulgy's Dream, Clowning Around, Danger Signs!, Flag Day, Flying the Flag, Holiday Havoc!, Holidays, How Does Percy Work?, Lights On, On Inspection, Rhyming Engines, Road and Rails, Slow Down, Bertie!, Slow Tow, Special Bus Service, Squeaky Wheels, The Best Bridge, The Great Race, and The Mystery Tour.

Voice Actors


  • In an original Awdry drawing, Bertie is depicted as a double-decker bus.
  • Bertie's television series model did not have eyebrows until the third season.
  • Bertie's model's eyes did not move with a motor until the seventh season.
  • From the eighth season onwards, Bertie has Caroline's horn sound.
  • In the thirteenth season, Bertie's radiator was missing, but from the fourteenth season onwards this error had been fixed, although current promo images still have his radiator missing.
  • Bertie is the only talking road vehicle to appear in every season of the television series.
  • Bertie's French name was Bertrand in the Classic Series.
  • In most merchandise ranges, Bertie is depicted in a maroon colour, despite being the same shade of red as engines like James.



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See Also

Road vehicles
TerenceBertieTrevorGeorgeCaroline040 BMCBulgyBulgy's friendJTK 62Willie's tractorThe Farmer's TractorsThe Mail VanThe Caterpillar Crane
ButchThumperElizabethThe PackMadgeKevinThe Horrid LorriesSir Topham Hatt's CarThe Other BusesDyson LorriesSoft-sided LorriesCaterpillar CraneTaxisFire EnginesThe AmbulanceThe One-eyed TruckThe LoaderThe Bakery VanMiss Jenny's Land RoverFlynnBlue Mountain Quarry VehiclesSir Robert Norramby's Car
AlgyAngusThe Green BusThe Green LorryThe Wedding CarThe DiggerThe White VanThe DodgemsThe Special Bus ServiceThe Ice Cream VanThe Open-topped OmnibusThe Police CarThe ExcavatorThe Combine HarvesterThe Milk FloatThe Coalman's LorryThe Racing CarsThe Float LorryThe Rally CarsThe Signwriter's VanThe Sodor Wildlife Park's BuggySimon's Express Sandwich Service VanSodor Food and Drink Van

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