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Bertie is a red bus who works near Thomas' Branch Line.
Bio in the Railway Series
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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.
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Bertie tried to catch up with Edward while carrying Thomas' passengers.
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Bertie teased Thomas about being slow, but had to eat his words after breaking down.
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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 the nineteenth season, he teased Thomas by telling him about what was on the other side of a mountain on his branch line. Thomas was cross by Bertie's teasing and became determined to find out what was there.
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.
- Kevin Frank (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)
- Rupert Degas (UK/US; fifteenth season - sixteenth season)
- Keith Wickham (UK/US; seventeenth season onwards)
- Hikaru Midorikawa (Japan; first - eighth seasons)
- Takafumi Kawakami (Japan; ninth - twelfth seasons)
- Mitsuhiro Sakamaki (Japan; fifteenth season onwards)
- Santiago Ziesmer (Germany; Thomas and the Magic Railroad)
- Gerhart Hinze (Germany; fifteenth - eighteenth seasons)
- Helgo Liebig (Germany; Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure onwards)
- Sigbjørn Solheim (Norway; fifteenth season onwards, excluding the sixteenth season)
- Øyvind Borgemoen Lyse (Norway: sixteenth season only)
- Krystyna Kozanecka (Poland; fifteenth - seventeenth seasons)
- Elżbieta Kijowska (Poland; eighteenth season onwards)
- Roberto Carrillo (Latin America; Thomas and the Magic Railroad)
- Herman López (Latin America; Thomas and the Magic Railroad; TV Version)
- Edson Matus (Latin America; fifteenth season onwards)
- Reinder van der Naalt (The Netherlands)
- Hadar Shachaf Ma'ayan (Israel; Thomas and the Magic Railroad)
- Yehonatan Magon (Israel)
- 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. However he does have eyebrows in a rare photo from the Season 2 episode Bertie's Chase.
- 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 has gone through several small modifications including:
- Parts of Season 2 & 3:
- Some of Bertie's facemasks have rounded edges on his radiator instead of being slanted.
- Season 3:
- Bertie now has eyebrows on every face mask.
- His face mask mouths are now painted in.
- Season 4:
- Bertie's radiator is permanently slanted on the corners with all facemasks.
- Season 7:
- Bertie's eyes now move with a motor.
- Season 8:
- Bertie now has Caroline's horn sound.
- Season 13:
- His radiator was missing.
- Season 14:
- His radiator returned.
- Parts of Season 2 & 3:
- 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.
- Bertie could possibly be owned by Sodor Roadway Bus Services.
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