" 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
Bertie is a red bus who works near Thomas' Branch Line.
Bio in the Railway Series
Tank Engine Thomas Again
Thomas 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 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.
Bertie is friendly and ready to help anyone in need, but can't resist teasing Thomas about being slow.
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.
Season 1 - Thomas and the Guard ( cameo), Thomas, Terence and the Snow ( not named; does not speak), Thomas and Bertie, Tenders and Turntables ( cameo), and Thomas' Christmas Party ( cameo)
Season 2 - Bertie's Chase, Better Late Than Never, The Deputation ( cameo), Edward's Exploit ( does not speak), and Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree ( cameo)
Season 3 - Gordon and the Famous Visitor ( cameo), Donald's Duck ( does not speak), Thomas Gets Bumped, Thomas, Percy and the Dragon ( cameo), Trust Thomas, Mavis ( cameo), Edward, Trevor and the Really Useful Party, All at Sea, Tender Engines ( cameo), Bulgy ( does not speak), and Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure ( cameo)
Season 4 - You Can't Win ( cameo), Steam Roller ( cameo), Rusty to the Rescue ( cameo), Bowled Out ( cameo), Thomas and the Special Letter ( mentioned), and Mind that Bike ( does not speak)
Season 5 - Lady Hatt's Birthday Party, Toby and the Flood ( cameo), Toby's Discovery ( cameo), A Surprise for Percy, and Busy Going Backwards ( cameo)
Season 6 - Harvey to the Rescue, Scaredy Engines ( cameo), James and the Red Balloon ( cameo), and Thomas the Jet Engine
Season 7 - Edward's Brass Band, Harold and the Flying Horse ( cameo), and Three Cheers for Thomas
Season 8 - Thomas and the Tuba, Percy's New Whistle, Gordon Takes Charge ( does not speak), and As Good as Gordon ( does not speak)
Season 9 - Thomas and the Rainbow ( does not speak) and Thomas and the Golden Eagle
Season 10 - Seeing the Sights, Topped Off Thomas ( does not speak), and Thomas and the Colours
Season 11 - Gordon and the Engineer ( does not speak), Smoke and Mirrors, and Thomas in Trouble ( cameo)
Season 12 - Rosie's Funfair Special ( does not speak) and Saved You!
Season 13 - Double Trouble ( does not speak)
Season 14 - Charlie and Eddie ( does not speak) and Being Percy ( cameo)
Season 15 - Gordon and Ferdinand ( cameo), Stop that Bus!, and Wonky Whistle
Season 16 - Race to the Rescue
Season 17 - Wayward Winston and Thomas' Shortcut
Season 18 - Disappearing Diesels ( cameo) and Thomas and the Emergency Cable ( cameo)
1987 - Hello, Thomas! ( mentioned)
1988 - A Late Start for Thomas, A Bump on the Line, Thomas and Bertie, The Runaway ( mentioned), and Edward's Exploits ( mentioned)
1989 - Diesel's Christmas ( does not speak)
1990 - Thomas and the Umbrella ( mentioned) and Trouble on the Track
1992 - All Aboard! ( cameo)
1993 - Trevor to the Rescue! ( does not speak) and All Steamed Up!
1994 - The Hot Soup Special!
1996 - Proud Mavis! ( does not speak), and The Thomas Kart! ( cameo)
1997 - Annie and Clarabel ( cameo) and Trevor's Christmas Surprise
1998 - The Carnival!, The Big Speech! ( does not speak), Thomas and Bertie!, and Oliver ( cameo)
2002 - Birthday Bus and Whistling! ( does not speak)
2003 - Playbus, Sunshine! ( does not speak), Feeling Fine ( does not speak), and Bridges ( cameo)
2004 - Thank You, Thomas!, Bertie and the Race, and Holiday Hat ( does not speak)
2005 - Bus, Stop! ( does not speak), Badgers' Way, and George's Little Joke
2006 - Heavy Load, Bulgy's Back, Stop and Shop, Percy's New Whistle and The Carol Concert ( cameo)
2007 - The Best Smile ( does not speak), The Telescope ( does not speak), and In for Treatment
2009 - Spring Special ( cameo), and Spring Time Special ( cameo)
2010 - Misty Island Rescue ( cameo), Ready, Steady, Go!, and Thomas and the Rainbow! ( mentioned)
2011 - Horrible Hiccups ( does not speak), Party Time and Show Time ( does not speak)
2012 - Bulgy's Back, Double Trouble ( does not speak), A Special Shelter ( mentioned), Where's That Bus?, Charlie and Eddie ( does not speak), and Wonky Whistle ( does not speak)
2013 - Spring Special, Horrible Hiccups ( does not speak), Spring Special, A Friend in Need ( cameo), Toby to the Rescue ( mentioned), and Wayward Winston ( speaks in speech bubble only)
2014 - Engine Trouble ( mentioned) and Thomas Takes a Shortcut
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, Gordon's Surprise, Harvey to the Rescue!, Holiday Havoc!, Holidays, How Does Percy Work?, Lights On, Night Lights, On Inspection, Rhyming Engines, Road and Rails, Rude James, Slow Down, Bertie!, Slow Tow, Special Bus Service, Squeaky Wheels, The Best Bridge, Thomas is Rescued, The Best Bus, The Exhibition!, The Great Race, The Mystery Tour, Thomas Gets Delayed, and Trouble on the Track.
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 has 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 decipted in a maroon colour, despite being the same shade of red as engines like James.
Bertie in the Railway Series
Bertie and his passengers
Bertie in the third season
Bertie in the fourth season
Bertie in the fifth season
Bertie in Thomas and the Magic Railroad
Bertie in the sixth season
Bertie in the eighth season
Bertie in the ninth season
Bertie in the tenth season
Bertie in the eleventh season
Bertie in The Great Discovery
Promotional image of Thomas and Bertie
Thomas and Bertie at
Bertie, Harold, James and Thomas
Bertie's model specifications
Bertie in a Learning Segment
Bertie in a magazine story
Bertie in a magazine activity
One of Bertie's facemasks
My First Thomas talking model
My Thomas Story Library book