" 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 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 ( 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), 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
1988 - A Late Start for Thomas, A Bump on the Line, and Thomas and Bertie
1989 - Diesel's Christmas ( does not speak)
1990 - Thomas and the Umbrella ( mentioned)
1993 - Trevor to the Rescue! ( does not speak) and All Steamed Up!
1994 - The Hot Soup Special!
1997 - Annie and Clarabel ( cameo)
1998 - The Carnival!, The Big Speech! ( does not speak), and Thomas and Bertie!
2002 - Birthday Bus and Whistling! ( does not speak)
2003 - Feeling Fine ( does not speak), Playbus, and Bridges ( cameo)
2004 - Holiday Hat ( does not speak)
2005 - Bus, Stop! ( does not speak), Badgers' Way
2006 - Heavy Load, Bulgy's Back, and Stop and Shop
2007 - The Best Smile ( does not speak), The Telescope ( does not speak), and In for Treatment
2009 - 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?, and Wonky Whistle ( does not speak)
2013 - Spring Special, A Friend in Need ( cameo), Toby to the Rescue ( mentioned), and Wayward Winston ( speaks in speech bubble only)
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 didn't move with a motor until the seventh season.
In the CGI series, Bertie's radiator was missing in the thirteenth season, but from the fourteenth season onwards this error has been fixed, although current promo images still have his radiator missing.
A running gag in the television series is that Bertie gets stuck in the mud.
According to the magazine story, Playbus, Bertie and Bulgy are cousins.
Bertie in the Railway Series
Bertie in the third season
Bertie in the fourth season
Bertie and his passengers
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's model specifications
Bertie in a Learning Segment
Bertie in a magazine story
My First Thomas talking model
My Thomas Story Library book