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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


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Bertie
  • Registration number: CRD 54

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

Bio in the Railway Series

Tank Engine Thomas Again

After 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.

Persona

Bertie is friendly and ready to help anyone in need, but can't resist teasing Thomas about being slow.

Basis

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

Livery

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.

Appearances

Railway Series

Television series

Specials:

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, 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.

Voice Actors

Theme Instrumental

Trivia

  • 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.

Merchandise

Gallery

Merchandise Gallery

See Also

Road vehicles
TerenceBertieTrevorGeorgeCarolineBulgyBulgy'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 Bakery VanMiss Jenny's Land RoverBlue 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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