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"His name's really Bertram, but we call him the "Old Warrior", because he's so brave."
The signalman, Toby's Discovery, fifth season


  • Class: "Large England"
  • Designers: George England and CM Holland
  • Builder: FR Boston Lodge Works
  • Built: circa 1879
  • Gauge: 2ft 3 in
  • Configuration: 0-4-0ST+T
  • Top Speed: 35 mph

Bertram, nicknamed the "Old Warrior" for his bravery, is an old narrow gauge engine who worked at the mines on the Mid Sodor Railway.


Bertram used to work at the mines on the Mid Sodor Railway. His fate was unknown to many after the mine's closure, and it was assumed he was left to rust. He remained at the mine until it was rediscovered years later.

Over time, he became legendary; many knowing of the "old warrior ghost" haunting the mine. However, Toby found him whilst watching over the quarry one night, and has since befriended him. He now works at the restored mines, taking passengers to the fairground within.


Not much is known about Bertram's persona; however, it is said that he is very brave, and that he and Toby are firm friends.


Bertram is based on Prince, a George England tender engine on the Ffestiniog Railway. Duke is another member of this class. Bertram has been re-gauged from 1ft 11 1⁄2in to 2ft 3in and been given loose couplings.


Bertram is painted dark brown with red lining. In most of his merchandise, he has two brown or red nameplates on either side of his saddletank with his name written in gold.



  • According to Britt Allcroft, Bertram was supposed to be a tank engine, but financial difficulty in building a new model made them repaint Duke's model with Smudger's face. His original Wooden Railway toy depicts him in his tank engine form.
  • His ERTL toy, TrackMaster prototype toy and the 2014 map spelt his name as "Bertrum".
  • The ERTL Bertram prototype and his Trading Card portray him with Duke's face.



"Beware of the ghost, Toby."
"W-W-what ghost?"
"The old warrior ghost. Every night he lights his fire then goes hunting. Toot toot, goodbye!"

- Thomas telling Toby about the "Old Warrior", Toby's Discovery, fifth season


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