Bradford was brought to Sodor by Samson, and when he noticed Thomas struggling with his Troublesome Trucks, Bradford offered to be his brakevan for the day. Once coupled up, Bradford quickly took charge of the trucks and barked at them to behave. Thomas was very impressed until he found out how much Bradford likes to stick to the rules of the railway, which makes his trains very late. Thomas decided to take a train without Bradford, but ended up running into trouble. Bradford eventually went back to the Mainland with Samson.
Bradford is an officious and strict brake van who adheres to every railway rule, no matter how minor the rule might be. Although he means well and does his best to keep the trucks in order, his overzealous attitude makes his trains run very late. Because of this, the engines find him annoying. He is also quite conceited, as he claimed he knew how much the engines "appreciated" him.
Bradford is painted green with a red stripe across his sides and his number painted in gold.
Bradford is an LMS 20 ton brake van. Various faceless brake vans share this basis.
- Rob Rackstraw (UK/US)
- Bradford is the first sentient brake van to be introduced in the television series since Toad in the third season.
- Bradford's persona and dialogue are based on Battery Sergeant Major Williams from "It Ain't Half Hot Mum".
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