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"Bulstrode is a disagreeable barge. He never stops complaining!"
— Percy's driver, Special Attraction, fourth season




Bulstrode is a highly disagreeable barge who used to work on water. He now resides at Tidmouth Beach as a children's playground.


Bulstrode was used to carry cargo like coal and stone, but always complained about not being loaded fast enough. This annoyed the trucks, but one day Bulstrode ended up getting what he deserved when Percy accidentally pushed trucks off the quay and into his hull. He was then towed to a beach, where he was turned into a children's playground. He remains there today, most likely still grumbling.


Bulstrode is bad-tempered and never stops complaining.


Bulstrode is based on a 1920s self-propelled coastal barge.


Bulstrode is painted cream, black, and red. In the "My First Thomas" range he is painted blue, red and yellow.


Railway Series

Television series

He also cameoed in fifth, sixth, and seventh season songs.

His faceless model made numerous appearances at the Fishing Village in the fifth season. His surprised face was also used on some trucks in the eighth and tenth seasons.

He also appeared in the books, Thomas the Really Useful Engine and The Secret of the Mine.

Magazine stories

Bulstrode also appeared in the magazine stories, Boat Afloat, Bulstrode the Engine, Gone Fishing, and Pirate Passengers.

Voice Actors


  • Bulstrode's appearance in the television series is rather different from his Railway Series appearance: in the Railway Series he has two cargo holds and his face is the same colour as his cab, while in the television series he only has one hold and the standard grey face.
  • Bulstrode is currently the only non-human character created by Christopher Awdry to be introduced into the TV series.
  • According to Abi Grant, Bulstrode was meant to have a large scale model built for the Wharf, but this never happened.
  • One of Bulstrode's models has been put on display at Drayton Manor on a beach near Bluff's Cove.



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See Also

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