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- “Ladies, and Gentlemen. Engines, and coaches. I give you Sir Robert Norramby, Earl of Sodor!”
- ―Sir Topham Hatt, King of the Railway
After spending many years travelling the world, the Earl returned to Sodor to restore King Godred's Castle on his estate at Ulfstead. Later, he sent Stephen to the Sodor Steamworks to have him restored in time for the opening of the castle. However, when Stephen went missing in a mine, he managed to find King Godred's golden crown, something that the Earl was desperately looking for.
One Christmas, he convinced Sir Topham Hatt to dress up as Santa Claus to entertain the children at the Ulfstead Castle Christmas Fair. He also sent Stephen to get tea and scones for castle tea rooms.
The Earl attended to the display of the dinosaur that had been found at the Clay Pits. He later built and opened a new Dinosaur Park on his estate. He also attended the opening ceremony for the Harwick Branch Line. He held a Christmas Luncheon at his castle.
Another Christmas, Thomas informed him of Glynn, an old "Coffee Pot" engine who he believed the Fat Controller would scrap. Beliveing Glynn to be a "very special engine", he arranged for him to be restored at the Steamworks. When Glynn's restoration was complete, he happily welcomed him to the Castle, declaring him "the best Christmas present" he could wish for. Soon afterwards, he took Glynn on a tour of the Estate, making Stephen jealous. The old engine believed he preferred Glynn over him, this increased when Millie said she suspected that he was planning on building a railway museum. The two engines decided to have a race to decide who would stay on the Estate and who would go into the museum. Millie informed the Earl of this, who went to Knapford to inform the engines that he was building a railway museum and that both of them would be the star attractions.
He owns a yellow car.
Sir Robert Norramby is a railway buff and a gentleman explorer, who owns an estate on the island of Sodor. With his white beard and longish hair he may seem a little eccentric, but he is an old friend of Sir Topham Hatt and has come home to the island after many years travelling the world. Sir Robert often says "I love a good surprise!". Sir Robert is a kind and caring man, but he can be stern to his engines if they misbehave.
Sir Robert wears a black dress jacket over a red patterned waistcoat, white shirt and blue ascot, with grey trousers and black boots.
- Mike Grady (UK/US)
- Bernd Stephan (Germany)
- Miłogost Reczek (Poland)
- Shingo Fujimori (Japan; King of the Railway theatrical version only)
- Kiyonobu Suzuki (Japan; King of the Railway Netflix version onwards, excluding Reds vs. Blues)
- Shigenori Sōya (Japan; Reds vs. Blues only)
- Gadi Levy (Israel)
- Per Skjøldsvik (Norway; King of the Railway only)
- Helge Winther Larsen (Norway; seventeenth season only)
- Humberto Vélez (Latin America; King of the Railway - nineteenth season, excluding Tale of the Brave)
- Rolando de Castro (Latin America; Tale of the Brave only)
- Raúl Anaya (Latin America; twentieth season onwards)
- Stan Limburg (The Netherlands)
- Torbjørn Hummel (Denmark)
- Sérgio Rufino (Brazil)
- Leopoldo Ballesteros (Spain)
- Pekka Saaristo (Finland; King of the Railway only)
- Petri Hanttu (Finland; seventeenth season onwards)
- The Earl also has his own segments which feature on DVD releases in which he asks viewers questions about episodes entitled The Earl's Quiz.
- The character of Sir Robert Norramby was inspired from the Reverend W. Awdry's material about the Norramby family.
- It is revealed in The Earl's Quiz segment, The Lost Puff, Color and Percy's Lucky Day that Sir Robert's favourite colour is purple.