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Sir Richard Robert Norramby, also known as Sir Robert Norramby, is the Earl of Sodor. He owns Stephen, Millie, Glynn, and Ulfstead Castle, and is Duke's current grace. He is a friend of Sir Topham Hatt's.
Bio in the Railway Series
Sir Robert Norramby succeeded to the role of "Duke" of Sodor as a minor, when his father, the previous "Duke", was killed during the Second World War. He was seven years old when the Mid Sodor Railway closed, and was unaware that the "Dukes" were presented with an engine named in their honour, specifically known as Duke.
As he was unaware, he did not claim the engine during the railway's closure, and Duke was locked in a shed for several years. Norramby was 25 years old when he opened the Skarloey Railway Loop Line, and was 29 years old when Duke was rediscovered years later.
Bio in the Television Series
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 new 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 dark grey dress jacket over a red patterned waistcoat, white shirt and blue ascot, with grey trousers and black boots.
- Mike Grady (UK/US; King of the Railway onwards)
- 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)
- Shigenori Sōya (Japan; Reds vs. Blues only)
- Gadi Levy (Israel)
- Per Skjøldsvik (Norway; King of the Railway onwards, excluding the seventeenth season)
- Helge Winther Larsen (Norway; seventeenth season only)
- Humberto Vélez (Latin America; King of the Railway - nineteenth season)
- 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; Tale of the Brave onwards)
- It is stated in The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways, that Sir Robert Norramby opened the Skarloey Railway loop line at 25 years old. However, Very Old Engines depicts him as a very old man.
- He is occasionally referred to as the Duke of Sodor due to the Earls involvement in the Duchy of Lancaster, which lacks a Duke.
- 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.
- Sir Robert Norramby was the first Railway Series character to be introduced in the television series since Tom Tipper, in Season 4. However, Mr. Percival, introduced in Season 9, shares the moniker of "The Thin Controller" with the narrow-gauge controllers in the Railway Series.
- It is revealed that in The Earl's Quiz segment, The Lost Puff, Color and Percy's Lucky Day, Sir Robert's Norramby's favourite colour is purple.