Splatter and Dodge (collectively referred to as "Splodge") were Diesel 10's bumbling minions.
Splatter and Dodge are two Diesel shunters who, at one point, worked alongside Diesel 10. Diesel 10 referred to the two as "Splodge," claiming he didn't have time to say both names.
Diesel 10 wanted to rid the railway of steam engines, and Splatter and Dodge were complacent with his plans, regularly keeping a lookout for their boss and being present when he was scheming.
Both engines are simple-minded, awkward, cowardly and tend to banter. Splatter is the more talkative of the two, while Dodge is more intelligent. They enjoy watching Diesel 10's plans backfire. They are also prone to making a mess of things. They are a very funny pair to watch, if you have the patience for their antics.
Splatter is painted purple and grey while Dodge is painted olive and grey. Both have their names painted on their sides in white, and are heavily weathered.
They also appeared in several books based on Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
It is unknown what happened to them afterwards.
- Patrick Breen (original workprints only)
- Neil Crone (Final cut)
- Naoki Bandō (Japan)
- Jorge Arvizu (Mexico)
- A behind the scenes picture shows Splatter and Dodge without their nameplates.
- In an SiF interview with Chris Lloyd, it is revealed that Splatter and Dodge's models never came back from Canada after the filming of Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
- Splatter and Dodge's television series models don't have handrails but some of their merchandise lines do possibly modeling after the character in the same class, Diesel.
- In the original script of Thomas and the Magic Railroad, Splatter and Dodge never turned on Diesel 10. Instead, George turned on them, causing them to rush at him, only to smash into each other and derail. In another version of the script, they were trapped in a siding when Junior pushed a large boulder down into their path.
- Another difference from the original script was that their boss referred to them as Spladge instead of Splodge.
- Early concept artwork shows that Splatter was going to have black and yellow hazard stripes along the lower portion of his body, and Dodge was going to have handrails on his running plate. In addition, both were drawn with significantly different facial features to one another.
- ERTL (discontinued)
- Wooden Railway (reintroduced)
- Bandai (several versions; discontinued)
- Motor Road and Rail (discontinued)
- TrackMaster (Splatter discontinued)
- Brio (discontinued)
- Trading Cards (discontinued)
- Nakayoshi (discontinued)
- Wind-up Trains (Japan and Australia only)