Stafford is a battery-electric shunting engine.
When Stafford first arrived on the Island, Spencer was given the job of showing him around. Spencer failed to listen to a warning about Stafford's battery running out and when it did, Spencer did not notice. Spencer later ran out of coal and Stafford had to shunt him to Knapford. There Sir Topham Hatt called Stafford a really useful engine and welcomed him to Sodor.
Stafford is a humble, courteous little chap, who is a very different sort of engine from any other on the Fat Controller's railway. This is because Stafford is an electric battery engine; he is not a steam engine or a Diesel engine. Stafford is fueled by recharging his battery, which needs to be done frequently so he can go about his work as a shunting engine. Stafford is very patient, calm, and mannerly. He does not let the antics of the bigger, haughtier engines bother him too much, keeps level-headed as he goes about his day, and brushes off any troubles without much fuss. He is more than content with taking things slow and not having to travel long distances and he is more than proud to work on the Fat Controller's railway.
Stafford is made of veneered wood with yellow lining and his number and gold nameplates on his sides.
Stafford is based on the North Staffordshire Railway's battery-electric No. 1.
- 2012 - The Fat Controller's Bedtime Story (Issue 648) and Welcome Stafford (speaks in speech bubble only)
- Keith Wickham (UK/US; sixteenth season onwards)
- Tokuyoshi Kawashima (Japan)
- Waldemar Barwiński (Poland)
- Stafford is the first electric engine introduced in the television series and the first ever named.
- Stafford's number comes from the year his basis was built.
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