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This article is about the steam engine. You may be looking for the Fat Controller's grandson or the magazine character.
"Careful! I'm an antique you know!"
— Stephen, The Afternoon Tea Express, seventeenth season
  • Designer: George and Robert Stephenson
  • Builder: Robert Stephenson and Company
  • Built: 1829
  • Configuration: 0-2-2
  • Top speed: 30 mph

Stephen, nicknamed "The Rocket", is owned by Sir Robert Norramby and is one of the oldest engines on Sodor.


Stephen is one of the earliest engines ever built. Newer engines may be faster and stronger than Stephen, but what he lacks in terms of strength or speed, he makes up for with his positive spirit, sense of humour, and knowledge. He used to work at docks and in mines, but now works as a tour-guide at Ulfstead Castle. He can often be seen pulling an open-topped carriage and was trapped in the Ulfstead Mine where he discovered King Godred's long lost crown in time for the opening of the castle. In the seventeenth season, he gave Percy a lucky horseshoe when he was having bad luck, helped him trick James and took the Afternoon Tea Express.


Stephen is a jolly old engine with a positive attitude and a good sense of humor. He is a good-hearted and quick-witted engine, and will not take any nonsense from engines like Spencer or Diesel. Some of the smaller engines look up to him for advice, and he is always willing to get the job done.


Stephen is based on Stephenson's Rocket.


Stephen is painted yellow and black. He bears a gold nameplate reading "Rocket". His funnel is painted white.


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Magazine stories

Voice Actors


  • Stephen gained a lamp when he was restored.
  • In the episode "The Afternoon Tea Express", Stephen's funnel is black instead of white and gold.



Percy: Did you ever see knights in shining armour?
Stephen: No! I may be old, but I'm not that old! And before you ask, I never saw dinosaurs either!

- Percy and Stephen discussing the latter's age, King of the Railway


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See also

Other Sudrian railways
Bill and BenNeilSodor and Mainland Railway Numbers 1 and 3"Coffee Pots"Wellsworth and Suddery Railway Tank EnginesMidland Railway EnginesThe Little Blue Tank EngineMavis
VictorSidneyLittle BarfordSilverThe Old Tram CarThe Pier TrainThe Cable CarThe Dark Green Tank EngineThe Little Blue Engine
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