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"Not bad. I've seen worse. At least you're all clean."
— The Diesel, Bowled Out, fourth season

The Diesel
  • Number: D4711 (Railway Series), D261 (Television Series)
  • Class: BR Class 40
  • Designer: British Railways
  • Builder: Vulcan Foundry or Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns
  • Configuration: 1Co-Co1

The Diesel, also known as Class 40, D4711 (in the Railway Series) and D261 (in the TV series), or simply Diesel is a Diesel who once came to the North Western Railway on loan from the Other Railway.


The Diesel was built at the Vulcan Foundry in Newton-le-Meadows, Lancashire, England in the early 1960s. The Diesel was sent to Sodor in 1963 to assist the engines with goods and express work during Stepney's visit, but only insulted the other engines by saying they were out-of-date. He got his comeuppance when an inspector's bowler hat jammed in his air intake, leaving Duck and Stepney to take the Express for him.

While everyone was fare-welling Stepney, the Diesel crept away, leaving behind "a rather nasty smell and a battered bowler hat".


The Diesel is snobbish and rude, believing that Diesel engines should take over from steam engines. Despite this, in the magazine stories, there are some occasions in which the Diesel helps the steam engines.


The Diesel is based on a BR Class 40 1Co-Co1. Another member of this class is Old Stuck-Up.


The Diesel is painted in British Railway's two-tone green livery with a black roof and yellow warning panels.


Voice Actors


  • The Diesel's television series number belonged to a real Class 40. The real D261 was built in 1960 and withdrawn from service in 1983.
  • According to the description on the Australian/New Zealand VHS Thomas and the Special Letter and other stories, the Diesel was brought to Sodor to take over Daisy's work while she was ill.
  • The Diesel was the final Railway Series engine to appear until Glynn in The Adventure Begins.



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