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"As I said, Thomas, four wheels are best!"
— Bertie, Two Wheels Good, Nineteenth season
  • Registration number: CRD 54
  • Class: AEC Regal "T Class" London Country Area bus
  • Built: Sometime between 1929 and 1948

Bertie is a red bus who works near Thomas' Branch Line.


Bertie is continuously alluding to his race with Thomas and how he could win next time. He actually raced Thomas again in the seventh season episode, Three Cheers for Thomas, but only won because Thomas was sidetracked with collecting the sport medals.

Bertie and Thomas have seemed to continue this tradition of racing. However, in the seventeenth season, he was re-routed giving him an advantage. Thomas is still able to beat him occasionally.

In the nineteenth season, he teased Thomas by telling him about what was on the other side of a mountain on his branch line. Thomas was cross by Bertie's teasing and became determined to find out what was there.

In Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, while he and Thomas are racing, Thomas nearly collides with Toby, and he nearly collides with Oliver the Excavator. He was then seen on the road by the Harwick Branch Line. Sheep were in his way, but Bertie just smiled.


Bertie is friendly and ready to help anyone in need. However, he can be quite cocky and boastful about himself, especially to Thomas, always joking around and teasing him about their races. He can sometimes be quite grumpy, as whenever he breaks down or gets stuck, he grumbles about it. He is always, however, easy-going and cheerful to everyone he sees.


Bertie is based on an AEC Regal "T Class" London Country Area bus.


Bertie is painted in the common red livery of buses in the United Kingdom, mostly famously used by London Transport. His number plate, "CRD54", refers to the fact that it was first seen in Edward the Blue Engine, published in 1954, and illustrated by C. Reginald Dalby.


Voice Actors


  • In an original Awdry drawing, Bertie is depicted as a double-decker bus.
  • Bertie's television series model did not have eyebrows until the third season. However he does have eyebrows in a rare photo from the Season 2 episode Bertie's Chase.
  • In the thirteenth season, Bertie's radiator was missing, but from the fourteenth season onwards this error had been fixed, although current promo images still have his radiator missing.
  • Bertie has gone through several small modifications including:
    • Season 3:
      • Bertie now has eyebrows on every face mask.
    • Season 7:
      • Bertie's eyes now move with a motor.
    • Season 8:
      • Bertie now has Caroline's horn sound.
    • Season 13:
      • His radiator was missing.
    • Season 14:
      • His radiator returned.
  • Bertie is the only talking road vehicle to appear in every season of the television series.
  • Bertie's French name was Bertrand in the Classic Series.
  • In most merchandise ranges, Bertie is depicted in a maroon colour, despite being the same shade of red as engines like James.
  • Bertie could possibly be owned by Sodor Roadway Bus Services.


  • ERTL (normal and Gold Rail; both discontinued)
  • Wooden Railway (two versions and battery-powered; battery-powered discontinued)
  • Take Along (discontinued)
  • Take-n-Play
  • Motor Road and Rail (discontinued)
  • TrackMaster (discontinued)
  • Hornby (two versions; both discontinued)
  • Bachmann
  • Brio (discontinued)
  • My First Thomas
  • Capsule Plarail
  • Limited Edition Collection
  • Thomas Engine Collection Series (discontinued)
  • Mini Die Cast Collection (discontinued)
  • Thomas Town (discontinued)
  • Capsule Collection
  • Trading Cards (discontinued)
  • Tomica
  • De Agostini (discontinued)
  • Mega Bloks (discontinued)
  • Nakayoshi (discontinued)
  • Capsule Plarail (normal, clear and metallic)
  • Pocket Fantasy (discontinued)
  • Boss (discontinued)
  • Diablock
  • My Thomas Story Library (discontinued)
  • Push Along
  • Micro Rubber Engines
  • Bath Toys
  • Choro-Q
  • Switch-On Keychains
  • Pre-Cut Model Engine Books (discontinued)
  • Big Buddy (discontinued)
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