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Annie and Clarabel are Thomas' faithful coaches, whom he loves dearly and would never dream of being separated from them.

Annie and Clarabel both have seating accommodation for carrying passengers; Clarabel also has a brake compartment for luggage and a guard. The two coaches are nearly always seen coupled together, with Annie usually facing Thomas and Clarabel facing backwards.

Biography

The Railway Series

Annie and Clarabel were given to Thomas in 1925 when he was given his branch line. They operate as a push-pull set. They have had several adventures, such as losing their guard and becoming runaways. Clarabel once derailed on a set of trap points when Thomas slipped on some oily rails and had to be helped by Diesel.

Thomas & Friends

Thomas met Annie and Clarabel for the first time when he thought they were the Express Coaches. He apologized and introduced himself, leaving Annie and Clarabel impressed. At that time, they were often pulled by James. When Thomas received his branch line after rescuing James, the two coaches were given to him to use.

At times when Thomas is away, James, Percy, Toby, Duck, Stanley, Emily, Rosie (unseen) and Ryan have all taken his place to pull them. Emily and Neville have both taken them not knowing they were Thomas' coaches and Caitlin has once taken them without realizing they were coupled to her own coaches and Hiro saved them. Gordonalso pulled them once, when Samson took his Express Coaches by mistake. Ashima, Daisy, Diesel, and Nia have also pulled them.

Thomas and the Magic Railroad

In the film, after Thomas met Junior and Lily the two agreed to help and together to find Mr. Conductor at the Windmill, he told Annie and Clarabel that Percy will pick them up, leaving Annie and Clarabel behind stating that they've heard that before.

Personalities

Annie and Clarabel are respectful to all of the engines, but most of all Gordon and Thomas, whilst they respect Daisy least of all for insulting them and Henrietta. They show a kind and caring side to everyone on the whole railway. However, despite their kindness and sweetness, when needed they can be stern, especially Annie. For instance, they scolded Thomas for teasing Gordon, although they are no saints themselves. Once when Daisy was rude to them, they naughtily tricked her into thinking there was something wrong with her which caused confusion and delay. When the Fat Controllerfound out he told them that two wrongs do not make a right and that he expected better from both of them. Annie and Clarabel are best friends, but like all friends, sometimes they fall out but always try to make things right in the end.

Technical Details

Basis

In the Railway Series, they are a pair of bogie coaches (i.e. each coach is supported on a pair of four-wheeled bogies or "trucks"). As currently illustrated, they appear similar to non-corridor suburban coaches operated by the LMS. In the 1987 annual, Christopher Awdry implies the pair were likely built in the early twentieth century on the Mainland and that they were possibly six-wheeled designs. Some time after being brought to Sodor, their bodies were lengthened, placed on bogie frames and upgraded with electric lighting.

Annie and Clarabel's Railway Series basis

In the television series, Annie and Clarabel are based on LB&SCR four-wheeled coaches built to a design by Stroudley between the early 1870s and late 1880s. Several coaches of this type are preserved on the Bluebell Railway and the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. An An and Yin-Long share the same basis. In the first series, several other coaches share the same basis as Annie and Clarabel. Annie and Clarabel's television series basis

Livery

In the Railway Series, Annie and Clarabel were originally painted orange-brown and were later painted brown with a yellow stripe.

In the television series, they were painted in an orange-tan livery with their names painted on their sides in white. In the fifth series, they were refurbished, repainted and their buffer shank housings became red at the request of Lady Hatt.

In the CGI Series, their liveries are a more vibrant orange. In Thomas' imagination where he gets streamlined in The Great Race, Annie and Clarabel are repainted in NWR blue with a white stripe near the bottom and a thicker white stripe with red borders near the top.

In the magazine story, Thomas, Terence and the Snow, Annie and Clarabel were coloured greenish grey.

Appearances

The Railway Series

Companion Volumes

  • 1972 - The Railway Series: Surprise Packet
  • 1976 - Famous Engines and Railway Map of the Island of Sodor (cameo)
  • 1983 - Bertie the Bus and Thomas the Tank Engine
  • 1984 - Thomas the Tank Engine and the Tractor, Thomas's Christmas Party (Annie does not speak, Clarabel mentioned) and Thomas the Tank Engine: The Complete Collection
  • 1986 - Thomas the Tank Engine Goes Fishing and Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree (Annie does not speak, Clarabel mentioned)
  • 1987 - The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways (mentioned) and Thomas and the Evil Diesel(Annie does not speak)
  • 1992 - Thomas and the Hurricane (do not speak)
  • 1995 - The Thomas the Tank Engine Man and Thomas the Tank Engine Catches a Thief
  • 2005 - Sodor: Reading Between the Lines (mentioned)
  • 2007 - Thomas the Tank Engine: The New Collection

Thomas & Friends

They will appear in the twenty-fourth series.

Specials

Music Videos

  • Series 3 - Thomas' Anthem and I'm Thomas the Tank Engine
  • Series 4 - Thomas' Anthem Grand Finale, Let's Have a RaceGone FishingTobyDon't Judge a Book By its CoverThe Island SongReally Useful Engine and Thomas' Christmas Song
  • Series 5 - It's Great to be an EngineSir Topham Hatt, Accidents Will Happen, The Snow SongHarold the HelicopterPercy's Seaside TripEvery Cloud has a Silver Lining and Come for the Ride
  • Thomas and the Magic Railroad - Really Useful Engine
  • Series 6 - James the Really Splendid Engine,  Little Engines, Down by the Docks, Winter Wonderland, Boo! Boo! Choo-Choo and Never, Never, Never Give Up
  • Jack and the Sodor Construction Company - The Work Song and One Friendly Family
  • Series 7 - Five New Engines in the Shed, The Red Balloon, and The Whistle Song
  • Series 8 - Sounds, Surprises, A World Around You, Patience, and Engine Roll Call
  • Calling All Engines! - Busy, Trying and Together
  • Series 9 - Buffer Up and Share, Brave, Day and Night, Party Time, Pride, Every Day's a Special Day on Sodor and Togetherness
  • Series 10 - Doing it Right, Favorite Place, H is for Harold, Navigation, There's Always Something New, Responsibility, Jingle Bells and Engine Roll Call (Rock 'n' Roll version)
  • Series 11 - The Narrow Gauge Engines
  • The Great Discovery - Thomas, You're the Leader
  • Hero of the Rails - Go, Go Thomas
  • Series 13 - Roll Along, Thomas, You're the Leader, Sounds, Determination and Engine Roll Call
  • Series 15 - Hear the Engines Coming
  • Blue Mountain Mystery - Blue Mountain Mystery
  • Series 16 - Thomas and Percy (Annie only) and Go, Go Thomas
  • King of the Railway - Working Together Again, Searching Everywhere and It's Gonna be a Great Day
  • Series 17 - Hey, Hey Thomas! and On a Journey Today
  • Tale of the Brave - Tale of the Brave and Let's Be Brave
  • Series 18 - It's Christmas Time and The Best Friends Express
  • Thomas' YouTube World Tour - A World Around You, Navigation, Never, Never, Never Give Up, It's Great to be an Engine, Thomas' Anthem, The Island Song, The Whistle Song, Ode to Gordon (Annie only), Rules and Regulations and That's What Friends Are For
  • The Adventure Begins - Really Useful Engine
  • Series 19 - There's Snow Place Like Home, Let's Go!, Race with You, Spring is Here!, and Engine Roll Call
  • Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure - Never Overlook a Little Engine and We Make a Team Together
  • Series 20 - Glynn's Christmas Wish, James the Really Splendid Engine and Accidents Will Happen
  • The Great Race - Will You Won't You (cameo), Streamlining, and You Can Only Be You (cameo)
  • Journey Beyond Sodor - Somebody Has to Be the Favourite (cameo) and I Want To Go Home (do not speak)
  • Series 21 - Set Friendship in Motion, Doing it Right, Trying and Little Engines
  • Series 22 - Engine Roll Call, All the Girls Around the World, The Steam Team and Let's Dream

Learning Segments

  • Series 8 - Sounds (cameo), Steamies and Diesels Sounds (cameo), How Does Emily Get to the Station(cameo), The Children Wait for Gordon, What Thomas Needs to do in the Winter (cameo) & Helping One Another (cameo)
  • Calling All Engines! - Which Engine for Which Job? (cameo)
  • Series 9 - Same Colour (stock footage cameo), Getting to Bluff's Cove (cameo), What Makes Thomas Happy? (cameo), Knowing What to do? (cameo), Cool Down Delivery (stock footage cameo) & What Goes Where? (cameo)
  • Series 10 - Who Can Take Them? (cameo), Which Outfit for Which Occasion? (cameo) & Diesels and Steamers (cameo)

Videos

  • 2014 - Welcome to the Island of Sodor Logan! (cameo) and Welcome to the Island of Sodor Sam! (stock footage cameo)
  • 2015 - A Friendly Farewell (cameo)
  • 2016 - Meet the Contenders: Thomas of Sodor (do not speak)
  • 2018 - Meet the New Steam Team (cameo), Still the Best of Friends (cameo), Animals Around the World(cameo), Different Ways to See the World (cameo) and Meet Ashima of India! (cameo)

Magazine Stories

  • 1987 - Hello, Thomas!, Thomas and the Breakdown Train (do not speak) and Thomas, Terence and the Snow
  • 1988 - Thomas and Harold (mentioned), A Late Start for Thomas, Thomas and the Horse (Annie cameo, Clarabel mentioned), Tenders and Turntables (mentioned), Trouble in the Shed (Annie only; cameo), Percy Runs Away (Annie does not speak, Clarabel mentioned), Thomas, Percy and the Coal, The Runaway, The New Coaches, A Bump on the Line, Thomas and Bertie and Percy's Night Out (Clarabel only)
  • 1989 - Fire (Annie does not speak, Clarabel mentioned), An Important Visitor, Clearing Up (mentioned), Clarabel's New Friend, A Surprise for Thomas (do not speak), Thomas and the Cyclist (cameo) and A Fishy Smell
  • 1990 - Thomas and the Umbrella (mentioned), Thomas For Sale and Emergency!
  • 1992 - All Aboard! (Annie only; cameo) and Lost and Found! (Annie only; cameo)
  • 1993 - Keeping Cool! (mentioned), The Wedding Engine! (do not speak) and Thomas and the Lamps
  • 1994 - A Special Treat for Thomas (cameo), The New Station, The Nature Bus! (cameo), Thomas Keeps a Secret! (mentioned) and Puffing Pots! (Annie only; does not speak)
  • 1995 - Special Signal! (Annie only; cameo), Percy has Problems (Annie only; possible cameo) and Thomas and the Missing Whistle
  • 1996 - Flag Waving!, Important Passengers! (do not speak), The Thomas Kart!, Monkey Business!(mentioned), Sunday Schedule! (Annie only; cameo), A Day at the Beach! (Annie does not speak, Clarabel mentioned), The Little Line (Annie only; cameo), Play Time! (cameo) and The Play Train! (mentioned)
  • 1997 - Diesel Becomes a Coach, Annie and Clarabel, Carrying Coal! (Annie only; cameo, Clarabel; mentioned), Percy's Promise (do not speak) and Bobbing About! (do not speak)
  • 1998 - Potty Parrot! (cameo), The Red Squirrel! (Annie only; does not speak), Thomas and Bertie!, The Carnival! (cameo), The Exhibition! (Annie does not speak), The Greenhouse Bus! (Annie only; cameo), Billy's Bones! (cameo) and Oliver (Annie only; cameo)
  • 2000 - Turntable Bridge! (Annie only; cameo), Back to Front! (Clarabel does not speak) and Henrietta's Holiday (Clarabel only; original version)
  • 2001 - The Eyesight Test (Annie; mentioned), Choc-o-BoCo! (Annie only; cameo), Thomas Chimes In(Annie only; mentioned), Three Tins of Smoke (Annie does not speak, Clarabel cameo), Dusty Diesel and Rolling Around! (possible cameo)
  • 2002 - The Winning Shot (do not speak), Time Trouble! (cameo), The Flower Festival (Annie only; cameo), In the Picture (Annie only; cameo), Dusty Diesel (Annie only; cameo) and Road Wreckers (Annie only; cameo)
  • 2003 - Super Heroes!, Seaside Search! (do not speak), Surprise, Surprise! (do not speak), A Foggy Friend(cameo), The Boatshow (possible cameo), Cruise Control! (do not speak), Really Fast Food! (cameo), Trevor and Thomas (mentioned), Feeding Time (Annie only; cameo), Where's Wag? (do not speak), Happy and Sad (cameo), Frozen Engine (possible cameo), Cat Got the Cream! (Annie only; cameo), Milk and Motors!(Annie only; cameo), Thomas Goes Squeak! (do not speak) and Animals (Annie only; cameo)
  • 2004 - Going for a Swim! (do not speak), Special Signal (do not speak), Holiday Train (Annie only; cameo), Holiday Hat (possible cameo), Bertie and the Race (do not speak), Disgusted Diesels (do not speak), Thomas' New Coaches (do not speak), It's Only Snow! (cameo), Rock Shock! (cameo), Scary Jack Frost(cameo), Place to Play (Annie only; cameo), Night Lights (possible cameo), Double Trouble! (Annie only; cameo) and The Talking Horse (do not speak)
  • 2005 - Slide and Ride, Really Useful Coaches, Grand Old Duke (cameo), Tidy-Up Time! (do not speak), Chickens to School (Annie only; cameo), Thomas Saves the Day (cameo), The Dinosaur (do not speak) and As Good as Gordon (Annie only; cameo)
  • 2006 - Toby Feels Left Out (cameo), Thomas, Emily, and the Snowplow (do not speak), Percy's New Whistle (Annie only; cameo), Thomas and the New Engine (Annie does not speak, Clarabel mentioned), Tunnel Trouble (do not speak) and Disgusted Diesels (do not speak)
  • 2007 - Yacht Race (Annie or Clarabel cameo), Surprise Visitor (cameo), Rocky Ride, Sleepy Sam (cameo), Seeing the Sights (cameo), Look and Hook (Annie only; possible cameo) and Big Day Out (cameo)
  • 2008 - Mystery Music and A Spring Clean! (do not speak)
  • 2009 - Thomas Saves the Day, Spring Special (do not speak) and Spring Time Special (do not speak)
  • 2010 - Story Train, Christmas Dinner Diner (Annie only; cameo), Surprise Visitor (cameo), Henry Gets It Wrong! (cameo), Seeing Sheep! (do not speak), Emily's Lucky Day (do not speak), Saving Santa! (do not speak), Play Time (cameo), Halloween Hats (Annie only; cameo), Twin Trees! (Annie only; cameo) and Disgusted Diesels (do not speak)
  • 2011 - Jitters and Japes (cameo), Time For a Story (mentioned), Musical Trucks (cameo), The Glow Train(Annie only; cameo), The Flying Teapot (mentioned in US version), Strawberry Special (cameo), Clowning Around (Annie only; cameo), The Glow Engine (Annie only; cameo) and Tidy Thomas (do not speak)
  • 2012 - Making Annie Smile, Story Time with Thomas (do not speak), Double Trouble (Annie, does not speak; Clarabel, possible cameo), Smiles All Round, Bird Watch (Annie only: cameo), Team Spirit Time!(Annie only: cameo), The Fat Controller's Bedtime Story (Issue 647) (Annie, mentioned; cameo in US version), Going Rusty (Annie, does not speak; Clarabel, mentioned), City of Truro (cameo), Thomas and the Sound of Sodor (Annie, does not speak; Clarabel, cameo), Percy the Snowman (mentioned) and Prize Guys (possible cameo)
  • 2013 - Play Time (Annie, speaks in speech bubble only; Clarabel, does not speak), Time For a Story(Annie, speaks in speech bubble only; Clarabel, mentioned), Too Many Fire Engines! (Annie only; cameo), Gordon Runs Dry (Annie only; cameo), All in a Day's Rescue, Bulgy's Back (Annie only; cameo), Platform Number 1! (Annie, does not speak; Clarabel, mentioned) and Henrietta's Holiday (Clarabel only; original version)
  • 2014 - Thomas Takes a Shortcut (Clarabel does not speak), Valentine's Surprise (Annie only; cameo), The Royal Carriage (Annie only), No More Mr. Nice Engine (Annie only; cameo), The Afternoon Tea Express (Annie only; cameo), Not Now, Charlie! (Annie only; cameo) and Speedy Steamies (do not speak)
  • 2015 - Old Reliable Edward (cameo), No 'I' in Team, Emily Saves the World (cameo), Silent Puffing! (Annie only; cameo) and Not Now, Charlie! (Annie only; cameo)
  • 2016- Who's Geoffrey? (cameo) and Speedy Steamies (do not speak)
  • 2017 - Emily Saves the World (cameo), Not Now, Charlie! (Annie only; cameo) and Speedy Steamies (do not speak)

Annie and Clarabel also appeared in the magazine stories, An Old Friend, Bulgy's Dream, Catch!, Christmas Puddings, Clever Carriages, Clever Clarabel!, Clowning Around, Daisy and the Troublesome Trucks, Diesel Causes Delay, Dressing Up, Fast Food!, Feeding Time, Holiday Havoc!, Lights On, Looking Splendid, Night Lights, Party Time!, Percy gets Wet!, Picnic Surprise, Pot Luck!, Problem Passenger, Really Important Luggage, Road and Rails, Santa Special, Slick Trick!, Special Passengers, The Best Bridge, The Brown Bear, The Craft Show!, The Flying Broomstick, The Hallowe'en Special, The Huge Horses!, The Open Top Bus, The Posh Coaches, The Trainspotters and Thomas Gets Delayed.

Annual Stories

  • 1985 - Percy to the Rescue (do not speak), Thomas and the Important Visitor (do not speak) and Unhappy Landing (do not speak)
  • 1987 - Signal Failure (do not speak) and Lost in the Snow (do not speak)
  • 1988 - Thomas and Trevor and Terence Turns Pot Hunter (Annie does not speak, Clarabel only)
  • 1989 - The Trouble with Sheep (Annie does not speak, Clarabel only)
  • 1990 - Thomas and the Cricketers (do not speak)
  • 1991 - Thomas and the Sunday School Outing (do not speak)
  • 1992 - Percy and the Vicar's Prizes (do not speak) and Thomas and the Swans (cameo)
  • 1993 - Thomas and the Snow Block (do not speak)
  • 1994 - Thomas and the Tickles (mentioned)
  • 1995 - The Picnic Express (mentioned), Oliver's Sparkler (cameo) and Thank You, Thomas and Toby (Annie only; cameo)
  • 1996 - The Wrong Shirt (mentioned) and Pantomime Pranks (mentioned)
  • 1998 - Engines to the Rescue (do not speak) and The Star of the Show (do not speak)
  • 1999 - Blooming Railways (Annie only; cameo) and Toby Saves the Day (do not speak)
  • 2000 - Slow Down, Thomas! (do not speak), Thomas the Famous Engine (do not speak) and Buzzing Bees!(Annie does not speak, Clarabel mentioned)
  • 2001 - Very Special Engines (cameo) and Thomas the Famous Engine (cameo)
  • 2002 - A Special Day for Thomas, "That's the Way to Do It!" (do not speak) and Percy's Dream (do not speak

Trivia

  • Annie and Clarabel were the first official female characters created by the Rev W. Awdry, and as such, are the first female characters of the entire series.
  • They are the only coaches to appear in every series.
  • The Hero of the Rails intro shows Annie and Clarabel with bogie wheels as seen in the Railway Series.
  • Annie and Clarabel's models used to be on display at Nitrogen Studios but are now on display at Hara Model Railway Museum in Japan.
  • Early illustrations of Annie show her shocked face and this was carried on to later illustrations and most merchandise. This is likely intentional for easier identification. Even Hornby both had Annie and Clarabel models with smiling faces originally.
  • As of the twenty-second season, Annie and Clarabel are the only non-human twin characters who are both still voiced by the same actress.
  • Annie and Clarabel are the only sentient rolling stock to appear in every season of the television series. Henrietta had appeared in every season as well, but her streak ended when she was absent in the twenty-third series.
  • A real television series version of Clarabel (a former LNER "Sunshine" coach) has been put into service at the Llangollen Railway in North Wales.
  • Originally, there were plans to give Annie and Clarabel 3D grey faces similar to the engines in the twelfth series, as it would be easier to animate. During the production of said series, they were referred to as Annabel and Clarabelle.
  • Their original television series models were built from Tenmille Stroudley coach kits.
  • Bachmann HO models of Annie and Clarabel appeared in the 2015 Marvel film "Ant-Man", along with models of Thomas and Emily's Coaches.
  • In the French version of the Classic Series, Annie and Clarabel were known as Annette and Claudette.
  • Several merchandise ranges and CGI promos of Clarabel lack her guard compartment.
  • Up until the debut of the Slip Coaches in the eighteenth series, Harold, Annie and Clarabel were the only characters with embedded faces ever since that practice had phased out.

Quotes

“Oh come along, we're rather late! Oh come along, we're rather late!"
"We're coming along! We're coming along!”
―Thomas, Annie and Clarabel singing, Thomas and the Guard, first series
“He's dreadfully rude, I feel quite ashamed. I feel quite ashamed, he's dreadfully rude. You mustn't be rude, you make us ashamed”
―Annie and Clarabel telling Thomas off for teasing Gordon, Down the Mine, first series
“My! What splendid coaches! So much better than those beach huts on wheels!”
―Lady Hatt, Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday, fifth series
“I'll never complain about Thomas again!"
"Nor will I!”
―Annie and Clarabel after being pulled by Caitlin, Not So Slow Coaches, eighteenth series
“Those are my coaches! Give them back!”
―Thomas telling Emily to bring Annie and Clarabel back, Emily's New Coaches, seventh series
“Clarabel: Come on, Thomas!
Annie: It's time to go!”
―lines in every twenty-second series end segment onwards

Merchandise

  • ERTL (normal, miniatures and Gold Rail; all discontinued)
  • Wooden Railway (normal, celebration and Light Up and Reveal; all discontinued)
  • Wood (redesigned in 2019)
  • Take Along (separately or together; discontinued)
  • Take-n-Play (separately or together; discontinued)
  • Collectible Railway
  • Minis (Annie: classic, pop art, & on the farm; Clarabel: classic)
  • Motor Road and Rail (with Thomas; normal; discontinued outside Asia; gold and metallic only in Asia)
  • TrackMaster
  • TrackMaster Push Along
  • Motorized Railway
  • My First Thomas (discontinued)
  • Bachmann (HO and large scale)
  • Hornby (available together in a double pack)
  • My Thomas Story Library (discontinued)
  • Trading Cards (discontinued)
  • Thomas Engine Collection Series normal, gold, motorized; all discontinued)
  • Mini Die Cast Collection (discontinued)
  • Departing Now (discontinued)
  • Tomica
  • Tomix Trains
  • De Agostini (discontinued)
  • Limited Edition Collection
  • Capsule Plarail (normal and metallic)
  • Mini Mini Plarail (Annie only, discontinued)
  • Puka-Q (Annie only, discontinued)
  • Pocket Fantasy (discontinued)
  • Boss (discontinued)
  • LEGO (discontinued)
  • Brio (discontinued)
  • Mega Bloks (discontinued)
  • Discover Junction
  • Lionel Trains
  • Diablock
  • Nakayoshi (discontinued)
  • Choro-Q (discontinued)
  • IR Thomas (discontinued)
  • New Block
  • Pre-Cut Model Engine Books (Annie with Thomas; Clarabel with Percy; both discontinued; both re-released separately; both re-discontinued)
  • Adventures (decorated version; sold only in Sodor Celebration 4-Pack; discontinued)
  • Diapet
  • Waku Waku

References

  1. ↑ T&F S5 "Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday"
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