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Emily is a fictional locomotive from the television series, Thomas and Friends. She is also the first female steam engine to be featured on television, and is one of the only female members of the "Steam Team", the seven core characters of the series. She is painted dark green, and has large driving wheels and a shiny brass dome, of which she is very proud. She is one of the main protagonists.



When she first arrived on the Island of Sodor, she took Thomas's coaches Annie and Clarabel by mistake, much to Thomas' dismay. However after she rescued Thomas and Oliver from an accident Thomas forgave her. Sir Topham Hatt (the "Fat Controller") rewarded her with two coaches of her own. From Season 8 onwards she has been depicted as a rather bossy character, which can make her difficult to work with at times. She is sometimes a "big sister" figure to little engines like Thomas and Percy.

Emily is unique among the Steam Team in not originating in the Railway Series, the books that form the basis of the television series. She is a relatively recent addition to the TV series, arriving in Season 7.


Major Appearances

Season 7
  • Emily's New Coaches
  • What's the Matter with Henry?
  • Salty's Stormy Tale
  • Bulgy Rides Again
Season 8
  • Emily's Adventure
  • James Gets A New Coat (does not speak)
  • Emily's New Route
  • Spic and Span
  • Thomas, Emily and the Snowplough
  • Halloween
  • As Good as Gordon
  • Don't Tell Thomas
  • Chickens to School
Season 9
  • Thomas's Milkshake Muddle
  • Molly's Special Special
  • Respect for Gordon
  • Thomas and the Birthday Picnic
  • Thomas and the Toy Shop (does not speak)
  • Thomas and the New Engine
  • Toby Feels Left Out (does not speak)
  • Thomas and the Statue
  • Emily Knows Best
  • Thomas and the Golden Eagle (does not speak)
Season 10
  • Percy and the Carnival
  • Edward Strikes Out
  • Big Strong Henry
  • Thomas's Frosty Friend
  • Emily and the Special Coaches
  • Thomas and the Treasure
  • James the Second Best (does not speak)
Season 11
  • Thomas and the Storyteller
  • Emily's Rubbish
  • Dream On
  • Dirty Work
  • Thomas and the Lighthouse
  • Thomas Sets Sail
  • Edward and the Mail
Season 12
  • Thomas and the Billboard
  • Steady Eddie (does not speak)
  • Rosie´s Funfair Special
  • Henry Gets It Wrong
  • Toby´s Special Surprise (does not speak)
  • Excellent Emily
  • Thomas Puts the Brakes On
Season 13
  • Tickled Pink
  • Toby´s New Whistle
  • A Blooming Mess
  • Thomas and the Runaway Kite
  • Splish Splash Splosh
  • The Biggest Present of All
  • Snow Tracks
Season 14
  • Pingy Pongy Pick Up
  • Pop Goes Thomas (does not speak)
  • Victor Says Yes
  • Henry´s Magic Box (does not speak)
Season 15
  • Emily and Dash
  • Percy´s New Friends
  • Kevin the Steamie
Season 16
  • Ho Ho Snowman
  • Thomas and the Rubbish Train
  • Thomas and the Sounds of Sodor
  • Emily´s Winter Holiday Special
  • Muddy Matters
  • Whiff´s Wish
Season 17
  • Wayward Winston
  • No Snow for Thomas
  • The Missing Christmas Decorations
  • The Frozen Turntable (does not speak)
  • The Smelly Kipper
  • The Afternoon Tea Express (does not speak)


Emily is based on a Stirling 4-2-2 of the Great Northern Railway. These engines were used on high-speed express services from York to London in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Great Northern Railway used a dark emerald green livery on their locomotives similar to that carried by Em