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Henrietta is a coach that travels with TobyVictoria and ElsiePercy or Daisy usually take her when Toby is absent. Thomas and Emily have also pulled her.


The Railway Series

Henrietta worked with Toby on their old tramway in East Anglia. She became depressed when buses and lorries took over her work and when their line closed, due to the lack of passengers and freight, Toby could not bear to leave her behind. So Toby brought her with him to the North Western Railway. He mentioned to the Fat Controller that a stationmaster on his tramway wanted to use her as a henhouse, but the Fat Controller agreed that "that would never do."

At first, Toby and Henrietta were teased by James for having shabby paint. However, Toby and Henrietta later received new coats of paint for their hard work and James stopped teasing them after he crashed into some tar wagons and spoiled his own paint. When the engines went to England, she was used as the Fat Controller's "private coach". Later, when Daisy was brought to Sodor, she insulted her along with Annie and Clarabel when Daisy found that she had to share the Carriage Shed with them, and Percy and Toby were forced to take them away and stay up half the night trying to cheer them up.

Henrietta is often used to carry quarry workers to and from Anopha Quarry. Once, some workers had to crowd on Henrietta's balcony. However this caused controversy with a Policeman, who sent an inspector to inform the quarry manager of a by-law forbidding passengers to be carried on coaches' balconies. This problem was resolved when the Fat Controller restored an old coach named Victoria to help Toby and Henrietta. Together they formed "Toby's Vintage Train".

Thomas & Friends

One Christmas/Thanksgiving, the villagers from Ulfstead loaded her up with paint pots and presents to give to the engines as a token of gratitude for their hard work in the snow. During a snowstorm, Henrietta allowed Farmer McColl's sheep and newly-born lambs to warm up inside her cabin until the snow thawed. Sometime afterwards, Toby and Henrietta attended the Great Waterton tram parade, alongside Flora and her tram coach.

In the eighteenth series, Henrietta helped Toby get over his fear of Knapford junction. Thomas was sent to pull her (unseen) when Samson accidentally took the express coaches by mistake, because Gordon had to take Thomas' coaches, Annie and Clarabel.

In the nineteenth series, she advised Toby to go to the Steamworksto fix his wobbly sideplates and also told him to fill up with coal on his way to the scrapyard, which he did not. She later heard Paxtontalking to Emily about Toby being scrapped and knew that it was nonsense. Emily took Henrietta to the scrapyard where they found Toby safe, but out of coal.

In the twenty-first series, after Toby took her to the Steamworks to get her seats refurbished, Toby was given a replacement carriage named Hannah. After she had her new seats fitted, Toby took Hannah to the Steamworks to be mended, where Henrietta reunited with Hannah and revealed to Toby that they were sisters. Afterwards, she began working with Toby once again.


Henrietta is Toby's faithful coach, who likes to be full of passengers and take them on journeys. She does not like to be separated from Toby, although she rarely carries a full load of passengers. Henrietta is quite content with her life on the Island. Toby is attached to Henrietta and always takes her with him, as he says "she might be useful one day".

From the eighteenth series onwards, Henrietta is seen motivating and encouraging Toby when he feels nervous about the capabilities of his work and performance. She also encourages others and gives them good advice.

Technical Details


Henrietta is based on the GER Wisbech and Upwell Tramway 4-wheel coach. From the beginning, the Wisbech & Upwell used its own special passenger stock. Initially, only four wheelers were used, but bogie coaches were introduced in 1884. The coaches had balconies at each end and a drawbridge type gangway between coaches. Each balcony had an emergency hand-brake wheel. The coaches looked squat and low-lying due to the need to handle raised track and the absence of platforms at some of the depots. All the four-wheeled coaches were scrapped by 1948, but the bogie coaches survived into BR. One of them, No.7, has been preserved by the Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway Society.

Hannah shares the same basis.

Her basis

The bogie coach


In the Railway Series, Henrietta is painted brown with red bufferbeams and a grey roof. During her days with Toby on his old tramway, she was painted brown-orange with red bufferbeams and a white roof.

In the television series, Henrietta is painted brown-orange with red buffer beams and a grey roof.


The Railway Series

  • Toby the Tram Engine - Toby and the Stout Gentleman, Thomas in Trouble (does not speak), Dirty Objects(does not speak) and Mrs. Kyndley's Christmas
  • Gordon the Big Engine - Paint Pots and Queens (cameo)
  • The Eight Famous Engines - Double Header (mentioned) and The Fat Controller's Engines (does not speak)
  • Branch Line Engines - Daisy (not seen) and Percy's Predicament (does not speak)
  • More About Thomas the Tank Engine - Thomas, Percy and the Coal (mentioned)
  • Toby, Trucks and Trouble - Toby's Seaside Holiday (mentioned)
  • Thomas Comes Home - Thomas Comes Home (cameo)
  • Wilbert the Forest Engine - Wired-Up (cameo)
  • Thomas and Victoria - Overloaded and Toby's Vintage Train (does not speak)

Companion Volumes

  • 1970 - Twelve Happy Engines (cameo)
  • 1972 - The Railway Series: Surprise Packet
  • 1976 - Famous Engines
  • 1984 - Thomas's Christmas Party (does not speak)
  • 1986 - Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree (cameo) and Thomas the Tank Engine: The Complete Collection
  • 1987 - The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways (mentioned)
  • 1995 - The Thomas the Tank Engine Man
  • 2005 - Sodor: Reading Between the Lines (mentioned)
  • 2007 - Thomas the Tank Engine: The New Collection

Thomas & Friends


Music Videos

  • Series 4 - TobyThe Island Song and Thomas' Christmas Song
  • Series 5 - Accidents Will HappenEvery Cloud has a Silver LiningIt's Great to be an EngineThe Snow SongSir Topham HattCome for the Ride and Percy's Seaside Trip
  • Thomas and the Magic Railroad - Really Useful Engine
  • Series 6 - Little Engines and Winter Wonderland
  • Series 7 - The Whistle Song
  • Series 8 - Sounds, A World Around You and Engine Roll Call
  • Calling All Engines! - Busy and Together
  • Series 9 - Every Day's a Special Day on Sodor
  • Jack and the Sodor Construction Company - One Friendly Family
  • Series 10 - Favourite Place, There's Always Something New, Strength, Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Series 11 - Engine Roll Call
  • The Great Discovery - Engine Roll Call and Thomas, You're the Leader
  • Series 12 - Engine Roll Call
  • Series 13 - Thomas, You're the Leader, Sounds, Determination and Engine Roll Call
  • Series 14 - Engine Roll Call
  • Series 17 - Hey, Hey Thomas!
  • Tale of the Brave - Let's Be Brave
  • Series 18 - The Best Friends Express
  • Thomas' YouTube World Tour - Navigation, Ode to Gordon and Rules and Regulations
  • The Adventure Begins - Troublesome Trucks
  • Series 19 - Spring is Here! and Engine Roll Call
  • Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure - We Make a Team Together
  • Series 20 - James the Really Splendid Engine and Accidents Will Happen
  • The Great Race - Be Who You Are, and Go Far (cameo)
  • Journey Beyond Sodor - I Want to Go Home (cameo)
  • Series 21 - Set Friendship in Motion, Doing it Right, Trying and Little Engines
  • Big World! Big Adventures! - Where in the World is Thomas? (cameo)
  • Series 22 - Engine Roll Call and All the Girls Around the World

Learning Segments

  • Series 8 - How Does Thomas Get to the Timber Yards? (cameo)
  • Series 9 - Toby's Day Out (cameo)
  • Series 10 - Toby's Favourite Place (cameo) and Over the Bridge
  • Calling All Engines! - Which Diesel Engine with Which Steam Engine? (cameo)
  • Unknown - Pulling Coaches and Who's Going Where?

Magazine Stories

  • 1987 - Thomas' Christmas Party (cameo)
  • 1988 - Toby and the Stout Gentleman, Thomas in Trouble, James and the Tar Wagons and Percy's Predicament (mentioned)
  • 1989 - Showing Off and Clearing Up (mentioned)
  • 1994 - Lucky Landing! (does not speak)
  • 1996 - Duck and the Deer! (mentioned)
  • 1997 - Toby's Castle (does not speak)
  • 1998 - Toby and the Stout Gentleman! (mentioned)
  • 2000 - A Shock for Mavis, Henrietta's Holiday and A Special Story About Henrietta
  • 2001 - A Special Story About Toby (cameo)
  • 2002 - Toby to the Rescue! (cameo)
  • 2004 - Toby and the Lambs (does not speak) and Good as New (cameo)
  • 2006 - First-class Carriage
  • 2008 - Toby's Triumph (does not speak)
  • 2010 - Toby Takes Over (does not speak) and Tram Trouble (does not speak)
  • 2011 - Toby's Treat
  • 2012 - Toby and Bash (cameo)
  • 2013 - Henrietta's Holiday
  • 2014 - Kite Flying (does not speak) and That's Snow Business
  • 2015 - Signals Crossed, Toby and Bash (cameo) and Henrietta's Holiday
  • 2017 - Den and Dart

Henrietta also appeared in the magazine story, The Poorly Engine!

Annual Stories

  • 1985 - The Strawberry Special (cameo)
  • 1986 - You Never Know (does not speak)
  • 1987 - Percy's Passengers (does not speak)
  • 1992 - Percy and the Vicar's Prizes (mentioned)
  • 1993 - Thomas and the Snow Block (does not speak)
  • 1995 - Thank You, Thomas and Toby (cameo)
  • 1996 - The Wrong Shirt (does not speak)
  • 1998 - Toby and the Mail Train (does not speak)
  • 1999 - Toby Saves the Day (does not speak)
  • 2000 - Slow Down, Thomas! (mentioned) and Thomas the Famous Engine (does not speak)


  • Despite not having a visible face until Thomas and Victoria (in the Railway Series) and the eighteenth series (in the television series), she had the ability to talk in the Railway Series books that took place before Thomas and Victoria, as well as the first and second series.
  • One of Henrietta's models is currently on display in Japan at the Hara Model Railway Museum (previously on display at Nitrogen Studios).
  • In an annual story, it was revealed that Henrietta has one surviving sister left, being a bogie version of herself. This may have led to the creation of Hannah.
  • Henrietta used to be one of eleven characters to appear in every series of the television series until the twenty-third series in which she did not appear in any episode.
  • Henrietta is one of three characters to have been given a face after debuting without one, the other two being Big Mickey and Butch.
  • She does not have a speaking role in the years between Series 3 and 18.


“It's not fair at all!" grumbled Henrietta as the buses roared past full of passengers. She remembers that she used to be full and nine trucks would rattle behind her. Now there are only three or four, for the farms and factories send their goods mostly by lorry.”
―Henrietta, Toby and the Stout Gentleman, Toby the Tram Engine
“Toby had wanted to take Henrietta, but the Fat Controller had said, "No!" He wondered if Henrietta was lonely. Percy had promised to look after her; but Toby couldn't help worrying. "Percy doesn't understand her like I do", he said.”
―Toby and the Fat Controller, Double Header, The Eight Famous Engines


  • ERTL (discontinued)
  • Wooden Railway (discontinued)
  • Interactive Learning Railway (discontinued)
  • Motor Road and Rail (with Toby; discontinued outside Asia)
  • TrackMaster (discontinued)
  • Collectible Railway
  • My First Thomas (discontinued)
  • Bachmann
  • Trading Cards (discontinued)
  • Thomas Engine Collection Series (discontinued)
  • Mini Die Cast Collection (discontinued)
  • Departing Now (discontinued)
  • Thomas Town (discontinued)
  • Pocket Fantasy (discontinued)
  • Nakayoshi
  • Departing Now (discontinued)
  • Capsule Plarail
  • Adventures (discontinued)


  1. ↑ T&F S1 "Dirty Objects"