Emily the Beautiful Engine

Promotional picture of Emily in full CGi
Number 12, previously 3 and 2000
Class GNR Stirling Single 4-2-2
Livery GNR/LNER apple green (1956), NWR emerald green with red and gold lining and chocolate running-boards (since 1956)
Line Knapford Junction to Ffarqhuar branchline
Built April 10, 1956
Builder Doncaster Works
Affiliations Good
Designer Patrick Stirling
Date of Birth May 19, 1956
First Appearance Emily's New Coaches
Voice Actors Teresa Gallagher (UK)
Jules de Jongh (USA)

Emily the Stirling/Beautiful (Stirling Single) Engine 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.

Allies: Thomas (first brother), Edward, Henry (boyfriend), Gordon, James (second brother), Percy (cute friend), Toby, Oliver, Donald, Douglas, Oliver, Rosie, Lady (best friend: as close as sisters), Murdoch, Arthur , Spencer (sometimes), Mavis, Bill, Ben, Skarloey, Rheneas, Sir Handel, Peter Sam, Rusty, Duncan, Duke, Freddie, Mighty Mac, Luke, Daisy, BoCo, Trukzie (sometimes), Stephen, Millie, Connor, Caitlin (second best friend), Whiff, Trevor, Molly, Mike, Rex, Bert

Enemies: Devious Diesel, Arry, Bert, Steam Engine, Smudger, Diesel 10, Splatter, Dodge, Daisy (formerly), Spencer (formerly), Whiff (formerly), George, Lady (formerly), Molly (formerly), D261, D199, Old Stuck-Up


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.


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 Emily.

Thomas x Emily

Ever since Thomas and Emily first met, despite being siblings, there has been a secret love between those two, according to certain fanfic authors who quite frankly know nothing about adult emotions. So they reckon Thomas totally has a thing for Emily, despite there being absolutely no evidence whatsoever for this on screen outside of their own imaginations. Although there have been hints of a relationship between these two, including the end of her debut episode, Emily's New Coaches.


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 Funfair
  • 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)


Season 7

  • Edward's Brass Band
  • Gordon and Spencer
  • Something Fishy
  • Peace and Quiet

Season 8

  • Gordon Takes Charge
  • Thomas Gets It Right
  • Percy and the Magic Carpet
  • Thomas and the Circus
  • James Goes Too Far

Season 9

  • Thomas and the Rainbow
  • Thomas tries his Best
  • Henry and the Flagpole
  • Thomas's Day Off
  • Bold and Brave
  • Keeping up with James
  • Flour Power

Season 10

  • The Green Controller
  • It's Good to be Gordon
  • Thomas and the Shooting Star
  • Sticky Toffee Thomas
  • Thomas and the Colours

Season 11

  • Gordon and the Engineer
  • Thomas and the Spaceship
  • Henry's Lucky Day
  • Don't be silly, Billy!

Season 12

  • Heave Ho, Thomas!
  • Saved You!
  • Percy and the Bandstand

Season 13

  • The Lion of Sodor
  • Time for a Story
  • Percy's Parcel
  • Steamy Sodor
  • Henry's Good Deeds
  • Buzzy Bees
  • Hiro Helps Out

Season 14

  • Thomas' Tall Friend
  • Toby and the Whistling Woods
  • Henry's Health and Safety
  • Thomas in Charge
  • Merry Winter Wish
  • Thomas' Crazy Day
  • Thomas and Scruff

Season 15

  • Edward the Hero
  • Up Up and Away!
  • Surprise Surprise
  • Spencer the Grand
  • Percy the Snowman
  • Tree Trouble
  • Fiery Flynn

Season 16

  • Race to the Rescue
  • Ol' Wheezy Wobbles
  • Express Coming Through!
  • Percy and the Monster of Brendam
  • Flash Bang Wallop!
  • Bust My Buffers!
  • Salty's Surprise
  • Happy Birthday, Sir!

Season 17

  • Calm Down Caitlin
  • The Lost Puff
  • The Phantom Express
  • Thomas's Shortcut
  • Gone Fishing


  • Her theme is her theme from Season 7.

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