"Bust My Buffers!" —Thomas, "Thomas and the Magic Railroad"

Thomas The Tank Engine




May 1913



Thomas The Tank Engine is a fictional anthropomorphic steam locomotive created by the Rev. W. V. Awdry in his Railway Series books, made into the British children's television series Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends (later simplified to Thomas and Friends) and its American spin-off Shining Time Station.

Thomas is a tank engine: a steam locomotive with large rectangular tanks to carry water, on each side of his boiler. He is based on the E2 Class 0-6-0T locomotives built for the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway between 1913 and 1916.

In his first appearance in the television series he was described as follows:

Thomas is a tank engine who lives at a big station on the Island of Sodor. He's a cheeky little engine with six small wheels, a short stumpy funnel, a short stumpy boiler and a short stumpy dom~Thomas and Gordon - UK. Thomas Gets Tricked - USA.

Before Thomas got his branch line he shunted coches in place for the big engines. Only every once in a while he would pull trucks up and down the line. Thomas was also used to help push other engines for a start with the express. 

Thomas and percy

Thomas and Percy both with CGI faces.

Branch Line

After James crashes off the rails in the episode Thomas Saves The Day Thomas helps him by pulling the cars away and geting the breakdown train. For that Sir Topham Hatt gives him his own branch line.

What They Say

After a chill Thomas says a phrases know as "Bust My Buffer!" "Flatten My Funnel" and sometimes the narrator will say in a sentence "From Smokebox to Bunker." He also says "From Smokebox to Funnel." And also "From Buffer to Bunker."


Thomas' list of Toy Companys are listed below:

Ertl, Thomas, Golden Thomas and Silver Thomas

Tomy, Thomas, Thomas Steaming Set

Hornby, Thomas RC only

Bachmann, Thomas RC only

Fisher Price, RC too