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Bertram, nicknamed the "Old Warrior" by the railway staff because of his bravery, is an old narrow gauge tank-tender engine who worked at the mines. He lived on a remote part of the Island that was once very rarely visited.
Thomas & Friends
Bertram used to work at the mines, near the Mid Sodor Railway and Tidmouth Bay. His fate was unknown to many after the mine's closure, and it was assumed he was left to rust. He remained at the mine until it was rediscovered years later.
Over time, he became legendary; many knowing of the "old warrior ghost" haunting the mine. However, one night Toby discovered Bertram whilst watching over the mine and castle, which were being restored to accommodate visitors. At first, Toby thought Bertram was a ghost, but the two have since became firm friends. Bertram was later restored, and became responsible for getting passengers to and from the mine and the castle, taking passengers to the fairground within.
Not much is known about Bertram's persona; however, it is said that he is very brave, and that he and Toby are firm friends. Toby states that if there are any ghosts at the mine, they certainly make the place feel very happy.
Bertram is based on Prince, a George England tender engine on the Ffestiniog Railway. Duke is another member of this class. Bertram has been re-gauged from 1ft 11 1⁄2in to 2ft 3in and been given loose couplings.
Bertram is painted dark brown with red lining. A promotional image shows Bertram painted dark green.
In some of his merchandise, he has two brown or red nameplates on either side of his saddletank with his name written in gold. Bertram's original wooden railway toy depicts him with a red cab roof, domes and lining. He also has "L" in place of his nameplates.
Behind the Scenes
O gauge model
According to Britt Allcroft, Bertram was supposed to be a tank engine. However, Duke's model and Smudger's face-mask were recycled to create Bertram as due to financial difficulties. Bertram's model was custom built to O gauge. The model had a motor to power it mounted inside the chassis as well as an eye mechanism. The eye mechanism used servos which were mounted in the cab, the servos were hidden by blacking out the cabs and windows. Metal rods went all the way from the servos in the cab to a bracket in the smoke box behind the faceplate, one for up and down movement and one for left and right movement. This limited the range of movement of the eyes as well as being cumbersome and jamming often. Bertram's side rods were sourced from a OO scale Triang Hall class with little modification. Bertram's wheels were sourced from Slater's Selsey Tramway wheels being used on an O gauge locomotive chassis.
After the events of the fifth season, Bertram's model was later reverted back to Duke. Bertram was only ever depicted with one happy face-mask. The face was first sculpted in clay, and from that resin casts were made of a silicone mold.
- Bertram's original Wooden Railway toy depicts him in his tank engine form.
- His ERTL toy, TrackMaster prototype toy and the 2014 map spelt his name as "Bertrum".
- Bertram's Ertl prototype, Trading Card and promotional artwork images have Duke's face.
- Bertram's ERTL, TrackMaster and Trading Card depicts him with a flat-square cab roof.
- ERTL (discontinued)
- Wooden Railway (as a tank engine; re-release 2011; 2016 reintroduction as a tender engine)
- TrackMaster (discontinued)
- Nakayoshi (discontinued)
- Trading Cards (discontinued)
- "Beware of the ghost, Toby."
- "W-W-what ghost?"
- "The old warrior ghost. Every night he lights his fire then goes hunting. Toot toot, goodbye!"
- Thomas telling Toby about the "Old Warrior", Toby's Discovery, fifth season