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"Hello, Thomas! What are you doing?"
— Rosie, Thomas and the Birthday Mail, tenth season


Rosie is a tank engine who looks up to Thomas. She works as both a shunting engine and a mixed traffic engine.

Bio

Rosie began idolising Thomas to the point of hero-worship and imitation. Though this is said to be the most sincere form of flattery, it only served to irritate Thomas whilst he was trying to deliver a special birthday post train to Alice at High Farm. He even started to try and avoid her, but after Thomas had an accident in the course of delivering this train, Rosie helped him and he came to respect her.

Rosie was later called to help Thomas shunt trucks until Hector frightened her away.

Rosie was charged with acting as a back-engine to Emily with the funfair special. Wanting to take the train herself and, thinking she was doing Emily a favour, Rosie succeeded only in creating confusion and delay on a grand scale, but eventually set things right.

Rosie rescued Thomas when his fire went out after playing a game of "splish, splash, splosh". She later let Diesel take her train of flowers which was headed for market.

One day Rosie had a cracked wheel, so Thomas and Butch brought her a new one.

On Sodor Surprise Day, Thomas bumped some coal trucks to surprise Gordon, but ended up surprising her instead. She is later seen being cleaned up with Whiff at the washdown, and joins Gordon and Thomas at Callan Castle to see Harold decked out in bright lights to make Gordon laugh.

Persona

Rosie is a friendly, respectful, and helpful tank engine. She and Thomas like to have fun and also like to help each other when they are doing work. Rosie could be described as a feisty, energetic tomboy who is not afraid to do hard work.

Basis

Rosie is based on a SR USA Class 0-6-0T. Originally classified as the USATC S100 Class and designed for shunting duties in Europe during the Second World War, after the war fifteen of these engines were sold to the Southern Railway where they were used as dockyard shunters at Southampton. There, they worked alongside the LB&SCR E2s (Thomas' class). Both classes were replaced by BR Class 07 diesels (Salty's class) in 1962, though members of the class remained in service on departmental duties until 1966.

Four members of this class are preserved, one at the Bluebell Railway. Two S100s have also been bought from the former Yugoslavia and modified to USA condition.

Livery

From her debut up until The Great Race, Rosie was painted lavender with light grey tank panels, gold boiler bands, red lining and wheels, and light grey wheel rims.

Starting from the twenty-first season onwards, Rosie will be painted faded cherry red with raspberry tank panels, gold boiler bands and light grey lining. She will have the letters "NWR" written on her tank panels in light grey and the number "37" in light grey under her cab windows.

Appearances

Television Series

Specials:

Learning Segments:

Magazine Stories

Rosie also appeared in the magazine stories, Frying or Flying, Mighty Magnet!, Really Useful Rosie, Red for Rosie, Rushing Around and Stone Signal.

Voice Actors

Trivia

  • Rosie is the first engine of several things:
    • The first engine of an American class introduced in the television series and the second such engine (after Stanley) introduced in the franchise overall.
    • The first engine in the television series to have their debut livery changed permanently and the second character in the television series overall, the first being S.C. Ruffey.
    • The first engine in the television series to receive a number who did not already have one.
    • The first engine in the television series to be lettered for the North Western Railway. She is the second in the franchise overall after Emma.
  • Rosie's model is currently on display at Drayton Manor. Sometime in 2017, a part of her siderod had broken off.
  • In Red for Rosie, one illustration incorrectly depicts her with a tender.
  • When she had her lip gloss and blush, Rosie rarely had it in various merchandise lines.
  • Rosie's whistle is a higher pitched version of Thomas'.
  • A magazine fact file states that she works on Thomas' Branch Line, although she is yet to be seen doing so in the television series.
  • The My First Thomas & Friends' Railway Pals variant of Rosie is the first piece of merchandise to introduce her in her new red livery.
  • Since her debut, Rosie has appeared in every season and special except The Adventure Begins, due to continuity, and the twentieth season, possibly do to the fact she was getting rendered into her new livery for the twenty-first season/Journey Beyond Sodor.
  • Rosie has both her whistle and connecting rods in different positions compared to her prototype:
    • Rosie's whistle is positioned behind her rear dome whilst her prototype has its whistle positioned on the right side of the middle dome.
    • Rosie's connecting rods are attached to her middle driving wheels whereas her prototype has its connecting rods attached to the rear driving wheels.
    • Her funnel is also taller than her basis.
  • Rosie has had a few modifications throughout the television series, which include:
    • Season 12:
      • Her tail-lamp was removed.
    • Season 13:
      • Her face became slightly smaller.
      • Her funnel and steam pipes became thinner.
      • Her lamp-irons were removed.
      • A detail on her coal bunker had been pushed in.
    • Mid-Season 17 (starting with Percy's Lucky Day onwards):
      • She gained a permanent headlamp of the same design as Ferdinand's, mounted in front of her funnel.
    • Tale of the Brave:
      • She regained her tail-lamp.
    • Season 21:
      • She received a new cherry red livery with "NWR" painted on her side tanks and the number 37 painted under her cab windows.
      • She lost her lip gloss and blush.
      • Rosie gained rivets across her cab, side tanks, smoke box, cylinders and the sides of her buffer beam.

Quotes

  • "Rosie was a cheerful, chirpy little tank engine. She was always pleased to meet Thomas. She liked him so much that she wanted to be just like him". (The narrator introducing Rosie, Thomas and the Birthday Mail, tenth season)
  • "Wow, do we have to shunt and fill that big truck Thomas?" (Rosie asking Thomas do they have to shunt and fill Hector, eleventh season)
  • "Uh which trucks/cars do you mean James?" (Rosie asking James which trucks/cars he was talking about, Journey Beyond Sodor)

Merchandise


* RWS only | ** T&F only


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