Dexter is an old brake coach. He was abandoned on an overgrown siding, until he was rediscovered by Duck and restored as a classroom.
Thomas & Friends
Years ago, Dexter was dumped in an old shunting yard after his axles broke. One autumn, a fierce storm destroyed the school at Harwick, which required Daisy to take its students to Knapford, much to her displeasure. Duck offered to take the children instead, but he needed a coach. His search for one saw him come to Dexter's yard, where Dexter pleaded to be used, wanting to be useful again, despite his decrepit condition. Duck agreed but when he tried to move Dexter, his wheels broke, forcing Duck to reluctantly leave him behind. Duck soon returned, however, with Judy and Jerome and taken up to Harwick, where the children restored him to become their new classroom.
Dexter is a coach that is just as much optismistic as he is colorful. Even when left on a siding out of use and in poor condition, he kept a positive outlook on his situation. Now he resides at Harwick Station in case the children of Arlesburgh need a classroom to attend.
Dexter is based on an LB&SCR Stroudley four-wheeled brake coach. Clarabel and a number of faceless coaches are also based on this type of coach.
Dexter is painted blue with yellow ends and a red roof. His side is decorated with various drawings, including ones of himself, Duck and Thomas. Before being restored, Dexter was painted dark red.
Thomas & Friends
- He is Mark Moraghan's first character role.
- Dexter is the last character to be created by Lee Pressman to date before he left the production team.
- Dexter's role in the series is similar to Old Slow Coach and the Play Coach.