"Fiery" Flynn is a fire engine who is part of the Search and Rescue Team. He is equipped to operate both on road and rail, and is also accompanied with two types of trailers designed for rail and road usage respectively.

Biography

Thomas & Friends

Flynn worked with Belle on the Mainland before they came to Sodor. Belle suggested to the Fat Controller that Flynn be brought to Sodor to help her fight fires. Flynn had instantly become popular with the engines on Sodor. Later on, Flynn and Belle helped Percy save Thomas and Kevin from Den and Dart at the Vicarstown Dieselworks. Flynn also used his ladder to assist welders during the restoration of the Dieselworks.

Flynn was criticised by Diesel for "just standing around looking fancy", but Flynn soon proved that he was really useful by rescuing Thomas and Mavis.

Flynn usually runs on the rails despite being a road and rail vehicles. This was due to his road wheels being nonoperational for a time. When they were repaired, he went on the roads and found himself wobbling all over the place, so he returned to the rails. However, after putting out a fire at a farmhouse, he regained his confidence in using the roads and was able to help Bertie and Butch.

Later, some railway inspectors questioned whether the Fat Controller really needed two fire engines. Since Belle beat him to emergencies twice in a row, Flynn decided that he was not useful and sulked in his shed while Belle kept guard at a fireworks display at Ulfstead Castle. At the rescue centre, Butch arrived, telling Flynn that there was a fire at Brendam Docks. Flynn put the fire out, knowing now that Sodor really does need two fire engines.

When the Search and Rescue Team was dispatched to save a stranded whale at Bluff's Cove, Flynn and Belle sprayed water on the stranded whale in an attempt to keep it wet. After Rocky fell off the tracks at Ulfstead Castle, Flynn, Belle, Butch and Harold came to lift him back onto the rails. They all initially believed they could indvidually pull him back onto the rails by themselves, but soon agreed to work together and they all pulled Rocky back onto the tracks.

One summer, he and Belle were busy putting out fires caused by the boiling summer weather. They came across a stretch of buckled track, where Flynn suggested that Belle pour water on the rails to prevent further buckling, thought Belle decided to keep her remaining water in case they came across another fire. This decision came back to bite her, as she later derailed on the buckled tracks while they were responding to an emergency. While he offered to help her, Belle urged him to continue on to the fire, which he was able to successfully extinguish.

Personality

Flynn is a "really red fire engine" who fights fires on Sodor and is part of the Sodor Search and rescue team. He has both tyres and flanged wheels, meaning that he is capable of running on roads and on rails. Flynn is fast, fearless, and ready to fight any fire. He is popular with the engines and held in high regard all over Sodor, but his overly-enthusiastic bravado can lead to not listening to instructions amidst his racing about and and result in him making mistakes. He can also be self-conscious about maintaining his fire-fighting hero status. Nevertheless, Belle and the rest of the Search and Rescue team are often there to support him and keep him on course. And, at the end of the day, Flynn always has it in him to prove that he is always ready to rescue, and is a really useful hero.

Technical Details

Basis

Flynn is hybrid design based on Tatra, Oshkosh, and Latil fire rescue vehicles.

Livery

Flynn is painted red with yellow lining, with the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre emblem on his cab doors in white. In several books, he is depicted with blue wheel arches.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

  • Series 15 - Wonky Whistle (cameo), Percy the Snowman (cameo) and Fiery Flynn
  • Series 16 - Race to the Rescue and Welcome Stafford
  • Series 17 - Too Many Fire Engines and The Frozen Turntable
  • Series 18 - Millie and the Volcano (mentioned)
  • Series 19 - Toad and the Whale, Rocky Rescue and Wild Water Rescue (does not speak)
  • Series 20 - Buckled Tracks and Bumpy Trucks
  • Series 21 - The Fastest Red Engine on Sodor (cameo) and Daisy's Perfect Christmas
  • Series 23 - Steam Team to the Rescue

Specials

Magazine Stories

  • 2011 - Flaming Flynn
  • 2012 - Fiery Flynn!, The Fat Controller's Bedtime Story (Issue 639) and Welcome Stafford (cameo)
  • 2013 - Toby to the Rescue and Too Many Fire Engines!
  • 2014 - Frozen Turntable
  • 2015 - Dusty Rusty (does not speak)

Voice Actors

  • Rupert Degas (UK/US; Day of the Diesels - sixteenth series)
  • Ben Small (UK/US; seventeenth series only)
  • Glen Wrage (UK/US; Toad and the Whale only)
  • Rob Rackstraw (UK/US; nineteenth series onwards, excluding Toad and the Whale)
  • Tomohiro Tsuboi (Japan; Day of the Diesels onwards, excluding The Great Race and the twenty first season)
  • Nozomu Sasaki (Japan; The Great Race only)
  • Hinata Tadokoro (Japan; twenty-first series only)
  • Fredrik Paasche (Norway; Day of the Diesels and seventeenth season only)
  • Christoffer Staib (Norway; fifteenth - sixteenth season)
  • TBA (Norway; nineteenth series onwards)
  • Rainer Schmitt (Germany)
  • Jacek Krol (Poland)
  • TBA (Israel; Day of the Diesels-sixteenth series)
  • Yehonatan Magon (Israel; seventeenth series-The Great Race)
  • Zvika Fohrman (Israel; twentieth series only)
  • TBA (Israel; twenty-first series onwards)
  • Armando Coria (Latin America; Day of the Diesels - nineteenth series)
  • Juan Carlos Tinoco (Latin America; twentieth series onwards)
  • Bernard Demory (France and French speaking Canada)
  • Miguel Angel Poison (Spain)
  • Petteri Hynonen (Finland; Day of the Diesels onwards)

Trivia

  • Between the fifteenth season and sixteenth series, Flynn's water cannons were operated mechanically. However from the seventeenth series onwards, his cannons are worked by the firefighters, more accurately reflecting the operations of his basis, but they operate mechanically on occasion.
  • Currently, Flynn and Skiff (and possibly Stefano) are the only multi-terrain characters in the franchise.
  • When Flynn arrived, it appeared that special road-rail transitioners were added especially for him, as they allow him to transition from rail to road in a matter of seconds.

Merchandise

  • Wooden Railway (two-pack with tanker; "Fiery Flynn"; two-pack with Butch as "Race to the Rescue"; all discontinued)
  • Motor Road and Rail (Asia only)
  • TrackMaster
  • Motorized
  • Take-n-Play (discontinued)
  • Mega Bloks (discontinued)
  • Engine Adventures
  • Wind-up (Japan only)
  • Pocket Fantasy (discontinued)
  • Boss (pullback; discontinued)
  • Collectible Railway
  • Capsule Collection
  • Motorized Railway
  • Minis
    • Classic Minis
    • Racers Minis
    • DC Super Friends Minis (as Firestorm)
    • Light Up Minis
    • Monkey Minis
    • Icky Minis
    • Motorized Rescue Minis
    • Music Minis
  • Adventures (discontinued)
  • Wood
  • TrackMaster Push Along
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