Sidney is a forgetful blue diesel shunter. He often takes goods trains to the mainland.
Thomas & Friends
Sidney was one of the diesels who laughed at Percy's joke when the tank engine first arrived at the Vicarstown Dieselworks. He appeared very briefly on a hoist without wheels.
In the seventeenth season, he was still on the hoist and was often referred to as a Christmas decoration by the other diesels, literally being used as one by Diesel 10 as well. Percy asked how long Sidney had been left up on the hoist and found out from Norman that it had been two years. Percy gave Sidney a new set of wheels as a Christmas present and Sidney is now a really useful engine again.
In the eighteenth season, he, along with Diesel, Den and Dart hid from Paxton, but after Paxton was unable to find them, Sidney, along with Den and Dart started to think that Diesel's joke went a little too far, but Paxton managed to find them again at the end of the day.
In the twentieth season, he was sent by the Fat Controller to collect new wheels for Percy. Sidney was worried he would forget his job and let Percy down, but Thomas, Annie and Clarabel suggested that he sing a song to remind himself what to do. Sidney thought this was a great idea and started to sing his song, until he stopped at Wellsworth to talk with Gordon. After talking with him, Sidney completely forgot the words to his song and while trying to remember what he was supposed to do, ended up running all around Sodor, first to Whiff's Waste Dump, then to the Sodor Animal Park. Eventually, he decided that it would be best to go back to Knapford to confess to Sir Topham Hatt that he had failed to complete his special job, but upon arriving, he found a crowd of passengers waiting impatiently for their train to Brendam Docks. Thinking that taking the passengers was his special, Sidney found some coaches and took them to the Docks, where Sir Topham Hatt was waiting by Percy's new wheels, grumbling about the forgetful diesel's lateness. When Sidney arrived, the passengers praised him and Sir Topham Hatt reminded him that he still had to take Percy's wheels to the Steamworks. Sidney, who thought he had already completed his special, gladly accepted the supposed second special and took the wheels to the Steamworks, where Percy was waiting.
In the twenty-second season, Sidney shunted a flatbed with parts for a diesel engine but he dosen't know what they are for. So he became special agent Sidney and he and Paxton solved the case of the puzzling parts. The answer turned about to be Sidney himself who needs fixing.
Sidney is a very helpful diesel engine, but he is also very forgetful. He starts his day at one location and ends up at another, not remembering how he got there. When it was his turn for repairs at the Dieselworks, he was hoisted up and had his undercarriage removed. Being patient, Sidney was happy to wait and wait and wait. He sat there happy to pass the time with any engine that happened to be visiting. Two years later, he still had no wheels, so Percy helped him at Christmas to get a new set of wheels and now he is back on track.
Sidney is based on a BR Class 08 diesel-electric shunter. Over seventy members of this class survive today in preservation, while around 100 remain in service on the national rail network. They were in fact the most successful shunting engines in the world, with a total 996 of them built. Diesel, the Diesel Shunter, Paxton, Splatter, Dodge, 'Arry, Bert, Ulli and The Mainland Diesels are also members of this class.
Sidney is painted navy blue with yellow lining and hazard stripes under his face. His coupling rods and front bufferbeam are painted a rusty orange colour. His paint is chipped in places and shows signs of weathering.
Thomas & Friends
- Series 17 - The Missing Christmas Decorations
- Series 18 - Disappearing Diesels and Spencer's VIP (trophy cameo)
- Series 20 - Sidney Sings, Diesel and the Ducklings (cameo) and Pouty James (cameo)
- Series 21 - Springtime for Diesel, A Most Singular Engine (cameo), P.A. Problems (cameo), Philip's Number and The Big Freeze
- Series 22 - Forever and Ever (fantasy, cameo) and The Case of the Puzzling Parts
- Series 23 - Batucada (life lesson), Diesel Do Right and Steam Team to the Rescue
- Series 24 - Cleo's First Snow
Sidney was originally going to appear in the nineteenth series, but he was dropped.
- 2011 - Day of the Diesels
- 2016 - The Great Race
- 2017 - Journey Beyond Sodor (cameo)
- 2018 - Big World! Big Adventures!
- Day of the Diesels - Day of the Diesels
- Series 18 - It's Christmas Time
- Thomas' YouTube World Tour - A World Around You
- The Great Race - Will You Won't You and I'm Full of Surprises (cameo)
- Journey Beyond Sodor - I Want to Go Home (cameo)
- Series 21 - Set Friendship in Motion and Trying
- Big World! Big Adventures! - Where in the World is Thomas?
- Series 22 - Engine Roll Call
- Kerry Shale (UK/US; Day of the Diesels only)
- Bob Golding (UK/US; seventeenth series onwards)
- TBA (Latin America; Day of the Diesels only)
- Nicolás Frías (Latin America; seventeenth series onwards)
- TBA (Japan; Day of the Diesels only)
- Shōto Kashii (Japan; seventeenth series - The Great Race; excluding the eighteenth series)
- Ken Sanders (Japan; eighteenth series only)
- Tomohiro Tsuboi (Japan; twentieth series onwards, excluding The Great Race)
- TBA (Poland; Day of the Diesels only)
- Grzegorz Kwiecień (Poland; seventeenth series onwards)
- TBA (Norway; Day of the Diesels only)
- Helge Winther Larsen (Norway; seventeenth series only)
- TBA (Norway; eighteenth series onwards)
- TBA (Brazil; Day of the Diesels only)
- Bruno Marçal (Brazil; seventeenth series onwards)
- Mariano García (Spain)
- TBA (Russia; Day of the Diesels only)
- Denis Bespalyy (Russia; seventeenth series onwards)
- Jukka Voutilainen (Finland; Day of the Diesels only)
- TBA (Finland; seventeenth series onwards)
- Zvika Fohrman (Israel)
- TBA (Germany; Day of the Diesels only)
- Oliver Warsitz (Germany; seventeenth series onwards)
- In some merchandising and books, Sidney's name is misspelled as "Sydney".
- Sidney gained a headlamp in the same style as Diesel's in Big World! Big Adventures!, as well as a taillamp.
- “Sidney, how long have you been up there?"
- "Erm, not very long Percy. I mean.. er.. I forget".
- It's been about two years!"
- "Two years?! That's a very long time".
- "Yeah, I'm waiting for my wheels. I think the order's been misplaced.”
- ―Percy, Sidney and Norman discussing how long Sidney has been on the hoist waiting for new wheels, The Missing Christmas Decorations, seventeenth season
- “Ha ha ha, he he he, a very special job for me.
- All the way to Brendam Docks, to fetch a very special box!”
- ―Sidney singing his song, twentieth season