Stafford is a battery-electric shunting engine. He usually works at Knapford Yards and Knapford Station Yard.

Biography

Thomas & Friends

When Stafford first arrived on the Island, Spencer was given the job of showing him around. Spencer failed to listen to a warning about Stafford's battery running out and when it did, Spencer did not notice. Spencer later ran out of coal and Stafford had to shunt him to Knapford. There the Fat Controller called Stafford a really useful engine and welcomed him to Sodor.

He then became jealous of the steam engines because of the noises they made, and tried to be like them, but only caused confusion and delay when he did a job that was meant to be done quietly. In the end, he decided he was happy to be quiet Stafford the Electric Shunting Engine.

Stafford once shunted a wagon filled with the Entertainers' luggage for Daisy, but she pulled away as she did not want to pull it and he could not catch up as his batteries would not get him as far as Harwick.

He, alongside Charlie and Scruff wanted to be part of the Great Railway Show, though they were not chosen.

Personality

Stafford is a humble, courteous little chap with a Yorkshire accent. He is a very different sort of engine from any other on the North Western Railway. This is because Stafford is an electric battery engine; he is not a steam engine or a diesel engine. Stafford is fuelled by recharging his battery, which needs to be done frequently so he can go about his work as a shunting engine. Stafford is very patient, calm and mannerly. He does not let the antics of the bigger, haughtier engines bother him too much, keeps level-headed as he goes about his day, and brushes off any troubles without much fuss. He is more than content with taking things slow and not having to travel long distances and he is more than proud to work on the Fat Controller's railway.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

  • Series 16 - Welcome Stafford
  • Series 17 - Steamie Stafford, The Lost Puff and Thomas' Shortcut (cameo)
  • Series 18 - Flatbeds of Fear (cameo), Missing Gator and Long Lost Friend (cameo)
  • Series 19 - The Truth About Toby, The Beast of Sodor (cameo), Helping Hiro (cameo), The Little Engine Who Raced Ahead (cameo), Philip to the Rescue (cameo) and Goodbye Fat Controller (does not speak)
  • Series 20 - Toby's New Friend (cameo), Ryan and Daisy (cameo), Pouty James (cameo), The Way She Does It and All in Vain
  • Series 21 - Philip's Number (cameo)

He may appear in the twenty-fourth series.

Specials

  • 2013 - King of the Railway (cameo)
  • 2014 - Tale of the Brave (cameo)
  • 2016 - The Great Race (song)
  • 2017 - Journey Beyond Sodor (cameo)
  • 2018 - Big World! Big Adventures! (song; cameo)

Music Videos

  • Series 16 - Go, Go Thomas
  • Series 17 - Hey, Hey Thomas! and On a Journey Today
  • Series 18 - The Best Friends Express
  • Thomas' YouTube World Tour - It's Great to be an Engine and Rules and Regulations
  • Series 19 - Spring is Here! and Engine Roll Call
  • Series 20 - James the Really Splendid Engine
  • The Great Race - Will You Won't You
  • Journey Beyond Sodor - Somebody Has to be the Favourite (cameo) and I Want to Go Home (cameo)
  • Series 21 - Set Friendship in Motion, Trying and Little Engines
  • Big World! Big Adventures! - Where in the World is Thomas? (cameo)
  • Series 22 - Engine Roll Call

Magazine Stories

  • 2012 - The Fat Controller's Bedtime Story (Issue 648) and Welcome Stafford (speaks in speech bubble only)
  • 2013 - Steamie Stafford

Voice Actors

  • Keith Wickham (UK/US)
  • Marios Gavrilis (Germany)
  • Tokyuoshi Kawashima (Japan; sixteenth series onwards, excluding All in Vain and The Great Race)
  • Kunihiro Kawamoto (Japan; All in Vain only)
  • Nozomu Sasaki (Japan; The Great Race only)
  • Waldemar Barwinski (Poland)
  • Christian Greger Strom (Norway; sixteenth - seventeenth series)
  • TBA (Norway; eighteenth series onwards)
  • Alan Prieto (Latin America; sixteenth series onwards)
  • Miguel Angel Poison (Spain)
  • Nir Ron (Israel)

Trivia

  • Stafford is the first electric engine introduced in the television series and the first engine ever named.
  • Stafford's number comes from the year his basis was built and his name comes from where his basis worked.
  • Stafford's basis was made for shunting only. Despite that, he has been seen pulling goods trains on the main and branch lines.
  • According to Sam Wilkinson, he originally had a different name.

Merchandise

  • TrackMaster (discontinued)
  • Wooden Railway (normal and with medallion; both discontinued)
  • Take-n-Play (discontinued)
  • Wind-up (Japan only)
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