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Henry the Green Engine
Thomas & Friends character
First appearance The Three Railway Engines (1945)
Created by Rev. W. Awdry
Voiced by Keith Wickham (UK)
Kerry Shale (US)
Kevin Frank (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)
Nationality British English
Number 3

Henry the Green Engine is an anthropomorphic 4-6-0 steam locomotive from The Railway Series books written by the Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry and his son, Christopher Awdry, and the spin-off children's television series, Thomas & Friends.

Henry lives on the fictitious Island of Sodor with many other locomotives, including Thomas the Tank Engine. He is engine number 3 on the North Western Railway, and was one of the first engines to be described, appearing in the first book. Henry is a little smaller than Gordon the Big Engine, who also appeared in the first book.

Henry's first (mis-)adventure was in "The Sad Story of Henry", the third story in the Railway Series book The Three Railway Engines. In this story, he went into a tunnel and refused to come out due to fears that the rain would spoil his "Lovely Green paint and Red Stripes". As punishment, the Fat Controller ordered that he be bricked up in the tunnel for eternity. Weeks later, he was eventually let out of his imprisonment to help Edward pull Gordon's express train, after Gordon burst a safety valve.

Henry was originally an unsuccessful Gresley A1/Ivatt C1 prototype engine who, as the result of a small firebox (which was a similar shape to Gordon's), was often ill and a poor steamer. The Fat Controller gave him special Welsh coal, which helped. But worse was to come – Early one cold winter morning, Henry was pulling the special fish express train titled "the Flying Kipper", when some frozen points diverted him in to a siding where he eventually crashed in to another goods train. This prompted the Fat Controller to send Henry to the locomotive works at Crewe where he was rebuilt with a new shape and no longer needed special coal. Henry has kept his so-called "new shape" through today. Henry was given a new firebox which gave him a similar specification to an London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) Class 5MT "Black Five" locomotive. This cured his illness completely and permanently.

Henry now works on the main line. He can pull coaches and trucks equally well, and sometimes even hauls the Express when Gordon is not available. He is still the engine responsible for the Flying Kipper, and in the television series he also brings the post from the Mainland.

He has been in the television series from the start, and in recent seasons has been identified as part of the Steam Team, the eight central characters.

There have been two Railway Series books devoted to him, namely Henry the Green Engine and Henry and the Express.

Henry in the television series

Henry was introduced in the first series of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends. He has appeared in every season and was one of the eight engines of the "Steam Team".

Henry was originally portrayed as generally well behaved engine, though did have occasions where he was arrogant and vain, and looked down on smaller engines. In very recent series, Henry was portrayed as a not very bright and worrisome engine often getting scared of the smallest issues.

Henry, along with Edward and Toby, was removed from the Steam Team and demoted to a supporting character when the show underwent a soft reboot in the 22nd season in favor of a new female engine named Rebecca, a yellow tender engine from the mainland. Henry still appears frequently, but unlike Edward and Toby, he has had no major roles since his removal from the main cast.

Voice actors

From Hero of the Rails onwards, Henry is voiced by Kerry Shale (US) — with a noticeable New York City accent — and Keith Wickham (UK) (who also voices Edward, Gordon, Percy, James, Bertie, Harold, The Fat Controller and other characters).

In Japan, Ryo Horikawa voiced him from season 1 to season 8. From Calling All Engines onwards, Junichi Kanemaru voices him.

  • Kevin Frank (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)
  • Keith Wickham (UK; Hero of the Rails onwards)
  • Kerry Shale (US; Hero of the Rails onwards)
  • Ryō Horikawa (Japan; Season 1 - 8)
  • Kenji Utsumi (Japan; James and the Trouble with Trees first half only)
  • Junichi Kanemaru (Japan; Calling All Engines! onwards)
  • Kenta Miyake (Japan; Edward the Hero only)
  • Nozomu Sasaki (Japan; Day of the Diesels only)
  • Jeon Tae Yeol (South Korea; Season 13 - present)

Henry in Thomas and the Magic Railroad

Henry is voiced by Kevin Frank in the movie Thomas and the Magic Railroad. He is the only steam engine to have an American accent and appears to still suffer from boiler trouble in the film. The major difference between this incarnation and the pre-rebuild version of the television series is that his sickness is cured by "Island of Sodor coal" rather than Welsh.