"Road or rail. What do I care?"
— Jock

Jock the New Engine is the thirty-fouth book of the Railway Series.

Jock the New Engine


Christopher Awdry

Illustrated by:

Clive Spong


1990 - present

Previous book:

Thomas and the Twins

Next book:

Thomas and the Great Railway Show


Dear Friends, The Arlesdale Railway is a narrow-gauge line which runs inland along a beautiful valley. It starts at the terminus of Duck's branch line, and Duck and Oliver bring many visitors. So many, in fact, that Rex, Bert and Mike found that they couldn't carry them all on their own. And that was why Jock was built. I like Jock - I hope you will too.

The Author


We Need Another Engine

Small Railway Engines has just been published, but the Thin Clergyman, unaware of Frank the diesel's presence on the Arlesdale Railway, did not include him, much to Frank's fury. Frank refuses to start the next morning, and when he does, he jerks into the back of the shed. Frank feels ashamed, but redeems himself later when Rex's steampipe leaks and he has to rescue Rex's train. The Small Controller is pleased, but doesn't want Frank to have to do all the rescue work and starts thinking...

Sticking Power

Bert is feeling under the weather; Rex and Mike are very umsympathetic. The problem is attributed to his tubes, but Bert cheers up when the fitter tells him that a new engine is being built. Bert makes good time, but when he starts again his coupling breaks. The driver has an idea and glues Bert to the coaches with glue. In the shed, Bert tells the others of his adventure and goes to sleep after teasing the others about not having "sticking-power".


Bert lets the others in on his secret. A few weeks later, the unnamed engine, who is ochre in colour, comes out for testing. When Douglas sees the engine, he recalls some engines in the Highlands with that colour who were called "Jocks". The engine is delighted, and the happy Small Controller christens the engine "Jock".


By the time the holiday months come again, Jock has proven his worth and becomes cocky, more so when he single-handely moves a lorries trailer into the yard. Next day, Mike is surprised to find Jock is double-heading with him due to popular demand. Mike has an idea, and his driver gradually shuts off steam, leaving Jock to do the work. At the Green, Mike's injector fails, giving Jock another reason to pull Mike. In the end, little time is lost, and Jock and Mike apologise for their antics.

Characters present


  • In "Jock" the text mentions that Mike winked to Rex, but in the illustration it's Rex who's winking.
  • In the fourth illustration of "Jock" coaches are visible beside Bert, but in the next illustration they disappear.
  • In the fifth illustration of "Jock", Duck is beside Douglas, but in the final illustration, he is puffing away two lines across from Douglas. What's more, Duck appears to have lost his numberplate; as if by compensation, he now has sand-boxes.
  • Throughout the whole book, the coaches don't have faces.
  • In "Jock" Jock's nameplate is seen, before Douglas arrives. What's more, the final illustrations don't show the nameplate.
  • In "Jock", the rear end of Jock's tender is curved like the front, but in "Team Work", it's not.
  • In "We Need Another Engine", the text says that Frank crashed into the back of the shed whilst going forwards, but the illustrations show him going backwards.
  • In "Jock", it is said that Jock's yellow livery is just an undercoat, but he already has his lining and other details painted on.

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