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"Ahoy mateys! Salty, pride of the seven seas. I'm a new diesel and I'm here to give you some help."
— Salty

Salty is a diesel shunter who works at Brendam Docks.


Thomas & Friends

Salty worked on an unnamed coastal railway for many years, where he acquired his vast collection of stories and songs and possibly his sailor's accent, before coming to Sodor to work at Anopha Quarry with Mavis, Bill and Ben. Salty was upset, being used to working near the sea, but he soon won the trucks over with his tales and sea shanties, and as a reward for his hard work was sent to work at Brendam Docks.

Salty's presence at the docks led to Cranky having a huge distaste for Salty's stories. Cranky snapped at Salty when he pulled up, and when Salty thinks that Cranky needs company, this made him recall a story about a lonely old Grand Banks lighthouse keeper. He starts to tell this story to Bill and Ben (who have not heard it before), infuriating Cranky. Salty, Bill and Ben being trapped at Brendam Docks led to Salty telling the twins many stories all night, making Cranky very grateful when Harvey arrived to clear their line.

Gordon once told Salty to keep his distance in case he made his paint sooty, but Salty pointed out that his job requires him to get sooty and Gordon only does not know because he is too full of himself. When Gordon had to pull trucks, he decided to "show Salty how an express engine pulls trucks", but he ended up ignoring a "Go slow" sign and had a horrific accident. Salty apologised for teasing him, and Gordon apologised for being too full of himself.

Later, he and Fergus saved a ship from crashing into the rocks, when the lighthouse lamp went out. He and Harvey later asked Murdoch about his past, which ended up annoying him.


Salty is easy-going, friendly and very practical. He also enjoys telling stories revolving around the sea and fantasy. His seafaring ways and accent are sometimes ridiculed by the other engines, but his usefulness almost always helps the others overlook that. He can work with trucks like no other engine; this is due to his enjoyment of working to a musical rhythm like the trucks and it may also be due to his vast collection of sea shanties. He loves the sea so much that he pines for it when he is away from it for long periods of time.

Technical Details


Salty is based on a BR Class 07 diesel shunter. The number he has, 2991, is a real BR number belonging to a member of the class; when built in 1962, this locomotive escaped the cutter's torch by becoming a static generator at Eastleigh Railway Works and is still working there under the ownership of Knights Rail Services as of March 2007.


Salty is painted crimson with pink warning stripes along his body, yellow and black hazard stripes on his front and rear and yellow buffer beams with signs of rust. At the top of his forehead, he has the brim of a skipper's hat.


Magazine Stories

  • 2003 - Shipwrecked!, Flying Fish!, Seaside Salty and Revving Racers (mentioned)
  • 2004 - Salty by the Sea, It's Only Snow!, Name Fame (does not speak), On the Beach, Ship Ahoy!, Dockers' Dinner, Snake's Alive! (cameo), Salty Gets Wet, Salty's Tales (does not speak), Sparks Fly and Glider Rider (does not speak)


  • Salty differs slightly from his basis. Most Class 07s have a crankshaft at the end of their siderods. Salty lacks this feature.
  • Salty speaks with a West Country accent, which matches his bio and his deep love for the sea.
  • Some Nitrogen Studios promos of Salty lack the rust on his bufferbeams.
  • One of Salty's models was on display at Nitrogen Studios; its current location is unknown.
  • A production-made face of Salty is preserved by the Coffey Man Preservation from the Prop Gallery.
  • Salty has gone several modifications throughout the Television Series. These include:
    • Season 7:
      • His horn sound changed.


"Here comes 'Mr. Showoff'!" grouched Ben.
"You have to admit, he's got a knack with those Trucks!" said Mavis.
"Driver say's he'll bore the bolts off us with his stories!" huffed Bill.
But Salty didn't say a word. He didn't come near the shed. Mavis was worried, she rolled alongside and asked him what he was doing on his own.
"Oh I thought I might catch a bit of sea breeze."
"You really do miss the sea, don't you?" asked Mavis.
"Aye, I do.
— Mavis shows sympathy for Salty, Salty's Secret, sixth season