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"Adaptable. That's what my owner says I am. Go anywhere, do anything, that's me. You take my advice and scrap your rails. Broaden your outlook like me!"
— Terence mocking Toby and Percy, Toby Takes the Road, Toby, Trucks and Trouble
TerenceModel
Terence
  • Class: Caterpillar Model 70
  • Builder: Caterpillar Inc.
  • Built: sometime between 1933 and 1937

Terence is a crawler tractor, who works near Thomas' Branch Line. He is owned by Farmer Finney.

Bio in the Railway Series

Thomas insulted Terence for having caterpillar tracks, but regretted it after Terence pulled him from a snowdrift.

Terence befriended Duck while Thomas was at the Works.

Terence did Percy's shunting work at Ffarquhar while Percy was at the Knapford Harbour.

Terence was helping build a barn on the day Victoria was sent back to Thomas' Branch Line. After swerving for a boulder by the Hackenbeck tunnel his trailer fell down the cutting and balanced dangerously on a tree.

Persona

Terence the tractor is an assertive, orange tractor with caterpillar tracks that the engines find very unusual. But Terence is very capable of proving that he does not need rails and that his tracks allow him to go practically anywhere. He takes any teasing in the name of fun and is happy to get on with his job, usually partaking in agricultural work. But Terence never hesitates to assist in emergencies or sticky situations, road or rail, due to his helpful, forgiving nature. His tracks are particularly invaluable in harsh winter conditions when snow can affect transport across the Island. He may be slow, but he is versatile, adaptable, and helpful. He can usually be found transporting agricultural produce or cheerily ploughing fields beside Thomas's branch line.

Basis

Terence is based on a 1934 vintage Caterpillar Model Seventy - the largest, and last, design of petrol-powered tractors in Caterpillar's range.

Livery

Terence is painted orange with grey caterpillars and a black engine and exhaust pipe.

Appearances

Railway Series

Television series

He was going to appear in Ghost Train, but his scene was cut.

Trivia

  • Terence is drawn with a cab, but without his widow's peak in Thomas's Christmas Party.
  • Terence's television model is currently on display at Drayton Manor. His plough however has been broken since the display opened.
  • According to The Thomas the Tank Engine Man, Terence was originally going to be called "Terry", but was later changed to the current and more formal version of the name.
  • Terence has a detachable plough.
  • Terence had never had any eyebrows in the television series, although he has eyebrows in some illustrations and merchandise.
  • In some merchandising and books, Terence's name is sometimes misspelt as "Terrence".
  • In the 1995 annual story, James Gets Cracking, Terence's driver was revealed to be named Farmer Finney. However, he has been driven by Jem Cole, Farmer McColl, and Farmer Collett once before.
  • Terence's French name was Thierry in the Classic Series.
  • His model was only ever shown with two face masks, both of which were smiling.

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