Thomas The Tank Engine Series Wikia
"Hallo! Good day! Bonjour!"
— Axel

  • Class: NMBS/SNCB Type 12
  • Designer: Raoul Notesse
  • Builder: John Cockerill Company
  • Built: between 1938 and 1939
  • Configuration: 4-4-2
  • Top Speed: 103 mph

Axel is a Belgian engine who participates in the Great Railway Show. He is a contender in the Great Race.


Axel, along with the other international engines, accidentally arrived on Sodor when the ferry they were travelling on stopped at Sodor instead of the Mainland. He was the engine approached by the dock manager to explain their presence and was informed they had got off at the wrong place. Embarrassed, Axel proceeded to order the other engines back onto the ship.

Axel competed in the Great Race alongside Gordon, Flying Scotsman, Spencer and Etienne. He spent the majority of the race in last place, but after Scotsman slowed to express concerns on the explosion of Gordon (known as the Shooting Star at the time)'s boiler, managed to overtake both Gresleys and finish third. He returned home after the show was over with the other international engines (bar Ashima).


Axel is a smooth, streamlined tender engine built for speed; his good looks and style have made him very popular with fans of steam. Effortlessly cool, he’ll be sure to win over more fans at the Great Railway Show.


Axel is based off of an NMBS/SNCB Type 12. One of these locomotives is preserved.


Axel is painted red with black and yellow lining, the same colour scheme as the Belgian flag.



Promotional videos:

  • Red and Fast


"To the Great Railway Show of course!"

- Axel tells the Dock Manager that he and the international engines are going to the Great Railway Show.

"De Islônd ov... oops! Wrong stop!"

- Axel realises that he and the international engines have arrived on Sodor instead of the Mainland.


  • Axel is the second French-speaking engine in the series, the first being Millie.
  • DonaldDouglasandOliver11 stated that Axel was one of his favourite international engines introduced in The Great Race, the others being Rajiv, Shane and Etienne.
  • He shares the same whistle sound as Luke.
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