"♫ Take me, Sir
I pull the heaviest trains
I'm such a mighty engine, Sir
It's never a strain. ♫
— Henry, The Great Race

  • Number: 3
  • Class: LMS Stanier "Black 5" 4-6-0 with fowler tender, originally GNR Ivatt Classic C1/LNER Gresley Class A1 hybrid 4-6-0
  • Designers: Sir Topham Hatt I and William Stanier
  • Builder: Crewe Works (rebuilt)
  • Build date: circa 1919, rebuilt 1935
  • Configuration: 4-6-0, originally 4-6-2
  • Arrived on Sodor: 1922
  • Top speed: 90 mph

Henry is a green mixed-traffic engine who works on the Main Line.


Railway Series

Henry was built by stolen plans by Sir Nigel Gresley which resulted in a mix of a A3 'Pacific' and a C1 'Atlantic' engine. He was sold in 1919 to the Fat Controller who was desperate for an engine at the time. In 1922, he stalled in Ballahoo tunnels claiming the rain would spoil his "lovely green paint with red stripes", and refused to come out despite various failed attempts to get him out. He was let out after Gordon broke down with the Express, and Edward couldn't pull the train himself. He was repainted blue for a time, until he along with Gordon and James went on strike due to their recent mishaps.

His poor condition continued until he was given Welsh coal. However, in the winter in 1935, he crashed into a goods train at Killdane, and was sent to be rebuilt at Crewe into a Stanier 5MT. He also become an 'Enterprising' engine after rescuing D199's train and the 'limited' pulled by Bear.

He now works on the Main Line, as a much more sensible engine, though he seems to carry a rivalry with James. He usually works goods or stopping passenger trains, and if Gordon is away, he usually pulls the Express.

Television Series

In the TV series, Henry loved visiting the forest. Due to his love of the forest, he has helped to replant trees after a storm destroyed the forest and later helped the workmen prune the trees that were getting too close to the line.

He also has had to go back to the Works on several occasions, such as when his tubes were leaking and after he had an accident with some trucks. But the reason most often given for Henry's poor state is that he needs special coal again, even though this was corrected in the first season. This error has been fixed as of King of the Railway as Toby states that the fact that Henry needed special coal was fixed years ago.

During winter, he was tasked with working with Spencer to deliver trucks to Vicarstown. But Spencer teased him by making him think there was an abominable snowman on Sodor. After they had delivered their trucks, they both saw a strange white figure stumbling around on the tracks in front of them. Thinking it was the abominable snowman, Spencer tried to run away, but his valves burst, so Henry stood his ground and tried to make the snowman go away. Luckily, it was only the Fat Controller who had gotten into trouble in the heavy snow. One night, he saw Sailor John and Skiff rolling along the line and got a big fright, thinking Skiff was a ghost ship. Some of the engines teased him about it, even though he insisted the boat was real. In the twentieth season, Henry had to pull the express for Gordon while he was having his firebox cleaned in the morning. He was initially hesitant but enjoyed himself, especially after the passengers stated he was much friendlier than Gordon.

Henry would later go to The Mainland and be a part of The Great Railway Show, competing in the Strongest Engine Race. After the race, he met up with the other engines and informed them that he came in fifth. Philip congratulated him, only for Henry to reveal that there were only five engines. 


Henry is generally well-behaved, but he is occasionally arrogant and vain. Henry is at heart a hard worker, but his frequent bouts of illness hinder his work. Henry is also a nature-lover.


Henry is painted NWR green with red lining and the number "3" painted on his tender sides in yellow.



He will appear in The Return of Sailor John.



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