One in the headlamp for fusspot Toby!Mavis, Mavis

  • Number: FQC 1
  • Class: BR Class 04
  • Designer: Drewry Car Co.
  • Builder: Drewry Car Co.
  • Configuration: 0-6-0
  • Top Speed: 30 mph
  • Built: 1962
  • Arrived on Sodor: 1962

Mavis is a diesel shunter who works at Ffarquhar Quarry with Toby.


Mavis arrived on Sodor around 1970-1972. She was first seen working at the quarry and getting into all sorts of trouble. She was eventually allowed to travel up to Ffarquhar after helping Toby from a "tightrope" situation.


Mavis was arrogant until being brought down to earth after her embarrassing incident at the Ffarquhar crossing. Despite this, Mavis is a reliable, honest, hard-working engine, and unusually for a diesel, shows respect for the steam engines. However, unlike most engines, hauling trucks makes her feel important.

From the sixth season onwards, Mavis has matured and acts as a motherly figure to the other engines. Still being a young engine, she still retains some of her naivety.


Mavis is painted black with hazard stripes on her front and rear. She has her name and "The Ffarquhar Quarry Co. Ltd." written on her sideplates in white.




  • Mavis was the last character Wilbert Awdry created before he retired from writing the Railway Series.
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