Thomas The Tank Engine Series Wikia
"Stupid thing. I've no patience."
— Gordon, The Eight Famous Engines

  • Class: LMS "Patriot"
  • Designer: Sir Henry Fowler
  • Built: May 1934
  • Builder: LMS, Crewe and Derby works
  • Configuration: 4-6-0

The Big City Engine, known as Patriot in Thomas' Sodor Adventures, is a tender engine from the London Midland and Scottish Railway built at Crewe in 1934. He once had an argument with Gordon and Duck.


The Foreign Engine once stayed the night at Vicarstown with Gordon and Duck. The three engines were involved in an argument about the confusion between the mainline stations in London. Gordon remembered a trip to King's Cross in his youth, and believed that London was restricted to Kings Cross (LNER). Duck thought that London was Paddington (GWR), as he had once worked there. The Foreign Engine thought that London was Euston (LMS).

Unbeknownst to them, they were all correct, as there were a number of stations in London for different railway companies. Even so, Gordon and Duck still continued the argument when the engine went away. Because of this, Gordon was eager to find out, but he was most disappointed to discover when he visited London that the station he visited was St. Pancras.


The Foreign Engine was rather pompous, conceited, and single minded. He is a quarrelsome engine from London and like to pretend he's right, even when he's not. He is a pompous character that thinks London trains are the best. During his visits to Sodor, the other engines always get upset with him.


The engine is painted BR brunswick green with red lining and grey wheels and cylinders. He presumably has a British Railways' crest on his tender.


  • Season 5 - The Big City Engine and Samson and Logan (cameo)
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