The list author says: "This guide will hopefully help you make decisions about which engines to add to your set or help you find a gift for your favorite Thomas fan.
Most children now are more familiar with the following, more recent characters.
The more recent animated series (2004 onward) "main" cast: -Edward (older, nice) -Gordon (snooty) "Oh the indignity!" -Henry (older, nice) -Thomas (young, spunky, fun, friendly, gets in trouble) -James (vain) -Percy (Thomas' best friend, young, sweet) -Emily (a bit of a smarty-pants) -Toby (a boxy "steam tram", simple, shy) -Sir Topham Hatt - person, runs the railroad
Added with "The Great Discovery" (2008): - Stanley (strong, brave, eager to help)
Added with "Hero of the Rails" (2009): -Hiro (wise, old, thoughtful) -Victor (friendly, helpful) *crash* "Keeeevin!" -Kevin (bumbling mobile crane) "Sorry boss!"
Added with Misty Island Rescue (2010): -Bash (silly) -Dash (silly, hard to tell him apart from Bash) -Ferdinand (silly) "That's right" -Boat: Captain
Others: -Whiff (nerdy, and dirty & smelly as he runs the dump) -Diesel (troublemaker) -Salty (like an old sailor) -Rocky (train mounted crane, nice and helpful) -Cranky (crane at Brendam docks) -Spencer (snooty!) -Harold (helicopter, friendly and helpful) -Rosie (girly, fun and friendly) -Mavis (from the quarry, businesslike, diesel) -Charlie (incites others to do things they shouldn't) -Annie and Clarabell, Thomas' coaches -Bertie the bus"