Trevor the Traction Engine

Trevor The Traction Engine

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Trevor the Traction Engine

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Trevor the Traction Engine is a fictional anthropomorphic character from The Railway Series children's books by the Rev. W. Awdry, and the spin-off TV Series Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends.

Trevor is an agricultural engine – a traction engine designed for general farm work – and is one of only two steam-powered road vehicles that appear in the books (the other being George the Steamroller).

Trevor loves to work in the orchard and give rides to children. He is also used to saw logs and (in the TV series) once helped out at the harbour on Thomas' branch line. He is very versatile and can work almost anywhere.

He has made friends with BoCo and Edward, but is very quiet and shy. He loves the railway and has no prejudice against any of the engines. He now lives at the vicarage orchard at Wellsworth on Edward's Branch Line.


Trevor first appeared in the story 'Saved from Scrap'. While resting between duties, Edward the Blue Engine sees Trevor in Wellsworth scrap yard, adjacent to Edward's branch line. Trevor says that he is due to be cut up the following week. Shocked, Edward mentions this to the local vicar. Following a demonstration at the scrap yard, the vicar arranges to buy Trevor for use in his orchard. He also engages the services of Trevor's former driver, a local craftsman called Jem Cole, who previously used Trevor to thresh corn, saw wood, haul goods between farms, and for other odd jobs. The story ends happily with Trevor doing...
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