Percy the Small Engine
is a fictional anthropomorphic
steam engine from The Railway Series
of children's books written by the Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry
and his son, Christopher Awdry
. Percy also appears in the spin-off television series Thomas and Friends
Percy lives on the Island of Sodor
with many other locomotives, including Thomas the Tank Engine
, Gordon the Big Engine
and Henry the Green Engine
. He is the smallest, youngest and probably cheekiest, of the principal steam engine characters. He carries the number 6 on his bunker.The Fat Controller
brought him to Sodor when there was an engine strike due to a shortage of shunting engines. The bigger engines initially tried to bully him, but Percy soon showed that he was more than capable of standing up for himself. After a few years of shunting at the Big Station, the Fat Controller promoted him to goods traffic on Thomas' branch line
. When not pulling trucks, he can be seen pulling the post train or even taking Annie and Clarabel
when Thomas is busy. Percy's best friends are Thomas
. He is also known to have a great respect for Edward
ever since his first appearance.
He is reasonably experienced, but can still occasionally be a little naive and overconfident. In that sense, he is the perfect foil for Thomas – who can be just as headstrong.
Percy's first appearance in The Railway Series
was in book no. 5, Troublesome Engines
, originally published in 1950. He was given his own title with book no. 11, Percy the......