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Annie and Clarabel
  • Class: LB&SCR Stroudley coaches
  • Designer: William Stroudley
  • Builder: Brighton Works
  • Built: 1896

Annie and Clarabel are Thomas' faithful coaches, whom he loves very much.

Bio

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Persona

Annie and Clarabel are respectful to all of the engines, but most of all Gordon and Thomas, and Daisy least of all for insulting them and Henrietta. They show a kind and caring side to everyone in the whole railway. However, despite their kindness and sweetness, when needed they can be stern, especially Annie, like when they scolded Thomas for teasing Gordon. Annie and Clarabel are best friends, but like all friends, sometimes they fall out.

Basis

The coach that was to be the basis for Annie was first built by a teenage Wilbert Awdry as part of a model railway layout. Many years later, after a long hiatus from modelling, a brake coach was built to match so that the Reverend's Thomas model would have a complete train.

In the Railway Series, they are a pair of bogie coaches (i.e. each coach is supported on a pair of four-wheeled bogies or "trucks"). As currently illustrated, they appear similar to non-corridor suburban coaches operated by the LMS.

In the television series, Annie and Clarabel are LB&SCR Stroudley four-wheeled coaches. Several coaches of this type are preserved on the Bluebell Railway.

Livery

In the Railway Series, Annie and Clarabel were originally painted orange-brown and were later painted brown with a yellow stripe.

In the television series, they were painted in a tan livery with their names painted on their sides in white, from the first season, to mid-way through the fifth season. Since then, they are repainted in an orange-brown livery, again, with their names painted on their sides in white. In the CGI series they appear to be more orange.

In Thomas' imagination where he gets streamlined in The Great Race, Annie and Clarabel are repainted in NWR blue with a white stripe near the bottom and a thicker white stripe with red borders near the top.

In the magazine story, Thomas, Terence and the Snow, Annie and Clarabel were coloured greenish grey.

Appearances

Specials:

Voice Actors

Annie:

Clarabel:

Trivia

  • Annie is the older of the two.
  • The Hero of the Rails intro shows Annie and Clarabel with bogie wheels.
  • Annie and Clarabel's models used to be on display at Nitrogen Studios but are now on display at Hara Model Railway Museum in Japan.
  • Early illustrations of Annie show her shocked face, and this was carried on to later illustrations and most merchandise. This is likely intentional for easier identification.
  • A real television series version of Clarabel (a former LNER "Sunshine" coach) has recently been put into service at the Llangollen Railway in North Wales.
  • Originally, there were plans to give Annie and Clarabel 3D grey faces, similar to the engines, in the twelfth season, as it would be easier to animate.
  • Their original television series model were built from Tenmille Stroudley coach kits.
  • Annie and Clarabel went through several aesthetic changes in the television series:
    • Season 3
      • Annie's front bufferbeam was raised to the same level as her rear one and Clarabel's; prior to this, it had been lowered down to accommodate Thomas's abnormally low buffers.
    • Season 5:
      • Their original models became significantly weathered.
      • In Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday, they received grey roofs and their buffer housings became red.
    • Hero of the Rails:
      • They increased in height; now being the same with Thomas' cab.
    • Season 13:
      • Annie and Clarabel's eyelashes disappeared.
    • Season 14:
      • Some episodes featured their eyelashes back.
    • Season 15:
      • Their eyelashes returned fully.
  • During the production of the twelfth season, Annie and Clarabel were referred to as "Annabelle and Clarabelle".
  • Several merchandise ranges and CGI promos of Clarabel lack her guard compartment.

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