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Bill and Ben
  • Numbers: SCC 1 and SCC 2 respectively
  • Class: Bagnall 0-4-0STs
  • Designer: W.G. Bagnall Ltd.
  • Builder: W.G. Bagnall Works
  • Built: 1948
  • Configuration: 0-4-0ST
  • Arrived on Sodor: Sometime between 1949-1964

Bill and Ben are tank engine twins who work for the Sodor China Clay Company, though they can commonly be found at Brendam Docks. They formerly worked at Anopha Quarry. They enjoy playing tricks and being cheeky to other engines.

Bio

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Persona

Bill and Ben are Sodor's mischievous saddle tank engine twins, who have great fun in teasing the other engines of the railway. Each has four wheels, a tiny chimney and dome, and a small squat cab. They often work in the China Clay pits and quarries. Their loads of clay can be used for many things such as paper, paint, and pottery. They take trucks for engines on the main line and ships in the harbour and are regularly seen around Brendam Docks. They enjoy attention and love taking visitors and being photographed. They tend to work together, like most twins, but even this youthful pair can have their arguments among themselves and can squabble with one another. They are highly prone to playing tricks and being cheeky. They have even teased Gordon on more than one occasion. Duck has called them "the bees" before, for being terrors when they start buzzing around. Edward and BoCo are the only engines who can really keep them in order enough to put a stop to their games and make them scamper along and behave. There is no real harm to them, but even Edward admits that they are maddening at times.

Basis

Bill and Ben are based on the Bagnall 0-4-0STs "Alfred" and "Judy" of Par, Cornwall, who are both preserved and in working order at the Bodmin and Wenford Railway.

According to the foreword of Thomas and the Twins, Alfred and Judy are both Bill and Ben's twins.

Livery

In the Railway Series, Bill and Ben are painted dark orange with red lining. In the television series, they are painted dark yellow with red lining.

Bill and Ben both have brown nameplates with yellow writing, "SCC" written on both sides in yellow and "Brendam Bay" on the front of their saddle tanks. In the Railway Series, they have number plates reading 1 and 2 respectively above both the back of their cabs and their faces.

From the seventeenth season onwards, the twins have had red wheels instead of black ones. In the episode from the same season, Bill or Ben?, the twins were painted dark blue with blue wheels, yellow lining and yellow lettering, but they returned to their normal livery soon afterwards.

Appearances

Specials:

Voice Actors

Bill:

Ben:

  • Jonathan Broadbent (UK/US; seventeenth season onwards)
  • Miyuki Hara (Japan; second - third seasons)
  • Hiromi Nishida (Japan; fifth - seventh seasons)
  • Noriko Shitaya (Japan; ninth season onwards)
  • Sascha Draeger (Germany; Tale of the Brave onwards)
  • Wojciech Chorąży (Poland)
  • Anders Sundstedt (Norway; seventeenth season only)
  • Scott Maurstad (Norway; Tale of the Brave only)
  • Reinder van der Naalt (The Netherlands)
  • Benjamín Rivera (Latin America; seventeenth season only)
  • Miguel Ángel Leal (Latin America; Tale of the Brave onwards)
  • Yehonatan Magon (Israel; Tale of the Brave and Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure)
  • Silas Borges (Brazil; seventeenth season onwards)
  • Miguel Ángel Poison (Spain; seventeenth season onwards)
  • Anton Savenkov (Russia; Emily Saves the World only)

Trivia

  • A behind the scenes picture of Bill's model reveals that he and Ben were to have numbers on their smokeboxes above their faces, as they did in the Railway Series.
  • Bill and Ben's television series models are currently on display at the Hara Model Railway Museum in Japan.
  • In the television series, Bill and Ben are twice the size of their basis'; Alfred and Judy. This was so their eye mechanisms and motors could be accommodated. When they returned in CGI, they were rendered in the same larger size.
  • Ben's whistle sound is Thomas' in a higher pitch, and Bill's is the same in an even higher pitch. But often, throughout the CGI Series, they swap whistle sounds.
  • Nathan Clarke did an audio sample of Bill and Ben on his DAA Management Page
  • In an interview with SiF , Andrew Brenner stated that Bill and Ben were two of his favourite characters, along with James and Toby.
  • Bill and Ben have had many modifications throughout the series. These include:
    • Season 3:
      • Their nameplates were painted on instead of being actual plates
    • Season 17:
      • Permanent lamps and taillamps
      • An extra wood panel was added to the rear window to accommodate the taillamp
      • Taller cabs
      • Brass nameplates
      • Red lining behind the "SCC" lettering on their boilers
      • Red wheels
      • External brake shoes
      • Black domes and crossheads
      • Brake pipes
      • Yellow wheel lubricators on both sides, that connected to their valve gears
      • Additional sandboxes upon which their lamps are mounted
      • Yellow siderod guards
      • Red lining in the crevices of their wood panelling
      • Their faces became smaller, and were raised slightly higher up.
    • Season 19:
      • Their crossheads became grey again.
      • The text on their nameplates became gold.
  • Their name may have been taken from the former 2000 BBC television show called "Bill & Ben".

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