• Number: SR 5
  • Builder: Ruston and Hornsby
  • Built: 1957
  • Gauge: 2ft 3in
  • Configuration: 4w
  • Arrived on Sodor: 1957

Rusty is a diesel engine who does maintenance work and odd jobs on the Skarloey Railway.


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Rusty is a trusty, tame, friendly little diesel. He is a dedicated worker, often maintaining the line, while understanding and respecting the importance of his duties. He also has a rather distinctive two-tone horn. Rusty is quick to remind others with regards to proper conduct, particularly Duncan, who was initially very suspicious of the little diesel. But despite their arguments they both seem to make amends in the end, because of how kind and tolerant Rusty is. He has a good working relationship with both Skarloey and Peter Sam in particular. Caring, calm, and quick-thinking, Rusty is modestly a credit to the Skarloey Railway.


Rusty is based on the Talyllyn Railway's Midlander, a Ruston Hornsby diesel, Unlike his basis, Rusty was never fitted with a different shaped radiator.


In the Railway Series, Rusty is painted charcoal-black with gold lining. In the television series, he is painted orange with yellow lining and white lettering.



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  • A major continuity error occurred in the original American broadcasts of the ninth season when Rusty was referred to as female by Michael Brandon. While Rusty was clearly stated as being male in the original books, not once in the television series had he been referred to in gender-specific terms until then. Nonetheless, the two episodes that contained this error, Tuneful Toots and Duncan and the Old Mine, were edited for their DVD releases, now identifying Rusty as male.
  • In the television series, Rusty is nearly twice the size of his basis. This was so his eye mechanism and motor could be accommodated. When he received a large scale model and later returned in CGI, he was the same larger size for continuity reasons.
  • Nitrogen Studios went to the Talyllyn Railway and took measurements of Rusty's basis; Midlander and other locomotives No.1, No.2, No.3 and No.4 so they could make Rusty's CGI model for the Skarloey Railway engines return, in the sixteenth season.
  • Rusty has been through some modifications in the television series. These include:
    • Season 5 (large scale model only):
      • Larger face.
      • His grey buffers became silver.
    • Season 9:
      • He receives a two tone horn.
      • He gains a tail lamp.
    • Season 12:
      • His face returns to it's original size.
    • Season 16:
      • Face went back to its Season 5 size.
      • Added air vents.
      • Rivet detailing on his cab.
      • More accurate chassis to his basis.
  • Rusty's large scale model is currently on display in Japan at the Hara Railway Museum (previously on display at Nitrogen Studios).
  • At Diesel's Locomotion Mayhem at Drayton Manor's Thomas Land, Rusty is depicted with side rods and 6 wheels.

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