Ryan is a purple tank engine who works on the Harwick Branch Line.
When Thomas was sent to help with the construction of the Harwick Branch Line as a punishment for causing an accident at Knapford, the Fat Controller brought in Ryan as a temporary replacement engine on Thomas' Branch Line, which made the blue tank engine feel he was going to be replaced. When the Harwick Branch Line's construction was finally complete, Ryan was sent to work on that line as a goods engine.
Before Ryan came to Sodor, he was an overconfident and dismissive tank engine who always looked down on smaller engines and would claim that they would never be as strong as him. This personality changed completely, however, upon arriving on Sodor, now Ryan is an affable engine, who goes out of his way to be kind and is concerned when he sees others in trouble. Ryan would like to be a hero, but he's not actually as brave as he wishes he was and has a tendency to panic a little in the face of danger. It doesn't put him off trying though. Ryan is direct and sincere, but he has a good sense of humour too and is not above making a joke at his own expense.
Ryan is painted purple with white and gold lining. He has the letters "GNR" painted on his tanks in gold. The number "1014" is painted on his bunkers in the same colour.
- Season 2 - Sodor Day, Timothy and the Aquarium, Truck Trouble (cameo), and Ministry
- Season 3 - Bad for My Swerves!, The Life of Ryan, and The Lost Breakdown Train
- In the original script of Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, Ryan was portrayed as being "overconfident and dismissive", as compared to his final portrayal. All merchandise descriptions of him mention this personality.
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