Salty is a diesel shunter who works at Brendam Docks.
Salty is easy-going, friendly and very practical. He also enjoys telling stories revolving around the sea and fantasy. His seafaring ways and accent are sometimes ridiculed by the other engines (though Percy and Thomas imitated his accent due to them thinking he was cool), but his usefulness almost always helps the others overlook that. He can work with trucks like no other engine; this is due to his enjoyment of working to a musical rhythm like the trucks and it may also be due to his vast collection of sea shanties. He loves the sea so much that he pines for it when he is away from it for long periods of time. He was once afraid to travel by ocean due to his knowledge of sea tales, but he overcame that.
Salty is based on a BR Class 07 diesel shunter. The number he has, 2991, is a real BR number belonging to a member of the class; built in 1962, this locomotive escaped the cutter's torch by becoming a static generator at Eastleigh Railway Works and is still working there under the ownership of Knights Rail Services as of March 2007. This class of locomotives worked at Southampton Docks, where they replaced the older SR USA (Rosie's class) and LB&SCR E2 (Thomas's class) tank engines.
Salty is painted crimson with pink warning stripes along his body, yellow and black hazard stripes on his front and rear and yellow buffer beams with signs of rust. At the top of his forehead, he has the brim of a skipper's hat. His name is painted on his rear section and his number is painted on his cab sides, both in black.
In Salty's Surprise, it is revealed that due to a shortage of red paint, he was once painted green.
- Season 1 - Geoffrey's Real, Tankers of Doom, Henry the Warrior (cameo), Harvey's Goods Train (cameo), Salty's Secret Story, Big Strong Murdoch (cameo), Bill and Ben, and Fergus and the Small Engines (cameo)
- Season 2 - Haunted Henry's Forest, The New Controller, Long Lost Twins, and Timothy and the Aquarium
- Railway Show Engines - Brave, Sleek and Strong and Accidental Ashima
- Salty differs slightly from his basis. Most Class 07s have a crankshaft at the end of their siderods. Salty lacks this feature.
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