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"Your coaches Thomas? Were not your coaches! We are our own coaches aren't we Annie? Quite right dear, and what was so important that you had to rush off like that Thomas?!?!"
— Annie and Clarabel, The Great Race
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Annie and Clarabel
  • Class: LB&SCR coaches No. 661
  • Built: 1896

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

Bio

The details of Annie and Clarabel's lives before 1923 are unknown. In 1923, they were given to Thomas when he started working his own branch line. They have had several adventures, such as losing their guard and becoming runaways.

In The Adventure Begins, before Thomas got his branch line, he met Annie and Clarabel for the first time when he thought they were the express coaches. He apologised and introduced himself, leaving Annie and Clarabel impressed. They were often pulled by James. Edward at one point was also briefly seen with them. When Thomas received his branch line after rescuing James, the two coaches were given to him to use. When Thomas is away, Percy, Toby, Duck, Stanley, Rosie (unseen) and Ryan take his place to pull them. Emily and Neville have both taken them not knowing they were Thomas' coaches, and Caitlin has once taken them without realising they were coupled to her own coaches and Hiro saved them. Gordon also pulled them once, when Samson took his Express Coaches by mistake. Ashima, Daisy and Diesel has also taken them.

Persona

Annie and Clarabel are respectful to all of the engines, but most of all Gordon and Thomas. They are Thomas' best friends and are quick to rebuke him when he gets troublesome. 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.

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

Appearances

Specials:

Voice Actors

Annie:

Clarabel:

  • Teresa Gallagher (UK/US; Blue Mountain Mystery onwards)

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.
  • Annie and Clarabel have gone through several modifications. These include:
    • Season 1
      • Annie's front bufferbeam was lowered down to match the height of Thomas' buffers until the third season.
    • Season 5:
      • Their models become severally weathered.
      • Their livery changed from a tan color to a orange-brown.
      • They received new models in Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday.
      • Their roofs changed from white to grey.
      • Since the latter, their buffer housings changed from black to red.
    • Thomas and the Magic Railroad:
      • Their buffer housings changed back to black
    • Season 6:
      • Their buffer housings returned to 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.

Quotes

"I'll never complain about Thomas again!"
"Nor will I!"

- Annie and Clarabel after being pulled by Caitlin, "Not So Slow Coaches"

Merchandise

  • ERTL (normal, miniatures, and Gold Rail; all discontinued)
  • Wooden Railway (normal, celebration and Light Up and Reveal)
  • Take Along (separately or together; discontinued)
  • Take-n-Play (separately or together)
  • Motor Road and Rail (with Thomas; normal; discontinued outside Asia; gold, and metallic only in Asia)
  • TrackMaster
  • My First Thomas
  • Bachmann
  • Hornby (available together in a double pack)
  • My Thomas Story Library (discontinued)
  • Trading Cards (discontinued)
  • Thomas Engine Collection Series (discontinued)
  • Mini Die Cast Collection (discontinued)
  • Departing Now (discontinued)
  • Tomica
  • Tomix Trains
  • De Agostini (discontinued)
  • Limited Edition Collection
  • Wind-up (normal and metallic)
  • Pocket Fantasy (discontinued)
  • Boss (discontinued)
  • LEGO (discontinued)
  • Brio (discontinued)
  • Mega Bloks (discontinued)
  • Discover Junction
  • Lionel Trains
  • Diablock
  • Nakayoshi (discontinued)
  • Choro-Q
  • New Block
  • Pre-Cut Model Engine Books (Annie with Thomas; Clarabel with Percy; both discontinued; both re-released separately; both re-discontinued)

Gallery

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