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"You'll be laughing on the other side of your boilers soon, silly steamies."
— Diesel 10, Misty Island Rescue, hinting his return in Day of the Diesels
Diesel 10
  • Class: BR Class 42 "Warship"
  • Designer: British Railways
  • Builder: BR Swindon Works
  • Built: 1959
  • Configuration: Bo-Bo
  • Top speed: 90 mph

Diesel 10 is a diesel with a roof-top, hydraulic claw, which he calls "Pinchy."


At the end of Misty Island Rescue, unbeknownst to the steam engines, Diesel 10 was seen on a cliff overlooking the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre threatening them.

In Day of the Diesels, he later tricked a lonely Percy into helping him take over the Sodor Steamworks. When Percy had a falling-out with Thomas, Diesel 10 used him to attempt to have the Sodor Dieselworks repaired. After convincing Thomas to go to the Dieselworks, Diesel 10 had Percy lead him and the other diesels to the Steamworks. When they arrived, Diesel 10 betrayed Percy and took over the Steamworks. He retained the comedic humour that could be seen in Thomas and the Magic Railroad; for example, when he rolls back into his shed, the doors close on him too early, leaving him stuck for a few seconds before he goes all the way back into the shed and the doors close completely.

When Percy went to the Dieselworks to rescue Thomas, Percy saw that sparks from "Pinchy" had set the main shed ablaze. After saving Thomas and putting out the fire, Percy led the steam engines to the Steamworks. After a brief argument between the engines, the Fat Controller arrived. Percy told him that the diesels needed a new Dieselworks, so the Fat Controller had the steam engines and diesels work together to rebuild it.

Diesel 10 is now in charge of the Dieselworks, but Den and Dart run it when he is not around.

In the seventeenth season, Diesel 10 was stealing Christmas decorations from the Steam Team at Tidmouth Sheds with Paxton's help because he thought no one liked diesels. That afternoon, Percy caught him stealing the last of the decorations and bravely raced after the evil diesel in an attempt to get the decorations back, enlisting Edward, Thomas, James, Henry, Gordon, Toby, and Emily to help him. After taking back the decorations, Paxton told Diesel 10 that Sir Topham Hatt gave them a truckload of decorations for the Dieselworks. At the end, he decided to give the Steamies back the decorations, though most of them were crushed by Pinchy, so to compensate, he gave them the diesels' decorations because they considered Sidney to be a good enough decoration.


Diesel 10 is an evil, conniving, bullying, and psychotic monster. He absolutely despises steam engines, and would call them taunting names like "puffball" and "teapot." He is Sodor's strongest but not quite largest diesel, his power being enforced by his slightly malfunctioning claw, Pinchy. He can use this deftly, and is even able to use it to make a sculpture. Pinchy, though, seems to have a mind of its own, as it has been shown to "punch" Diesel 10 in the face from time to time, which he hates very much. All engines, steam and diesel alike, fear and respect him.

Despite his aggressiveness, he will help on occasion since Sir Topham Hatt brought him back, but only when it suits his personal interest. He has a caring side, but he very rarely shows it.


Diesel 10 is a BR Class 42 "Warship" with an added non-regulation hydraulic claw.


Diesel 10 is painted olive green with tan stripes.

Behind the Scenes

In Thomas and the Magic Railroad, Diesel 10 was originally played by Australian actor Keith Scott, and the character was intended only as a villain supplementary to Doug Lennox's character, P. T. Boomer. Boomer was cut due to early audience reactions, and Diesel 10's role was rewritten as the primary villain. In the process, Keith Scott was replaced by Canadian improv comedian Neil Crone. Crone, with fellow improvisation comedian Kevin Frank, had been auditioning for the film to play the trucks. Crone was given the part of Diesel 10 when he was heard performing a gruff voice during auditions. In the final movie, Crone and Frank improvised much of their dialogue, including the name "Pinchy" for Diesel 10's claw.

His plan in the original script was also much different. He plotted to get rid of the steam engines by making their lives miserable, one of the sections of the plan included the "Sneezing Powder" sequence (originally quarry dust in the original script and Little Engines Can Do BIG Things). He also planned to destroy all the buffers on the railway so the steam engines would crash and derail, with the diesels taking over and rebuilding the buffers after. The plan to destroy the buffers were further bolstered by his discovery of the buffers that led to the entrance of Mr. Conductor's Magic Railroad, thus stopping him from continuing his plans of diesel domination. This plan was the reason why George was going to be one of his assistants. Also, instead of returning to Sodor to finally destroy Lady once and for all, he was a new engine who Sir Topham Hatt brought to help while he was away, but instead caused more havoc on the island.


Television series


Voice Actors

  • Matt Wilkinson (UK/US; Misty Island Rescue onwards)
  • Rupert Degas (UK/US; Misty Island Rescue; original cut only)
  • Takaya Kuroda (Japan; Misty Island Rescue only)
  • Ryōta Yamasato (Japan; Day of the Diesels only)
  • Yohei Nishina (Japan; seventeenth season onwards)
  • Christoffer Staib (Norway; Misty Island Rescue only)
  • Simen Sand (Norway; Day of the Diesels onwards)
  • Jürgen Holdorf (Germany; Misty Island Rescue onwards)
  • Dariusz Odija (Poland; Day of the Diesels onwards)
  • Gerardo Reyero (Latin America; Misty Island Rescue onwards; except Day of the Diesels)
  • Pasi Ruohonen (Finland; Misty Island Rescue onwards)


  • According to The Real Lives of Thomas the Tank Engine, Diesel 10's hydraulic claw, Pinchy, is an illegal modification. Among other reasons, it makes him too tall for the British loading gauge.
  • In an original version of the Thomas and the Magic Railroad script, Diesel 10 was to have been a new engine to the island, and Pinchy was going to be concealed beneath Diesel 10's roof. These were kept in the book, Diesel 10 Means Trouble.
  • Diesel 10 only appeared in specials and movies until the seventeenth season, where he appeared in an episode for the first time.
  • Diesel 10 has never been seen pulling any sort of rolling stock.
  • In Thomas and the Magic Railroad, Diesel 10 is only addressed as "Diesel" aside from his introductory scene and the scene where Mr. Conductor explains to Billy Twofeathers why he is going to Sodor.
  • It was widely speculated that Diesel 10's name may have derived from the fact that he was the tenth diesel introduced in the television series, but Britt Allcroft says the name just "popped into her mind."
  • According to Mr. Conductor, putting sugar in his fuel tanks would make him stuck.
  • Diesel 10 has had a few modifications throughout the television series. These include:
    • Misty Island Rescue
      • The 'teeth' on his claw now interlocked.
  • In early concept art, Diesel 10 had his name painted on his side. In addition, his claw bucket was smaller, his arm was designed differently, and he had three brakepipes, whereas his final model only had one.
  • He has never been seen with an operator or driver.
  • Diesel 10 has the same horn sound as Phillip and Filmore from Theodore Tugboat.
  • His ERTL model depicts him as a BR Class 40 (like D199) with added claw.


  • Diesel 10: Get out of my way! I have unfinished business to do here, and I want to finish it fast!
  • Gordon: Diesel 10's back! Oh!
  • Thomas: Yes, ten out of ten, for devious deeds and brutal strength. The blast from the past, who hates steam engines.

Diesel 10's introduction, Thomas and the Magic Railroad

  • Diesel 10: Puffball! Teapot! (falls off the viaduct) Tin Kettle! (lands in a barge at the bottom)

Diesel 10 falling off the viaduct, Thomas and the Magic Railroad


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