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"Next stop - you're too heavy!"
— Owen with Thomas and Luke on his platform, Blue Mountain Mystery

Owen is an incline traction engine.


Owen is the incline traction engine at the Blue Mountain Quarry, whose job is to transfer trucks of slate up and down the incline. When he was first introduced, he tried to keep Luke a secret from Thomas, and reluctantly helped Thomas up the incline when he needed to speak to Luke. This resulted in Thomas coming off the rails and hanging dangerously over the edge of a cliff, until Luke saved him and brought him back to the incline. However, the weight of both engines was too much for Owen, and the platform they were on hurled to the quarry floor.

In the seventeenth season, he was unsure about the idea of a deer staying in the quarry, believing that the quarry was no place for a deer, and became disappointed when Luke had the idea of the engines working more quietly.


Owen is an enthusiastic incline engine, based on a vertical traction boiler, housed at the top of the incline at the Blue Mountain Quarry. From high up above the quarry floor, he gamely takes great pride in his job and never tires in the overseeing of empty slate trucks up the incline, while sending loaded ones down, often announcing the transportation of cargo as he moves it between terraces. He likes to maintain steady, safe operation throughout the quarry and enjoys ensuring everything is running as it should. He is keen to help any engine about their work and make sure everyone is on track.


Owen is based off of the incline at the Dinorwic Slate Quarry, which hauls slate trucks up and down the incline via two platforms attached to the winch. This incline works by hauling empty slate trucks on one platform, and bringing loaded slate trucks down the incline on another platform. Unlike his basis, however, Owen does not have a transfer table at the bottom of the incline.


Owen is painted orange and grey with an orange nameplate.


Television series

  • Season 16 - The Christmas Tree Express (cameo)
  • Season 17 - Luke's New Friend and The Switch (does not speak)
  • Season 18 - Disappearing Diesels (cameo), Long Lost Friend, and Samson at Your Service (cameo)


Magazine stories

  • 2012 - The Fat Controller's Bedtime Story#Issue 649

Voice Actors

  • Ben Small (UK/US; Blue Mountain Mystery - eighteenth season)


  • According to, Owen may have been called "Bud", although his name was changed to Owen for unknown reasons. The same website also inaccurately refers to him as a crane.


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