"Stop telling me what to do, Thomas! You are a very bossy engine!"
— Billy
  • Number: 20
  • Class: Manning Wardle L Class
  • Designer: Manning, Wardle & Co.
  • Builder: Manning Wardle
  • Built: 1926
  • Configuration: 0-6-0ST
  • Arrived on Sodor: 1968

Billy is an orange tank engine with prominent buck teeth, who works across the Island. Charlie is his brother.


Billy was one of the last engines built by Manning Wardle before its closure in 1927. He was sold to a contractor who used him for construction work, but Billy's stubborn nature and refuesal to listen to advice caused several accidents, finishing with a relatively large one which almost stopped the project. After this, Billy was used sparingly, and was sold off soon after the constructions completion in the early 30s.


Billy is a tank engine who can be impetuous, impatient, and impulsive. Although he is bubbling with enthusiasm and keen to get stuck in, he tends to act before he thinks things through and can even end starting one job before properly finishing another. He can be inattentive, does not like being told what to do and may try to work independently when he best not. He is often boisterous and has tendencies to be overconfident in his abilities, thinking he need not listen to advice from more experienced engines. Nevertheless, his enthusiasm is well-meaning and, when he keeps calm, thinks things through, pays attention and follows instructions carefully, Billy can properly harness his energy and focus on what he is doing so that he can be a Really Useful Engine. If he ever gets snappy, his infectious get-up-and-go and burning desire to be useful will shine through and make it hard for any engine to stay upset with him for very long.


Billy is painted bright orange with green and yellow lining, and brass fittings. The number "20" is painted on the sides of his cab in yellow and he has black nameplates with his name in gold on the sides of his saddletank.


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