or simply Diesel, is an evil diesel engine with a semi-sentient roof-top, hydraulic claw, which he has named "Pinchy"and .is the main villain in Thomas and the Magic Railroad
UK/US voice actor
Matt Wilkinson (2010-present)
Other voice actors
- Diesel 10
- The Big Bully Diesel (by Thomas)
- "Old MacDiesel"
- Heavy Metal Monster (by Mr. Conductor)
- The Boss (by Splatter and Dodge)
- Diesel Ten
- Diesel 10's claw
- North Western Railway
- Vicarstown Dieselworks
- Splatter and Dodge
4'8½" (1,435 mm; standard gauge)
- Technical Details
- Audio Files
Thomas & the Magic RailroadEdit
Diesel 10 once visited the Island of Sodor a long time ago and caused trouble for the steam engines while he was there. During his visit, he found Lady, the engine responsible for keeping Sodor alive, and chased her, making her crash. Following the accident, Lady's caretaker, Burnett Stone, hid Lady in his workshop and tried to restore her, but failed to bring her back up to steam.
Several years later, Diesel 10 returned to Sodor while the Fat Controller was on vacation, intending to destroy Lady forever. He was first seen by Thomas and Gordon when he raced past them at Killaban Station, and brought his two lapdogs, Splatter and Dodge, to the railway, who were present when he was scheming. He caused several problems for the steam engines, such as dumping sneezing powder around Tidmouth Sheds and later destroying the scaffolding that had been placed beside the shed.
When Mr. Conductor travelled across Sodor to find the windmill, Diesel 10 found him and held him over the Big Dipper, intending to drop him. However, Mr. Conductor managed to escape by cutting one of the hydraulics hoses to his claw with a pair of wire cutters, causing him to fling Mr. Conductor across the island and to the windmill. Diesel 10 was later present at the Coaling Plant, where he was covered in coal when he was teaching Splatter and Dodge “how to stop being stupid”. After Junior flew in the air after riding the windmill's sails, he landed on Diesel 10's cab, who raced across the island and to the smelter's yard, where he tried to push James and Junior into the melting pot. Fortunately, Junior and James managed to escape by using the last of the former's gold dust.
After Lady was brought back up into steam and returned to Sodor, Diesel 10 found her and began chasing her, Thomas and Burnett across the island, until they reached the viaduct, but not before Splatter and Dodge betrayed him. Lady, Burnett and Thomas managed to cross the Big Dipper safely while it was collapsing, but it had already done so by the time Diesel 10 came over it and he fell into a barge of sludge below the bridge and was sent away in disgrace.
Thomas & FriendsEdit
Diesel 10 later returned to Sodor years later under unknown circumstances. It can be assumed, however, that the Fat Controller decided to give him a second chance. He was seen working at the scrapyard, loading piles of scrap into trucks. The very sight of his return caused Thomas and Percy to shudder in fright.
When the steam and diesel engines were holding a meeting at the coaling plant so that they could work on the Sodor Airport, Thomas was sent to the scrapyards to inform Diesel 10 of the meeting. However, Thomas was too frightened to meet Diesel 10 again and sped away as fast as he could, not believing that Diesel 10 would want to help the steam engines due to their difficulties in the past.
Soon, the airport was nearly complete with its construction, until a water tower collapsed, cracking the runway and blocking the line. With Harvey all the way on the other side of the island, Thomas decided to ask Diesel 10 for assistance, knowing he was the only one left who could help. After some slight hesitation, Diesel 10 agreed to help clear the wreckage.
After Thomas was found prior to the reopening of Great Waterton, Diesel 10 was among the diesels present at the quarry when they heard the news. Later, when the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre was opened, Diesel 10 was present at the rescue centre's grand opening, standing on a cliffside overlooking the rescue centre and the steam engines below, threatening to return.
When Percy was experiencing a falling-out with Thomas, Diesel 10 decided to manipulate him into helping him restore the Vicarstown Dieselworks, by having him visit the Dieselworks and befriend him. Diesel 10 managed to convince Thomas to arrive at the Dieselworks, where he was held hostage while he, Percy and the other diesels went to the Sodor Steamworks. Once there, Diesel 10 betrayed Percy and took over the Steamworks. Percy returned to the Dieselworks to rescue Thomas when he noticed that sparks from Pinchy had set the main building ablaze. Percy brought Belle and Flynn to put out the fire. After Thomas was saved and the fire was put out, Percy, Kevin and the rest of the Steam Team went to the Steamworks. After a brief argument with the diesels, the Fat Controller arrived and, after being told about the state of the Dieselworks, agreed to have the place restored. Diesel 10 and the other diesels worked alongside the steam engines to restore the Dieselworks.
When it was Christmas time, Diesel 10 became jealous of the steam engines for having more decorations at Tidmouth Sheds than he and the diesels had at the Dieselworks. He began stealing decorations from the sheds to bring to the Dieselworks, enlisting a reluctant Paxton to help him. Diesel 10 was caught by Percy, who chased him back to the Dieselworks with the rest of the Steam Team, where Diesel 10 found out that the Fat Controller had, in fact, had Paxton deliver some decorations to the Dieselworks, so he gave the decorations back to the Steam Team. But as most of them had been damaged, he gave them the Dieselworks' decorations too the next day, as he and the other diesels considered Sidney to be a good enough decoration.
Diesel 10 is an evil, conniving, manipulative, bullying and raving diesel locomotive. He absolutely despises steam engines, would call them taunting names like "Puffball" and "Teapot" and is not above do anything to get rid of them if possible. 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 loathes. All engines, steam and diesel alike, fear or respect him.
Despite his brutality, some of his demeanour appears to have cooled, and his behaviour has apparently improved enough that Sir Topham Hatt allowed him back to the Island. He gets along enough with the other Sudrian diesels, but his efforts to help are often only when it suits his personal interest and he still harbours his scheming ways and anti-steam sentiments.
Diesel 10 is based on a BR Class 42 diesel-hydraulic with an added non-regulation hydraulic claw. All but two members of the class were named after Royal Navy warships, so they, and the similar Class 43 (not to be confused with the InterCity 125 power cars with the same class number, the basis for Pip and Emma), were nicknamed "Warships". Two of these engines are preserved. In real life, adding in a hydraulic claw onto a diesel engine would most likely be considered illegal.
Diesel 10's basis
Diesel 10 is painted ochre with tan stripes along his sides. His buffers and "Pinchy" are painted dark brown.
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|Calling All Engines!||Calling All Engines!|
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- 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, the magazine story Left Alone also possibly has him illustrated without his claw.
- Also, when Neil Crone replaced Keith Scott as the voice of Diesel 10, he initially had a Russian accent. However, due to complaints from test audiences, who believed it could be considered offensive, it was changed to a New Jersey accent.
- "Pinchy" was originally built with no gaps between its buckets, which carried onto early promotional arts/illustrations.
- Diesel 10 only appeared in specials and movies until the seventeenth series, where he appeared in an episode for the first time. The seventeenth series also marked his final appearance in the series to date, though his popularity with the fanbase allows merchandise of him to continue production even after his discontinuation in media.
- Outside of Thomas and the Magic Railroad, Pinchy has not been named, and is simply referred to as a claw.
- Some of Diesel 10's production-made face masks are now owned by Twitter user ThomasTankMerch.
- Diesel 10 has had a few modifications throughout the television series. These include:
- Calling All Engines!:
- His pupils became bigger.
- His brake pipe was removed.
- The wipers on his front windows were removed.
- His body is incorrectly fitted to his chassis at the front, leaving a gap above his front bufferbeam.
- Misty Island Rescue:
- The 'teeth' on his claw now interlock.
- His upper bodywork is level once again, but fitted higher with gaps above both bufferbeams now.
- Calling All Engines!:
- 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 brake pipes, whereas his final model only had one.
- His Ertl toy depicts him as a BR Class 46 with an added claw. This is due to re-using Diesel 199's tooling but with modifications.
- Diesel 10 is the first villain in the series' films and specials, to be an arch nemesis of the main protagonists.
- Pinchy was briefly used during Rebecca's imagination scene in What Rebecca Does.
- Despite Britt Allcroft claiming that it just popped into her mind, it is believed that Diesel 10's name is a reference to him being the tenth diesel engine to be introduced into the television series.
- Diesel 10's horn sound from the seventeenth series was most likely reused from the Theodore Tugboat ferry characters Philip and Filmore.
- Diesel 10 had a total of eight facial expressions, one of which, a clenched face, was never shown on-screen. There have also been copies of some of his face masks as well.
- Due to the limitations of his Gauge 1 model, the bottom half of Pinchy's bucket was unable to move until his return in CGI.
- Diesel 10 was the only character introduced in Thomas and the Magic Railroad to appear in CGI. Splatter and Dodge were both dropped from early drafts in both Day of the Diesels and The Great Race.
- ERTL (discontinued)
- Wooden Railway (normal and talking; discontinued)
- Brio (discontinued)
- Take Along (discontinued)
- Take-n-Play (normal and talking; discontinued)
- Motor Road and Rail (normal and talking; discontinued outside Asia)
- TrackMaster (normal and R/C versions)
- Motorized Railway
- Thomas Engine Collection Series (discontinued)
- Mini Die Cast Collection (discontinued)
- Thomas Town (discontinued)
- Capsule Collection
- De Agostini (discontinued)
- Trading Cards (discontinued)
- Nakayoshi (discontinued)
- Capsule Plarail (normal and metallic)
- Pocket Fantasy (discontinued)
- Boss (normal with Tar Tanker and pull-back; discontinued)
- Connected DE Colocoro Collection
- Mega Bloks (discontinued)
- Collectible Railway
- Push Along
- Classic Minis
- Spooky Minis
- DC Super Friends Minis (as The Joker, Solomon Grundy and Deadshot)
- SpongeBob SquarePants Minis (as Plankton)
- Construction Minis
- Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Minis (as Lord Zedd)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minis (as Shredder)
- Steel Minis
- Pop Art Minis
- Fantasy Minis
- Music Minis
- Food Minis (coming soon)
- Bath Toys (as water scoop)
- Adventures (discontinued)
- Wood (redesigned in 2019)
- “You'll be laughing on the other side of your boilers soon, silly steamies.” ―Diesel 10, Misty Island Rescue, foreshadowing his return in Day of the Diesels “Alright, I will help!” ―Diesel 10 when he listens to Thomas about the airport, Calling All Engines!==Quotes Edit==
Diesel 10: GET OUT OF MY WAY! I have unfinished business here, and I want to finish it FAST!! Gordon: (shivering in fear) Diesel 10's back! Argh!" Thomas: Yes, 10 out of 10 for devious deeds and brutal strength! The blast from the past who hates steam engines! ― Diesel 10's introduction, Thomas and the Magic Railroad Thomas: Sir Topham Hatt says... James: Thomas...? Thomas: ...The harder we work, the less he'll need Diesels to help. Diesel 10: Help you? (chortles) Thomas: Oh! Diesel 10: You always need help. Because steam engines are cowardly, cranky, worn out hunks of metal who couldn't hurt a fly! James: (scoffs) No, we're not! Diesel 10: Yes, you are! James: Aren't! Diesel 10: Are! Now, I've come back to find the lost steam engine. James: What? Diesel 10: I'm gonna destroy her and dominate you, and then you'll be nothing but useless scrap! (to his claw) Right, Pinchy? James: Big bully! (Diesel 10 laughs and leaves) STINKER! Thomas: We're really useful engines. You won't dominate us, and you won't destroy her. We won't let you, neither will Mr. Conductor. I'm off to fetch him now! James: What lost engine? ― Diesel 10 intimidates Thomas and James, Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
“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
- ==Background InformationEdit==
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 to make him 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 film, 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 was 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.
Following his return in Calling All Engines!, he remained absent for 3 years before having a cameo in The Great Discovery and did not appear until 2 years later, in the post-credits scene of Misty Island Rescue, where he began serving as a special-exclusive villain.
Following Day of the Diesels, Diesel 10 did not appear again until the seventeenth series episode, The Missing Christmas Decorations, which is his only full appearance in a television episode. Aside from "Pinchy's" cameo in a fantasy scene in the twenty-second series episode, What Rebecca Does, Diesel 10 has been absent from the screen since 2013, probably due to the writers and Mattel considering him too scary for the audience.
Behind the ScenesEdit
Gauge 1 modelEdit
Diesel 10's model was scratch built from brass and was built with pickup contacts and an eye mechanism with two servos that allow them to move however the crew member with the controls want it. The model was also equipped with a functional claw, controlled by the pre-programmed "motion control".
Concept art showed that it was originally meant to extend after unfolding from inside his roof before it was dropped for engineering concerns. The model also had an alternate extended version of the hydraulic claw arm, which prominently saw use when he gets smacked in the face and hung from the viaduct.
Eight different facial expressions were sculpted in clay before being cast in resin for the final model, although only his clenched face was not used on screen. Of these, six of them were sculpted for use in Thomas and the Magic Railroad, the remaining two being sculpted for use in Calling All Engines!
Head-on model promo
Diesel 10's model
Diesel 10's model without a facemask
Diesel 10's model with a longer Pinchy arm
Resin casts of some of Diesel 10's faces
Diesel 10's complete face mask set during production of the sixth series (2002) [Note: The unused clenched face on the middle left]
Page 1 of Diesel 10's face reference sheet taken during the production of Series 12, courtesy of TomsProps on Twitter 
Page 2 of Diesel 10's face reference sheet taken during the production of Series 12, courtesy of TomsProps on Twitter
Diesel 10's smirking face as it first appeared in Thomas and the Magic Railroad... (2000)
...which later gained some teeth in Calling All Engines! (2005)
Diesel 10's shocked face that only appeared in Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000)
Diesel 10 with a new friendly smiling face mask
Diesel 10 with a new happy face mask
Diesel 10's Mountain was carved based on Diesel 10's smiling face mask.
A life-sized version of Diesel 10 was required for a scene where the actors interact with him. Junior was green-screened in the scrapyard and rolling shots (also including P.T. Boomer of the chase scene in the original version), while a facade of Diesel 10's rear cab was done for the ease of editing. For the scene where he picked up Mr. Conductor, only half of the claw's arm was built, as the entire body did not need to be seen.
A close-up model of Diesel 10 was required for scenes where he had to interact with the close-up scale figures in Calling All Engines! The model was not complete and only the claw was built.
In 2009, the series introduced Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) as a replacement for the show's long-standing live-action models. Diesel 10 was recreated from scratch in CGI by Nitrogen Studios. His model was "hand-sculpted" in Maya, a 3D animation and modelling software.
Photographs of Diesel 10's Gauge 1 model were used for reference. According to Greg Tiernan, every detail of the original television series models for each character is carefully reproduced in the CGI model. The models are subjected to many rounds of review before they are submitted to HiT Entertainment for final input and approval.
Promotional image of Diesel 10 at a station
A side orthographic
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|Talking Diesel 10||2012||2014||
|Talking Diesel 10||2014||2017||
|Diesel 10 Takes Charge!||2011||2012||
|R/C Diesel 10||2013||2014|
|Crash and Repair Diesel 10||2015||Active|
|Talk 'n' Action Diesel 10||2001||2003|
TOMY Pull´n GoEdit
|Mean Diesel 10||2000||2005|
*12 (2015) *11 (2015;Japan) *08 (2016) *129 (2017)
|Spooky Diesel 10||2015||Active||
*70 (2015) *52 (2016;US/Canada) *49 (2016;International)
|Diesel 10 as The Joker||2015||Active||
|Diesel 10 as Solomon Grundy||2016||Active||
|Diesel 10 as Plankton||August 2016||Active||
Subway Toy Collectibles Edit
- Keith Scott (Thomas and the Magic Railroad; original workprints only)
- Neil Crone (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)
- Matt Wilkinson (UK/US; Misty Island Rescue onwards)
- Rupert Degas (UK/US; Misty Island Rescue - Day of the Diesels; original cuts only)
- Ginzō Matsuo (Japan; Thomas and the Magic Railroad only)
- Kiyoyuki Yanada (Japan; Calling All Engines only)
- Takaya Kuroda (Japan; Misty Island Rescue only)
- Ryōta Yamasato (Japan; Day of the Diesels only)
- Yohei Nishina (Japan; seventeenth series onwards)
- Yoram Yosefsberg (Israel; Thomas and the Magic Railroad)
- Christoffer Staib (Norway; Misty Island Rescue only)
- Simen Sand (Norway; Day of the Diesels - seventeenth series)
- Louis-Georges Girard (French speaking Canada; Thomas and the Magic Railroad)
- Helmut Krauss (Germany; Thomas and the Magic Railroad)
- Martin May (Germany; Misty Island Rescue only)
- Jürgen Holdorf (Germany; Day of the Diesels onwards)
- Wolfgang Hartmann (Germany; Audio Books only)
- Sławomir Pacek (Poland; Misty Island Rescue only)
- Dariusz Odija (Poland; Day of the Diesels only)
- Janusz Wituch (Poland; seventeenth series onwards)
- Luis Alfonso Padilla (Latin America; Thomas and the Magic Railroad)
- Miguel Ángel Ghigliazza (Latin America; Thomas and the Magic Railroad; TV Version)
- Gerardo Reyero (Latin America; Misty Island Rescue onwards; excluding Day of the Diesels)
- Eduardo Garza (Latin America; Day of the Diesels only)
- Sander de Heer (The Netherlands; Thomas and the Magic Railroad)
- Pasi Ruohonen (Finland; Misty Island Rescue onwards)
- Haris Grigoropoulos (Greece)
- Alexander Kotov (Russia)
- Barát Attila (Hungary; Misty Island Rescue onwards)
- Bolla Róbert (Hungary; seventeenth series only)
Diesel 10's first appearance
Diesel 10 with his self-portrait
Diesel 10's claw, "Pinchy"
Diesel 10 tearing down the engine sheds
Mr Conductor threatening Diesel 10 with a bag of sugar
Diesel 10 covered in coal
Diesel 10's wheels
Diesel 10 dangling from the crumbled viaduct
Diesel 10's defeat
Diesel 10 as he appears in Calling All Engines!
Diesel 10 at Sodor Airport
Diesel 10's background appearance in The Great Discovery
Diesel 10's return in Misty Island Rescue
His subsequent appearance in Day of the Diesels
Diesel 10 getting stuck between the doors in his shed
Diesel 10 and Percy
Diesel 10 reveals his true intentions
Diesel 10 in the seventeenth series
Paxton refusing to help Diesel 10 with his deed
Diesel 10 stealing Christmas garland
A Promo pic of Diesel 10 about to attack Thomas
Head-on model promo
Thomas and Diesel 10
Diesel 10 with Thomas, Percy and James at Sodor Airport
Promotional image of Diesel 10 at a station
Thomas and Diesel 10 CGI promo
Behind the ScenesEdit
Diesel 10 Model Specifications
Diesel 10 Model Specifications
Resin casts of some of Diesel 10's faces
Behind the scenes
Diesel 10 with P.T. Boomer before his removal from the movie
A side orthographic of Diesel 10's CGI model
Diesel 10's basis
Thomas and the Magic Railroad cartoon promo
ERTL promo art
Japanese Head-on Promo
Promo art (side view)
Diesel 10 in DVD Bingo
Diesel 10 and Class 40 in a magazine story
Diesel 10 in a magazine story
Tommy Stubbs' original illustration of Diesel 10
Tommy Stubbs' current illustration of Diesel 10
Diesel 10 at Thomas Land
Diesel 10 in the Dieselworks Shed at Thomas Land
Diesel 10 in Go Go Thomas! (video game)
Diesel 10 in Engines Working Together
Wooden Railway prototype
Reintroduced Wooden Railway
Talking Wooden Railway
Bronze Wooden Railway
2011 Talking Take-n-Play
2013 Talking Take-n-Play
2015 Talking Take-n-Play
Prototype Collectible Railway
TOMY Pull 'n Go
Motor Road and Rail
Plarail Talk 'n' Action
2014 TrackMaster with a van
TrackMaster Diesel 10 Takes Charge
TrackMaster Crash and Repair
Capsule Plarail alternative expression
Capsule Plarail metallic
Capsule Plarail shiny
Capsule Plarail clear
Bandai TECS Prototype
Connected DE Colocoro Collection
Minis (DC Super Friends; Joker)
Minis (DC Super Friends; Solomon Grundy)
Minis (DC Super Friends; Deadshot)
Minis (SpongeBob Squarepants; Plankton)
Minis (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Shredder)
Minis (Power Rangers; Lord Zedd)
Minis (Launcher Exclusive)
Minis (Pop Art)
Subway Toy Collectible
Foil Trading Card
Diesel 10 plays Lord Farquaad in Kovu (Shrek) (IlovecakeAJ Style)
Diesel 10 plays Ratigan in Percy the Great Saddle Tank Engine Detective
Diesel 10 plays Jafar in Duckladdin and Duckladdin 2: The Return of Diesel 10
He played Genie Jafar in Littlefootladdin (LittlefootRockz Style) and Littlefootladdin 2: The Return of Shere Khan
Diesel tens color is poopy like brown
He plays Mr. Dark in Thomas (Rayman) (Julian Bernardino's Style)
He is Rayman's master and grandfather. Diesel 10/Gallery