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Arry and Bert

Harry and Bert

Harry and Bert (also known as Iron Harry and Iron Bert) are two diesel shunters who work at the smelters and scrapyards of the Sodor Ironworks. They can also be found working at the Ffarquhar Quarry.

Bio

In their first appearance, Harry and Bert crept alongside a lonely Stepney, who had mysteriously been sent to the smelters by mistake. They shunted Stepney into the larger smelting shed underneath a giant grabber, and threatened to scrap him. Thankfully, Stepney was saved by the Fat Controller, once the diesels had left.

Despite being villainous, Harry and Bert are also known for playing tricks on steam engines, such as making them "middle engines". Once, they shunted trucks in front and behind Percy. This later led Percy to being pushed onto the coal tipper by mistake. Later, Harry and Bert played the same trick on James. Sometime later, they frightened Fergus away from the smelters, and bullied Neville, which made the engines think he was planning to bump them.

On some occasions, Harry and Bert's teasing ways backfire. Once, they played a ghostly prank on Thomas and Emily during Halloween, though they ran away when they thought Emily was a ghost. Another time, Harry and Bert teased Percy for having a whistle. Percy paid them back by creeping up behind them and blowing on his whistle. Later, along with Diesel, Harry and Bert began teasing Thomas for being smelly, but were later covered in stinky cheese.

Harry and Bert were also part of the group of diesels that took over the Sodor Steamworks. They later teased Henry because of the coal he had to use by calling him "Mr. Special Steam". They also laughed at Gordon after he ran into Diesel's flatbed and damaged his buffer beam.

In the twentieth season, Harry and Bert liked being rough and tough along with Diesel, they realized Diesel was trying to be nice to everyone. So Thomas took Harry and Bert to the ducklings while Diesel followed behind them. Diesel, Harry and Bert then realized the ducklings were cute.

Persona

Harry and Bert are unquestionably devious and scheming. They feel superior to steam engines and, working at the scrap yards, they enjoy the chance to break up engines, or at least make their lives more difficult. Due to their grim task, they have earned a reputation on Sodor as "The Grim Messengers of Doom".

Harry and Bert also have a tendency to act scheming, slimy, greasy, and oozy. According to their merchandise bios, they wish to scrap Oliver and Stepney, who have both escaped the cutter's torch once before.

However, despite their prejudices, the diesels have co-operated with steam engines on occasions, and when they are in trouble, steam engines often come to the rescue.

They play Axel and Foutch in Thomas (Rayman) (Julian Bernardino's Style)

They are two guardians of the first and third mask.

Basis

'Arry and Bert are based on BR Class 08 diesel-electric shunters. Over seventy members of this class survive today in preservation, while around 100 remain in service on the national rail network. They were in fact the most successful shunting engines in the world, with 996 of them built. Dieselthe Diesel ShunterSplatter, DodgePaxtonSidney, Ulli and the Mainland Diesels are also members of this class.

Livery

Harry and Bert are painted green-grey with yellow hazard stripes on their fronts with yellow cabs. They have "Sodor Ironworks" written on their sides in white.

Appearances

Television Series

Specials:

Learning Segments:

Magazine Stories

Voice Actors

Harry:

Bert:

  • Kerry Shale (UK/US (fourteenth and fifteenth seasons))
  • William Hope (UK/US (sixteenth season onwards))
  • Keiji Hirai (Japan (sixth - eighth seasons))
  • Shinichi Namiki (Japan (Calling All Engines! onwards))
  • Rainer Schmitt (Germany (fifteenth season onwards))
  • Lutz Harder (Germany (Audio Book (Calling All Engines! only))
  • Klaus Dittmann (Germany (Audio Book 11 only))
  • Sigbjørn Solheim (Norway (fourteenth - sixteenth seasons))
  • Mieczysław Morański (Poland (fourteenth season only))
  • Piotr Bąk (Poland (fifteenth season onwards))
  • Jorge Roig (Latin America (Day of the Diesels onwards - sixteenth season))
  • César Soto (Latin America (twentieth season onwards))
  • Michel Lasorne (France and French speaking Canada (eighth - eleventh seasons))
  • Pasi Ruohonen (Finland (fourteenth season onwards))

Trivia

  • The two are not quite identical: Bert has more stubble.
  • Bert is the first character in the franchise to share his name with another character, and the second to do so in the television series.
  • In merchandising and the official website, the twins are named "Iron Harry" and "Iron Bert".
  • Harry and Bert's television series models do not have handrails, although some of their merchandise lines do.
  • The 1998 Official Website and Question Time with Sir Topham Hatt called Harry and Bert "The Yellow Diesels".
  • Harry and Bert's fifth season models were repainted and constructed into Splatter and Dodge for Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
  • A model of Harry and one of Bert used to be on display in Canada at Nitrogen Studios.
  • Harry's name was not revealed until merchandising of him was released.
  • Because of his grim job of melting down engines, Harry is sometimes referred to as the "Grim Messenger of Doom" by the other engines.
  • Harry and Bert have gone through a few changes in the television series:
    • Season 6:
      • Their side rods change from silver to black.
      • Their faces became smaller.
      • The text, "Sodor Ironworks", on their sides became bigger.
      • Their models were significantly less weathered than the previous season.
    • Season 12:
      • Their faces become smaller still.
    • Season 14:
      • Their faces returned to the size they were in Season 5.
      • They gained new horn sounds.
    • Season 18:
      • They each gained a tail-lamp.
  • On Harry's trading card, he is depicted with more stubble than Bert, opposite of how they usually are.
  • There were a few occasions where they went faster than their basis' top speed.
  • Harry is the only character whose Mini does not have a classic variant, despite have a DC comics variant.

Quotes

Stepney was all alone, but not for long. Two diesels approached.
"Got ya this time, Stepney. You'll make very fine scrap indeed, buffer him, Bert!"
The diesels took him to the large smelting shed.
"Bye-bye, Stepney!" said the Diesel. (laughs in US version)

- Harry and Bert's introduction, "Stepney Gets Lost", fifth season

The next day, James arrived at the smelters. He was determined not to be tricked by Harry and Bert.
"Hallo, James!" oozed Harry. "Come to learn a thing or two from those who know?!"
"Just get my trucks ready, and stay out of my way!" huffed James importantly.
"Yes, Sir." Bert chimed greasily.

- James meets Harry and Bert, "Middle Engine", sixth season

Fergus and his driver arrived at the smelters.
"I want to go back to the Cement Works! None of the other engines like coming here, its so scary!"
"You're right!" said his driver.
Just then, the scrap diesels emerged.
"Hello! Are you happy to be here?"
"No!" cried Fergus.

- Fergus meets Harry and Bert, "Fergus Breaks the Rules", seventh season

Merchandise

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