Isabel escaped to Sodor with Oliver and Toad to avoid being scrapped. Upon their arrival, Oliver and Isabel were assigned to run the Little Western branch line with Duck. To fill the roster, Sir Topham Hatt rescued three more auto coaches, Alice, Mirabel, and Dulcie. While Alice and Mirabel became Duck's coaches, Dulcie joined Oliver and Isabel.
Isabel and Dulcie are based on Great Western Railway auto coaches, which were used in push-pull service on branch lines. The auto coaches were efficient because it eliminated the need for the engine to run around to the other end of the train to turn around.
Isabel and Dulcie are painted in the Great Western's chocolate-brown and cream coach livery. When the former first came to Sodor, she was painted in the British Railways' maroon coach livery with yellow lining.
- Enterprising Engines - Escape (Isabel only; does not speak) and Little Western (Isabel; does not speak; Dulcie, mentioned)
- Oliver the Western Engine - Donald's Duck (cameo), Resource and Sagacity and Bulgy (do not speak)
- 1993 - Colouring Book
- 2004 - Oliver (Isabel only; does not speak)
- 2011 - The Big Book of Engines (mentioned) and Oliver the Great Western Engine (Isabel only; does not speak)
- 2017 - Oliver (Isabel only; does not speak)
- 1985 - Oliver Gets the Bird (cameo)
- Isabel's name originates from the fact that there "is a bell" on her.
- Isabel's name is misspelled "Isobel" in the ERTL range.
- ERTL (Isabel only; maroon; discontinued)