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Bradford​ is a brake van who is from the Mainland and usually works with Samson.

Bradford
Bradford

Number:

0919

Basis:

LMS 20 ton brake van

Vehicle:

Rolling stock

Type:

Brake Van

Wheels:

4

Builders:

Derby Carriage and Wagon Works

Year Built:

sometime between 1935 and 1948

Bio

When Bradford was first brought to Sodor by Samson, he noticed Thomas struggling with his trucks. He offered to be his brake van for the day and he quickly took charge of the trucks and barked at them to behave. Thomas and the other engines were very impressed, until they found out that Bradford liked to stick to the rules of the railway, which made the trains that they were pulling with him very late. The next day, Bradford went back to the Mainland with Samson, much to the relief of Thomas, Emily, Henry, Percy, and the troublesome trucks.

Persona

Bradford is an officious and strict brake van who adheres to every railway rule. Although he means well and does his best to keep the trucks in order, his overzealous attitude makes his trains commonly run very late. Because of this, the engines find him annoying. He is also quite conceited, as he claimed he knew how much the engines "appreciated" him.

Basis

Bradford is based on an LMS 20 ton brake van.

Livery

Bradford is painted light green with a red stripe across his sides.

Appearances

The Many Adventures on the Island of Sodor

The Adventures on Sodor

Specials:

Sudrian Stories

Trivia

  • Bradford's persona and dialogue are based on Battery Sergeant Major Williams from "It Ain't Half Hot Mum".
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