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"Did you ever see knights in shining armour?"
"No! I may be old, but I'm not that old! And before you ask, I never saw dinosaurs either!
— Percy and Stephen discussing the latter's age, King of the Railway

  • Designer: Robert Stephenson
  • Coniguration: 0-2-2

Stephen, nicknamed "The Rocket", is a steam engine who first appeared in the 2013 special, King of the Railway.


Stephen is one of the earliest engines ever built. Newer engines may be faster and stronger than Stephen, but what he lacks in terms of strength or speed, he makes up for with his positive spirit, sense of humour, and knowledge. He used to work at docks and in mines, but now works as a tour-guide at Ulfstead Castle. He can often be seen pulling an open-topped carriage and was trapped in the Ulfstead Mine where he discovered King Godred's long lost crown in time for the opening of the castle. In the seventeenth season he gave Percy a lucky horseshoe when he was having bad luck.


Stephen is based on Stephenson's Rocket.


Stephen is painted yellow and black. He bears a nameplate reading "Rocket".

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