Bradford is a brake van who lives on the Mainland. He works with Samson.


Bradford was brought to Sodor by Samson, and when he noticed Thomas struggling with his troublesome trucks, Bradford offered to be his brake van for the day. Once coupled up, Bradford quickly took charge of the trucks and barked at them to behave. Thomas was very impressed until he found out how much Bradford liked to stick to the rules of the railway, which made his stone train very late. Thomas decided to take a train without Bradford, but ended up running into trouble. Bradford eventually went back to the Mainland with Samson.


Bradford is an officious and strict brake van who adheres to every railway rule, no matter how minor the rule might be. Although he means well and does his best to keep the trucks in order, his overzealous attitude makes his trains 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.


Bradford is an LMS 20 ton brake van. Lots of these brake vans have been seen on Sodor.


Bradford is painted light green with a red stripe across his sides and his number painted in gold.



Television seriesEdit

  • Season 20 - Bradford the Brake Van

Voice Actors

  • Rob Rackstraw (UK/US)
  • Nobuaki Kanemitsu (Japan)
  • Paweł Ciołkosz (Poland)


  • Bradford is the first sentient brake van to be introduced in the TV Series since Toad in the third season.
  • Bradford's persona and dialogue are based on Battery Sergeant Major Williams from "It Ain't Half Hot Mum".
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