: Ahoy mateys! Salty, pride of the seven seas. I'm a new diesel and I'm here to give you some help."
— Salty, Salty's Secret, sixth season

Salty is a diesel shunter who works at Brendam Docks.



Salty worked on an unnamed coastal railway for many years, where


he acquired his vast collection of stories and songs and possibly his sailor's accent, before coming to Sodor to work at the Centre Island Quarry with Mavis, Bill and Ben. Salty was upset, being used to working near the sea, but he soon won the trucks over with his tales and sea shanties, and as a reward for his hard work was sent to work at Brendam Docks.

Salty's presence at the docks led to Cranky having a huge distaste for Salty's stories. Cranky snapped at Salty when he pulled up, and when Salty thinks that Cranky needs company, this made him recall a story about a lonely old Grand Banks lighthouse keeper. He starts to tell this story to Bill and Ben (who haven't heard it before), infuriating Cranky. Salty, Bill and Ben being trapped at Brendam Docks led to Salty telling the twins many stories all night, making Cranky very grateful when Harvey arrived to clear their line.

Gordon told Salty to keep his distance lest he make his paint sooty, but Salty pointed out that his job requires him to get sooty and Gordon only doesn't know because he's too full of himself. When Gordon had to pull freight cars, he decided to "show Salty how an express engine pulls freight cars", but he ended up ignoring a "Go slow" sign and had a horrific accident. Salty apologizes for teasing him, and Gordon apologizes for being too full of himself.

In the seventh season, he and Fergus saved a ship from crashing into the rocks, when the lighthouse lamp went out. He and Harvey later asked Murdoch about his past, which ended up annoying him.

Salty has shared many stories with his fellow engines that have often come into play later on. He told Percy that the carpet he was delivering might be magic, and odd happenings convinced Percy and Gordon that it was.

In the ninth season, he accidentally ran over a flagpole that Henry was meant to deliver to the Scottish Castle.

He also told a story about a treasure on Sodor and Thomas followed all of Salty's clues and eventually found the treasure, just as the new Maritime Museum opened.

He later introduced Thomas to Billy, was one of the first engines to meet Stanley, looked at the docks for Thomas when he was missing, cheered at the docks when Thomas was found, and tried to take some woodsmen into the forest, but was blocked by trucks.

Salty later told the engines about the "strange engines" (Bash, Dash, and Ferdinand) that lived on Misty Island, a mysterious island not far from Sodor. He also told Thomas that the Star of Knapford could be magical.

In the sixteenth season, he told Percy about the "Monster of Brendam" and Edward tried to find him a present.

In the seventeenth season, he tried to make Kevin feel better about working with Cranky. Later, Salty started experiencing engine trouble, but refused to go to the Dieselworks, as he was worried that the Fat Controller might send him back to the quarry if he was not useful. This concern was strengthened with the arrival of Porter. Salty went to the Dieselworks, but ended up crashing into a flatbed of fuel cans in his hurry to return to the Docks. The fuel made his wheels slip, and he ended up colliding with a shipment of party decorations! Salty was now certain that he would be sent away, but, to his relief, the Fat Controller told him that he was meant to work with Porter, who had been sent to help him.

In the eighteenth season, he told the engines about the flatbeds of fear, encouraged Percy when Percy was missing Gator, along with Porter almost had a collision with Bill and Ben and also helped Timothy to play a trick on the twins.

In the nineteenth season, Salty had to go to the Mainland as they were short of an engine, but he was afraid to go on a ship and travel by sea. However, he overcame his fears thanks to Thomas, who reminded him of his past tall tales which scared the other engines, he later pretended to be the Ghost of Christmas Past to frighten Diesel, and reminded him of his past mistakes.

In Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, he told Edward, Henry, James, Cranky and Porter about a "lost pirate".


Salty is easy-going, friendly and very practical. He also enjoys telling stories revolving around the sea and fantasy. His seafaring ways and accent are sometimes ridiculed by the other engines, but his usefulness almost always helps the others overlook that. He can work with trucks like no other engine; this is due to his enjoyment of working to a musical rhythm like the trucks and it may also be due to his vast collection of sea shanties. He loves the sea so much that he pines for it when he is away from it for long periods of time.


Salty is based on a BR Class 07 diesel shunter. The number he has, 2991, is a real BR number belonging to a member of the class; built in 1962, this locomotive escaped the cutter's torch by becoming a static generator at Eastleigh Railway Works and is still working there under the ownership of Knights Rail Services as of March 2007. This class of locomotives worked at Southampton Docks, where they replaced the older SR USA (Rosie's class) and LB&SCR E2 (Thomas's class) tank engines.


Salty is painted crimson with pink warning stripes along his body, yellow and black hazard stripes on his front and rear and yellow buffer beams with signs of rust. At the top of his forehead, he has the brim of a skipper's hat. His name is painted on his rear section and his number is painted on his cab sides, both in black.

In Salty's Surprise, it is revealed that due to a shortage of red paint, he was once painted green.


Television Series

  • Season 6 - Salty's Secret, Harvey to the Rescue (cameo), No Sleep for Cranky, It's Only Snow (deleted scene), The World's Strongest Engine (deleted scene) and Gordon Takes a Tumble
  • Jack and the Sodor Construction Company - Mud, Glorious Mud (cameo)
  • Season 7 - Bill, Ben and Fergus (cameo), What's the Matter with Henry? (cameo), James and the Queen of Sodor (cameo), The Spotless Record (cameo), Salty's Stormy Tale, Peace and Quiet, Best Dressed Engine (cameo) and Not So Hasty Puddings (cameo)
  • Season 8 - Percy's New Whistle (cameo), Thomas to the Rescue, Emily's New Route (deleted scene), Edward the Great (cameo), Squeak, Rattle and Roll (does not speak), Thomas and the Circus, Fish, James Goes Too Far and Percy and the Magic Carpet
  • Season 9 - Thomas and the Rainbow (cameo), Thomas and the Birthday Picnic (cameo), Henry and the Flagpole and Keeping Up with James (does not speak)
  • Season 10 - Toby's Afternoon Off, Seeing the Sights (cameo) and Thomas and the Treasure
  • Season 11 - Emily's Rubbish (deleted scene), Thomas Sets Sail, Don't be Silly, Billy, Hide and Peep (cameo) and Thomas in Trouble (does not speak)
  • Season 12 - Henry Gets it Wrong and James Works it Out (mentioned in German dub)
  • Season 14 - Being Percy (does not speak), Merry Winter Wish, and Thomas' Crazy Day (cameo)
  • Season 15 - Gordon and Ferdinand (cameo), Percy's New Friends, Edward the Hero (cameo) and Tree Trouble (does not speak)
  • Season 16 - Percy and the Monster of Brendam, Bust My Buffers!, Salty's Surprise, Sodor Surprise Day (cameo), Whiff's Wish (does not speak), Happy Birthday Sir! and The Christmas Tree Express (mentioned)
  • Season 17 - Kevin's Cranky Friend, The Thomas Way (cameo), Not Now, Charlie!, Too Many Fire Engines (cameo), Away From the Sea and Gone Fishing (cameo)
  • Season 18 - Old Reliable Edward (cameo), Flatbeds of Fear, Disappearing Diesels, Thomas the Quarry Engine, Missing Gator, No Steam Without Coal, Spencer's VIP (cameo), Toad's Bright Idea, Long Lost Friend, Emily Saves the World and Timothy and the Rainbow Truck
  • Season 19 - Who's Geoffrey?, The Truth About Toby, Toad and the Whale, Salty All At Sea, A Cranky Christmas, Diesel's Ghostly Christmas, Reds vs. Blues (cameo), The Little Engine Who Raced Ahead and No Help At All
  • Season 20 - Henry Gets the Express, Diesel and the Ducklings and Henry in the Dark
  • Other - Thomas & Friends in 4-D: Bubbling Boilers


  • Calling All Engines! (does not speak)
  • The Great Discovery (does not speak)
  • Misty Island Rescue
  • Day of the Diesels
  • King of the Railway (cameo)
  • Tale of the Brave
  • The Adventure Begins (cameo)
  • Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure
  • The Great Race

Learning Segments: Models:

  • Season 9 - Emily Respects and Where Can Neville Find Salty?
  • Season 10 - Old Route New Route (cameo) and Where is Salty's Favourite Place to Work?


  • Season 9 - Who's Under the Coal Dust? - James
  • Calling All Engines! - Thomas Looks for Mavis (animated)

Magazine Stories

  • 2003 - Shipwrecked!, Flying Fish!, Seaside Salty and Revving Racers (mentioned)
  • 2004 - Salty by the Sea, It's Only Snow!, Name Fame (does not speak), On the Beach, Ship Ahoy!, Dockers' Dinner, Snake's Alive! (cameo), Salty Gets Wet, Salty's Tales (does not speak), Sparks Fly and Glider Rider (does not speak)
  • 2005 - Fresh Fish, Percy and the Magic Carpet, Passenger Pick Up, Trying Time (cameo), Sail Spotting, The Dinosaur and Salty and the Trucks
  • 2006 - Disgusted Diesels
  • 2007 - Toby's Afternoon Off and BoCo the Brave (does not speak)
  • 2008 - Funny Faces! and Perfect Promise (does not speak)
  • 2010 - In a Spin (does not speak), Henry Gets It Wrong!, Disgusted Diesels (does not speak), and Percy and the Magic Carpet
  • 2011 - A Home for Salty, Too Tired, Salty's Surprise!, Creepy Claw, Taking a Break, Winter Wish (does not speak), and Percy's New Friends (speaks in speech bubble only)
  • 2012 - Edward's Big Rescue, The Fat Controller's Bedtime Story (Issue 644), Keeping up with James (cameo), and Taking Toby
  • 2013 - Happy Birthday, Sir!, Being Percy (cameo), and Kevin's Cranky Friend (does not speak)
  • 2014 - Salty's New Friend, Happy Birthday, Sir!, Swanky Cranky! and Not Now, Charlie! (cameo)
  • 2015 - Missing Gator and Not Now, Charlie! (cameo)
  • 2016 - Who's Geoffrey? (mentioned)
  • 2017 - Not Now, Charlie! (cameo) and The Kind Diesel

Salty also appeared in the magazine stories, Diesel Display, Diesels with Measles!, Fish and Fog!, Glider Rider, Gone Fishing, Hooked Hat, Sea-Bound Salty, Seeing Sails, and So Many Stories.


  • Welcome to the Island of Sodor Logan! (does not speak)
  • Welcome to the Island of Sodor Sam! (stock footage cameo)
  • Shark Escape
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