"Early days Sir, early days"
— Winston
  • Class: Type 4B Wickham Trolley
  • Builder: D Wickham & Co
  • Built: 1960
  • Configuration: 4w
  • Arrived on Sodor: 1972

Winston is Sir Topham Hatt's track inspection vehicle, and his private mode of transportation on the North Western Railway.



Winston is Sir Topham Hatt's track inspection vehicle. Winston is as devotedly thoughtful and loyal as a butler. He is willing, helpful, and very patient with Sir Topham Hatt's, frankly, terrible driving skills, often saying to him that it is still "early days" whenever something goes wrong, even though, by now, its far from early days. Winston helps the Fat Controller navigate about the railway without inconveniencing any of the engines while they are going about their work. Being a car on rails, he may look unconventional, but Winston is highly tolerant, considerate, patient, sensitive to others, and is only too happy to do what he can for Sir Topham Hatt, though he can, at times, become rather distracted.


Winston is painted red with black wheel arches. He has brass nameplates with his name in black on his sides. His seating is coloured brown.


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