The British Engine is a genial, avuncular character who bumbles through the show. He arrives late and breaks down before he can enter the race. That is, if he ever turns up at all...


Originally the British engine was the "City of Milton Keynes", an Advanced Passenger Train. His costume was based on this train. His reason for failure has varied according to the history of British Rail. The Advanced Passenger Train project was enormously expensive and futile, with the trains never making it into full production. His excuse in the New London production was "Due to staffing difficulties", the UK Tour is delayed "Due to the wrong kind of weather". The Las Vegas show claimed "Due to the Royal family changing tracks".

He became the "Prince of Wales", the Royal Train when the Broadway production opened, providing a source of jokes at the expense of the British Royal family.

As a non-racing character he was not included in the Japan/Australia tours. He did not appear in the 1989 US Tour, but was reinstated for the 1993 Las Vegas production.

The British engine was added to the German production in 2018 as part of the 30th anniversary rewrites, named "Brexit". The costume design's gold and purple tie nods to British politician Nigel Farage, who, as leader of the UK Independence Party (Ukip) was instrumental in pushing for the Brexit referendum.


The British engine arrives late, and skates in backwards, laughing at his own mistake. He partners with Rocky 1 for the race, however he is scrapped before he can compete, allowing Poppa to take his place. He is usually seen again for the finale.

The actor who plays the British engine spends most of the show as a member of Greaseball's gang or a track marshal.


The London design was green and white stripes with yellow accents, with details of the union flag on his chest and the British Rail symbol incorporated into the costumes. The Broadway design, used for the US/UK Tours painted him silver with the same details.


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City of Milton Keynes

1984 - 1986 Raymond Hatfield
1986 - 1987 Geoffrey Abbott
1987 - 1988 Kevyn Waby
1988 - 1989
1989 - 1990
1990 - 1992 Sean O'Sullivan

Prince of Wales

1992 - 1993 Matthew Cutts
1993 - 1995 Jason Capewell
1995 - 1998 Marvin Giles
1998 - 1999 Neil Dale
1999 - 2000 Neil Dale / Adrian Smith
2000 - 2001 Ben Clare
2001 - 2002 Martin Neely


1987 - 1989 Sean McDermott

Japan / Australia Tours


Bochum, Germany

2018 - 2019 Anthony Cragg

US Tour 1989 - 1991


Las Vegas 1993 - 1997

1993 - 1994 Steven Kent Dry
1994 - Mark Moschello
1996 - 1997 Sheldon Craig
1997 - close Tony Torres

US Tour 2003 - 2004

2003 - 2004 Jared Lee

UK Tours 2004 - 2008

2004 - 2005 Adam Floyd
2006 - 2007 Gareth Davis
2007 - 2008 Mark Hedges

NZ Tour 2009

2009 Robert Enari

UK Tour 2012-2013

2012 - 2013 Tristan Adams
Asia 2013 David Allwood