|Jones the Steam - Dai Station - Evans the Song - Mrs
Porty - Eli the Baker - Idris the Dragon - Mrs Griffiths - Mr Hughes the Gasworks - Mr Dinwiddy - The Choral Society - Ivor the Engine - Alice the Elephant - Bani Moukerjee - Charlie Banger - Banger's Circus - Birthday Cake - Bluebell
|Hardly a hero, Jones the Steam is just an ordinary engine-driver who is
there to cope with whatever has to be coped with, and enjoy a cup of tea from Ivor's
||Dai is station master of Llaniog station. He tends to be a bit glum
because he still minds about boring things like time-tables and Regulations.
|Evans the Song
||A musical man, choir master of the Grumbly and District
||She lives in the big house and is known to be, as she puts it; "Very
rich and extremely silly". But she is fond of her donkey, Bluebell. She
also, more than occasionally, takes a glass or two of her namesake...port.
|Eli the Baker
||He is a good baker, and often bakes fancy bread, but never bread as fancy
as the loaf that came out of his oven one day. Well, it wasn't a loaf, it was a
dragon called Idris who was only looking for a nice red-hot place to
perch, and being a dragon, he has to stay red-hot doesn't he.
|Idris the Dragon
||One day Jones and Ivor were going past Smoke Hill when
Jones noticed that the Hill was on fire.
He stopped Ivor to investigate and found a hot egg, shaped very much like a rugby ball. They showed it to Mr Dinwiddy who suggested they put it back where it came from, but they didn't have time because Ivor had to get to choir practice.
They popped it into Ivor's firebox to keep warm while they went to choir practice, where he hatched out and sang like a fiery dragon.
Later on, he met up with a lovely lady dragon, Olwen, and they went on to have twins, Gaian and Blodwen.
||Mrs Griffiths is the chair-person of the Antiquarian Society. She
doesn't believe in dragons, or in Railway Engines that talk, and she has come,
reluctantly, to the conclusion that Jones the Steam is raving mad.
|Mr Hughes the Gasworks
||Mr Hughes is a great animal lover and although he usually kepps
budgerigars, when the need arises he is happy to look after an elephant, especially one
like Alice, who has a bad foot.
|Meredith Dinwiddy is a gold-miner whose mountain is so full of gold he
has to put most of it back into the ground again. But he loves fireworks, and makes Ivor a marvellous Birthday Cake.
|The Choral Society
||Like most Welsh choirs, the Choral Society sing like angels, and ther are
all very proud of their new first bass, Ivor the Engine.
|Ivor the Engine
||Ivor only has three notes (from the pipes of Morgan's Roundabout organ)
but, as Evans says: "He sings them beautiful".
|Alice the Elephant
||Alice is usually quiet and good tempered, but she does not choose to
allow her bad foot to be washed with boiling water by Jones and Evans. The only person allowed to do that is Bani
||Bani is so pleased to find his beloved Alice safe
and well, that he asks his employer Charlie Banger to give the
whole town a free show of his famous Banger's Circus.
||Mister Charlie Banger is the owner and ringmaster of Banger's
||Banger's Circus features Lion taming, high-wire acts, clowns and horse
riding, but best of all were the elephants, and best of all the elephants was Alice.
||Ivor's birthday cake wasn't like other birthday
cakes. It was grey and purple and as hard as stone, but when it was put in Ivor's firebox, it caused a firework display to erupt from his funnel.
||Bluebell the donkey is a particular friend of Ivor.
The can't talk to each other, but they just enjoy being together.