Bear, originally known by his number D7101, a mixed traffic Diesel engine who works on the North Western Railway. He is so named because of the growling noises he makes.
Bear was originally numbered D7101, and came to Sodor on loan with another diesel named D199. His companion was blatantly arrogant, and bad-mouthed the steam engines. Vulgar noises greeted this, until Duck and D7101 managed to shut up D199.
The next day, 7101's injector failed while pulling the "Limited." Henry, who was already towing 199 and his train of oil tankers, came to help; 7101 was still able to move by himself with some help from Henry. To the passengers' delight, Flying Scotsman took their train, while Henry helped 7101 home. Along the way, Henry told the diesel about his failed regulator. 7101's opinion of steam engines was greatly changed after the incident.
The engines persuaded Sir Topham Hatt to let 7101 stay on, and renamed him "Bear." Bear liked this name, saying it meant he "really belonged." Even James, who was the last to accept Diesels, could not help but like him. It later was revealed Bear pulls the Express when Gordon, Henry and James are busy. Bear also did Henry's duties while Henry was at the Works.
Bear is a loyal and friendly sort, but often makes unusual growling noises much to the disturbance of the other engines; thus earning the name "Bear." BoCo and Bear usually defend the steam engines, when a visiting diesel boasts about how special they are. He is friendly and respectful. He enjoys travelling fast but must be careful not to land himself in trouble.
- Season 1: Chills and Spills (not named, mentioned)
|North Western Railway|
|Thomas (1) • Edward (2) • Henry (3) • Gordon (4) • James (5) • Percy (6) • Toby (7) • Duck (8) • Donald and Douglas (9&10) • Oliver (11) • Stanley (12) • Emily (13) • Charlie (14) • Rosie (15) • Whiff • (16) • Scruff (17) • Porter (18)|
|Daisy (D1) • BoCo (D2) • Bear (D3) • Salty (D4) • Norman (D5) • Paxton (D6) • Sidney (D7) • Pip and Emma (D8 & D9) Adam (E1) • Alan (E2) • Stafford (E3)|