|“||"It's that Ryan! He makes my firebox fume!"||„|
|~ Thomas, Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure|
Ryan is a purple tank engine. He runs the Harwick Branch Line as a goods engine. He was originally voiced by Oscar Award Winning actor Eddie Redmayne in his introduction in Sodor's Lost Treasure, who also plays Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and later Dug in Early Man, and is now voiced by Steven Kynman throughout the tv series.
Ryan was brought to help run Thomas' Branch Line while Thomas was sent to help out at the construction yard during the building of the Harwick Branch Line. After Thomas fell into a deep cavern, Ryan was once again brought to do his job while he was being repaired. After taking bad coal, he accidentally set fire to some dynamite, which Thomas managed to dispose of quickly. He later helped stop The Pirate Ship, which was being used by Sailor John to escape with the treasure.
He now runs the new branch line as the goods engine, with Daisy as the passenger engine.
Ryan is an affable engine, who goes out of his way to be kind, and is concerned when he sees others in trouble. Ryan would like to be a hero, but he is not actually as brave as he wishes he was, and has a tendency to panic a little in the face of danger. It does not put him off trying, though. Ryan is direct and sincere, but he has a good sense of humour too, and is not above making a joke at his own expense.
Ryan is based on the Great Northern Railway's Class N2. These locomotives were fitted with condensing apparatus because they were used for inter-city work in the Metropolitan areas of London and usually seen around Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland. One member of this class, No.1744 has been preserved and operates on the Great Central Railway in Leicestershire.
Ryan is painted purple with white and gold lining. He has the letters "GNR" painted on his tanks in gold. The number "1014" is painted on his bunker in the same colour.
- Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure