Benjamin "Bear" Beyer Hymek, so named for the growling noises his engine makes, is a diesel engine. He speaks with a gruff Cockeny accent. He is also Boco's best friend.
At this time, Bear was known by his number, 7101.
The next day, 7101's injector failed while pulling the "Limited". Henry, who had a failed regulator and was towing 199, who had failed while pulling some 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. 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".
In 1983, James had befriended Bear by this time.
In 1993, Bear did Henry's duties while Henry was at the Works.
In 1996, BoCo had befriended him forever.
Bear is loyal and friendly - even James, who was the last to accept diesels, couldn't help but like him.
Bear is based on a BR Class 35 "Hymek" Bo-Bo, built at and designed by Beyer Peacock Ltd in 1961, approx. 51 ft 8 1/2 long. His initial number, 7101, is an in-joke: the Class 35 numbers only went up to 7100.
Bear is currently painted in the livery he should have carried when first built: all-over B.R. loco green with a narrow band of lime along the bottom of the sides with cream window surrounds, medium grey roof and yellow warning panels. When he first arrived on Sodor, he wore the B.R. "Rail Blue" livery with yellow warning panels extended around the cab side windows. He has a grey face.
Voice Actors Edit
- Glenn Wrage (UK/US; coming soon)
- At his rear cab, he has a headcode that reads "AC47".