Hank is a large tender engine who came from Pennsylvania and he speaks with a country accent.
Hank was designed by Matthias W. Baldwin and built at Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1914. Thomas and Percy first met Hank at Brendam when he arrived in 2008. Thomas was impressed, until Hank told him he was "one of the finest little engines he'd ever seen". Thomas misinterpreted the comment as making fun of his size, and became determined to pull all of Hank's loads himself. While Thomas tired himself out pulling the heavy loads, Hank insisted that he help Thomas with the train. With the strain, Thomas eventually cracked a cylinder and finally decided to accept Hank's offer for help. Hank pushed Thomas to Knapford, where the other engines were waiting to greet Hank.
Hank is unique in being very kind and helpful amongst the big engines, and is willing to offer any assistance to any engine who is struggling with their loads. He generally speaks with a stereotypical Texan accent. He has the enthusiasm of a cheerleader, the strength of a titan and a bit goofy.
Hank is based on the Pennsylvania Railroad's K4 Pacific, approx. 83 ft 6 in long. He has British-style buffers added to the back of his tender for coupling.
Hank is painted dark blue with red wheels, a red cowcatcher and red lining and the Number 28 on his tender.
- Rob Rackstraw (UK/US; coming soon)
- Fabrice Trojani (France)
- According to Sodor Island's recent interview with model maker and designer John Lee, Hank was originally designed to have an older face with a moustache. However, at HiT Entertainment's request, John made Hank look slightly younger and more jolly.
- Hank is only partly modified to work on Sodor. His running plate has been altered, he is missing a headlamp, he has buffers on his tender, and he has been given screwlink couplings, yet he retains his cowcatcher.
- Hank's whistle sounds like Neville's only a little higher..Category Standard Gauge Engines