"Oi, Puffa! Are you in trouble?"
"No, you are, Ten Cents! Sunshine's trapped in a log jam!
Puffa alerting Ten Cents, High Tide


  • Configuration: 0-6-0T
  • Affiliation: Dock Railway
  • Nationality: British

Puffa is a tank engine who works for the Dock Railway at Bigg City Port, and is used for a variety of tasks within the port, the docks and the logging camp up river.

Another tank engine seen around Bigg City Port, the Goods Engine, has a lower whistle-sound, but features North American styling similar to that on Puffa.


Puffa is frequently shown to be a firm friend to the Star Fleet. His relationship with the Zero Fleet has not been established, however, Zorran, Zebedee, and Zak are heard persuading him to escape from the flames in the episode, Munitions. Puffa speaks with a Birmingham accent.

Like many other non-boat characters and faceless boats, he communicates with a megaphone, which sticks out of his cab window.


Puffa is based on the DRG Class 80, but modified with many American features including an oil-burning headlight, diamond smokestack, a cowcatcher and an American-style whistle.
Puffa Whistle 01
He does not have front buffers. However, he has rear buffers to match the British rolling stock.



Voice Actors



  • In Salty's Lighthouse, Puffa was simply just referred to as "The Train" for most of the time. In 1 episode however, he was referred to as Chooch.
    • However, in the SL episode, 8 is too Much, if you listen closely, you can hear somebody say, "Hurry, Puffa!"
  • Puffa is the only locomotive character in Tugs that had a speaking role.
  • His whistle sounds like a Star Brass 5 Chime.
  • In the Finnish dub, Puffa is called Tussu.
  • It is unknown where Puffa's model is, though he may have been made into scrap setdressing for TUGS' sister show, Thomas & Friends.