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Ester is a an excavator, who works for the Italian Construction Company.


Thomas & Friends

When Thomas visited Italy, Ester was working at the Italian Construction Site. While digging out the foundations, she discovered an ancient Roman palace and the site had to be moved to the other side of the tracks. Her friends from the Italian Construction Company were supposed to help with this, but delays meant they became busy with their own work. On Thomas' (albeit indirect) suggestion, the Sodor Construction Company later came to Italy to help her out.


Ester takes life with excitement and a slow pace, speaking with the grandeur of an artist. She is slow and methodical, often getting amused at fast exciting actions and is quick to take ideas when given the right material. Despite her slow approach, Ester is not above moving fast when excited.


Ester does not appear to have a definitive basis, however, her design is typical of many real-life miniature excavators.


Ester is painted white and red, with green crawler track gears and a number "33" on both sides on the back of her cab doors. Her counterweight/engine cover is painted a dark grey.


  • Ester is painted in the colours of the Italian flag.
  • She is the third excavator in the television series after Alfie and Oliver. She is also the only female excavator in the series.
  • There are two names which may have been working names for Ester:
    • Esta, which she is referred to as on Flaminia Cinque's Spotlight page[1], her Capsule Plarail model, and the description for the TrackMaster Push Along Hard at Work pack.[2]
    • Lucia, which she is referred to as in the Channel 5 description for Mines of Mystery.[3]


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