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Matthew is a white saddle tank engine.
Matthew first arrived on Halloween night. He came out of a siding to ask Percy and Henry the way to the Halloween party at Tidmouth Bay. However, Percy and Henry mistook him for a ghost engine, and quickly puffed away in fear. Later at the party, Matthew explained to Percy and Henry that he is not a ghost engine, but in instead, Richard Hatt's new tank engine, and now all are firm friends.
One day, Matthew was taking the mail and pulled up alongside Marie at a red signal. His signal turned to green and Marie was cross as she was there before Matthew; but her driver explains that Matthew's mail was more important than Marie's slow-goods.
One day, Matthew brought Richard Hatt to Brendam to meet Lorenzo and Beppe upon their arrival to the Island. He was then asked to show the pair the way to Knapford and became friends with them in the process.
Matthew is a kind, young engine. He doesn't like to offend others, and often tries to avoid using language that might do so.
Matthew is an 0-4-0 saddle tank believed to have been built originally by the Avonside Engine Company of Bristol but prior to being purchased second or third hand by Sir Topham Hatt he acquired components from Hunslet of Leeds and other builders. A similar locomotive that Matthew resembles, No. 1340 Trojan, is preserved at the Didcot Railway Centre.
Matthew is painted white with red lining. He has red piston rods and white wheels with red rims. He also has his number "326" on his cab in red.