My Custom Engine is an online and catalog exclusive item in the US which lets customers produce a personalized engine. The engine also comes with a personalized book about them.


There are three types of engine styles to chose from: Friendly Steamie, Helpful Steamie, or Spunky Steamie. They can then be painted (red, blue, green, purple, or silver), given a one or two digit number, decorations, a storybook, and a name up to 14 characters long to be printed underneath and in the book. An optional Really Useful Story Stand can be purchased for the item.


  • A diesel was planned as a fourth engine style, but it got cancelled. It used the same body as Norman.
  • Friendly Steamie uses the same body as Charlie, Helpful Steamie uses a similar body to the first version of Peter Sam, Spunky Steamie uses the same body as Scruff.
  • During the holiday seasons, the engines can have one of three holiday decorations added to them. A holiday-themed version of the Really Useful Story Stand can also be purchased with it.
  • During the year 2015, a celebration decoration could be added on to the engines, and a 70th Anniversary-themed version of the Really Useful Story Stand could be purchased.
  • From mid 2015 onwards, silver was added as a paint choice, additional decorations for seasons of the year, and a Four Seasons themed book.
  • From late 2015 onwards, additional decorations from the Everyday Isle could be added to the engines: plating, bunting, and suds. An engine can have more than one of these decorations added at a time. Illustrations of Sir Topham Hatt in the engine's cab appears on the bunting design, and his position changes on each engine style.
  • Helpful Steamie is the third engine to wear glasses, the first being Sodor Railway Repair and the second being Whiff.
  • On the last and sixth page of the classic storybook, an illustration of James in his Hornby model can be seen on the bridge.
  • In December 2016, blue was removed from the paint choices. It later returned in July 2017.
  • Friendly Steamie was removed from the engine style choices in July 2017.