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Zephie is a track inspection vehicle from Chuggington. She will appear later in Season 1.

Personality

A kind scissor lift trolley, Zephie is good friends with Koko, Wilson and Brewster. Though a very small engine, she is really useful and an important engine for Crotoonia as she is used to check that the tracks are well maintained and safe for the engines use. Being a specially built scissor lift trolley, she can spin around 360 degrees and zoom up and down to manoeuvre her cab, though she is fitted with a bell instead of a horn or whistle. Zephie goes through life with her head held high, figuratively or literally, and although she can be a little excitable, she knows that hard work has its rewards. Zephie often looks up to hard-working Brewster as a role model.

Technical Details

Basis

Zephie is loosely based on an early San Diego cable car, which can not spin around 360 degrees. The spinning function may have come from a Manchester horse drawn tram. It had the ability to turn 180 degrees. The spinning feature may also have been inspired by certain North American track inspection cars ("speeders"), such as certain versions of the Fairmont P-5, which are equipped with a drop down lifting pivot. In such cars a central foot is dropped between the rails from the centre of the car, raising the entire machine (including the wheels) off the rails, and enabling the operator to spin the entire car around by hand.

Livery

Zephie is green with rims of brown and yellow around her eyes. Her doors are wooden brown with brass yellow rims. Her roof is green too and has a golden bell. Her wheels are black.



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