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“T'riffic!”
―Hodge's catchphrase

Hodge is a one of a kind chugger who lives in Chuggington. His name derives from the fact that he was built from a hodge-podge of parts - refurbished metal from the scrapyard.

Biography

Hodge isn't built like many chuggers; he was built with recycled parts, making a lot of his material hard to find or repair.[1][2]

Hodge was originally a trainee with Zephie,[3] who is still a good friend of his to this day. After finishing training, Hodge began working with Eddie, a young mechanic who then lived with his parents. Some time after this, Hodge, with the help of Wilson, Brewster and Koko would help Eddie find a home in Chuggington after him showing up late for work each day started to become a problem.[4] Wilson would later assist Hodge in fixing a broken piece of track on the yellow line; after some mishaps (mostly due to the lack of cooperation between them both), the two could replace the track before Eddie arrived.[5]

A while later, Wilson once gave Hodge a big scare, causing him to accidentally dismantle one of the junction boxes in the Depot. He kept it a secret a while until disruption started to occur and he later confessed to Eddie and Vee about the incident.[6] Hodge would then challenge to find out who can be the most helpful and complete more jobs in one day. It originally depicted to be a draw, until it was revealed that Hodge - albeit unintentionally - fixed the tune on Eddie's new guitar.[7]

Amid a bad storm, Hodge would briefly fly in the air due to high winds and a tarp that hung from his roof; despite the slightly traumatic experience, Hodge fixed all of the broken things that Eddie was tasked with fixing during this time.[8] He would also end up as a runaway after Dr. Ling's new Chug Booster loss control and sent Hodge flying down the line.[9] Not long after, Hodge overheated while on the way to the annual rolling stock show, almost melting by the time that he was found by Eddie and Zephie. Hodge also hosted the Chug Quiz after Harrison failed to make it; but almost didn't himself, either, as he snapped his one of a kind front axle while hauling an extremely heavy load of track.[1]

Afterwards, Hodge would find himself in many adventures: taking the mayor's nephew around trying to pick the Chugger of the Year[10], going on a wild goose chase with the Chugnav and having to go to space (with the help of Action Chugger) to fix the satellite.[11] and overheat himself losing cooling fluid on his way to the Rolling Stock Show.[12]

Sometime passes on and Hodge is assisted to clean the tall buildings up in Chug Town. Unfortunately, he got stuck high up on the riser platform, only for Wilson's quick thinking to use the Washer Wagon to push himself away from the building to "kick" the machine to work again.[13] As time goes on, Hodge goes on to help out Skipper Stu at the Docks to get an old steam crane to operate again.[14]

Later on, Hodge would participate, along with Koko and Piper, to a night time safari tour with Mtambo using nocturnal technology to find their way through the dark[15] Hodge would also participate in the Rip Roaring Relay Race alongside Emery, but lost to Tai and Rosa.[16]

After overworking himself for so long, Hodge's radiator finally gave out and overheated. Given Hodge's model is no longer in used, there no place where Morgan and Lori can find another copy. Thankfully, Brewster had two of the same models, and after a trails of test, then later sympathy, Brewster donated one of his radiators to Hodge.[2]

Hodge would later assist Brewster in restoring power to the Docks' lighthouse, which after Cormac had acquired an over powered motor for his crane, causing it to use up nearly all of Chuggington's power, had turned off- nearly causing an incoming ship to run aground.[17] He'd also grab the trainee's help on trying to locate space chuggers. They would then realise it was just to Chug-a-Sonic comet that flew by, glowing up the night sky.[18]

Personality

Hodge was still a trainee not long ago but has much experience. Hodge has his moments, but it can take a lot to get him excited; he has a bit of a "seen it all" attitude and is often a bit depressed. When he's not, though, he can be a great friend- though a bit blunt at times; some moments, his voice can be dry and stressed. Hodge tries hard to not get caught up in quarrels,[19] and even if he does, he strives to be the bigger person. Despite this, Hodge can become frustrated very easily and often opts to give up.

Hodge assists Eddie, a mechanic who helps with fixing around Chuggington. Hodge often feels that Eddie underestimates him and treats him like a child,[6] but he has come to understand that Eddie only acts that way because he cares about him. In all, Hodge, while not very enthusiastic, is a helpful chugger who, deep down, will always look out for his friends.

Technical Details

Basis

Although Hodge is not based on any actual locomotive and is of a freelance design, he resembles one of early modified Mack AC rail trucks. He is described in one episode by the mayor's nephew as being a "six-wheeled dandy diesel". He has a vague family resemblance to a wide range of railway cars built in several local railway company shops from a mixture of automobile, bus, truck, and railway car parts. Likely inspiration came from the USA's Rio Grande Southern "Galloping Goose" series of contrivances. Of the three preserved RGS "Galloping Goose" series of cars, Hodge most closely resembles RGS #6 (which has a flatbed truck frame on its rear) but with the stovepipe of RGS#7 (used for heating the passenger compartment - which on RGS #7 was partly created from wooden passenger coach parts). Hodge also lacks the vast snowplows used on the RGS machines. However, many such shop-built contraptions were assembled and used by small budget railway companies throughout the world, and each of them was uniquely built for local needs using parts on hand. Like his ancestors throughout the world, Hodge is a locally designed and built machine, created from whatever parts happened to be available to meet the specific needs of his railway.

Livery

Hodge is made from hodge-podge parts and is primarily reddish-brown; he also consists of teal, blue, olive green, red and black. As well as that, he has unpainted brass lining.

Appearances

Chuggington

Specials

Chuggington: Badge Quest

Discover Chuggington: All Aboard!

Videos

Songs

Audio Files

Horn

First used Last used Sound Effect
Late Again Eddie Active

In the episode Heave Ho Harrison, Hodge is depicted with the high-pitch snow horn sound.

Only used Sound Effect
Heave Ho Harrison

Trivia

  • Hodge is one of the few smallest heavy hauling engines in Chuggington. The others are Calley and Tai.
  • Hodge is one of the only two chuggers without a front coupler (the other being Zephie), as he lacks a coupling hatch. However, he has been seen with one on several occasions. For example, in Mtambo's Royal Tour, he is seen without one, but when Mtambo couples up to him the coupling appears out of nowhere, despite still not having a hatch.
  • Hodge is the only chugger with a 2-4-0 wheel arrangement.
  • As seen in Zephie's Star Club, he isn't interested in clubs, knowing the inevitable outcome of them falling apart.
  • In Polish, he is called "Hugo", in Czech, he is called "Brbla", in Korean, he is called "Momo", in Japanese, he is called "Hojji", in Italian, he is called "Max", and in Russian and Ukrainian, he is called "Khodzh".
  • As mentioned in Brewster's Greatest Gift, Hodge has a radiator that is now discontinued, and the only known chugger to share the same model is Brewster.

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