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  • Number: 8783
  • Class: LNER D16
  • Designer: James Holden
  • Builder: Stratford Works
  • Built: 1923
  • Configuration:4-4-0

8783 was an engine from the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER). He/she appeared alongside Toby in the fourth illustration of Toby's Seaside Holiday.


No. 8783 was built in July 1923. He/she was around whilst Toby was working at Yarmouth Harbour as part of the London and North Eastern Railway. He/she was kept in immaculate condition as one of the dedicated Royal locomotives hauling the Royal trains from Kings Cross to Wolferton for Sandringham. 8783 also had a copper capped chimney. However, despite his/her rank, 8783 was withdrawn from service in 1958 and scrapped the following year.


8783 was based on a Holden-Designed Claude Hamilton locomotive, more specifically a D16. Molly is another member of this class. None survived into preservation.


8783 was painted apple green with "LNER" written on his/her tender in yellow.


Railway Series


  • In the Railway Series, 8783 has a nameplate on his/her splasher, however the real 8783 did not have a name.
  • There is a project to build a new D16 class, run by the Claude Hamilton Locomotive Group. Interestingly, they have chosen to number the engine 8783 and intend to name it Phoenix.


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