- “The driver won't choose you again. He wants big strong engines, like us.”
- ―The Big Engines to Edward, Edward's Day Out, The Three Railway Engines
98462 and 87546 were two blue tender engines who visited Sodor in 1923.
In 1923, two blue engines without names, only known by their numbers - 87546 and 98462 - were sent to the North Western Railway on trial. They were horrid engines and were very spiteful and mean to poor Edward, Gordon, James and Henry, so the Fat Director sent them away again.
98462 and 87546 were horrid engines who were very mean and spitful to the others.
98462 and 87546 are not based on any real locomotive class. 98462 looks like a cross between Edward and Gordon with a 4-6-0 wheel arrangement, no outside cylinders or motion, Stephenson valve gear and oval buffers; 87546 looks a cross between Gordon and Henry in his old shape with a 4-6-0 wheel arrangement, two-cylinder motion, Walschaerts valve gear and round buffers.
98462 and 87546 are painted blue with red and yellow lining.
- 98462 and 87546 are two of a number of background engines inserted into the Railway Series by William Middleton and C. Reginald Dalby. In 1963, a young reader from New Zealand named Ross wrote to the Rev. W Awdry who the then unnamed blue engines from the Three Railway Engines were and if they were featured in other stories. The Reverend invented an explanation that they were rude engines on trial who were quickly sent away.