"He's a lovely engine, a South Western from Devon. He can stroll away with any load he's given."
―Stepney, Stepney's Special, Stepney the "Bluebell" Engine
  • Number: 488, previously 0488, EKR 5, 3488 and 30583
  • Class: LSWR 415
  • Designer: William Adams
  • Builder: Neilson & Co.
  • Built: 1885
  • Retired: July 31st 1961
  • Configuration: 4-4-2T
  • Top Speed: 45 mph

Adams, formerly known as number 488, is an engine who resides on the Bluebell Railway.


"Adams" was built on March 31st 1885 for the London & South Western Railway, and was withdrawn from service in July 31st 1961. He was then purchased by the Bluebell Railway, because he was the one retaining the original pattern of boiler.

Stepney mentioned Adams while talking to Edward about the Bluebell Railway. He and Cromford did not have names then, so the others nicknamed him "Adams", after his designer, William Adams. According to Stepney, his Controller is unaware of this name change.

"Adams" is currently requiring a new boiler barrel, but he can be seen on display at the Bluebell Railway along with other engines. The Bluebell Railway has not announced an exact date for his return to steam, but it will be several years.


Adams is an LSWR 415 class "Radial Tank" engine, built in 1885 for hauling goods.


Adams is painted in the London & South Western Railway's green livery, with black and white lining. "No. 488" is painted on his front bufferbeam in yellow


Railway Series


  • Adams was sold to the military during the first World War, and worked at Ridham dock near Sittingbourne.



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