- “Alaric and Eric are seven and eight, they're nice quiet engines.”
- ―Ernest and Wilfred, Danger Points, Mountain Engines
The Railway Series
Alaric was built at the Swiss Locomotive and Machine Works in Winterthur, Switzerland in 1962 to a "super-heat" design. He arrived on Sodor in May allowing Shane Dooiney to be sent away for an overhaul.
Not much is known about Alaric's personality, though he is described as being nice and quiet. It can also be assumed that he is careful and cautious like the other mountain engines.
Alaric is based on No. 7 Ralph, an engine who worked on the Snowdon Mountain Railway, he was originally called "Aylwin" when built in 1923 and was renamed "Ralph Sadler", before it was shortened to "Ralph". "Ralph" was withdrawn in 1990, and is unlikely to return to service.
Alaric is painted purple with orange lining. The number "7" is painted on the sides and back of his cab in yellow and he has red nameplates, with his name in gold, on the sides of his tanks.
- Like most of mountain engines, Alaric is equipped with a face at each end.