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- “Well, in Cornwall during 1988, I met Bill and Ben's twins and talked to the Driver of one of them at Par. He set me thinking”
- ―The Author
Alfred and Judy were built by W.G. Bagnall, for special use at the Bagnall Port of Par in Cornwall, United Kingdom. The unusual design was required to cope with some extremely tight curves, and a very low bridge under the Cornish Main Line, the two locomotives are both preserved in operational conditions.
Alfred and Judy were previously kept on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway, in recent months, they made numerous trips to various heritage railways around the United Kingdom, including The Foxfield Railway, The Great Central Railway, The Tanfield Railway, The Midland Railway (The Butterley Railway), and The Beamish Railway. Alfred and Judy are now currently housed at the M Shed in Bristol, where they are sometimes chosen to give special train rides up and down the Port of Par on special weekends. Bill was based off Alfred and Ben, Judy.
Alfred and Judy are painted in a green coat of paint, with yellow lining, although the former was once repainted in a yellow coat of paint, very similar to Bill and Ben's yellow coats of paint.
- According to the foreword of the thirty-third book of The Railway Series, Thomas and the Twins, Alfred and Judy are Bill and Ben's twins.
- When the Rev. W. Awdry visited the Port of Par in 1966, Alfred and Judy inspired him to create Bill and Ben.
- Alfred and Judy are often disguised as Bill and Ben in Days Out with Thomas events.