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This article is about the locomotive. You may be looking for the magazine story.
"Hello, old friend!"
— City Of Truro to Duck, Surprise Visitor

City of Truro
  • Number: 3717, originally 3440
  • Built: 1903
  • Builder: GWR Swindon Works
  • Designer: George Jackson Churchward
  • Configuration: 4-4-0
  • Retired: 1961
  • Restored: 1984

City of Truro, is a steam engine who holds the record of being the first engine to attain the speed of 100 mp/h.

Bio in the Railway Series

City of Truro, first appeared in Duck and the Diesel Engine when the Railway Society visited. Duck, although shy at first, quickly befriended him, but Gordon was jealous of his record and attempted to go as fast as him, only to have his dome blown off on the viaduct.

City of Truro was later referenced in Thomas and the Great Railway Show as being a member of the National Railway Museum.

Bio in the television series

City of Truro also appeared in the third season episode Gordon and the Famous Visitor. His name was not mentioned (though it appeared on a banner and his nameplate) and he didn't speak, but, according to Duck, he is a celebrity.

Gordon was jealous of the engine and tried to beat his speed record, only to have his dome blown off.


City of Truro is currently painted in Great Western brunswick green, lined out in orange and black, with black frames and the words, "Great Western" on his tender. In his appearances in the Railway Series and the television series, he had brown frames and the old Great Western Railway crest on his tender.


Railway Series

Television series

Magazine stories


  • City of Truro's model was a "dummy" model, meaning it had no motors or driving gears. It was later repainted and used as a "scrap" model in later episodes.
  • Although he did not appear with a face in the Railway Series or television series, he can be seen with a face in the 1980 annual and the magazine story, Surprise Visitor.
  • Presently, the real City of Truro is now on static display at the National Railway Museum following a tube failure in February 2013.
  • City of Truro appeared in a book of famous railway engines in the sixteenth season episode Flash Bang Wallop!
  • City of Truro's smokebox door is that of a German BR 80 (the same class as Marklin).
  • City of Truro is the first real engine to appear in both the Railway Series and the TV Series.



"Good riddance!" grumbled Gordon. "Chatting all night keeping important engines awake, who is he away way?"
"He's City of Truro. He's famous."
"As famous as me. Nonsense!"
"He's famouser than you. He went 100 miles an hour before you were drawn or thought of!"
"So he says. But I didn't like his looks. He's got no dome!" said Gordon darkly. "Never trust domeless engines, they're not respectable!"

- Gordon and Duck arguing about City of Truro, "Domeless Engines."


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