- “Cromford, who's 2650, has been pulling trucks up High Peak in Derbyshire. He's tough is Cromford - he had to be for that job!”
- ―Stepney, Stepney's Special, Stepney the "Bluebell" Engine
Cromford, also known as by his number 2650, is a small but powerful goods tank engine living on the Bluebell Railway.
The Railway Series
"Cromford" worked as a goods engine at the Cromford and High Peak Railway. He was later saved from scrap and brought for preservation by the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society.
When Stepney visited the Island of Sodor, he mentioned Adams in a conversation with Edward. He and Adams did not have names then, so the other engines nicknamed him "Cromford", after the railway he once worked at. According to Stepney, his Controller was unaware of this name change and intended to keep it a secret between the engines.
Stepney describes Cromford as being a tough engine, as he was capable of pulling trucks on Cromford and High Peak Railway in Derbyshire, known for its steep inclines.
Cromford is based upon the real No. 2650, a real North London Railway Class 75 0-6-0 tank engine. 2650 was built in 1880 and was used to shunt and pull light passenger trains around Derbyshire. After being withdrawn in 1960, 2650 was kept at Derby until being sold to the Bluebell in working order in 1962 for £890. He was loaned to Barrow Hill Engine Sheds in 1999, and returned to the Bluebell Railway in 2008. He is currently numbered 58850, and is in need of an overhaul.
Unlike his Railway Series counterpart, it does not retain the name "Cromford".
Cromford is painted black with red, cream and grey lining, which is the LNWR's standard livery and - subsequently - adopted by British Railways as its standard mixed traffic black livery.