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“He's called Culdee, after the mountain his railway climbs.”
Donald, Mountain Engines[src]


Culdee is a narrow gauge mountain-climbing engine named after Culdee Fell, the mountain his railway climbs. He has his own coach named Catherine.

Biography

The Railway Series

Culdee was built at the Swiss Locomotive and Machine Works in Winterthur, Switzerland, and arrived on Sodor in time for the railway's inspection. In March 1900, he was the first to be used in the test runs on the Culdee Fell Railway. When Lord Harry was delivered in March 1962, Culdee left for overhaul instead of Shane Dooiney as he was the most run down of the two. He arrived back on Sodor in May 1963, which is where the first story of Mountain Engines begins.

Personality

Culdee is careful, cautious and friendly. He is filled with advice to give to the other engines. Culdee is the sensible one of the Mountain Railway. He and his coach, Catherine are a fine team, and favourites with passengers. But he does like a bit of excitement, and tells great stories about the other engines.

Technical Details

Basis

Culdee is based on the Snowdon Mountain Railway's No. 4 Snowdon.

Livery

Culdee is painted purple with orange lining. The number "4" 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.

Appearances

Trivia

  • The Railway Series: Surprise Packet reveals that Culdee's driver's name is Joe.
  • Though not making an appearance in the TV series, he is mentioned by a parent in an interview on the 10 Years of Thomas VHS/DVD.
  • Culdee has buffers in some magazine stories and on his Take Along and Take-n-Play toys.
  • In Sudric, "Culdee" translates as "Companion of God". The real life origin of the term comes from members of Christian monastic and eremitical communities of Ireland, Scotland, and England in the Middle Ages who were called "Culdees", which means "client/companion of God".
  • Like most of mountain engines, Culdee is equipped with a face at each end.

Merchandise

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Ertl Company

Name Released Discontinued Highlights Photo
Culdee
1995
Unknown
Originally sold under Shining Time Station brand as a "Special Edition" character
CuldeeERTL

Wooden Railway

Name Released Discontinued Highlights Photo
Culdee
1996
2000
LCCuldee
Culdee
2005
2008
Sold in "Culdee and the Apple Orchard Cars" value pack.
WoodenRailwayNewCuldee
Culdee
2015
2015
Reintroduced as a "Limited Release"
2015WoodenRailwayCuldee

Take Along

Name Released Discontinued Highlights Photo
Culdee
2005
Unknown
Take-AlongCuldee

Take-n-Play

Name Released Discontinued Highlights Photo
Culdee
2014
Unknown
Take-n-PlayCuldee

Trading Cards

Name Released Discontinued Highlights Photo
Culdee
2002
2009
CuldeeTradingCard

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