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"People say I'm old fashioned. But I don't care. The Fat Controller says I'm a useful engine."
— Edward, Saved from Scrap, second season


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Edward
  • Number: 2
  • Class: Furness Railway K2
  • Designer: Sharp, Stewart and Co.
  • Builder: Sharp, Stewart and Co.
  • Built: 1896
  • Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)
  • Configuration: 4-4-0
  • Arrived on Sodor: circa 1915

Edward is a blue FR K2 class mixed-traffic engine. He runs his own branch line with BoCo. Edward is one of the oldest engines on Sodor and is occasionally made fun of for his old age. Edward is very wise and optimistic and spreads his knowledge and encouraging attitude towards the other engines.

Bio in the Railway Series

Edward was built by Sharp Stewart and Company in Glasgow, Scotland in 1896 as being built as a Large Seagull Frness K2 locomotive; and worked on the Furness Railway before coming to Sodor in 1915 to finish the building of the North Western Railway.

After his work was completed in 1916, Edward was kept in a shed, to the delight of the other engines, who claimed that he was too old and weak to work. Edward was eventually let out again and proved that what he lacked in strength, he made up for in work by pushing a stuborn Gordon and his heavy goods train up Gordon's Hill in 1923.

In 1923, When Thomas the Tank Engine was fed up with fetching coaches for the big engines, Edward offered Thomas to take his trucks, however, Thomas, having no experience with trucks, was pushed down a hill and diverted into a siding. Later in 1925 ( to1929), Edward helped James double-head a passenger train when the splendid red engine was acting out.

From the time of 1930-1945 is most likely the year Edward earned his branchline as there is no officail date or time space.

For some time afterwards in 1952, Edward was getting so old that his parts caused him to clank as he went along, which led to the bigger engines teasing him about his age. Gordon and Henry teased him about when a group of cows caused half of his cattle trucks to break away and derail, but later got their comeuppance when they encountered a cow named Bluebell on a bridge. Edward would later save an old traction engine named Trevor from scrap when he encouraged a Vicar to buy him.

However in 1954, James would still talk down to Edward's age and how slow he is, but after he was left running down the mainline without a driver thanks to two naughty boys who played with his controls, Edward proved himself to be a hero when he brought the inspector and James' fireman to slow him down. James couldn't thank Edward enough for his heroic actions and the Fat Controller sent Edward to the works to have his worn parts mended as a reward. When Edward came back, everyone was very pleased to see him again.

In 1962 (roughgy), Bill and Ben arrived to work at the "Sodor China Clay works" and cuased much trouble for Edward and play many tricks. It isn't untill 1965 when Boco arrives from "The Other Railway". He had a rather suprising encouter with Bill and ben, until Edward sorted things out. Next, a few days later Edward and Gordon are both talking about branchlines, most to the disproval of Gordon. Anyhow that night there was a mishap at Tidmout, which in favour Edward's train went first which sent him down the mainline (Signalman at Wellsworth was not informed of this delay) and Gordon went down to Brendam. The Next morning Bill and Ben "mistake" Gordon for scrap and threntaned him that they were going to dump him in the sea. It wasn't until Boco "saved" Gordon, and ever since then Gordon has had much more respect for Boco. After that Edward reprimanded Bill and Ben for what they did to Gordon. That evening when Edward is taking a passenger train home to Tidmouth filled with enthusisaits. His Crankpins snap damaging his wheel splasher, and running plate forcing the driver and Fireman to take them off. However Edward was able to pull the heavy train back to Tidmouth ver late; but triumph.Right after that Edward is sent to the works for immiedant repairs.

Over the years, Edward had shared his knowladge with others and has had many adventures over the years as in the story "Edward craks a Nut". In 2007, when an old coach named Victoria was being restored, Edward quickly recognized her from the Furness Railway and listened to her story about when she worked with a tank engine named Albert on his branch line. Edward later took her to Knapford Junction for Thomas to take to Toby; For Toby and Hennrietta too meet. In 2011 when the Sliver Jubliene was going to happen in a few weeks; One of Edward's front wheels came of, but was soon quikly repaired.

Bio in the Television Series

When Trevor was to be the main star attraction for the Vicar's garden party, Edward wanted to help, but didn't know how. His chance came when the Vicar forgot to promote the party by putting up the posters, so he suggested having them put up on his cab and coaches as part of the party's advertisement. His plan worked, and so many people came to the party that they raised alot of money for the children. The Vicar later thanked Edward and his crew for their idea.

Edward has always been a kind and wise engine, though in some scenarios, he has acted a bit hostile to newcomers. For example, in Harvey to the Rescue, he claimed that Harvey "doesn't even look like an engine". In Thomas and the New Engine, he was one of the engines to spread rumours that Neville wanted to bump the steam engines. In Edward Strikes Out, he agreed with Gordon's element of doubt about Rocky and called him a "new-fangled nonsense".

In Edward and the Mail, he did not want to embarrass himself in front of the other engines, so he tried to take the mail train without asking Percy, who was in need of repairs, for advice, in result of him delivering the mail to all the wrong places.

Edward has also acted excitable in some episodes. In the twelfth season episode, Steady Eddie, he was given a task of taking the new water wheel to Great Waterton. He ignored the Fat Controller's advice to take the express track, and instead took all the bumpy tracks to show off, which almost resulted in the water wheel being scrapped. In Thomas and the Runaway Kite, he wanted to help Thomas chase after the Fat Controller's grandchildren's kite. Since then, Edward has tried to regain his usual self, which one day made Charlie think he was too old to have fun in Charlie and Eddie. Edward was upset about this so he tried to be as fun as Charlie, but this only caused even more trouble. Since then, he has just stuck to being the wise and kind engine that he was of old.

In the eighteenth season, he was still being teased by Gordon, who thought he was unreliable for breaking down frequently, but Edward claimed that he had not broken down in ages. When Gordon later got stuck on his hill, Edward came to push him. But when they reached the top of the hill, Gordon just carried on without saying "thank you". Edward complained about Gordon's ungratefulness to Thomas, who came up with a plan. Thomas challenged Gordon to a race across the island, but just as Gordon was about to catch up, Thomas pulled onto the same track which meant Gordon had no choice but to follow him. At Gordon's Hill, the two engines were going so slowly that Gordon had no choice but to stop and got stuck again. As Thomas carried on his way, Edward arrived. This time, it was Edward's turn to call Gordon unreliable for always getting stuck on his own hill. Edward then began to carry on his way too, but Gordon begged him to help and promised to never called him unreliable again. So Edward forgave Gordon and gave him a push, and the big blue engine even said "thank you" once they had reached the top of the hill.

In Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, he tells Thomas, who is being mended at the Steamworks, that Rocky had discovered a pirate ship in the cavern in which Thomas had fell into earlier (despite Thomas discovering it first). Salty later tells him, Henry, and James about a "lost pirate".

Persona

Edward is kindhearted and always keen to help a friend in need. The small engines trust him to lend a listening ear and sympathetic advice. He is a hard worker too, and always does his best to finish a job. If ever an engine misbehaves or acts out, it's Edward that the Fat Controller turns to in order to soothe things out.

Sadly, the big engines often see Edward as old-fashioned and slow. While it is true he is the oldest engine on the North Western Railway - it must be noted he helped build it - he has proved time and time again that he is more than capable of working as hard as any engine, but he is a more clever and wiser engine, too. In fact, he and BoCo are the only engines who look after Bill and Ben, and know when to put them in their place should they misbehave, and like any other wise old engine, he stands for no nonsense from anyone, especially from the bigger engines.

From The Great Festival Adventure to the fifteenth season however, Edward's persona changed slightly. Despite his reputation of being kind and friendly, Edward has acted cheeky. Edward also acted with a lack of confidence in himself in that he keeps secrets from the other engines and Sir Topham Hatt, when he was once leaking steam and likewise when he was told to pull the post train whilst Percy was being repaired. Sometimes, Edward even shared the same personality as James, such as when he decided to show off his special waterwheel and laughed at Thomas when he was wearing a funny funnel.

However, since the seventeenth season, Edward has been portrayed with his original personality.

Basis

The Reverend W. Awdry stated that Edward is based on a heavily modified Sharp, Stewart and Co. "Larger Seagull" K2 Class, supplied to the Furness Railway in 1896.

Sodor "historian" Martin Clutterbuck notes that Edward bears a close resemblance to an LNER D3/4 "Glen" (NBR Reid Class K) 4-4-0 from the London and North Eastern Railway. At any rate, the Reverend W. Awdry used an engine of this class to represent Edward on his model railway.

Visible Crovan's Gate Works modifications are: making the rear splasher flush with the cab, new cab windows as opposed to cutaways in his cab side sheets, and square cab lookouts as opposed to the original round ones.

Livery

Edward is painted NWR blue with the NWR red and yellow lining and the number "2" painted on his tender sides in bright yellow with a red border. In the Railway Series, he carries two builder's plates on the sides of his cab.

It can be assumed that, before arriving on Sodor, Edward was painted in the Furness Railway's Indian Red livery with the letters "FR" written in yellow on his tender sides and black wheels.

Inspiration

The inspiration for Edward himself came from the Reverend W. Awdry's watching trains on the Great Western Railway as a child. He said in an interview with Brian Sibley for The Thomas the Tank Engine Man that, to him, the noise of the locomotives' exhaust almost sounded like dialogue - for example, the larger engine having trouble climbing the hills would appear to be saying, "I can't do it, I can't do it" and the smaller engine helping them would sound like it was saying, "I will do it! I will do it! I will do it!" Later, Reverend Awdry told his son a bedtime story about an engine who was sad because he was never taken out of the shed for being old. Upon being asked what the engine's name was by his son, the Reverend Awdry picked the name Edward out of thin air.

Appearances

Railway Series

Television series

Specials:

Magazine stories

Edward also appeared in the magazine stories, A Perfect Garden, Bill and BoCo, Chiff Chaff, Diesel Causes Delay, Diesel Display, Edward's Scarecrow, Flying James, Gordon and Edward, James and Edward, Lamp Light!, Lost and Found, Percy's Spooky Tooth, Percy's Stories, Railway Open Day, Really Useful Edward, Road Train, Slick Trick!, Stick with Steam, Taking Toby, The Big Ship, and The Blue Engine Club.

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Trivia

  • Edward was the very first character created for the Railway Series, in 1943.
  • In Saved from Scrap, it was revealed that Edward's driver was named Charlie.
  • Edward is the only engine whose crew has been named in the Railway Series. In the foreword of "Edward the Blue Engine" their names were given as Charlie Sand (driver) and Sidney Hever (fireman). Their surnames came from their duties (one of the driver's jobs is to sand the rails when they are slippery to let the engine's wheels grip, while the fireman "heaves" coal to the firebox); their Christian names came from an engine crew from the Wisbech and Upwell Tramway.
  • Two of Edward's models are currently on display; one at Drayton Manor along with his happy, clenched and tired face casts, and the other is in Japan at the Hara Railway Museum (previously on display at Nitrogen Studios).
  • Edward was not in any known draft of Thomas and the Magic Railroad. According to Phil Fehrle , there was not enough screen time and opportunity to utilise him in a way that added any real value to the film.
  • In Steady Eddie, Charlie and Eddie and Edward the Hero, Edward refers to himself as "Eddie". Charlie also refers to him by this name. "Eddie" also happens to be Edward's real name in the Greek narration and in Italy from the fifteenth season onwards; however, in the Engine Roll call he's referred as Edward.
  • In the television series, Edward went through numerous changes:
    • Season 4:
    • His whistle was at a lower pitch.
    • Season 6:
      • His safety valve disappeared.
      • His eyebrows become smaller and longer and are raised up slightly.
    • Season 8:
      • His eyebrows become thinner.
    • Season 9:
      • His eyebrows are lowered and become even thinner.
    • Season 10:
      • The riveting on his front bufferbeam disappeared.
      • His buffers were moved downward and widened in length.
    • Season 12:
      • The gap between his second and third red stripes on his boiler became larger.
      • His pupils also became smaller.
      • His eyebrows become thicker and change shape.
    • Hero of the Rails:
      • He slightly decreased in height.
      • His buffers became bigger and moved towards the centre of his bufferbeam.
      • His pupils become larger.
    • Season 17:
      • He gained a lamp and tail lamp.
    • Season 18:
      • His handrails were painted black.
    • The Adventure Begins:
      • His handrails were painted silver again.
      • The inside of his tender became blue.
      • His side-rods become silver.
  • The 2014 re-designs of TrackMaster and Take-n-Play Edward and an illustration the annual story Edward Cracks a Nut incorrectly depict him as a 2-6-0.

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See also

North Western Railway
ThomasEdwardHenryGordonJamesPercyTobyDuckDonald and DouglasOliverBarryThe Austerity EngineThe Red EnginesDaisyBoCoBearThe Works DieselPip and EmmaPeel Godred Engines
HarveyEmilyFergusArthurMurdochMollyNevilleRosieWhiffBillyStanleyHankFloraVictorCharlieBash and DashFerdinandScruffBellePorterGlynnRyanDerekDiesel 10'Arry and BertSaltyDennisDenDartSidneyPaxtonNormanPhilipFlynnWinstonStafford

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