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"He had hoped for Fred, the other diesel, to pull the train today. But Fred was ill... "So he says!" muttered Rusty darkly to himself."
―Speedkiller, New Little Engine

Fred is a narrow gauge diesel engine who works on the Skarloey Railway.


According to Sodor: Reading Between the Lines, the Skarloey Railway bought two worn out Hunslet Diesels from the National Coal Board and using parts from both engines, constructed one good engine; Fred. He was put into service in 1989 as a secondary diesel and is used exclusively for maintenance and engineering work.

Once a year, Rusty and Fred have to pull a slow train that spreads weedkillers on the tracks. One holiday weekend, Fred was supposed to pull the weedkilling train, but fell ill, forcing Rusty to do the job instead. For unknown reasons, he did not attend Ivo Hugh's naming party.


Very little is known about Fred. It is assumed he is lazy and tries to stay out of work by pretending to be ill, but it is possible that he legitimately does fall ill often. Rusty once had to pay the price in New Little Engine.


Fred is based on Alf, a Hunslet 0-4-0 diesel with a maximum speed of 9 mph working on the Talyllyn Railway. Like Fred, Alf was built from parts of another engine.


Fred is painted charcoal-black with yellow lining and white lettering.



  • It is probable that Fred, like Alf, was named after Lord Alfred Robens, a politician and Chairman of the National Coal Board between 1961 and 1971.


* RWS only | ** T&F only

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