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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

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Fred
  • Number: SR 9
  • Designer: Ivo Hugh
  • Builder: Hunslet Engine Co., rebuilt Crovan's Gate Works
  • Gauge: 2ft 3in
  • Built: 1989
  • Configuration: 0-4-0DM
  • Top Speed: 9 mph
  • Arrived on Sodor: 1989
  • First Appearence: TBA

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

Bio

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.

Persona

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.

Basis

Fred is assumed to be 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.

Appearances

Gallery

Skarloey Railway
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