Frieda is a big German engine who participated in the Great Railway Show. She was a contender in the strongest engine competition.
Frieda was present when she and the other international engines accidentally arrived on Sodor instead of the Mainland. When Thomas came to the Mainland to bring Gordon his safety valve, he mistook Frieda for Gordon. Frieda scoffed at this and puffed away to compete in the strength competition alongside Henry, Hiro, Vinnie and Shane, but the winner of the competition was left unknown. After the Great Railway Show ended, Frieda left the Mainland and returned to Germany.
Frieda is a sleek, blue streamlined engine from Germany. Beautiful and strong, Frieda will be entering the Strongest Engine race. She has come to show to prove that anything the boys can do, the girls could do better.
Frieda is based on the DB Class 10 built by Krupp in 1957. One of the two locomotives, 10 001 is preserved at the German Steam Locomotive Museum in Neuenmarkt-Wirsberg.
Frieda is painted blue with yellow and red lining and red wheels. She has her number, 409, painted on her tender in red, and the German flag painted on both the sides of her streamlined casing and tender.
Frieda was also featured in a Meet the Contenders segment.
- The German flag painted on Frieda's tender and streamlined casing is inaccurate to the real German flag; the red band is on the top and the black is in the middle. This problem is corrected on her Wooden Railway toy and the front promo.
- Frieda's Wooden Railway prototype incorrectly had coal in the tender; both members of her class were rebuilt as oil-burning locomotives. This was fixed on the final model.
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