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"Have you worked Marseille?"
— Salty, Peace and Quiet, seventh season


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Murdoch
  • Class: BR Standard 9F
  • Designer: Robert A. Riddles
  • Builder: Crewe or Swindon Works
  • Configuration: 2-10-0
  • Built: sometime between 1954 and 1960

Murdoch is Sodor's largest and strongest goods engine.

Bio

Murdoch was brought to relieve the engines of their heavy workloads. He was big and strong, so the other engines were eager to learn more about him. Murdoch, however, disliked the noise of their chatter and got cross at Salty and Harvey when they inquired about his past exploits. The next day, Murdoch finally had a chance to pull a train in the quiet countryside, but his journey was interrupted by a flock of stray sheep. Murdoch had to wait with the noisy sheep until Toby could bring the farmer to lead them away. That night, Murdoch found Salty's and Harvey's company a relief.

Murdoch was happy but shy about being decorated for the May Day festivities.

On one windy autumn day, a large red carpet landed on the back of Murdoch's goods train, unbeknownst to Murdoch. Percy briefly chased after it, until the heavy winds blew it away again.

When Whiff first arrived on Sodor, Murdoch, alongside Molly and Neville, laughed at Emily because she was showing Whiff around Sodor.

Emily once needed Murdoch's help when she became stranded in the mud, and near the end Emily asked him which track should she take. Murdoch told Emily that the tracks on Gordon's Hill were being cleared and told her to take the valley route instead.

Murdoch pulled Rocky to help Thomas recover the lost materials for the Sodor River Bridge's restoration.

Persona

Murdoch is a mighty, powerful engine with ten drive wheels. He is one of the largest engines working on Sodor and was brought to the Island to help with the heavy workload and pull heavy goods trains across the Main Line. Murdoch is as shy as he is strong, as he is actually a gentle giant. He can often be found seeking peace and quiet, away from the bustle of the yards and the Docks. He enjoys long hauls through the countryside and, although he can get short of patience and a little annoyed if he does not get some alone time, he can be quite a reserved engine. Although he can be an independent worker, Murdoch is often content to join in, help, and offer advice where he deems it worthy, but, despite being hard to miss due his defining strength and size, he will not jump to put himself at the centre of attention.

Basis

Murdoch is a BR standard class 9F goods engine. The class was the last make of steam engines to be built for British Railways, with the last one, "Evening Star," built in 1960.

Livery

Murdoch is painted orange with green and red lining. He has smoke deflectors, on which he wears red nameplates with gold lettering.

Appearances

Television series

The Halloween Engine in the eight season episode, Halloween, used Murdoch's cylinders.

Magazine stories

Murdoch also appeared in the magazine stories, Missing Murdoch, Noisy Passengers, and Sound of Silence.

Voice Actors

Trivia

  • In the UK, Murdoch gains a Scottish accent in the twelfth season.
  • The Motor Road and Rail system previously spelt Murdoch's name incorrectly as "Murdock".
  • Murdoch's models are currently on display in Canada at Nitrogen Studios.
  • Murdoch has the most driving wheels of any engine, at 10.  However, counting his leading wheels, he is part of a small group of engines with 12 wheels in total (not counting tender wheels).
  • Murdoch was the first engine in the TV series to have smoke deflectors. Currently, Hiro is the only other engine in the TV series to also have them.

Merchandise

Gallery

Merchandise Gallery

See also

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