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"I hope it's cold tonight and he can't start in the morning. At least someone might want to preserve us. Who'd need him? Old Stuck-Up!"
— James, James and the Diesel Engines


Old Stuck-Up
  • Number: 40125
  • Class: BR Class 40
  • Designer: English Electric
  • Builder: Vulcan Foundry
  • Built: December 1960
  • Configuration: 1Co-Co1
  • Top Speed: 90 mph

Diesel 40125, nicknamed "Old Stuck-Up" by James, is a haughty diesel from the Other Railway.


BoCo was to show the visiting diesel around, but when he saw steam engines in the shed he refused to go further and insulted the railway for keeping them in service. A furious James bestowed upon him the nickname "Old Stuck-Up".

The next day, Old Stuck-Up was about to leave when he remembered he needed refuelling. He attempted to use BoCo and Bear's part of the shed to be refuelled and cleaned, but slid on cleaning fluid on the rails and crashed into the back of the shed. He was sent home after being talked to severely by the Fat Controller; BoCo noted that while he couldn't hear everything, he didn't think it sounded particularly flattering.


Old Stuck-Up is rude and arrogant like a lot of diesels, and believes that steam power is subpar to diesel.


Old Stuck-Up is based on a BR Class 40 1Co-Co1. The Diesel is another member of this class. Three of these locomotives are preserved.


Old Stuck-Up is painted in the British Rail "Rail Blue" livery with yellow warning panels. The number "40125" is painted on the sides of his cab in white.


Railway Series


  • Unlike most diesels in the Railway Series, Old Stuck-Up's number wasn't fictional. When the new TOPs numbering system was introduced, all Class 40's were numbered between 40 001 - 40 199. The real 40125 was withdrawn from service in May 1981 and cut up at Swindon Works in December 1983, so the setting of "Old Stuck-Up" could have taken place before that date.


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