There have been several real locomotives that have appeared in other forms of Thomas & Friends media.
Bahamas is a preserved British steam locomotive.
5596 was built in 1935 by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow. He was named Bahamas in 1936 after the Bahamas, which were then part of the British Empire. After nationalisation in 1948, Bahamas was renumbered by British Railways to 45596 and transferred to Edge Hill, Liverpool.
In 1961, he was usually fitted with a double blastpipe and chimney and was returned to traffic and based at Carlisle. He was transferred to Stockport in July 1962, from which he was withdrawn from traffic in July 1966.
Now based at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, he is owned by the Bahamas Locomotive Society. Until the end of 2012, Bahamas was on loan to the National Railway Museum in York as a display inside the Great Hall, after taking part in the NRM's Railfest. Having raised funds for his next overhaul, the society is planning a special farewell event for Bahamas on 18th May 2013 at Ingrow station prior to dismantling their engine for overhaul. 2017 is the target for Bahamas' overhaul to be completed.
Bio in the Railway Series
- From 1934 to 1936 over 191 engines of this class were built and Bahamas is one of four examples preserved.
- Two of these engines were rebuilt with smoke deflectors in 1942 but these did not survive into preservation and were scrapped with most of the class.
- These engines were given the nickname "Red Staniers" because of their Crimson Red livery they wore.
Fenchurch is painted in the London Brighton & South Coast Railway's Marsh Umber livery with white and black lining and a white roof. His name is painted on his side tanks and "No. 672" is painted on his front bufferbeam, both in yellow.
- 1980 - Annual (mentioned)
- Fenchurch is the oldest engine in the Bluebell Railway's heritage collection, being built in 1872.
- Having arrived at the Bluebell Railway in his later-day A1X rebuilt condition in the spring of 1964, Fenchurch was converted back into the likeness of his original A1 state.
- He was last operational in January 2011 and is now on display at Sheffield Park engine shed. Overhaul is expected to start after P class No. 27 "Primrose" is completed, with an ambition to return the locomotive to steam for the 150th anniversary of its construction in 2022.
Birch Grove is an LB&SCR E4 class tank engine preserved on the Bluebell Railway. It was seen in the 1980 Annual and later appeared in Hashire! The "Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends" Steam Locomotive is Alive! under its British Railways number, 32473. In the documentary, Gaku Hamada learns on Birch Grove how to clean, fire and drive a steam engine and cooks eggs in its firebox on the shovel.
Birch Grove was painted in the LB&SCR Marsh Umber livery with white and black lining and with his name painted on his side tanks in yellow. For a limited time, in February 2005, he was painted in BR lined black. After re-entering service in January 2010, he carried the 1920s Southern Railway olive green livery.
- 1980 - Annual (cameo)
- 75 of the LB&SCR E4 class were built from 1897 to 1903. Birch Grove is the sole survivor of this class.
- Birch Grove was last steamed in 2016. Major replacement of the copper plates forming the inner firebox will be needed before it can resume operation.
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
Peckett No. 1900
Built in 1936 by Peckett & Sons of Bristol, England, it is the smallest standard gauge steam locomotive built in Britain, at a height of five feet, four inches.
Coventry is a tank engine owned by the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre which appeared in Thomas and the U.K. Trip painted to resemble Thomas.
Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway
Cumbria is a saddle tank engine. It appeared in the Down at the Station segments. It is seen pulling passengers. Cumbria is owned by the Furness Railway Trust and is the trust's first steam locomotive.
Cumbria is painted in the Furness Railway Indian Red livery with black lining.
- From 1943 to 1964 over 485 of this class was built, Cumbria is one of seventy of these engines preserved.
- One of these was rebuilt to look like Thomas for Days Out with Thomas events.
AD 601 is a diesel shunter. She appeared in the Down at the Station segments.
Built by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMSR), locomotive number 7120 was one of a batch of 30 locomotives constructed at their Derby works between 1945 and 1948.
Powered by a 350hp English Electric 6KT 4-stroke diesel engine with 6 cylinders of 10″ (254mm) bore by 12″ (305mm) stroke, this design of locomotive is actually a diesel-electric, as the wheels are connected by two axle-hung, nose-suspended, 430V traction motors driven from a generator connected to the engine.
AD 601 is painted in the British Railways black livery.
- Over 120 of the class were built from 1945 to 1952, with this engine being one of the eight that have survived into preservation. A ninth example was also preserved, but it was destroyed in preservation as it had severe damage from a shed fire on 16th July 2010.
- These engines became class 11s when they worked for British Railways.
50416 and 56171
50416 and 56171 are a 2-car diesel multiple unit. They appeared in the Down at the Station segments.
This two-car class 109 diesel multiple unit (DMU) was part of an original fleet of 5 units built for British Railways (BR) in 1957 by D Wickham and Co. – the same builders as the track inspection trolleys that inspired the character Winston.
The class was a unique design, inspired from the lightweight diesel railcars used in South America. They were fitted with two 150 horsepower BUT Leyland 6-cylinder engines. The unique nature of the design resulted in them being withdrawn in 1971. One set was exported to Trinidad and Tobago, one went to departmental service, two were scrapped; but the other was not. That set was overhauled in 1967 at Doncaster Works and used on the General Manager's special train until retirement in 1971.
Today they are based at the Llangollen Railway, where they are in working order. This set was restored using lottery money.
50416 and 56171 are painted dark green with cream lining.
- Five sets were built between 1957 and 1958; 50416 and 56171, the second set built, is the only surviving set.
27024 is a diesel locomotive. She appeared in the Down at the Station segments.
27024 is painted in British Railways "Rail Blue" livery with yellow warning panels.
- Over 69 of this class were built from 1961 and 1962, with this engine being one of eight that has survived into preservation.
- In 1969 the whole class went to Scotland to replace Derek's Class due to their "teething troubles".
- These engines were a development of the very similar class 26s and these were outlived by them in August 1987.
Barclay is a small tank engine. She appeared in the Down at the Station segments. She was seen pulling a Branch Line Coach.
This locomotive was delivered to the Carron Iron Company, Falkirk and given locomotive number 14, where it worked until 1947. Following this, it was transferred to the company’s site at Bannockburn to work on the Coke Ovens and in 1949 its ownership was transferred to the National Coal Boards Bannockburn Colliery, where it continued to work until a major rebuild in 1959 at the Alloa Central Workshops.
It was given the new designation of number 10 and spent the remainder of the 1960s working between the Michael Colliery and Wellesley Colliery in Fife.
In 1972 the locomotive was retired and sold for scrap to Thomas Muir Metal Merchants, who moved it to their Thornton yard in Fife for a short while before being put into longer term storage, with four other Andrew Barclay locomotives, at their yard in Kirkaldy.
For the next 30 years the locomotive was totally neglected, until 2004 when, despite its appearance, it was purchased and moved to the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway for restoration. Work was intensive but 19 months later, repainted in an eye-catching Caledonian Blue livery, it steamed to Lakeside for the first time.
Barclay is painted blue with yellow lining.
5643 is a tank engine. She appeared on the Down at the Station segments. She was seen pulling passengers and being shunted by 44422. She is owned by the Furness Railway Trust and based at the Ribble Steam Railway but is currently out on loan.
5643 is painted in British Railways' Brunswick green livery with a brass safety valve bonnet.
- Over 200 of the class were built from 1924 to 1928 and 5643 is one of the nine engines preserved.
42073 is a tank engine. It appeared on the Down at the Station segments.
As newly-built, but with a boiler manufactured in 1946, 42073 spent its first three months working from Stewarts Lane Depot, in Battersea, in London’s east end, before moving on to Ashford in Kent in February, 1951.
It was sent to Dover later the same year, then back to Ashford again in 1952. In November 1954 it was transferred to the North Eastern Region and allocated to Gateshead. Probably its most famous moment occurred on the 19th April 1955 at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, when, below the Norman Keep of the castle, it did battle with the LNER Gresley V2 2-6-2 number 60968 on the diamond crossing.
They converged onto the same stretch of line and in the resulting collision the V2 fell onto its side. In 1957 it worked from Bradford and Sowerby Bridge; in 1958 from York and Neville Hill; in 1959 from Low Moor and Wakefield. At Copley Hill it was to have its longest stay from 1960 to 1964.
In 1965 it was back at Low Moor again and finally in Normanton in June 1967, where it joined 42085 for the first time.
42073 is painted in British Railways black with white lining.
- 277 of this class were built between 1945 and 1951 and this tank engine alongside its classmate 42085 have survived into preservation.
- One of these was once painted into the Caledonian Railway blue livery in 1975, Donald and Douglas' class wore this colour when they worked for the Caledonian Railway.
The Diesel Crane
The Diesel Crane is a diesel-powered shunting crane, used to lift heavy objects. This crane was built for the Ministry of Supply and numbered 10071 where it proved its military usefulness. Soon, 10071 was sold to the Weldit Engineering Company in the Barrow-in-Furness dockyards and by 1980 it was retired. Later the same year it was bought and preserved by the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway for use on maintenance trains. As of now it is awaiting an overhaul. It appeared on the Down at the Station segments.
The Diesel Crane is painted dark green.
3802 is a GWR 2884 class tender engine. It appeared in the Down at the Station segments. She is owned by the Llangollen Railway.
3802 is painted in the Great Western Railway's Brunswick green livery.
- 83 of these engines were built between 1938 and 1942 and 3802 is one of the nine engines of this class preserved.
6430 is a GWR 6400 class pannier tank engine which appeared in the Down at the Station segments. She closely resembles Duck.
6430 is painted in the Great Western Railway's Brunswick green livery.
The Lancashire Fusilier
The Lancashire Fusilier is painted in the British Railways' lined black livery, with red and black lining.
- 842 of the class were built from 1934 and 1951 and The Lancashire Fusilier is one of the 18 engines that survived into preservation.
- This class was given the name "Black Staniers" and "Black Fives" as they were always painted black and because the number 5 was their power classification.
- The nameplate the engine carries is named after a regiment that was in the British Army.
- Two of these engines hauled the last steam train to run on British Railways on 11th August 1968.
- This engine was once painted in the Furness Railway Indian Red Livery.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
37 264 is a diesel locomotive. It appeared in the Mr. Perkins' Railway segments.
37 264 is painted in British Railways' "Rail Blue" livery with large logo and yellow warning panels.
- Over 309 of this class were built between 1960 and 1965 and over 37 of them survived into preservation with some of them even working on the mainline.
- Four of these were restored for Mainline duties and renamed Class 97s by Network Rail.
- These where given the nickname "Tractors" as their engines sound very similar to a tractor.
08850 is a diesel shunter. It is seen shunting a milk tanker in the Mr. Perkins' Railway segments. This engine (based in service mainly on the Western Region) was numbered D4018 until the early 1970's, when it was re-numbered 08 850. In preservation it was based on the West Somerset Railway, but has moved to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway where it can still be seen today.
The Class 08 diesel is painted in the British Railways' "Rail Blue" livery with yellow warning panels.
- 996 of the class was built from 1952 to 1962 and this diesel shunter is one of the 82 preserved.
101680 is a BR class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit train. They appeared in the Mr. Perkins' Railway segments. The train is made of two DMUs 50204 built in 1957 and 51511 built in 1959.
Daisy is a member of its class, with the difference being that Daisy is a single railcar, whereas the real units could have configurations of 2, 3 or 4 cars per set.
The Diesel Railcar is painted BR green with small yellow warning panels.
- These engines were built from 1956 to 1959 and were withdrawn on Christmas Eve 2003. 101680 is one of 25 DMUs that survived into preservation.
825 is an LSWR S15 class tender engine. 30506 is also a member of this class. It appeared in the Mr. Perkins' Railway segments.
- 45 of these engines were built from 1920 to 1936 and 825 is one of the seven of this class in preservation.
30506 is an LSWR S15 class tender engine that appeared in Hello Thomas and James, on the Mid Hants Railway. 825 is also a member of this class. The engine was withdrawn from service in January of 1964 and was bought by The Urie Locomotive Society. 30506 underwent a major overhaul in 1998 and is currently undergoing another one.
- 45 of these engines were built from 1920 to 1936 and 30506 is one of the seven of this class in preservation.
Sir Nigel Gresley
Sir Nigel Gresley is a streamlined tender engine, named after the man who designed its class. It appeared in Hello Thomas and James when P-Chan was visiting the Watercress Line as well as in the Mr. Perkins' Railway segments. At the time of when the locomotive's respective Mr. Perkin's Railway segment was filmed, the locomotive was preserved at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in daily operation. It is owned by the Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Preservation Trust Ltd. and operated by the A4 Locomotive Society Ltd. on behalf of the Trust.
60007's boiler ticket has now expired and the locomotive was withdrawn from service for overhaul in September 2015. The overhaul is being carried out in public view at the National Railway Museum in York.
Sir Nigel Gresley is painted in British Railways' dark blue livery with black lining.
D5061 is a diesel engine. It is seen pulling passengers. It appeared in the Mr. Perkins' Railway segments.
After 2014, D5061 was withdrawn from service in need of an overhaul.
D5061 is painted British Railways Brunswick green with red buffer beams.
- From 1958 to 1961 over 151 were built and only four have survived into preservation.
- These engines were nicknamed "Rats" as they were all over the British Railway Network.
The Green Knight
|The Green Knight|
The Green Knight is a tender engine. It appeared in the Mr. Perkins' Railway segments and works at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
After a crack in the firebox was discovered in 2015, The Green Knight was taken out of service and the engine's restoration began in summer of 2017.
The Green Knight is painted in British Railways' Brunswick Green livery with red buffer beams.
- This engine along with one of Murdoch's class was owned by famous wildlife artist David Shepherd until his death on the 19th September 2017.
- Over 80 of the class were built between 1951 and 1957 and The Green Knight is one of six of these engines in preservation.
63395 is a tender engine. It appeared in the Mr. Perkins' Railway segments.
This engine's boiler ticket expired at the end of 2016 and is currently having a ten year overhaul before it could return to the line.
63395 is painted in British Railways' black livery.
- Over 120 were built from 1913 to 1923 and 63395 is the sole survivor of this class.
- This engine was the very last in BR days to be given a heavy/general overhaul at Darlington Works, hence it was selected for preservation. It was not preserved at first when it was sold to Hughes, Bolckow's scrapyard at North Blyth, but it was only at the intervention by the newly-formed North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group (who still owns this one and also owned a J27, 65894, at the time, which it also still owns) that it was re-sold to the group and saved for preservation.
- This class were based on the NER Class T (LNER Class Q5).
Sybilla is a diesel engine. It was in the works waiting for new wheels. It appeared in the Mr. Perkins' Railway segments.
Sybilla is painted in British Railways' two tone green livery with yellow warning panels.
- Over 327 of the class were built from 1961 and 1967; no less than 20 have been preserved.
- Like the Class 24s they were nicknamed "Rats" as they where everywhere on the British Railway Network; in addition the drivers nicknamed them "Spluts" because they would often splutter loudly whenever they broke down.
Cock O' The North
Cock O' The North is a tender engine. She appeared in the Mr. Perkins' Railway segments. Murdoch is another member of this class.
Cock O' The North is painted in BR black livery.
- Over 251 of this class were built between 1954 and 1960 and Cock O' The North is one of nine examples of this class preserved.
- Due to how they were designed with a large gap in-between the boiler and frames, they were given the nickname "Spaceships" as the boiler and frames looked like they were hovering in mid-air.
- There was also an LNER P2 Mikado No. 2001 with the same name.
Nunney Castle is a preserved steam locomotive from the Great Western Railway. It appeared in the second half of Thomas and the U.K. Trip when Gachapin and Mukku were visiting a few heritage railways.
Built by the Great Western's Swindon Works as one of its Castle class locomotives, it was used to haul passenger trains out of Old Oak Common, London, but also worked on segments of the Great Western out of Newton Abbott, Laira and Cardiff before being taken out of service in December 1963. In 1964 it was sold to Woodham Brothers Scrapyard, where it remained until 1976, when it was rescued and brought to the Didcot Railway Centre to undergo restoration. It returned to steam in 1990 and started operating on the main line. After another overhaul which saw the addition of air brake equipment and changes to its tender to increase water capacity, it returned to steam in 2008. As of 2012, it is undergoing another overhaul, but is expected to return to steam sometime in 2018.
- Nunney Castle is one of eight preserved GWR Castle Class locomotives.
Swanage is a Southern Railway West Country class steam locomotive that appears in Thomas and the U.K. Trip. Rebecca is another member of its class.
The locomotive spent its career based primarily at Bournemouth and pulling express trains from London's Waterloo Station to Bournemouth and the Somerset and Dorset line to Bath. Taken out of service in 1964, it was sold to Woodham Brothers Scrapyard at Barry, Wales, where it remained until 1978 when it was bought by Richard Hedder and moved to the Mid Hants Railway. Returning to steam in 1987, it was taken out of service in 1997 to undergo an overhaul. It is currently at the Watercress Line for overhaul.
- Swanage is one of ten preserved un-rebuilt Southern Railway West Country class locomotives. Two other members of this class, Blackmoor Vale and Winston Churchill, are preserved at the Bluebell Railway and the National Railway Museum, respectively.
- The engine is currently at the Mid Hants railway undergoing an overhaul.
William H. Austen
76017 is a steam locomotive that appears in the end credits of the first half of Thomas and the U.K. Trip.
Built at Horwich Works, it was allocated to British Railways' Southern Region, where it was primarily used on goods trains between Eastleigh and Southampton and Bournemouth. Taken out of service in 1965, it was sold to the Woodham Brothers Scrapyard in Barry, Wales and remained there until 1974, when it was sent to Quainton and underwent some restoration. In 1978, it was moved to the Mid Hants Railway, where its restoration was completed. Returning to steam in 1984, in 1995 it remained out of service due to a dispute between the owners of the locomotive and the Mid Hants Railway. In 2009, an agreement was concluded and 76017 underwent an overhaul, returning to steam in 2016.
- 76017 is one of four preserved BR Standard 4MT 2-6-0 locomotives.
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
Douglas Ferreira is a minimum gauge diesel engine. He works on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway and is named after its former General Manager from 1961 to 1994. He appears in the Mr. Perkins' Railway segments.
Douglas Ferreira, similarly to River Mite, is painted Indian Red with white lining.
Lady Wakefield is a minimum gauge diesel engine. She works on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. She appears in the Mr. Perkins' Railway segments.
Lady Wakefield is painted dark green with yellow on her front.
Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway
Winston Churchill is a minimum gauge steam locomotive which works on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway in Kent, England. It appeared in Hashire! The "Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends" Steam Locomotive is Alive! when host Gaku Hamada visited the railway.
Built by the Yorkshire Engine Company of Sheffield in 1931, the locomotive was designed by Henry Greenly and A.L.S. Richardson, modelling the engine on a Canadian design, for the founder of the railway, Captain John Howey believed that a Canadian design would provide better protection for the engine's driver. The locomotive originally carried the name, Dr. Syn until 1948 when it was named after Winston Churchill.
Helen Kathryn is a narrow gauge steam engine which works on the South Tynedale Railway. It appeared in the Mr. Perkins' Railway segments. Built by Henschel & Sohn of Kassel, Germany in 1948, it was used originally to help remove destruction from German cities bombed during the Second World War. After working in East Germany on several industrial railways, including construction and forestry, it was brought to Great Britain in 1971 and worked first on the Bala Lake Railway in Gwynedd, Wales until 1975 and then worked on the Llanberis Lake Railway until 1987. It has been in service at the South Tynedale Railway since 1991.
Helen Kathryn is painted purple with red lining.
Harrogate is a narrow gauge engine, built for and named after the Harrogate Gas Works. It pulls passenger trains on the Statfold Barn Railway. It appeared in the Mr. Perkins' Railway segments. Harrogate returned to service in 2015 after an overhaul.
Harrogate is painted green with "S B R" written on its sides.
Class 390 is a Virgin Trains electric multiple unit (EMU) locomotive. It appeared in the Mr. Perkins' Railway segments.
Class 390 is painted grey with white and red stripes with yellow on its front.
LNWR Bloomer Class
One of the model engines the Reverend W. Awdry owned was a red LNWR Bloomer Class locomotive, designed by James McConnell for the Southern Division of the London and North Western Railway (LNWR).
The locomotive was painted in LNWR's red with black and white lining. In addition, the locomotive had brass fittings.
- The model is currently on display at the Talyllyn Railway's Narrow Gauge Railway Museum at Tywyn Wharf Station. It was not featured in any Railway Series stories.
Amtrak No. 610
In A Wonderful American Journey with Thomas and Connie, Connie rides on a train behind Amtrak No. 610 on her way to a Days Out with Thomas event. This engine (built in November 1975 as number 955) was one of the eleven rebuilt with head-end power (HEP) and it was scrapped in 2004, as one of the last of the class in Amtrak service.
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
John Steven’s Geared Locomotive Replica
John Steven’s Geared Locomotive Replica appears in A Wonderful American Journey With Thomas and Connie. The original John Stevens was built to demonstrate very high pressure steam locomotives. It was the very first locomotive to run in the United States of America. John Steven ran on a loop in his estate in Hoboken, New Jersey.
44422 is an LMS class 4F locomotive that appeared in Thomas and the U.K. Trip. 44422 was built in October of 1927 for the LMS and was later withdrawn in June 1965. The locomotive is currently on long term lease to the West Somerset Railway, as of December 2014, following an overhaul at the Crewe Heritage Centre.
- 44422 is one of three preserved LMS-built class 4F locomotives, with an additional Midland Railway built example also preserved.
Georgetown Loop Railroad
Georgetown Loop No. 14
|Georgetown Loop No. 14|
Georgetown Loop No. 14 is a Shay locomotive which Connie rode on during her visit to the Georgetown Loop Railroad in A Wonderful American Journey with Thomas and Connie. Built by the Lima Locomotive Works of Lima, Ohio in 1916, it was shipped to California, where it was used by numerous logging railroads. In 1974, it was moved to the Georgetown Loop Railroad, where it was used on tourist trains until 2004, when its operator's contract expired. Afterwards, it was moved to the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, where it remains in storage to this day.
Strasburg Railroad No. 90
Strasburg Railroad No. 90 is a steam locomotive owned by the Strasburg Railroad in Strasburg, Pennsylvania that appears in one of the interview segments of 10 Years of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends.
Strasburg Railroad No. 33
Strasburg Railroad No. 33 is a diesel locomotive that was seen shunting the Strasburg Railroad's replica of Thomas out of the shed during Connie's visit to the railroad in A Wonderful American Journey with Thomas and Connie.
Built by General Electric of Schenectady, New York in 1948, it was used by the Pennsylvania Railroad as a shop switcher at the railroad's East Altoona shops until 1961, when the Pennsylvania Railroad leased it to the Strasburg Railroad before it was purchased in 1966. Between 1971 and 2006, the locomotive was painted in a red colour scheme and renumbered 33. In 2006, it was repainted in its Pennsylvania Railroad livery and given its original number, 9331. In 2013, the Strasburg sold it to the Walkersville Southern Railroad in Maryland, where it now operates.
Lancaster, Oxford and Southern Railway doodlebug car
Lancaster, Oxford and Southern Railway doodlebug car is a doodlebug car that was seen at the Strasburg Railroad hauling passengers in 10 Years of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends and sitting in the yard in A Wonderful American Journey with Thomas and Connie.
Built in 1915 by the Oxford shops from the Lancaster, Oxford and Southern Railway, it was later purchased from Grasse River RR in 1962. It was sold to the Strasburg Railroad, where it works today operating in passenger service.
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|River Irt • River Esk • River Mite • Northern Rock • Perkins • Cyril • Shelagh of Eskdale • Douglas Ferreira • Lady Wakefield|