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- “Listen, bud. In the States, we don't care a dime for a few spills.”
- ―Stanley, Granpuff, Duke the Lost Engine
The Railway Series
Stanley was built at Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States in 1917 and worked in America before arriving on the Mid Sodor Railway as Army Surplus after the First World War.
Stanley unfortunately proved to be a bad bargain and had a tendency to ride roughly on the rails because he was not regauged properly, and believed that it did not matter if he came off the track occasionally. Repeated attempts to cure this habit failed and resulted in him being converted into a pumping engine at Arlesdale Works in 1928 and according to The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways, he was later moved to the Cas-ny-Hawin mine. He broke down in 1946 and in December that year the mine flooded, meaning the end of the railway. With no reason to stay open, the Mid Sodor Railway closed down in January 1947 and Stanley was likely scrapped.
Stanley was arrogant and careless and refused to listen to advice. This carelessness eventually led to him being converted into a pumping engine.
Stanley is based on a Baldwin Class 10-12-D 4-6-0 pannier tank engine, built at the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States for service in the First World War. They were sent to the United Kingdom and the British War Office chose them to be the principal military steam locomotive for the trench railways. However, they were rough riders and had the tendency to derail. After the war ended in 1918, various railways, such as the Welsh Highland and the Snailbeach District Railway acquired them as surplus. Five of these engines are known to be preserved. Stanley had been re-gauged from 1ft 11 5/8in to 2ft 3in.
Stanley becoming a stationary boiler was based on a time early in the preservation period of the Ffestiniog Railway when the locomotive Palmerston (a sister locomotive to Prince, Duke and Bertram's basis) was being used as a stationary boiler. Palmerston was eventually restored to working order in 1993.
Stanley was painted red. He presumably had yellow name and number plates on the sides of his saddle tank and coal bunkers respectively.
Thomas & Friends
Stanley was not introduced in the television series, however his role in the magazines and fourth season episode, Granpuff was replaced by Smudger, a dark green British 0-4-0 narrow gauge well tank engine. Unlike Stanley, Smudger was referred to by name and he was converted into a generator. The magazine story, Duncan Has a Spill, incorrectly portrays Smudger as a saddle tank engine. The same error was made in the illustration of Stanley as a pumping engine in Duke the Lost Engine.
Behind the Scenes
The Reverend Wilbert Awdry created an OO9 scale model of Stanley for his Mid Sodor Railway layout. It was built from a WHR Baldwin cut down to an 0-6-0 on a Minitrix chassis. However, it did not run well and was reduced to a static display. Stanley's model was donated by Awdry and put on display at the Reverend Teddy Boston's Cadeby Light Railway in Cadeby, Leicestershire, before the railway finally closed in 2005. The original model of Albert was also built from a Minitrains Baldwin.
- Stanley's second appearance, in the back of the shed in "Bulldog", creates a continuity error. According to "Granpuff", Falcon and Stuart did not know about Stanley, implying Stanley's arrival and likely scrapping occurred before their arrival. However, Stanley is seen in the same shed as Falcon, meaning Falcon would have known about Stanley and what happened to him. Also, it has been confirmed that Falcon was built and came to the railway before Stanley, while Stuart was built and came to the railway before Stanley was turned into a pumping engine.
- Stanley was the first and only engine of an American class in the Railway Series.
- In the illustration of Stanley as a pumping engine, he appears to have a cigarette in his mouth, making this the only time in the Railway Series that something is seen in an engine's mouth.
- In addition, this makes Stanley the only engine in the franchise to be physically seen smoking a cigarette.
- In the illustration of Stanley as a pumping engine, he is incorrectly depicted as a saddle tank and only having one dome.
- "No. 2", said Duke. "Was American and very cocky. He rode roughly and often came off the rails. I warned him to be careful!"
- "Listen, bud!", he drawled. "In the States, we don't care a dime for a few spills!"
- "We do here! I said, but he just laughed. But he didn't laugh when the Manager said he was going to take away his wheels and said he was going to make him useful at last".
- "W-w-why? What did he do?!"
- "He turned him into a pumping engine, that's what! He's still there behind our shed".
- Stuart and Falcon were unusually good for several days.
- Duke lecturing Stuart and Falcon about Stanley, "Granpuff", "Duke the Lost Engine".