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"Not bad. I've seen worse. At least you're all clean."
— The Diesel, Bowled Out, fourth season

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The Diesel
  • Number: D4711 (Railway Series), D261 (Television Series)
  • Class: BR Class 40
  • Designer: British Railways
  • Builder: Vulcan Foundry
  • Built: 1960
  • Configuration: 1Co-Co1
  • Top Speed: 90 mph

The Diesel, also known as Class 40, D4711 (in the Railway Series), D261 (in the TV series), or simply Diesel is a diesel who once came to the North Western Railway on loan from the Other Railway.

Bio

The Diesel was built at the Vulcan Foundry in Newton-le-Meadows, Lancashire, England. The Diesel was sent to Sodor in 1962 to assist the engines with goods and express work during Stepney's visit, but he only insulted the other engines by saying they were out-of-date, and bragged about his modernity. He got his comeuppance when an inspector's bowler hat jammed in his air intake, leaving Duck and Stepney to take the Express for him.

While everyone was fare-welling Stepney, the Diesel crept away, leaving behind "a rather nasty smell of bad manners and a battered bowler hat".

Persona

The Diesel is snobbish and rude, believing that diesel engines should take over from steam engines. Despite this, in the magazine stories, there are some occasions in which the Diesel helps the steam engines.

Basis

The Diesel is based on a BR Class 40 1Co-Co1. Another member of this class is Old Stuck-Up. Seven Class 40s are preserved, the first built at the National Railway Museum.

Livery

The Diesel is painted in British Railways' two-tone green livery with a black roof and yellow warning panels. In the television series, the Diesel is painted in British Railways' Brunswick green livery, with a thin, lighter green stripe running along his top and yellow warning panels. His number is painted on his cab sides in yellow.

In the Railway Series, his face was yellow, while in the Television Series, it was grey like the other engines.

Appearances

Voice Actors

Trivia

  • The Diesel's television series number belonged to a real Class 40. The real D261 entered service on the 26th of February, 1960 and was withdrawn from service in 1983. It was renumbered to 40 061 in 1973.
  • The Diesel's Railway Series livery is inaccurate as none of the Class 40 diesels received British Railways two-tone green livery.
  • According to the description on the Australian/New Zealand VHS Thomas and the Special Letter and other stories, the Diesel was brought to Sodor to take over Daisy's work while she was ill.
  • His Hornby model depicts him as a Class 37 diesel.

Merchandise

Gallery

Merchandise Gallery

See also

Other Railways
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