Hello everyone! Mr. K4 here! It's been a little while since I last did a head canon post. This one will be about my head canon surrounding Henry, and Emily. So, let's dive right in!
Emily; a head canon
Most users on Twitter, for what ever reason have a really hard time fitting Emily into the RWS, which is quite silly. If done properly, it can be done easily and effortlessly. (Ok, there does need to be effort tho) Anyways, here's my head canon for my favourite No. 12 G3!
Emily was built in 1895, by Patrick Stirling for the GNR. Emily was the pride of the GNR. In fact, she was the engine that headed the GNR's express train. She did so for about 25 years, give or take. Then in 1920, the A1 came. The A1's name? Gordon. Gordon replaced Emily on the express train. Since the times where changing, the GNR, soon to be the LNER, had no need for a G3 Stirling Single locomotive. So, she was sent for scrap.... Or so the GNR thought. Emily's driver and fireman where quite attached to Emily, and couldn't bare to see her get scrapped. So, they did what any good people would do. They ̶s̶t̶o̶l̶e̶ borrowed Emily, and hid her in an old shed, adjacent to the GWR's mainline. She sat there for 3 years, growing rusty. Then in a cold fall afternoon in 1924, a man from a heritage railway came to inspect Emily. She was just what his railway needed to boost tourism. Emily was restored to working order! For now...
Emily ran perfectly on the heritage line for about 10 years. Then, her boiler ticket expired. She was unfit to run unless she was overhauled. The heritage line was slowly loosing money, and couldn't afford to overhaul Emily. She sat in the works shed for a year. The man who owned the line, was getting desperate, so he did the unimaginable. He sold her for scrap. It was 14 years after Emily had been in a scrap yard. She sat in a cold damp siding for 2 years... Then the war came... The scrap men didn't have the time for cutting engines up, so Emily sat in the scrap yard for 5 more years. Then once the war was over, scrap production picked right up again. Lucky for Emily, a group of preservationists came and saved her at the last minute. Emily was sent to a small railway museum near Barrow-In-Furness. She sat in the museum for most of the 50s and 60s. Then in 1969, a stout gentleman had arrived. He was looking for a new steam engine for his mainline. Emily had talked Sir Topham Hatt into purchasing her! She was eager to work again. So in 1970, Emily was sent over to Sodor!
But that's where our story ends... I'll go more into detail about Emily in a post about Emily. Now, onto Henry.
Henry; A Head Canon
In 1910, Sir Nigel Gresley was planning for a new Pacific locomotive for the GNR. He, and his friend from college, W. Stanier had decided to plan one together. So, after a month or two of careful planning, the blueprints for this locomotive where complete. Unfortunately, Gresley was unhappy with the results. The firebox was too small and the boiler couldn't build up enough pressure to steam. So, Sir Gresley took a trip to Pennsylvania to see the blueprints of the new pacific class for the PRR. While he was away, an enemy of Gresley had broken into his house and stole the blueprints for the locomotive. The thief had no clue that the engine was a faulty one until he was built. The engine had taken quite a while to build, since it was a singe man operation. Finally, in 1920, the experimental locomotive was complete. When the man tried to steam up the engine, he found all of his problems. The man, was quite angry. After a month of sitting in the workshop, the engine's boiler issue was sort of resolved.
The man had managed to sneak his fraudulent engine into the GNR's fleet of brand new A1s. When asked what the engine's name was, the man hastily said "Henry". One of the A1s, Gordon, had figured out that Henry was a fraud, and tried various times to have him sent away, but most of the workmen laughed it off. Then one spring afternoon, in 1921, Henry was taking a goods train when his boiler pressure issue had returned. Henry had stalled on the mainline. Unfortunately, the signalman had no idea Henry was there! All the lines and points where supposedly clear for Gordon, who was pulling the the Flying Scotsman train! Then there was trouble... Gordon had slammed right into the back of Henry's train... Henry wasn't to hurt, nor where the passengers, but Gordon suffered the brunt of the blow. His front was bent out of shape ( Busted Buffers style) and his bogie truck had broken off. At Doncaster Works, it was then when the men had realized Henry was an imposter! He wasn't on the roster! So, they hastily fixed Henry, and had him up for sale. A new railway was just opening up, and needed a new express train. The old FR engine couldn't handle the work by himself. So, Sir Topham Hatt, purchased Henry, thinking he was an actual A1, due to a few fibs the workmen told him.
And the rest is history! I'll have a post going more into Emily and Henry's early years on the NWR! I wanted to add my head canon for Gordon onto here, but I feel that would make the post a tad too long, and plus Gordon deserves a whole post to himself. Anyways, that's all from me! Cheers! -Mr K4