8783 was an engine from the London and North Eastern Railway. The locomotive appeared alongside Toby in the fourth illustration of Toby's Seaside Holiday.


The Railway Series

No. 8783 was built on 31st July, 1923. The locomotive was around whilst Toby was working at Yarmouth Harbour as part of the London and North Eastern Railway. In June 1939 it was involved in an accident at Hilgay level crossing, and was rebuilt by Sir Nigel Gresley with modified footplating. The locomotive was kept in immaculate condition as one of the dedicated Royal locomotives hauling the Royal Trains from Kings Cross to Wolferton for Sandringham. 8783 also had a copper capped chimney. However, despite The locomotive's rank, 8783 was withdrawn from service on 31st August 1958 and scrapped on 31st January, 1959.

Technical Details


8783 was based on a Gresley-designed LNER D16/3 class "Claud Hamilton" locomotive of the same number. None survived into preservation. However, there is a project to build a new D16 class, run by the Claude Hamilton Locomotive Group. Interestingly, they have chosen to number the engine 8783 and intend to name it Phoenix. Molly is also based on this design.


8783 was painted in the London & North Eastern Railway's Apple Green livery. The letters "LNER" were written on their tender sides and the number "8783" was painted on the sides of their cab, both in yellow.



  • In the Railway Series, 8783 has a nameplate on it's splasher, however the real 8783 did not have a name.


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