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The Railway Series
Albert worked on the Lakeside branch on the Furness Railway running to Windermere with his two coaches, Victoria and Helena. One snowy day (likely between 1891-1924) after boasting about snow, Albert had stopped outside the mouth of a tunnel while collecting passengers at Haverthwaite. When he started, he gave off so much steam that he caused an avalanche and he became buried in snow. After he was rescued, he learnt to take more care in wintry conditions.
Albert's character appears to be like that of Thomas - Victoria described him as being gentlemanly and polite. He has a slight tendency to be boastful and cocky.
Albert was based on a Furness Railway Class J1 2-4-2T. These were first built as the E1 class, an 'off the peg' Sharp, Stewart & Co. design. In 1891 seven of these engines were rebuilt as tank engines under the supervision of Locomotive Superintendent Richard Mason and reclassified J1. To suit branch line service the frames were extended to carry a coal bunker, supported by a pair of trailing radial wheels while their tenders were replaced with side tanks, that combined had a capacity of one thousand gallons. The class members were withdrawn between 1919-1924. None of the real Parker J1 tank engines have been preserved. It is unknown if Albert was scrapped as well.
Albert was painted in the Furness Railway's Indian Red livery with black lining and the initials "FR" written in yellow and countershaded with blue on his side tanks.
- The line Albert worked on is part of the now preserved Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway.
- Albert is named after Albert, Prince Consort, the husband of Queen Victoria, after whom Victoria is named.
- The J1s did not originally have coal rails on their bunkers.
- Albert was the last non-human character introduced in the Railway Series.
The Railway Series