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Albert was a red tank engine who worked on the Furness Railway with his two coaches, Victoria and Helena.


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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 became buried in snow. After he was rescued, he learnt to take more care in wintry conditions.

Victoria later mentioned Albert to Edward, while they were being mended at Crovan's Gate Works. She noted that Albert only ever had one accident. [1]


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.

Technical Details


Albert was based on a Furness Railway (FR) Class J1 2-4-2T. These were first built as the E1 class, an 'off the peg' Sharp, Stewart and Company 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 J1s did not originally have coal rails on their bunkers. The class members were withdrawn between 1919 - 1924. The real Parker J1 tank engines were all scrapped so it can be assumed that Albert was as well.


Albert was painted in FR Indian red with black lining with his company's initials, FR, painted on the sides of his tanks in yellow and countershaded with blue.


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Companion Volumes


  • The line Albert worked on is part of the now preserved Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.
  • Albert is named after Albert, Prince Consort, the husband of Queen Victoria, after whom Victoria is named.
  • Albert was the last non-human character introduced in the Railway Series.


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