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Bert is a small blue tender engine who is the oldest and quietest of the Arlesdale Railway engines.

Biography

Bert is a rebuild by the Yorkshire Engine Co. of an earlier 0-8-0 design whose chassis and valve gear is very similar to that used in the 1890's by Sir Arthur Heywood at Duffield Bank. The addition of trailing wheels and a tender enabled a larger firebox to be fitted in the hope that this would cure "shy steaming", but this was not the case.

Bert worked on an unnamed line in England until 1967, at which time it closed down and he, Rex and Mike were sent to Sodor to work the Arlesdale Railway. Some time after his arrival, Bert took offence when the Rev. W. Awdry and the Rev. Teddy Boston accidentally sprayed him with mud while passing him in their car and in retaliation, Bert drenched the Reverend Teddy Boston with water when he took a ride in Bert's cab. However, both parties made up and as a result, Bert was featured in the Reverend W. Awdry's next book, Small Railway Engines.

Bert, along with the other small engines were offered to be in the Reverend's next book if they behaved. When a rescue team went on a mission to look for Duke, they often rode on Bert's train.

For a long time Bert had trouble with steaming. One day, as he was pulling a passenger train, his tender coupling broke off as they left the station. He did not want to "stick" around, but the mention of the word "stick" encouraged his driver to bring glue to temporarily repair his coupling hook. This was what his driver called "Sticking Power".

It was not until 1973, when Ivan Farrier at Arlesburgh fitted a Kylchap blast pipe and taller chimney, that his trouble with steaming trouble was cured. As a result of this, Bert's appearance is now different. His taller chimney, with cab enlarged to match, has turned his appearance into that of a narrow gauge engine in his own right instead of, as formerly, a scaled down version of a standard gauge locomotive. Bert is now as powerful and free steaming as Rex, but is more "sure footed" and in addition gives his driver a smoother ride.

Personality

Bert is the quietest of the Arlesdale Railway engines. He appears to be very easy going and friendly. One thing Bert does not like, however, is the idea that bigger engines (and some people) might look down on the little engines just because they are small. He is still friendly to bigger engines, and usually corrects them when they look down upon smaller engines. Bert usually gets on with his jobs without complaining and does not mind what kind of work he does as long as he is treated with respect.

Technical Details

Basis

Bert is based on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway's River Irt.

Livery

Rex is painted in the standard blue livery used by the North Western Railway, with red and yellow lining. The word "ARLESDALE" is painted on his tender in yellow with a red outline. He has a black running board with red bufferbeams and valences. He also has a brass dome and brass nameplates with red backing. His wheels are painted black.

Appearances

Official Description

From Official Media:[1]

Bert: Bert is one of the three small engines who work the Small Railway. He is very proud of his blue coat, and is not afraid to get back at someone he thinks has wronged him.


Fun Fact: Bert arrived on the Island after his railway line in England closed.

From Official Website:[2]

Bert the Miniature Engine: Bert is the quietest of the Arlesdale Railway engines. He is the youngest out of the original three and appears to be very easy going and friendly. One thing Bert doesn’t like, however, is the idea that bigger engines (and some people) might look down on the little engines just because they’re small. Bert usually gets on with his jobs without complaining and doesn’t mind what kind of work he does as long as he’s treated with respect.


Fun Fact: Bert is painted blue and is based on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway’s miniature engine ‘River Irt’. In the original story ‘Tit for Tat’, Bert became very angry with two clergymen when they drove past and accidently sprayed him with mud. The two clergymen were the Reverend W. Awdry, and his good friend, the Reverend Teddy Boston.

Trivia

  • Bert's rebuilt form has never been featured in the Railway Series.
  • In Bert's trading card promo, he is inaccurately depicted as a 4-8-2 along with Rex and Mike.
  • From Jock the New Engine onwards in the Railway Series, Bert is depicted with wheels outside his frames, contrary to his basis and his previous appearances. His valve gear was also changed.
  • In Sticking Power, Bert is said to be younger than Rex and Mike. However, Bert's basis was built long before the other two. Bert has also been stated to be the youngest on the Official Website. His own build date is currently unknown since there is no official evidence to state his actual build date.

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Trading Cards

Name Released Discontinued Highlights Image
Bert 2002 2009
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