Thomas the Tank Engine Wikia
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Thomas the Tank Engine Wikia

In The Railway Series, several diesel engines from British Railways have made appearances.

D701

Diesel 701 is a diesel engine who works on British Railways.

Biography

The Railway Series

D701 was built by Brush Traction in 1959. He worked on British Railways along with several other diesel engines. He was later seen with Stepney, D782 and Class 52 at a station. [1]

Technical Details

Basis

D701 is based on a British Rail (BR) Class 31 Co-Co diesel-electric engine. Over two-hundred and sixty-three members of this class was built from 1957 and 1962, with twenty-six of these engines preserved by museums, such as the National Railway Museum and heritage railways, such as the Dean Forest Railway. Ten more of these engines were in preservation but were scrapped from either accidents or to give spare parts to other engines. These engines were given two nicknames, first being "Toffee Apples" because of the shape of their control lever and the second "Skinheads" because the first few engines did not have the codebox on the front of the roof.

31120 is also a member of this class.

Livery

D701 is painted in the BR Brunswick green livery. He has yellow warning panels on his front and back end. His rooftop and strips are painted white. "D701" is painted on the sides of his cab in white. His buffer beams are painted red with silver buffers.

Appearances

Trivia

  • D701's number is completely fictional as none of the real BR Class 31s had this number.
  • D701's number is similar to Bear's former number, 7101.

Gallery

Class 52

Class 52 is a diesel engine who works on British Railways.

Biography

The Railway Series

Class 52 was built in the 1960s. He worked on British Railways along with several other diesel engines. He was later seen with Stepney, D701 and D782 at a station. [1]

Technical Details

Basis

Class 52 is based on a British Rail (BR) Class 52 "Western". All engines of this class were given two-word names, the first word being "Western" and thus the class became known as Westerns. Over seventy-four of these engines were built between 1961 and 1964. Seven of these engines have been preserved by heritage groups, such as The Diesel and Electric Preservation Group. [2]

Livery

Class 52 is painted in the BR maroon livery. His buffer beams are painted red with black buffers.

Appearances

Gallery

D782

D782 is a diesel engine who works on British Railways.

Biography

The Railway Series

D782 was built by Vulcan Foundry in 1960. He worked on British Railways along with several other diesel engines. He was later seen with Stepney, D701 and Class 52 at a station. [1]

Technical Details

Basis

D782 is based on a British Rail (BR) Class 40 1Co-Co1 diesel-electric engine. Two-hundred members of this class were built from 1958 to 1962, and the last was withdrawn in 1985. They were given the nickname "Whistlers" because of the strange whistling noise their engines would make. Seven BR Class 40s are preserved at the National Railway Museum including D200, the first BR Class 40 ever built.

Class 40 and Old Stuck-Up are also members of this class, hence the former's name.

Livery

D782 is painted in the BR Brunswick green livery. His rooftop is painted white. "D782" is painted on the sides of his cab in white. His buffer beams are painted red with silver buffers.

Appearances

Trivia

  • D782's number is completely fictional as none of the Class 40s had this number.

Gallery

The Class 08s

These Class 08s are diesel shunters who worked on British Railways.

Biography

The Railway Series

The Class 08s worked on British Railways along with several other diesel engines.

The first Class 08 and some other diesel engines were seen alongside a signal box near an old quarry branch where Oliver, Isabel and Toad briefly hid to escape scrap. [3]

The second Class 08 pushed Thomas onto a lorry so the latter could be transported to the National Railway Museum in York.[4]

Technical Details

Basis

The Class 08s are based on British Rail (BR) Class 08 diesel-electric shunters. In the real world, BR Class 08s were in fact the most successful shunting engines in the world with 996 of them built. Over seventy of them are preserved by heritage railways, such as the Dean Forest Railway and museums, such as the National Railway Museum. Around one-hundred BR Class 08s also remain in service on the national rail network. 08850, a BR Class 08 preserved by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, appears in a Mr. Perkins' Railway segment.

'Arry, Bert, Splatter, Dodge, Paxton, Sidney, Ulli, the Mainland Diesels and Fernando are also based on BR Class 08s along with the international Brazilian, Indian and Chinese diesels.

Livery

Both characters appear to be painted in the BR black livery, which was the standard livery for many engines from 1948 until the mid-1960s.

Appearances

The Railway Series

Companion volumes


D5701

D5701 was a blue mixed-traffic diesel engine who worked on British Railways.

Biography

The Railway Series

D5701 was built for British Railways in 1958, and along with the rest of his class worked in the Barrow-in-Furness area from 1962. He and some other diesel engines were alongside a signal box near an old quarry branch where Oliver, Isabel and Toad briefly hid to escape scrap. [3]

D5701 was later retired from service in September 1968, and scrapped by the end of 1969.

Technical Details

Basis

D5701 is based on the real British Rail (BR) Class 28 Co-Bo diesel-electric engine of the same number. The BR Class 28s were initially used on the "Condor" express freight services but the class's Crossley engines quickly proved problematic. They suffered frequent failures, and in 1961 the entire class was handed back to the manufacturer for remedial work on the engines, and to cure problems with cab windows falling out while running. Upon return to service in 1962, all members of the class were allocated to Barrow-in-Furness. The BR Class 28s were withdrawn and scrapped by the end of 1969 with only one engine, D5705, surviving preservation.

BoCo is also a member of this class.

Livery

D5701 was painted in the BR Rail Blue livery. He has yellow warning panels on his front and back end. His rooftop was painted light grey. He was the only Class 28 to be painted in Rail Blue.

The real D5701 was painted in the same livery, however, "D5701" was painted on its sides in white, doubled, and the British Rail Double Arrow crest was painted on its sides, also in white.

Appearances

Gallery

Visiting Diesels

Old Stuck-Up, a visiting diesel.

Several diesels from British Railways have visited the Island of Sodor on several different occasions. Visiting diesels are known to be particularly haughty, as they feel superior to steam engines and often put the steam engines down.

Known visiting diesels include Diesel, Class 40, D199 and Diesel 40125.

Appearances

Other Diesels


These diesel engines worked on British Railways.

The first diesel engine was from Barrow-in-Furness. They shouted a warning that Oliver was escaping. When Douglas was helping Oliver, Isabel and Toad escape from scrap, they witnessed the event. Douglas told the stowaways to take no notice of the diesel. This diesel was not seen in any illustrations, making it unknown what their basis was. [3]

In a flashback scene, upon closer inspection of the main line going away from the signal box, a diesel engine can be seen in the background. Their class is unknown. [3]

Appearances

Trivia

  • In Thomas & Friends, the models of Diesel, BoCo, and Mavis were used to represent the diesels.
  • In the My Thomas Story Library book Oliver the second diesel's role is filled by Class 40.

Gallery


References



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