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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
Class 40 was built at the Vulcan Foundry in Newton-le-Meadows, Lancashire, England. Class 40 was sent to [[Island of Sodor|Sodor]] in 1962 to assist the engines with goods and express work toward the end of [[Stepney]]'s visit, but he only insulted the other engines by saying they were out-of-date, should be scrapped and bragged about his modernity. He got his comeuppance when an inspector's bowler hat jammed in his air intake, causing him to break down and to become as sick as boiler sludge. He sulked in the shed while [[Duck]] and Stepney took [[Express Coaches|the Express]] for him.
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Class 40 was built at the Vulcan Foundry in Newton-le-Meadows, Lancashire, England. Class 40 was sent to [[Island of Sodor|Sodor]] in 1962 to assist the engines with goods and express work toward the end of [[Stepney]]'s visit, but he only insulted the other engines by saying they were out-of-date, should be scrapped and bragged about his modernity. He got his comeuppance when an inspector's bowler hat jammed in his air intake, causing him to break down and to become as sick as boiler sludge. He sulked in the shed while [[Duck]] and Stepney took [[Express Coaches|the Express]] for him to [[Cronk]] ([[Crovan's Gate]] in the television series).
   
 
While everyone was fare-welling Stepney, a disgraced Class 40 crept away, leaving behind "a rather nasty smell of bad manners and a battered bowler hat".
 
While everyone was fare-welling Stepney, a disgraced Class 40 crept away, leaving behind "a rather nasty smell of bad manners and a battered bowler hat".
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Class 40's television series number belonged to a real Class 40. The real D261 entered service on the 26th of February 1960 and in 1973 It was repainted into "RailBlue" colours and renumbered to 40 061 until the engine was withdrawn from service in 1983 and scrapped at [[Crewe]] in March the following year.
 
Class 40's television series number belonged to a real Class 40. The real D261 entered service on the 26th of February 1960 and in 1973 It was repainted into "RailBlue" colours and renumbered to 40 061 until the engine was withdrawn from service in 1983 and scrapped at [[Crewe]] in March the following year.
 
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File:RealD261.jpg|The real D261, Class 40's basis
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File:D782%27sBasis.png|Class 40's basis
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File:RealD261.jpg|The real D261
 
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==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
 
<tabber>Railway Series=
 
<tabber>Railway Series=
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===''[[The Railway Series]]''===
 
===''[[The Railway Series]]''===
 
* '''[[Stepney the "Bluebell" Engine]]''' - [[Stepney the "Bluebell" Engine#Bowled Out|Bowled Out]]
 
* '''[[Stepney the "Bluebell" Engine]]''' - [[Stepney the "Bluebell" Engine#Bowled Out|Bowled Out]]
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* '''2005''' - [[Sodor: Reading Between the Lines]] {{Mentioned}}
 
* '''2005''' - [[Sodor: Reading Between the Lines]] {{Mentioned}}
 
* '''2007''' - [[Thomas the Tank Engine: The New Collection]] {{Note|indirectly mentioned}}
 
* '''2007''' - [[Thomas the Tank Engine: The New Collection]] {{Note|indirectly mentioned}}
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}}
 
|-|
 
|-|
 
Television Series=
 
Television Series=
 
===''[[Thomas & Friends]]''===
 
===''[[Thomas & Friends]]''===
* '''[[Series 4]]''' - [[Rusty to the Rescue]] {{Cameo}} and [[Bowled Out]] {{Not named}}
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* '''[[Series 4]]''' - [[Rusty to the Rescue]] {{Note|not named}} and [[Bowled Out]] {{Not named}}
   
 
====[[Music Videos]]====
 
====[[Music Videos]]====
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===[[Magazines|Magazine Stories]]===
 
===[[Magazines|Magazine Stories]]===
* '''1997''' - [[Rusty the Diesel]]
 
 
* '''2001''' - [[Diesel Day!]] and [[Dusty Diesel]]
 
* '''2001''' - [[Diesel Day!]] and [[Dusty Diesel]]
 
* '''2002''' - [[Just Right]] and [[Dusty Diesel|Dusty Diesel!]]
 
* '''2002''' - [[Just Right]] and [[Dusty Diesel|Dusty Diesel!]]
 
* '''2003''' - [[The Big Hero]]
 
* '''2003''' - [[The Big Hero]]
 
* '''2006''' - [[Heavy Load]], [[Sounds Better]] and [[Bridge Bother]]
 
* '''2006''' - [[Heavy Load]], [[Sounds Better]] and [[Bridge Bother]]
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* '''2007''' - [[Platform Picture]] {{note|incorrectly named as [[Derek]]}}
 
* '''2008''' - [[Superhero!]] and [[Left Alone]] {{Cameo}}
 
* '''2008''' - [[Superhero!]] and [[Left Alone]] {{Cameo}}
 
* '''2010''' - [[Proud Puffers]]
 
* '''2010''' - [[Proud Puffers]]
 
* '''2011''' - [[Team Effort]]
 
* '''2011''' - [[Team Effort]]
 
* '''2012''' - [[Tender Trouble]], [[Heavy Load|Team Effort!]], [[Story Time with Thomas]] and [[The Railway Show]] {{Mentioned}}
 
* '''2012''' - [[Tender Trouble]], [[Heavy Load|Team Effort!]], [[Story Time with Thomas]] and [[The Railway Show]] {{Mentioned}}
The Diesel also appeared in the magazine stories, [[Blowing About!]], [[Diesel Display]], and [[Rusty and the Cheeky Boys]].
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The Diesel also appeared in the magazine stories, [[Blowing About!]], [[Diesel Display]], [[Platform Picture]] and [[Rusty and the Cheeky Boys]].
   
 
===Video Games===
 
===Video Games===
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* In the [[Days Out with Thomas]] events, Class 40 wore [[Toad]]'s face.
 
* In the [[Days Out with Thomas]] events, Class 40 wore [[Toad]]'s face.
 
* In the Railway Series, it is established that [[British Railways Diesels]] do not have names and are referred to by their numbers.
 
* In the Railway Series, it is established that [[British Railways Diesels]] do not have names and are referred to by their numbers.
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* Class 40's television series model is currently on display at [[Drayton Manor Theme Park]].
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* [[Season 12]] production notes call him "Diesel 40".
   
 
==Merchandise==
 
==Merchandise==

Latest revision as of 07:14, May 9, 2020


Class 40, also known as The Diesel, D4711 (in the Railway Series), D261 (in the television series), or simply Diesel is a diesel who once came to the North Western Railway on loan from the Other Railway.

BiographyEdit

Class 40 was built at the Vulcan Foundry in Newton-le-Meadows, Lancashire, England. Class 40 was sent to Sodor in 1962 to assist the engines with goods and express work toward the end of Stepney's visit, but he only insulted the other engines by saying they were out-of-date, should be scrapped and bragged about his modernity. He got his comeuppance when an inspector's bowler hat jammed in his air intake, causing him to break down and to become as sick as boiler sludge. He sulked in the shed while Duck and Stepney took the Express for him to Cronk (Crovan's Gate in the television series).

While everyone was fare-welling Stepney, a disgraced Class 40 crept away, leaving behind "a rather nasty smell of bad manners and a battered bowler hat".

PersonalityEdit

Class 40 is snobbish and rude, believing that diesel engines are superior and should take over from steam engines. Despite this, in the magazine stories, there are some occasions in which the Diesel is polite and helps out the steam engines.

Technical DetailsEdit

BasisEdit

Class 40 is based on a BR Class 40 1Co-Co1. Old Stuck-Up and D782 are also members of this class. 200 members of this class was built from 1958 to 1962, and the last was withdrawn in 1985. They where given the nickname "Whistlers" because of the strange whistling noise their engines would make. Over seven Class 40s are preserved with the first built, D200, at the National Railway Museum.

Class 40's television series number belonged to a real Class 40. The real D261 entered service on the 26th of February 1960 and in 1973 It was repainted into "RailBlue" colours and renumbered to 40 061 until the engine was withdrawn from service in 1983 and scrapped at Crewe in March the following year.

LiveryEdit

Class 40 is painted in British Railways' two-tone green livery with a black roof and yellow warning panels. In the television series, Class 40 is painted in British Railways' Brunswick green livery, with a thin, lighter green stripe running along his top and yellow warning panels. His number is painted on his cab sides in yellow.

In the Railway Series, his face was yellow, while in the Television Series, it was grey like the other engines.

AppearancesEdit

Audio FilesEdit

Horn

First used Last used Sound Effect
Series 4 Series 4
D261 Horn

TriviaEdit

  • Class 40's Railway Series livery is inaccurate as none of the Class 40 diesels received British Railways two-tone green livery.
  • Class 40 is called "Diesel 261" in Japan.
  • According to some VHS descriptions for Bowled Out, Class 40 was brought to Sodor to take over Daisy's work while she was ill.
  • Class 40's nameboard sequence has only appeared in Cranky Bugs and Other Thomas Stories and in the airings of Bowled Out in Japan.
  • His Hornby model depicts him as a Class 37 diesel which still has an inaccurate number for a locomotive of this type.
  • His Railway Series number is completely fictional. No diesel engine ever is known to have worn this number.
  • In the Days Out with Thomas events, Class 40 wore Toad's face.
  • In the Railway Series, it is established that British Railways Diesels do not have names and are referred to by their numbers.
  • Class 40's television series model is currently on display at Drayton Manor Theme Park.
  • Season 12 production notes call him "Diesel 40".

MerchandiseEdit

ReferencesEdit



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