Coronel Church is an American-built tender engine that operated on the Brazilian railway, Estrada de Ferro Madeira Mamore (EFMM). The engine is named for Colonel George Earl Church, an American civil engineer who served as a surveyor for the railway.
The locomotive was abandoned for 30 years and discovered consumed by the rainforest, after which it was repaired and steamed again, running for another 30 years. The locomotive is currently at the EFMM Railway Museum in Porto Velho, Rondonia, Brazil.
According to Wilbert Awdry, the locomotive's rediscovery was the inspiration for Duke and for that reason it was mentioned in the foreword of the twenty-fifth book of The Railway Series, Duke the Lost Engine.
- Duke the Lost Engine (indirectly mentioned in foreword)
- Coronel Church on Wikipedia (Portuguese)