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 engine was abandoned for thirty years and discovered consumed by the rainforest, after which it was repaired and steamed again, running for another thirty years. The locomotive is currently at the EFMM Railway Museum in Porto Velho, Rondonia, Brazil.

According to the Rev. W. Awdry, the engine's rediscovery was the inspiration for Duke and for that reason it was mentioned. [1]


The Railway Series


See Also


  1. RWS #25: Duke the Lost Engine (forward)

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