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Culdee is a narrow gauge mountain-climbing engine named after Culdee Fell, the mountain his railway climbs. He has his own coach named Catherine.

Biography

The Railway Series

Culdee was built at the Swiss Locomotive and Machine Works in Winterthur, Switzerland, and arrived on Sodor in time for the railway's inspection. In March 1900, he was the first to be used in the test runs on the Culdee Fell Railway. When Lord Harry was delivered in March 1962, Culdee left for overhaul instead of Shane Dooiney as he was the most run-down of the two. He arrived back on Sodor in May 1963, with Donald taking him back to the Culdee Fell Railway. While on his way, Culdee got to tell stories about his railway to some of the engines of the Skarloey Railway. [1]

Personality

Culdee is careful, cautious and friendly. He is filled with advice to give to the other engines, including unruly ones. Culdee is the sensible one of the Mountain Railway, and he often tries to tell difficult engines their faults and warns them what might happen. He and his coach, Catherine are a fine team, and favourites with passengers. But he does like a bit of excitement and tells great stories about the other engines, including the sad story about Godred's misfortune. [2]

Technical Details

Basis

Culdee is based on No. 4 Snowdon, an engine who works on the Snowdon Mountain Railway.

Livery

Culdee is painted in the Culdee Fell Railway's livery of purple with orange lining. His number (4) is painted on the sides and back of his cab in yellow and he has a red nameplate on the sides of his tanks with his name painted on them in gold.


Appearances

Trivia

  • Culdee's driver's name is Joe. [3]
  • Though he has not made an appearance in the television series as of yet, Culdee is mentioned by a parent in an interview on the US VHS/DVD, 10 Years of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends.
  • Culdee has buffers in some magazine stories and on his Take Along and Take-n-Play toys.
  • Culdee is the only Culdee Fell engine to have a Wooden Railway or Take Along/Take-n-Play model.
  • In Sudric, "Culdee" translates as "Companion of God". The real life origin of the term comes from members of Christian monastic and eremitical communities of Ireland, Scotland and England in the Middle Ages who were called "Culdees", which means "client/companion of God".
  • Like the other engines of the Culdee Fell Railway, Culdee has with a face at each end.

Merchandise

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Ertl Company

Name Released Discontinued Highlights Photo
Culdee
1995
2004
Originally sold under Shining Time Station brand as a "Special Edition" character
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Wooden Railway

Name Released Discontinued Highlights Photo
Culdee
1996
2001
WoodenRailway1996Culdee.jpg
Culdee
2005
2008
Sold in "Culdee and the Apple Orchard Cars" value pack.
WoodenRailwayNewCuldee.jpg
Culdee
2015
2015
Reintroduced as a "Limited Release"
2015WoodenRailwayCuldee.jpg

Take Along

Name Released Discontinued Highlights Photo
Culdee
2005
Unknown
Take-AlongCuldee.jpg

Take-n-Play

Name Released Discontinued Highlights Photo
Culdee
2014
Unknown
Take-n-PlayCuldee.JPG

Trading Cards

Name Released Discontinued Highlights Photo
Culdee
2002
2009
CuldeeTradingCard.png

References


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