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“People say I'm old-fashioned, but I don't care. The Fat Controller says I'm a Useful Engine.”
― Edward talking to Trevor

Edward the Blue Engine is the ninth book of The Railway Series.

Foreword

Dear Friends,
I think most of you are fond of Edward. His Driver and Fireman, Charlie Sand and Sidney Hever, are fond of him, too. They were very pleased when they knew I was giving Edward a book all to himself.

Edward is old and some of the other engines were rude about the clanking noise he made as he did his work.

They aren't rude now! These stories tell you why.
The Author

Stories

Cows!

Edward is pulling cattle trucks when some disgruntled cows run into the train and break a coupling. Edward does not realize until he gets home, causing Gordon and Henry to laugh at him. Gordon is pulling the express the next day when he is stopped by a cow on a bridge. Henry, both crews and the passengers try to move her, but to no avail. Henry's guard goes for help and a porter brings the cow's calf to the bridge to lure her away. Edward soon finds out and makes fun of the big engines.

Bertie's Chase

Edward is running late when Thomas' train fails to arrive. Bertie arrives with Thomas' passengers - Thomas' fireman was absent - and seeing that Edward has left, chases him to Crosby, but misses him there too. Bertie's driver and the stationmaster make a plan and they finally catch up with him at Wellsworth, where Bertie explains the whole story to Edward. Edward apologises and leaves with his passengers safely on board.

Saved from Scrap

Edward meets a traction engine named Trevor, who is due to be scrapped next week. Edward decides to find a home for Trevor and when he sees the Vicar of Wellsworth, he persuades him to buy Trevor. The Vicar goes to the scrapyard and after seeing Trevor prove his worthfulness, buys him and Trevor goes to live in the Vicarage Orchard.

Old Iron

James gets cross with Edward being late and calls him "old iron". The next day, James' driver is ill and while his fireman gets a "relief", two boys wander into the cab and start James. Edward chases after him and after a long chase, an inspector manages to hook James with a length of rope and James' fireman checks his speed. The Fat Controller sends Edward to the Works as a reward, the police arrest the boys, who are then punished by their fathers, and James' driver recovers in the hospital.

Characters

Cows!

Bertie's Chase

Saved from Scrap

Old Iron

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • James
  • Sir Charles Topham Hatt II
  • Percy (not seen)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Orange-Brown Non-Corridor Coaches (cameos)
  • Gordon (mentioned)
  • The Naughty Boys (mentioned)

Locations

Trivia

  • Bertie's numberplate is "CRD 54". This is a reference to the artist and the year of publication.
  • In the third illustration of Saved from Scrap, there is a shop with the sign above the canopy reading "C.R.DA.", referring to the artist.
  • Cows is based on two events. One, in South Africa, involved a herd of elephants charging and breaking a train on 28 November, 1952, and the other involved a herd of cows blocking the line and leaving three passenger trains stranded for an hour and a half on Boxing Day, 1952.
  • Bertie's Chase is based on an event which occurred in Ireland. The story was provided to the Rev. W. Awdry by Gerard Fiennes, who later became General Manager of the Western and Eastern Regions of British Railways.
  • Saved from Scrap is inspired by a traction engine owned by the Vicar of Magdalen, East Anglia, England.
  • Old Iron is based on an event noted in the Daily Express, later reprinted in The Railway Gazette, in which a runaway train in Alton, Illinois was rescued with a lasso.
  • This is the first book to be narrated by Willie Rushton. He would later re-narrate the next two books and all of Wilbert Awdry's following books.
  • The Korean book transcribed "Trevor" as "트레보". However, "트레버" is the correct transcription in South Korean.

Goofs

  • In the third and fourth illustrations of Cows!, Gordon is missing his steam pipes.
  • In illustrations five through seven of Old Iron, Edward has the "Express" lamp/head code instead of "Light Engine".
  • The text says that the last seven cattle trucks were left behind while the illustration shows only six, and the brake van. Similarly, the coupling is said to have broken between the thirteenth and fourteenth trucks, but the picture shows that it was between the fourteenth and fifteenth trucks.
  • Despite James is pictured as being coupled in front of Edward in Old Iron, the text says that the two engines arrive at the station side by side.
  • In the third and fifth illustrations of Bertie's Chase, the bridge is shown to be before Crosby Station, but in maps of Sodor, it is shown to be after the station of Crosby.
  • In the first illustration of Old Iron, Suddery Junction is seen on the wrong side of the station.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Chinese Mandarin 爱德华不是老废铁
Japanese 青い機関車エドワード
Korean 파란 기관차, 에드워드

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