Frank is a grumpy, but kind diesel who works on the Arlesdale Railway.


The Railway Series

Frank was built at Arlesburgh Works circa 1967 out of bits and pieces from several other engines. He is powered by a Perkins diesel engine, and was named after its creator. Frank is a shunter who is used for maintenance work and empty carriage workings across the Arlesdale Railway.

When The Railway Series book, Small Railway Engines was first published, Frank became infuriated when he found out that he had been left out due to the Thin Clergyman not being aware of his presence. He then refused to come out of the shed the next morning, but when he did, he only resulted in running into the back of the shed, cracking a shed support. He then felt ashamed of what he had done, but later redeemed himself by rescuing Rex when his steam pipe leaked and taking his train. Believing Frank should not have to do rescues, the Small Controller realised the railway needed another engine, which came in the form of Jock. [1]


Frank means well, works hard and has a good heart, but has a tendency to be quite grumpy.

Technical Details


Frank is based on Perkins, an engine who works on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.


Frank is painted light grey with a red stripe around his body. He has a red nameplate with a gold border on his sides with his name on them, also in gold. His buffer beams are painted red with silver buffers.



  • Frank is named after Frank Perkins, the engineer who created the Perkins diesel engine.
  • Frank is the only Arlesdale engine not created by the Rev. W. Awdry.
  • Frank's face on his Ertl toy is reused from Derek's face.



The Railway Series

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