Thomas the Tank Engine Wikia

The Midland Railway Engines are steam engines who once visited the North Western Railway on loan from the Midland Railway and from the Furness Railway.


The Railway Series

The North Western Railway faced an engine shortage in its early days. Aside from the Coffee Pots and the four Wellsworth and Suddery Railway Tank Engines, the railway had no engines of its own. As a result, engines were leased from the Midland Railway and Furness Railway on the Mainland until more could be purchased, and they were heavily relied on during the First World War. Edward was one of the engines to arrive, largely due to this arrangement. [1]

By 1923, most of these engines had returned to their original railways and replacements had been secured. Their fates are unknown. No precise details of these engines were given, so little is known about them. Some may possibly be some of the 80 other undocumented engines on the NWR. [1] The first [2] and second [3] red tender engines are believed to possibly be some of these engines; as the real Midland Railway engines were also painted in red liveries.

Technical Details


These engines are based on the real locomotives of the Midland Railway.

A Midland Railway Johnson 0-6-0 (re-classfied as LMS Johnson Class "3F" 0-6-0 No. 3512) makes an illustrated appearance in the Japanese book, Thomas Goods Encyclopedia.


The Midland Railway used the crimson lake livery for its passenger trains from 1883 until 1923, when the MR and other railways were merged into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS). The LMS then adopted this livery.




* RWS only | ** T&F only