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Two unnamed red engines have been featured in The Railway Series. Two more unnamed red engines appeared in the magazine stories and another unnamed red engine appeared in a mini book.


The First Red Tender Engine

The first red engine would tease Edward for his size and age. It is unknown what happened to the engine following this event.

Personality

The engine, along with the four other engines (Henry, Gordon, 87546 and 98462), liked to hurt Edward's feelings due to him being smaller and weaker than them.

It is possible that they were proud, pompous and self-important.

Technical Details

Basis

The exact basis for the first red engine is unknown. It is depicted as a 4-6-2 by William Middleton, however it has a substantially smaller boiler than Gordon as well as a different cab. In C. Reginald Dalby's illustrations, it bares a similar shape to 98462, albeit with a taller and thinner chimney and dome.

Livery 

This engine is painted red with yellow lining. It has red wheels and the dome switches between red and black in illustrations.

Appearances

The Railway Series

Companion Volumes

Video Releases

Trivia

Gallery

The Railway Series

Main Series

Miscellaneous

The Second Red Tender Engine

The second red engine once tried to push Henry out of a tunnel, but without success (C. Reginald Dalby illustrations). It is unknown what happened to the engine following this event.

Personality

This engine, unlike the first, seemed to be quite helpful, seeing as he tried to push Henry out of the tunnel after being asked.

Technical Details

Basis

Exactly like James, this engine is based on the L&YR Class 28, a class of 0-6-0 mixed-traffic tender locomotive designed by George Hughes for the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway and built by Horwich Works between 1909 and 1912. It was a rebuild of Aspinall's Class 27, with the addition of a Belpaire firebox, a Schmidt/"twin-plug" superheater and the extension of the footplate and front sandboxes and a Fowler tender.

Livery

This engine is painted in NWR red with black lining and yellow boiler bands. His dome is red and their roof is painted black. His front and driving wheels are red while his tender wheels are black.

Appearances

The Railway Series

Companion Volumes

Trivia

  • In the original Middleton illustrations, the first and second red engines were depicted as the same character, hence them having had the same wheel configuration.
  • This engine was originally illustrated to be James. However, children wrote to the Reverend W. Awdry asking why James was red before his repainting in the third book. With all the confusion, Awdry decided that it was not James, but a different character altogether.
  • The engine's role in The Sad Story of Henry was replaced by Thomas when the story was adapted into the television series. Ironically, James took his role in the special, The Adventure Begins, albeit in his original black livery. In the 1953 adaptation of The Sad Story of Henry (1953), his role was also replaced by James.

Gallery

The Railway Series

Main Series

Others

The Third Red Tender Engine


A Red Tender Engine once appeared on a photograph in the Fat Controller's office.

This engine appeared in the mini book, Thomas and the Tiger.

Technical Details

Basis

This engine has no precise basis, however it appears to be either a 2-6-0 or 0-6-0 with no dome. The engine also has a Fowler tender. The engine also loosely resembles James.

Livery

The Engine is painted red, with black lining and a black smokebox.

Gallery


The Red Tank Engines

Two Red Tank Engines appeared in a magazine story. They were never named and their origins are not known.

Technical Details

Basis

Both engines do not appear to be based on any specific design.

Livery

Both engines are painted red with yellow lining and black wheels.

Appearances

Magazine Stories

  • These engines appear in a "Counting Time" activity from the 1998-1999 Fun to Learn magazine.

Trivia

  • They appear to be an illustration error of James portrayed as 2 different engines.

Gallery


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