Although I don't really like the Thomas and Friends series anymore as a whole, due to being grown up, I still have happy memories of when I was still into the series. And I still like the engine prototypes the characters are based on.
In addition to the many characters of Thomas and Friends that I was fascinated by, one of my childhood hobbies was creating lots of my own fictional engine characters. Although most of them were one time appearance characters.
I made a story about them or I drew them, but that was it. A lot of them were forgotten over the years as a result. However I still have some scrapbooks of some of them, or copies of stories about them, so some of them are still remembered, even if they only made one appearance.
But here's a list of my "inner circle" of fictional engine characters, their basis's, when they were built, and how fast they have been reported to go. Some of these engine characters I created as a child, and some of them I created when I had already officially grown out of Thomas and Friends but wanted to reawaken the happy memories and times that I had enjoyed as a child.
I discovered the Fletcher Jennings Class C, LB&SCR E2 Class, LMS Fowler Class 3F, LNER Class A4, Bagnall 0-4-0ST, Midlander 4wDM, Hunslet Austerity, British Rail Class 08, BR Class 42 "Warship", and British Rail Class 17 because certain engines of Thomas and Friends - Skarloey, Thomas, Jinty, Spencer, Bill and Ben, Rusty, Wilbert, Diesel, 'Arry and Bert, and Splatter and Dodge, Diesel 10, and Derek - are based on these classes.
Although I have officially grown out of Thomas and Friends, I still haven't completely abandoned it permanently. This is partly due to my interest in characters, and my interest in locomotives. The rest of the classes that are featured here I discovered in 2010 while reading through this book of locomotives, with the exception of the Minerva Kerr Stuart "Victory" 0-6-0T, BR Class 03, and BR Class 20 which I discovered sometime in 2017. Enjoy! :D
List of Fictional Engine Characters and their Top Speeds
|Honny||Minerva Kerr Stuart "Victory" 0-6-0T||1917||0-6-0T||30-35 miles per hour||2002|
|Ponny||Minerva Kerr Stuart "Victory" 0-6-0T||1917||0-6-0T||30-35 miles per hour||2002|
|Wilbur||LMS 3F "Jinty", with an additional dome||1928||0-6-0T||60 miles per hour /|
97 kilometres per hour
|Tenny||BR Class 20, originally BR Class 17||Between 1962 and 1965||Bo-Bo|
75 miles per hour / 121 kilometres per hour (rebuild), originally 60 miles per hour / 97 kilometres per hour
|Elliot||LB&SCR E2, with giesl|
funnel and belpaire firebox
|June 1913, rebuilt|
90 miles per hour (rebuild), originally 30-50 miles per hour
|Metey Barnett||BR Class 37||Between 1960 and 1965||Co+Co||90 miles per hour /|
140 kilometres per hour
|Andrew||1864, rebuilt 1937, circa. 2011||0-6-0ST, originally 0-4-0ST, previously 0-4-2ST||January 2007|
|Iron Kelvin||BR Class 08||Between 1952 and 1962||0-6-0DE||20 miles per hour /|
32 kilometres per hour
|Iron Wyngryk||BR Class 08||Between 1952 and 1962||0-6-0DE||20 miles per hour /|
32 kilometres per hour
|Killeroid||BR Class 42 "Warship"||8th February 1961||Bo-Bo||90 miles per hour /|
145 kilometres per hour
|Leander||LMS Jubilee Leander||March 1936||4-6-0||75 miles per hour||May 2010|
|Letryko Eurostar||BR Class 373||Between 1992 and 1996||208.0 miles per hour /|
334.7 kilometres per hour
|Lumbrial||Highland Railway Jones Goods||1894||4-6-0||50-60 miles per hour||May 2010|
|Ross||BR Class 03, originally Midlander 4wDM||1941||0-6-0DE, originally 4wDM|
28.5 miles per hour /
45.9 kilometres per hour (rebuild), originally 10-15 miles per hour
|Prince||LMS Princess Royal||July 1933||4-6-2||114 miles per hour||October 2011|
|Mallaroy||LNER A4 Pacific||September 1935||4-6-2||126.4 miles per hour /|
203.4 kilometres per hour
|Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania 2–8–2 'Mikado' Type||December 1916||2-8-2||45-55 miles per hour||October 2011|
|Stafford||North Stafford [M]||1923||0-6-2T||35-40 miles per hour||October 2011|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 The maximum speed that the Minerva Kerr Stuart "Victory" 0-6-0T class is able to go is uncertain. Though it is presumed that the locomotive would at least have been able to reach 30-35 miles per hour.
- ↑ This is how fast Wilbur is capable of going. However the other members of the LMS 3F "Jinty" class are only capable of reaching 40 miles (64 kilometres) per hour.
- ↑ The maximum speed that the LB&SCR E2 class is able to go is debatable, as some sources say that it can reach a maximum of 30-40 miles an hour, while other sources say that it can reach a maximum of 40-50 miles an hour.
- ↑ This is the average speed that the Fletcher Jennings Class C is known to travel at. This may not reflect the train's actual top speed.
- ↑ The maximum speed that the Bagnall 0-4-0ST class is able to go is uncertain. Though it is presumed that the locomotive would at least have been able to reach 15-20 miles per hour.
- ↑ Leander is actually named after me, but because I don't wish to reveal what my name is in real life, he is referred to on the internet as Leander because of the type of locomotive he is based on, and so it makes a suitable alias to use for him.
- ↑ The maximum speed that the Highland Railway Jones Goods class is able to go is unclear. While some sources say that it is capable of reaching 50 miles an hour, it hasn't been confirmed what the maximum speed they are able to travel at is.
- ↑ The maximum speed that the Midlander 4wDM class is able to go is uncertain. Though it is presumed that the locomotive would at least have been able to reach 10-15 miles per hour.
- ↑ The maximum speed that the Pennsylvania 2–8–2 'Mikado' Type class is able to go is uncertain. Though it is presumed that the locomotive would at least have been able to reach 45-55 miles per hour.
- ↑ The maximum speed that the North Stafford [M] class is able to go is uncertain. Though it is presumed that the locomotive would at least have been able to reach 35-40 miles per hour.