"Not bad. I've seen worse. At least you're all clean."
— D261
  • Number: 40 061, originally D261
  • Class: BR Class 40
  • Designer: British Railways
  • Builder: Vulcan Foundry
  • Built: February 1960
  • Withdrawn: June 1983
  • Scrapped: March 1984
  • Configuration: 1Co-Co1
  • Top Speed: 90 mph

D261, later known as 40 061, and also known as Diesel, was a diesel engine who once came to the North Western Railway on loan from British Railways.



The Diesel was snobbish and rude, believing that diesel engines should take over from steam engines.


When he visited Sodor, D261 was painted in the BR Brunswick green livery, with a thin, lighter green stripe running along his top and yellow warning panels. The number "D261" was painted on his cab sides in yellow.

At some point after returning to British Railways, he was repainted into the "Rail Blue" livery. He had the BR logo painted on his cab sides, and the number "40 061" painted on opposite in white.


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