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Duke
Duke
  • Number: SR 8, originally MSR 1
  • Class: "Small" England
  • Designers: George England and CM Holland
  • Builder: FR Boston Lodge Works
  • Built: 1879
  • Restored: 1970
  • Gauge: 2ft 3in
  • Configuration: 0-4-0ST+T
  • Top Speed: 35 mph
  • Arrived on Sodor: 1880
"That would never suit his grace!"
— Duke

Duke, originally known as The Duke, is a narrow gauge tender engine, who is considered a hero amongst the other engines.

Biography

Persona

Duke is one of the oldest and most experienced engines of the Skarloey Railway. He is also the mentor of Peter Sam and Sir Handel, from their younger days on the Mid Sodor Railway, when they were called Stuart and Falcon respectively. He may have a head teacher attitude and maintain his authority at all times, but can be quick to apply his knowledge and years of experience to help guide and correct any younger engine. He is proud of his name and keen to uphold the respect it merits. He can often be heard to say "That would never suit his Grace!" upon hearing or seeing something that he takes a disapproval to, or pedantically stating how he thinks someone would have adhered to the rules and regulations in his young days. Despite their teasing ways, Sir Handel and Peter Sam in particular have grown to become very fond of Duke and dearly nicknamed him "Granpuff" for his long service to the railway. He, in turn, commonly refers to them by their old names.

Livery

Duke is painted brown with yellow lining. His tender bears the MSR crest and he has red and gold name and number plates on the sides of his saddletank and cab respectively. While on the Mid Sodor Railway, he lacked lining.

Trivia

Mid Sodor Railway
DukeBertramSmudgerStanleyFalconStuartAlbertJimTimJerryAtlasAlfredJohnJennings
Rolling Stock Locomotives Skarloey | Rheneas | Sir Handel | Peter Sam | Rusty | Duncan | Freddie | Duke | Fred | Mighty Mac | Ivo Hugh | Luke | Mark VI
Coaches Agnes, Ruth, Lucy, Jemima and Beatrice | Ada, Jane and Mabel | Cora | Gertrude and Millicent | Saloon Coaches | Refreshment Coach
Trucks Slate Trucks | Skarloey Railway Breakdown Train
Non-Rail Vehicles Madge | Colin | Merrick | Owen
Staff Chairmen Sir Handel Brown | Sir Handel Lloyd Brown | Sir Handel Qualtrough Brown
Controllers Frederick Mack | Robert Sam | Peter Sam | Roger Sam | Peregrine Percival | Peter Percival
Engineers David Hugh | Ivo Hugh | David Hugh II | David Hugh III
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