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Albert
Albert
  • Class: Furness Railway Parker J1 2-4-2T
  • Designer: Pettigrew
  • Builder: Sharp, Stewart and Co.
  • Configuration: 2-4-2

Albert is a red tank engine who worked on the Furness Railway.

Bio

Albert worked on the lakeside branch on the Furness Railway running to Windermere with his two coaches, Victoria and Helena. One snowy day after boasting about snow, Albert had stopped outside the mouth of a tunnel while collecting passengers at Haverthwaite. When he started, he gave off so much steam that he caused an avalanche and he became buried in snow. After he was rescued, he learnt to take more care in wintry conditions.

Victoria later mentioned Albert to Edward, while they were being mended at Crovan's Gate. She noted that Albert only ever had one accident. As all the real Parker J1 tank engines were scrapped, it can be assumed that Albert was as well.

Persona

Albert's character appears to be like that of Thomas - Victoria described him as being gentlemanly and polite. He has a slight tendency to be boastful and cocky.

Basis

Albert is based on the Parker J1 2-4-2 class, rebuilt from the earlier E1 class of 2-4-0 tank engines of 1870, which were built originally by Sharp, Stewart and Co. Seven of these were rebuilt into J1s in 1891. None have been preserved.

Livery

Albert is painted in the Furness Railway's red livery with "FR" written in yellow on his sides.

Appearance

Railway Series

Trivia

  • The line Albert worked on is part of the now preserved Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway.
  • Albert is named after the husband of the British Empire's Queen Victoria, after whom Victoria is named.

Gallery

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