"Later, Culdee met two old friends. Ernest, number two, and Wilfred, number three."
— The Author, Mountain Engines, "Devil's Back"

Ernest is a narrow gauge mountain-climbing engine working on the Culdee Fell Railway. Like the other mountain engines, he has his own coach used for passenger services.


The Railway Series

Ernest was built at the Swiss Locomotive and Machine Works in Winterthur, Switzerland, in 1900. Soon afterwards, he arrived on Sodor.

When Culdee returned from the works in Switzerland, Ernest and Wilfred informed him about the changes that happened to the railway.

According to Sodor: Reading Between the Lines, he and Wilfred were superseded by the more modern Nos. 6-8 in 1964.


It is implied that Ernest is an old and wise mountain engine. He is good friends with Wilfred and Culdee.

Technical Details


Ernest is based on the Snowdon Mountain Railway's No. 2 Enid.


Ernest is painted purple with orange lining. The number "2" is painted on the sides and back of his cab in yellow and he has red nameplates, with his name in gold, on the sides of his tanks.


The Railway Series

Companion Volumes


  • Like the other mountain engines, Ernest is equipped with a face at each end.


"'Later, Culdee met two old friends. Ernest, number two, and Wilfred, number three.
After some happy gossip, Culdee asked. "Who is Lord Harry?"
"He's one of the new engines,"
they said, "who came while you were away; he's number six. Alaric and Eric are seven and eight, they're nice quiet engines, but old Harry's a terror!"
— Ernest and Wilfred talking about the new engines, Danger Points, Mountain Engines


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