The First Red Tender Engine
The first red engine once teased Edward for his size and age and later tried to push Henry out of a tunnel, but without success (William Middleton illustrations only). It is unknown what happened to the engine following this event.
The engine, along with the four other engines, liked to hurt Edward's feelings due to him being smaller and weaker than them.
It is possible that he/she was proud, pompous and self-important.
In William Middleton's original illustrations, he/she was a NER Class S [later LNER B13] with additional trailing wheels. In C. Reginald Dalby's illustrations, his basis is unknown but shares resemblance to a NER Raven A2, however it is possible that his/her basis is the same as 98462 as his/her design is identical to said engine.
This engine is painted red with yellow lining. He/she has red wheels and a red dome.
- The Three Railway Engines - Edward's Day Out (not named) and The Sad Story of Henry (William Middleton only; does not speak)
- In the original Middleton illustrations, the first and second red engines were depicted as the same character, hence them having had the same wheel configuration.
- The engine's role in The Sad Story of Henry was replaced by Thomas when the story was adapted into the television series, and by James in The Adventure Begins.
The Red Tank Engines
Two Red Tank Engines appeared in a magazine story. They were never named and their origins are not known.
Both Engines are painted red with yellow lining and black wheels.
The Picture Engine
A Red Tender Engine once appeared on a picture in the Fat Controller's office.
This engine appeared in Thomas and the Tiger.
The Picture Engine is painted red, with black lining and a black smokebox.