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Edward is a blue mixed-traffic tender engine. He runs his own branch line with BoCo. Edward is one of the oldest engines on Sodorand is occasionally made fun of for his age. Despite this setback, he is also very wise and optimistic and spreads his knowledge and encouraging attitude towards the other engines.

Biography

The Railway Series

Edward was built by Sharp, Stewart and Company at their Atlas Works in Glasgow, Scotland in 1896. He worked on the Furness Railway's Cumbrian Coast Line before coming to Sodor on loan with other engines in 1915 to assist with the building of the North Western Railway. The Furness had found him to be a "shy steamer" and were not interested in getting him back when his work was completed. In 1921[5], they sold him to the NWR for a nominal sum, who have, by careful maintenance and extensive modifications, turned him into a reliable engine.

By 1923, Edward was confined to Vicarstown Sheds, to the delight of the other engines, who claimed that he was too old and weak to work. Edward was eventually let out again and proved that what he lacked in strength, he made up for in work by pushing a stubborn Gordon and his heavy goods train up Gordon's Hill in 1923.

In 1923, when Thomas was fed up with fetching coaches for the big engines, Edward offered Thomas to take his trucks. However, Thomas, having no experience with trucks, was pushed down a hill and diverted into a siding. Later in 1925, Edward helped Jamesdouble-head a passenger train when the splendid red engine was acting out.

For some time afterwards, Edward was getting so old that his parts caused him to clank as he went along, which led to the bigger engines teasing him about his age. Gordon and Henry teased him about when a group of cows caused half of his cattle trucks to break away and derail, but later got their comeuppance when they encountered a cow named Bluebell on a bridge. Later in 1953, Edward saved an old traction engine named Trevor from scrap when he encouraged The Vicar of Wellsworth to buy him.

However in 1954, James would still talk down to Edward's age and how slow he is, but after he was left running down The Main Linewithout a driver thanks to two naughty boys who played with his controls, Edward proved himself to be a hero when he brought the inspector and James' fireman to slow him down. James could not thank Edward enough for his heroic actions and the Fat Controller sent Edward to the works to have his worn parts mended as a reward. When Edward came back, everyone was very pleased to see him again.

In 1948, Edward received his own branch line and had two twin tank engines named Bill and Ben help take trucks from the Sodor China Clay Company to Brendam along his line. When the twins were playing tricks on a new diesel named BoCo in 1965, Edward put a stop to it and showed BoCo how to handle them. Soon, Edward and Gordon were both talking about branch lines, most to the disapproval of Gordon. That night there was a mishap at Tidmouth, which in favour, Edward's train went first which sent him down the mainline (this was caused when the signalman at Wellsworth was not informed of the delay) and Gordon went down to Brendam. Some few evenings later, when Edward was taking a passenger train filled with enthusiasts home to Tidmouth, his crank-pin snapped, damaging his wheel splasher and running plate, forcing the driver and fireman to take them off. However, Edward was able to pull the heavy train back to Tidmouth, very late, but with triumph. BoCo looked after Edward's branch line while Edward was sent to the works again for repairs.

In 1988, while the Elsbridge river bridge was being repaired, Edward helped Thomas settle in on his branch line. Later, while taking china clay trucks to Wellsworth, the rear of his train derailed on a section of loose rail. Luckily, Trevor was nearby and was able to warn him about it.

In 1995, before the 50th anniversary of the Railway Series, Edward was hurrying along his branchline after being delayed by James. He loosened one of his bogie wheels on a set of points, which came off and landed in a field of cabbages. He was repaired in time for the Golden Jubilee and led Pip and Emma to Tidmouth as the royal train and was also held up at Knapford Junction after the points and signals failed.

In 2007, when an old coach named Victoria was being restored, Edward quickly recognised her from the Furness Railway and listened to her story about when she worked with a tank engine named Albert on his branch line, alongside another coach named Helena. Edward later took her to Knapford Junction for Thomas to take to Toby.

Thomas & Friends

When Trevor was to be the main star attraction for the Vicar's garden party, Edward wanted to help but did not know how. His chance came when the Vicar forgot to promote the party by putting up the posters, so he suggested having them put up on his cab and coaches as part of the party's advertisement. His plan worked and so many people came to the party that they raised a lot of money for the children. The Vicar later thanked Edward and his crew for their idea.

Edward has a penchant for telling spooky stories on Halloween that the other engines enjoy. In the fifth series episode Haunted Henry, Edward told Henry that whenever an owl hoots, a mist rolls in and when the mist is about, there is a ghost about too. In the sixth series episode Scaredy Engines, he told them a story of a ghost engine that returns to the smelters in search of his lost whistle every Halloween.

In addition to running his branch line, Edward often acts as a banker for other engines up Gordon's Hill to help them when their trains are too heavy. In spite of Edward's great history with the railway and his good relationship with the other engines, his old age makes some engines think that he is unreliable. Gordon would sometimes still tease and talk down about him, even going as far as suggesting that he should "retire". When Percy told his driver about this, who told the Fat Controller, he arranged for Edward to show Stepney how to run the loop line, while Duck did his work. Unfortunately, Duck got stuck on Gordon's Hill when the Troublesome Trucks held him back. When Gordon came behind him, he could not push Duck up the hill. Edward was sent to help the double train up and when they arrived at Knapford station, the Fat Controller rebuked Gordon for his horrible comments about Edward. Gordon apologised to Edward the following day and from then on, he never suggested him "retiring".

Since then, Edward's skill as a banker is always valued among Gordon and the others, as seen in Edward the Great and You Can Do it, Toby!; in Chickens to School, Edward exclaimed, "I'm always helping Gordon up the hill!" However, his speed left a lot to be desired. In As Good as Gordon, Emily had to wait for Edward at the crossing. Impatient, Emily snidely told him to hurry up, calling him "Slowcoach". When Spencer visited the Island of Sodor and beat Gordon's record, he insulted the Sudrian engines, who became fed up with Spencer's boastfulness. They wanted to race Spencer to the Duke and Duchess of Boxford's Summer House, but the Fat Controller chose Edward to go there instead. Gordon thought that Edward should not be doing an express engine's job and James thought that Edward would let the whole railway down. Regardless, Edward tried his best and had several moments of triumph during the race. Gordon saw how hard Edward was trying and took back his earlier words, encouraging Edward instead, calling him "a credit to the railway!" Edward eventually won due to Spencer falling asleep and felt like the pride of the Sodor railway—and he was right.

Edward has always been a kind and wise engine, though, in some scenarios, he has acted a bit judgemental to newcomers. For example, when Harvey first arrived, he claimed he "doesn't even look like an engine". He was also one of the engines to spread rumours that Neville wanted to bump the steam engines and agreed with Gordon's element of doubt about Rocky and called him "new-fangled nonsense". This was apparently because Edward has worked on Sodor the longest and because he had known all of its inhabitants for that long, he was wary of meeting anyone new. However, he later learned of Harvey and Rocky's usefulness by their episode's ends.

When Percy was in need of repair, the engines nominated Edward to take the mail in his place, but in truth, Edward did not know what to do. In order not to embarrass himself, he did not ask Percy for advice, resulting in him delivering the mail to all the wrong places.

Edward has also acted excitable and even vain on some occasions. Once, he was given the task of taking the new water wheel to Great Waterton. He ignored the Fat Controller's advice to take the express track, instead taking all the bumpy tracks to show off to other engines, which almost resulted in the water wheel being scrapped. In Thomas and the Runaway Kite, he wanted to help Thomas to chase after the Fat Controller's grandchildren's kite. Since then, Edward has tried to regain his usual self, which one day made Charlie think he was too old to have fun in Charlie and Eddie. Edward was upset about this so he tried to be as fun as Charlie, but this only caused even more trouble. Since then, he has just stuck to being the wise and kind engine that he was of old.

In the fifteenth series, Edward was sent to work with Harold for the day, being given the chance to be a hero. After observing Gordon and Rocky in action, Edward resolved to fulfil his hero role by being "strong and fast and stern". On his way to the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre, Edward found a miserable Charlie and cheered him up by telling him a joke, collected Dowager Hatt's suitcase when it was sent to the wrong station and rescued a lost Katie the sheepdog. Edward was still determined to be what he thought a hero but found that his time spent helping others had made him late for Harold, who was not at the Rescue Centre when Edward chuffed in. The Fat Controller reassured Edward that being kind, funny and gentle was Edward being himself, enough to be a hero and everyone cheered for him. Harold arrived looking for Edward, who just smiled.

Gordon still proved to be ungrateful for Edward's help, not even saying so much as a "thank you" for his efforts. When Edward complained about this to Thomas, he came up with a plan. He challenged Gordon to a race across the island, to which Gordon gave him a ten-minute headstart to give him more of a chance. However, Thomas pulled onto the same track as Gordon, forcing the bigger engine to go slowly. At Gordon's Hill, they were going so slowly that Gordon became stuck, forcing Gordon to swallow his pride and beg Edward to help him. Edward forgave Gordon and gave him a push and this time, Gordon gave his thanks as he descended down the other side.

In Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, he told Thomas (who was being mended at the Steamworks) that Rocky had discovered a pirate ship in the cavern in which Thomas had fallen into earlier (despite Thomas discovering it first). Later, while working at the Docks, Salty told him, Henry, James, Porter and Cranky about a "lost pirate".

When Thomas felt that Max and Monty's recklessness was going too far, Edward told Thomas to ignore them. He laughed at Thomas, Percy and Toby for being scared of a cow which they thought was a troll and he was also scared of going out in the night when the engines thought a glowing Henry was a ghost. Edward was among the engines who were afraid Hugo was the start of steam engines being replaced.

Edward was one of the many engines who wanted to go to the Great Railway Show but was not chosen.

When the Fat Controller replaced his public address system at Knapford, Edward picked it up and took it to Crocks Scrap Yard. However, the new P.A. system proved more trouble than it was worth. Luckily, Reg had not scrapped the old system and Edward brought it back to Knapford, much to the Fat Controller's relief. Sometime later, after James crashed through Tidmouth Sheds, Edward was sent to Philip's shed until his berth was repaired. However, Philip proved too chatty for Edward to get a good night's sleep, so he tried looking for somewhere else to rest. However, nowhere proved suitable and Edward became so tired he fell asleep, which made him nearly collide with Percy. Luckily, Philip managed to wake Edward up in time and Edward told the truth about why he left Philip's shed. Philip promised to be quieter and proved to be such a good company that Edward decided to stay with him even after Tidmouth was repaired.

Edward is well-known for being able to keep Bill and Ben in order, but sometimes the twins can still prove to be troublesome, such as when they invented a game called "Hunt the Truck" and played it on Nia. Bill and Ben were annoyed when Edward made them give the truck back and decided to have some more fun, hiding Edward's truck from him. However, Edward knew all their hiding places and was quick to find where it had gone. He then pretended to be worried that the truck going missing would ruin Sir Robert Norramby's Christmas party, prompting the twins to feel guilty and search for it across the island, not realising of course that Edward had the truck all along until they went to the party to apologise.

Personality

Edward is very kindhearted, mature, wise and keen to help a friend in need. The small engines trust him to lend a listening ear and sympathetic advice. He is a hard worker too and always does his best to finish a job. If ever an engine misbehaves or acts out, it is Edward that the Fat Controller turns to in order to soothe things out.

Unfortunately, the big engines, especially Gordon, often see Edward as old-fashioned and slow. While it is true he is the oldest engine on the North Western Railway (which he helped build), he has proved time and time again that he is more than capable of working as hard as any engine. He and BoCo were the only engines who looked after Bill and Ben and knew how to put them in their place should they misbehave. Like any other wise old engine, he stands for no nonsense from anyone, especially from the bigger engines.

From the ninth series to the fourteenth series, however, Edward expressed insecurity in himself, such as keeping secrets from the other engines and Sir Topham Hatt, when he was once leaking steam and likewise when he was told to pull the post train whilst Percy was being repaired. He has also occasionally been rude to new arrivals, such as disbelieving Rocky when he thought he did not need help with his goods train and being unwelcoming to Harvey when he was new to the railway.

Since the seventeenth series, Edward has been portrayed with his original personality, such as when he gave Thomas advice to ignore Max and Monty and accepted James' request to bring the Mayor of Sodor to Callan Castle. His methods of keeping Bill and Ben in order also returned in the twenty-second series, when he took a truck they had hidden from him as a trick, making the pair think they had lost the truck, only for Edward to reveal that he had it all along.

Technical Details

Basis

The Reverend W. Awdry stated that Edward is based on a heavily modified Sharp, Stewart and Co. "Larger Seagull" K2 Class, supplied to the Furness Railway in 1896.

Sodor "historian" Martin Clutterbuck notes that Edward bears a close resemblance to an LNER D34 "Glen" (NBR Reid Class K) 4-4-0 and an LNER D20 from the London and North Eastern Railway. The Reverend W. Awdry also used an LMS Class 2P to represent Edward on his model railway.

Visible Crovan's Gate Works modifications are: making the rear splashers flush with the cab, removal of the coupling rod splashers, new cab windows as opposed to cutaways in his cab side sheets and square cab lookouts as opposed to the original round ones. In both the Railway Series and television series, Edward is depicted with a Fowler tender. The orange and brown tender engines are also based on this design.

Edward's basis

A Fowler tender

Livery

Edward is painted in NWR bright blue with red and yellow lining. His number is painted on the sides of his tender in yellow with red lining and the lining around his cab windows is yellow.

In the Railway Series, he carries two builder's plates on the sides of his cab.

It can be assumed that, before arriving on Sodor, Edward was painted in FR Indian red with black lining, the initials "FR" painted on the sides of his tender and black wheels.

Appearances

The Railway Series

  • The Three Railway Engines - Edward's Day Out, Edward and Gordon, The Sad Story of Henry (cameo)and Edward, Gordon and Henry
  • Thomas the Tank Engine - Thomas' Train (cameo), Thomas and the Trucks and Thomas and the Breakdown Train (does not speak)
  • James the Red Engine - James and the Top-Hat and Troublesome Trucks
  • Troublesome Engines - Henry and the Elephant (does not speak), Tenders and Turntables (cameo), Trouble in the Shed and Percy Runs Away
  • Henry the Green Engine - Coal (does not speak) and Gordon's Whistle
  • Gordon the Big Engine - Off the Rails and Paint Pots and Queens
  • Edward the Blue Engine - Cows, Bertie's Chase, Saved from Scrap and Old Iron
  • Four Little Engines - Skarloey Remembers
  • The Eight Famous Engines - The Fat Controller's Engines
  • Duck and the Diesel Engine - Domeless Engines, Pop Goes the Diesel (cameo), Dirty Work (mentioned) and A Close Shave
  • The Twin Engines - Break Van and The Deputation
  • Gallant Old Engine - Gallant Old Engine (does not speak)
  • Stepney the "Bluebell" Engine - Stepney's Special and Bowled Out (does not speak)
  • Main Line Engines - The Diseasel, Wrong Road and Edward's Exploit
  • Really Useful Engines - Fish (mentioned)
  • James and the Diesel Engines - Fire-Engine (does not speak)
  • More About Thomas the Tank Engine - The Runaway (does not speak)
  • Gordon the High-Speed Engine - Smokescreen (mentioned) and Fire Escape (mentioned)
  • Thomas and the Twins - Scrambled Eggs, What a Picture! and Trevor Helps Out
  • Henry and the Express - Henry Sees Red (does not speak)
  • Thomas and the Fat Controller's Engines - Edward and the Cabbages and Golden Jubilee
  • Thomas and Victoria - Avalanche and Toby's Vintage Train (does not speak)
  • Thomas and his Friends - Centenary (cameo)

Companion Volumes

  • 1970 - Twelve Happy Engines (does not speak)
  • 1972 - The Railway Series: Surprise Packet
  • 1976 - Famous Engines and Railway Map of the Island of Sodor
  • 1984 - Henry the Green Engine Gets Out, Thomas's Christmas Party and James the Red Engine and the Troublesome Trucks
  • 1986 - Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree (does not speak) and Thomas the Tank Engine: The Complete Collection
  • 1987 - The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways
  • 1995 - Thomas the Tank Engine and the Scrambled Eggs
  • 1996 - Thomas the Tank Engine: The Complete Collection
  • 2005 - Sodor: Reading Between the Lines
  • 2007 - Thomas the Tank Engine: The New Collection

Thomas & Friends

Specials

Music Videos

  • Series 3 - Thomas' Anthem and I'm Thomas the Tank Engine
  • Series 4 - Thomas' Anthem Grand Finale, Let's Have a Race, Gone Fishing, Toby, Don't Judge a Book By its Cover, Really Useful Engine and Thomas' Christmas Song
  • Series 5 - Night Train, Accidents Will Happen, Every Cloud has a Silver Lining, It's Great to be an Engine, Donald's Duck, Sir Topham Hatt and Come for the Ride
  • Series 6 -  Little Engines, Down by the Docks, Winter Wonderland and Never, Never, Never Give Up
  • Series 7 - There Once Was an Engine Who Ran Away and The Whistle Song
  • Series 8 - Sounds, A World Around You, Determination, Patience, Ode to Gordon and Engine Roll Call
  • Calling All Engines! - Busy, Trying and Together New Engine Roll Call and The Dream Song
  • Series 9 - Day and Night, Party Time, Pride, Every Day's a Special Day on Sodor and Togetherness
  • Jack and the Sodor Construction Company - The Work Song and One Friendly Family
  • Series 10 - Doing it Right, Favourite Place, H is for Harold, There's Always Something New, Responsibility, Strength, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells and Engine Roll Call
  • Series 11 - Engine Roll Call
  • The Great Discovery - There's a Job for Everyone, Where, oh Where is Thomas?, Engine Roll Call and Thomas, You're the Leader
  • Series 12 - Engine Roll Call
  • Hero of the Rails - Go, Go Thomas
  • Series 13 - Roll Along, Thomas, You're the Leader, Sounds, Determination and Engine Roll Call
  • Misty Island Rescue - Misty Island Rescue
  • Series 14 - All You Need and Sir Topham Hatt
  • Day of the Diesels - Day of the Diesels
  • Series 15 - Hear the Engines Coming
  • Series 16 - Thomas and Percy and Go, Go Thomas
  • King of the Railway - It's Gonna be a Great Day
  • Series 17 - Hey, Hey Thomas!
  • Tale of the Brave - Let's Be Brave
  • Series 18 - It's Christmas Time and The Best Friends Express
  • Thomas' YouTube World Tour - A World Around You, Down by the Docks, Navigation, It's Great to be an Engine, Thomas' Anthem, The Whistle Song, Night Train, Ode to Gordon, Rules and Regulations and That's What Friends Are For
  • The Adventure Begins - Really Useful Engine
  • Series 19 - There's Snow Place Like Home, Let's Go!, Race with You, Spring is Here!, Engine Roll Calland Down by the Docks
  • Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure - We Make a Team Together
  • Series 20 - James the Really Splendid Engine and Accidents Will Happen
  • The Great Race - Will You Won't You
  • Journey Beyond Sodor - I Want to Go Home (cameo) and The Most Important Thing is Being Friends
  • Series 21 - Set Friendship in Motion, Doing it Right and Trying
  • Big World! Big Adventures! - Where in the World is Thomas? and We're Friends
  • Series 22 - Engine Roll Call and The Steam Team

Learning Segments

  • Series 8 - Sharing, The Children Wait for Gordon, Helping One Another, Edward Helps Emily Up Gordon's Hill and Dot to Dot - Edward
  • Calling All Engines! - Which Engine for Which Job? and Which Diesel Engine with Which Steam Engine?
  • Series 9 - Same Colour, Which Load for Which Route?, Being Kind, What Goes Where? (cameo), Who Respects Whom?, Who's Under the Coal Dust? - James and Job Destinations
  • Series 10 - Who's Under the Coal Dust? - Emily, Guess the Engine - Edward and Which Engine Should go to Which Building?
  • The Great Discovery - Thomas Puzzle Parts

Videos

  • 2015 - A Friendly Farewell
  • 2018 - Meet the New Steam Team (cameo) and Still the Best of Friends
  • 2019 - Meet Rebecca and Meet Gordon (cameo)

Books

  • 1986 - Thomas Comes to Breakfast and BoCo the Diseasel
  • 1991 - A Close Shave
  • 1992 - A Cow on the Line and Other Thomas the Tank Engine Stories
  • 1993 - Edward's Exploit and Other Thomas the Tank Engine Stories and Colouring Book
  • 1998 - A Noisy Surprise
  • 2002 - All Around the Island and 5 Useful Engines
  • 2004 - Bill and Ben
  • 2008 - Thomas' Sticker Express
  • 2009 - A Busy Day on Sodor
  • 2011 - The Big Book of Engines
  • 2012 - 1001 Stickers Fun Book
  • 2016 - A Valentine for Percy (cameo), A Visit to London for Thomas the Tank Engine (does not speak) and Bill and Ben (cameo)
  • 2018 - Big World! Big Adventures! (Golden Book) (cameo) and Character Encyclopedia

Magazine Stories

  • 1987 - Edward and Gordon, Thomas and the Trucks, Thomas and the Breakdown Train (cameo), James and the Coaches and Thomas' Christmas Party
  • 1988 - James and the Troublesome Trucks, Trouble in the Shed, Percy Runs Away (does not speak), Cows, Old Iron, Thomas and Trevor, The Runaway (cameo), BoCo the Diseasel, Wrong Road, Edward's Exploits, Thomas' Present and The Train Spotters (mentioned)
  • 1989 - Fire (mentioned), The Party and An Important Visitor
  • 1990 - Thomas For Sale, Edward and the Express and The Backlog (does not speak)
  • 1991 - Thomas and the Blue Wheel (does not speak)
  • 1993 - Roof Repairs! (cameo) and The Carriage Café
  • 1994 - Runaway Trucks
  • 1995 - The Engine Parade! and School-time Thomas!
  • 1996 - Timetable Trouble, Edward and the River Rose!, Percy Saves the Day, The New Track and Seeing Signals! (does not speak)
  • 1997 - Percy's Goods Train, Henry, Thomas' Tree, Percy's Surprise (does not speak), Henry's Hills, Henry's Busy Day, Trevor's Christmas Surprise (does not speak), 'Smile, Please!' and Percy's Promise
  • 1998 - Smokey Joe! (mentioned), Thomas and the Trucks! (does not speak), Henry (does not speak), Billy's Bones!, James Breaks the Rules and Snakes and Ladders!
  • 1999 - Bill and Ben's Trick (mentioned)
  • 2000 - Harold's Race!, Henry's Freight Cars, Night Work (mentioned), Henry (cameo), Lucky to be Lost!(cameo) and Wet Wheels
  • 2001 - Soak Joke
  • 2002 - Ben at the Station and The Blue Engine Club
  • 2003 - New Year Cheer! (cameo) and Harvey to the Rescue!
  • 2004 - Edward to the Rescue!, Peep! Peep! Moo! Moo!, Hoppy New Year!, Thank You, Thomas! (does not speak), It's Only Snow! (cameo), Thomas Gets It Right (cameo), Metal Men, The Engine Clock, Thomas the Tortoise and Frying Tonight (does not speak)
  • 2005 - Strange Sight (does not speak), Sweet Scent (numberless; cameo), Turntable Trouble, Three Kings, Slide and Ride, A Treat for Trying, Cat and Mouse (cameo), Chickens to School (mentioned), Bump and Jump (does not speak), Edward the Great and Sunburnt Spencer
  • 2006 - Saving Edward, King Thomas and Thomas and the Statue (cameo)
  • 2007 - Everyone's Friend, Easy for Edward, Blown About!, Edward Strikes Out, Yacht Race (cameo), Autumn Leaves (cameo) and Surprise Visitor (cameo)
  • 2008 - Edward's Mail, Track Race (speaks in speech bubble only), Wonky Whistle!, Thomas and the Lighthouse! (does not speak), Percy and the Left Luggage, The Ice Train! and Stop, Thief!
  • 2009 - Thomas Saves the Day (mentioned) and Spring Time Special (does not speak)
  • 2010 - Rope Rescue, Hiro Helps Out, The Best Present of All (cameo), Henry Gets It Wrong!, Farm Fun!(does not speak), Misty Island Rescue (cameo), Snow Tracks (cameo), The Water Wheel, Edward's Escape, A Blooming Mess (does not speak), Thomas and the Rainbow! and Thomas and the Kites
  • 2011 - Saved Again, Flaming Flynn (does not speak), Rumble Rescue, Watch the Clock, The Treasure Hunt, Musical Trucks (cameo), Victor Says Yes (does not speak), Caroline Camps Out, Jumping Jobi Wood (speaks in speech bubble only), Hiro Helps Out, The Runaway Kite, A Lion on Sodor, Charlie and Eddie, Out of Control, Thomas' Tall Friend (does not speak) and Snow Tracks (cameo)
  • 2012 - Edward the Hero, Fiery Flynn!, Double Trouble, Edward's Big Rescue, Muddy Matters (cameo), Thomas' Tall Friend (speaks in speech bubble only), Fish and Ships, The Fat Controller's Bedtime Story (Issue 645), Express Coming Through! (cameo), Bedtime Tale, Percy the Snowman (cameo) and Keeping up with James
  • 2013 - Surprise, Surprise!, Happy Birthday, Sir! (does not speak), Whiff's Wish (does not speak), Terrible Twins(does not speak), Caught on Camera, James and the Giant Animals and Henry's Ghost
  • 2014 - Happy Birthday, Sir! (cameo), Confusion and Delay, Muddy Matters (cameo), No More Mr. Nice Engine, Edward the Helpful Engine, Frozen Turntable (does not speak) and Thomas and the Kites
  • 2015 - Old Reliable Edward, Silent Puffing! (cameo) and The Perfect Present (cameo)
  • 2016 - Victor Says Yes (mentioned) and Jumping Jobi Wood (speaks in speech bubble only)
  • 2017 - Thomas and the Kites and Diesel and the Ducklings (incorrectly mentioned in speech bubble only)

Edward also appeared in the magazine stories, A Perfect Garden, Bill and BoCo, Chiff Chaff, Diesel Causes Delay, Diesel Display, Edward's Scarecrow, Flying James, Gordon and Edward, James and Edward, Lamp Light!, Lost and Found, Percy's Spooky Tooth, Percy's Stories, Railway Open Day, Really Useful Edward, Road Train, Slick Trick!, Stick with Steam, Taking Toby, The Big Ship and Old Reliable Edward

Annual Stories

  • 1985 - Edward Cracks a Nut, Gale Warning (cameo), The Twins' Passing Problem (mentioned) and James' Rest Cure
  • 1986 - Old Groaner (does not speak) and Golden Oldies
  • 1987 - Signal Failure and Timber! (mentioned)
  • 1988 - Thomas and Trevor
  • 1990 - Points of No Return
  • 1991 - Trucks for Scrap (mentioned), Thomas and the Sunday School Outing (mentioned), In the Drink(mentioned) and Rusty Red Scrap Iron (does not speak)
  • 1992 - A Problem for the Twins (mentioned) and Galloping Sausage (mentioned)
  • 1994 - The Merry-Go-Round That Wouldn't (not seen) and James' Rest Cure
  • 1995 - First Prize
  • 1996 - Rings a Bell! (not seen) and Pantomime Pranks (not seen)
  • 1997 - Edward Saves the Day
  • 1998 - Engines to the Rescue (mentioned) and The Star of the Show
  • 1999 - Bill and Ben (does not speak) and Leaves on the Line (does not speak)
  • 2000 - Slow Down, Thomas!, Thomas the Famous Engine, The Flood (not seen) and Star Engines
  • 2001 - Very Special Engines (does not speak) and Edward Saves the Day
  • 2002 - "That's the Way to Do It!" (cameo) and The Really Useful Traction Engine
  • 2011 - Hiro Helps Out
  • 2013 - Hiro Helps Out
  • 2013 Holiday Annual - The Biggest Present of All (cameo)

Video Games

  • 1998 - Magical Adventure
  • 1999 - The Great Festival Adventure
  • 2000 - Trouble on the Tracks and Thomas and the Magic Railroad Print Studio
  • 2002 - Building the New Line
  • 2006 - A Day at the Races
  • 2008 - Begins Educational Learning
  • 2018 - Go Go Thomas

Episodes

  • 2015 - The Great Snow Storm of Sodor
  • 2016 - Rescue the Runaway, Racers on the Rails, Philip's Bumpy Branch Line, The Fast and the Fizzleboxes, Thomas and the Troublesome Trucks, DC Super Friends MINIS and Brother Bother
  • 2017 - Saving Henry (stock footage), The Return of Diesel, Gordon the Little Engine and Thomas Saves Christmas
  • 2018 - Thomas' Troublesome Truck Trouble, Rockin' and Railin' (music video cameo), The Earl's Railway Show, James Can't be Stopped, Big Galaxy! Big Adventures!, Emily and Nia's Excellent Adventure

Audio Files

Themes

Whistle

First used Last used Sound Effect
Series 1 Series 12
First used Last used Sound Effect
Hero of the Rails Active ​​​​
First used Last used Sound Effect
Series 4 Series 5

In the Trouble on the Tracks PC game, Edward is incorrectly portrayed with Oliver's whistle.

First used Last used Sound Effect
Trouble on the Tracks Trouble on the Tracks

Trivia

  • Edward was the very first character created for the Railway Series, in 1942.
  • Edward is one of few characters to appear in every series of the television series and one of even fewer characters to have a speaking role in each one.
  • Edward is the only engine whose crew has been named in the Railway Series. In the foreword of "Edward the Blue Engine" their names were given as Charlie Sand (driver) and Sidney Heaver (fireman). Their surnames came from their duties (one of the driver's jobs is to sand the rails when they are slippery to let the engine's wheels grip, while the fireman "heaves" coal to the firebox); their first names came from an engine crew from the Wisbech and Upwell Tramway.
  • Three of Edward's models are currently on display; two at Drayton Manor and the other is in Japan at the Hara Model Railway Museum (previously on display at Nitrogen Studios). One of Edward's production made face masks is also owned by Twitter user Thomas Merchandise.
  • In Steady Eddie, Charlie and Eddie and Edward the Hero, Edward refers to himself as "Eddie". Charlie also refers to him by this name. "Eddie" also happens to be Edward's real name in the Greek narration and in Italy from the fifteenth series onwards; however, in the Engine Roll Call he is referred as Edward.
  • In the French dub, Edward is called Edouard in the first seven series.
  • He is Michael White's favourite character.
  • Edward, along with Henry and Toby, are the first characters to be removed from the Steam Team in the later series.

Quotes

“Hello, I'm Edward. The number two blue engine. I am the steadiest engine on Sodor.”
―Edward's website audio
“Edward the steady, is at the ready!”
―Steady Eddie

Merchandise

  • ERTL (normal and Gold Rail; discontinued)
  • Wooden Railway (several versions; discontinued)
  • Take Along (discontinued; normal and metallic)
  • My First Thomas (normal and talking; both versions discontinued)
  • Motor Road and Rail (normal and talking; discontinued outside Asia)
  • TrackMaster
  • Hornby
  • Bachmann
  • My Thomas Story Library (discontinued)
  • Thomas Engine Collection Series (discontinued)
  • Mini Die Cast Collection (normal and with Santa hat; discontinued)
  • Departing Now (discontinued)
  • Thomas Town (discontinued)
  • Capsule Collection
  • Trading Cards
  • Tomica
  • Take-n-Play (normal and talking; discontinued)
  • De Agostini (discontinued)
  • Brio (discontinued)
  • Pez
  • Mega Bloks (discontinued)
  • Diablock
  • Wind-up Trains (normal, shocked face, clear and silver)
  • Mini Mini Plarail (discontinued)
  • Pocket Fantasy (discontinued)
  • Collectible Railway
  • Departing Now
  • Boss (with Green Express Coach; discontinued)
  • Micro Rubber Engines
  • Royal Hampshire
  • Push Along
  • Minis
    • Classic Minis
    • Metallic Minis
    • Robo Minis
    • Chillin' Minis
    • Spooky Minis
    • DC Super Friends Minis (as Arctic Batman and Black Adam)
    • Sports Minis
    • Steel Minis
    • Neon Splatter Minis
    • Holiday Minis (New Year's)
    • Ice and Snow Minis
  • Choro-Q (discontinued)
  • MV Sports (with Tidmouth Sheds; discontinued)
  • Adventures (discontinued)
  • Waku Waku (discontinued)
  • TrackMaster Push Along
  • Wood 

References

  1. ↑ T&F S2 "Old Iron"
  2. ↑ T&F S14 "Charlie and Eddie"
  3. ↑ T&F S21 "P.A. Problems"
  4. ↑ T&F S12 "Steady Eddie"
  5. ↑ 1984 Annual
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