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Smudger
SmudgerModel

Class

Fletcher Jennings Class Bb

Designer

Henry A. Fletcher

Builder

Fletcher, Jennings & Co.

Built

1866-1888

Gauge

2ft 3in

Configuration

0-4-0WT

Smudger was a narrow gauge tank engine who worked on the Mid Sodor Railway. He was later turned into a generator.

Bio

According to Duke, Smudger was a show-off who rode roughly and often came off the rails. Duke tried to warn him to be careful, but Smudger refused to listen to his advice. He was finally punished by being turned into a generator and being put behind the engine shed.

No information was given about his fate once the Mid Sodor Railway closed, so it must be assumed that he has either remained there, was moved to a different location, was restored back to working order, or was scrapped.

Smudger's downfall was used for Duke to lecture Stuart and Falcon. In a magazine story, when Duncan was being careless, Sir Handel and Peter Sam tried telling him the story of Smudger.

Persona

Smudger is based off of the Talyllyn Railway's Dolgoch, a Fletcher Jennings Class Bb 0-4-0WT. Rheneas shares the same basis. However, the 1998 magazine story Duncan Has a Spill, Smudger is portrayed as a Baldwin Class 10-12-D 4-6-0, similar to Stanley.

Livery

Smudger was painted dark green with black lining. He had black and brass name and number plates on the sides of his boiler and coal bunkers respectively. As he shared the same model as Rheneas, the inside of his cab is red. Despite being numbered on television, no toy or artwork has shown him with his number. In a rare image, Smudger's coal bunker is red.

Appearances

Sodor Adventures

The Adventures on Sodor

Trivia

  • Smudger is the first character in the television series to not originally come from The Railway Series. However, his role replaces that of Stanley (No. 2) from Duke the Lost Engine.
  • Smudger uses the same model as Rheneas.
  • In the fourth season episode, Gallant Old Engine, Rheneas was once seen wearing Smudger's upset face mask.
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