This article is about the Little Blue Tank Engine. You may be looking for the number 1 little blue tank engine.
"Here are your trucks, James. Have you got some bootlaces ready?!"
— The Little Blue Tank Engine teasing James, Very Old Engines


The Little Blue Tank Engine
  • Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)

A little blue tank engine could be seen shunting trucks at Tidmouth Yard in a few illustrations from James the Red Engine.


The Little Blue Tank Engine once shunted James's good train for him, and teased him about the incident when James needed bootlaces to mend a hole in his coaches. He ran off laughing rudely, leaving behind a very angry James. It is unknown what happened to the engine afterwards.


The tank engine is painted blue with red lining.


The tank engine's basis is unknown, but he appears to have side tanks from his cab to half-way along his boiler and might have a 0-6-2 wheel arrangement. He also resembles a North Eastern Railway N8/N9/N10 or a London, Tilbury and Southend 69 Class tank.


Railway Series


  • In the television series adaption of Troublesome Trucks and magazine version, the tank engine's role was replaced by Thomas. In the James the Red Engine and the Troublesome Trucks, the role was replaced by the Dark Green Tank Engine. In the Engine Adventures book, James, the role was replaced by Charlie.
  • In Toby the Tram Engine, a similar looking blue tank engine appears with the Breakdown Train after James collides with some tar wagons. It is unknown whether or not this is Thomas, or the same engine.


Other Sudrian railways
NeilSodor and Mainland Railway Numbers 1 and 3"Coffee Pots"Wellsworth and Suddery Railway Tank EnginesMidland Railway EnginesThe Little Blue Tank EngineThe Dark Green Tank Engine

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