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If you aren't early, you're late. That's what I always say.

—Annaleigh, "The Stirlings", Season 4

Annaleigh is an old engine who used to work with Emily, Brady, Olivia, Kylie, and Benjamin on the Great Northern Railway. She was later brought to the Sudrian Crystal Railway to help then on the newly constructed Stirling Branch Line.


Stories From Sodor:Future

Season 21

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Season 4


Annaleigh is an older engine, the oldest of her class. She stands no nonsense from the younger engines. She is very "by the book" and follows rules to the letter. She values punctuality and will not hesitate to tell another engine they are late. She is harshly honest and usually looks down on younger engines because of their naivety. At the same time though, she is always up to teach the younger engines her ways, and has a soft spot for some of them.


Annaleigh is based on a Great Northern Railway (GNR) G3 Stirling Single 4-2-2. Designed by Patrick Stirling in 1870 with 8ft 1in driving wheels and outside cylinders, these engines were specifically built for high speed expresses between London and York. These engine were also capable of hauling 280 ton trains at 50 mph, though they could reach 85 mph on lighter services. A total of fifty-three engines were built at Doncaster between 1870 and 1895, in three series: the 42 G class engines between 1870 and 1893, the 5 G2s in 1884 featuring helical driving wheel springs and the 6 G3s between 1894 and 1895, of which Emily is one, featuring the latest Stirling boiler and an updated cab. The last was withdrawn in 1916.

The specific engine Annaleigh is based on (G class No. 1) is the sole surviving member of the three classes and is currently on display at the National Railway Museum. The engine in preservation carried a small capacity Sturrock tender, which was given in it's first restoration in 1910. Recently, a derelict original Stirling Single tender used as a water and sludge carrier was found in Peterborough and, after restoration, was paired with the engine in 2014.


When she worked on the Great Northern Railway, Annaleigh was painted GNR green with cream lining. She had a cream running board and bufferbeams. She also had her number "1" on her cabsides and the letters "GNR" on her tender in cream.

Upon coming to the Sudrian Crystal Railway, she retained this livery with a couple differences. She now had her new number "28" on her cabsides and her name, as well as the letters "SCR" on her tender in cream.


Stirling Branch Line