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Dustin is an American self-propelled snowplough locomotive.

Biography

Sodor Story Collection

Dustin is a snow-removal steam engine who works high in the Sodor mountains clearing snow. The Fat Controller once called upon him to clear the North Western Railway when a blizzard hit the island. He also helped clean up after a big storm that hit the island and won the charity races.

He later helped build a weather station, with Thomas, James, Belle, Flynn and Harold.

Stories From Sodor

One winter, Dustin was brought in by Richard Hatt to help clear the large amount of snow that had been falling on the Island. Dustin quickly got to work clearing the railway of snow, and became friends with many engines along the way[1].

Personality

Dustin is a strong, but slow snow-removal steam engine. He enjoys clearing snow and being a Really Useful Engine no matter the weather. He is always eager and determined to help out in any way he can.

Basis

Dustin is based on the Oregon Short Line #762. #762 was constructed for the Oregon Short Line by ALCO's Rogers Works in 1912. The original body was wood sided, but the Union Pacific later replaced this with more durable riveted steel plates. In 1971, the plough was retired and moved to a restaurant at Blackfoot, Idaho for display. By 1980, the owners of the restaurant no longer wanted the plough and it was donated to the Mid-Continent Railway Museum in North Freedom, Wisconsin, United States.

Dustin has several modifications from his original basis; his cab has been made taller to accommodate his face, his lamp is placed above his cab and his tender has been fitted with chain couplings and buffers. Dustin is also capable of moving under his own power, whereas his original basis cannot.

Livery

Dustin is painted burgundy and black. He has the number "1869" and the initials "J.W.E." painted on his sides in white and has black nameplates with his name in white mounted on the sides of his tender. In his books, he had "THE ROTARY" painted underneath his central windows in white.

Trivia

  • Dustin's number, 1869 and the J.W.E. initials painted on his sides are a historical reference. The first concept of a machine railroad snowplough was conceived by J.W. Elliot, a Toronto dentist, in the year 1869.

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