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Dylan is a black Garratt locomotive.

Biography

Stories From Sodor

Season 9

When Dylan first arrived on the Island of Sodor, the engines made fun of because of his unusual look, which hurt his feelings. However, when Madison realized they had hurt Dylan, she convinced the other engines to make him feel better[1]. Dylan later told the other engines on the Earl's Estate about his past on the Mainland[2].

Season 10

Dylan later welcomed Aaron to the Island[3].

Stories From Sodor:Future

Season 17

When work was slow at Ulfstead Castle due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dylan and the other experimental engines were given work to do on the Sudrian Crystal Railway. Dylan was tasked with taking goods trains with Nia. The two formed a friendship while taking a train to the Sodor China Clay Company[4].

Season 22

Dylan was later tasked with collecting a "special" for Sir Robert's Railway Museum. When he got to Brendam Docks to collect the special, he found that it was a new engine, L'Aigle. After L'Aigle called Dawn "only a small tank engine", infuriating her, Dylan quickly took him to the Castle. After finding out when L'Aigle was built, Dylan was in awe at his age[5].

Personality

Dylan is a kind and gentle engine. He loves to be really useful, but is also a bit sensitive. Dylan prefers to avoid conflict and will remove himself from situations in order to do that.

Basis

Dylan is based on an LNER Class U1 Garratt locomotive. Only one of these locomotives was ever built. It was designed for banking coal trains over the Worsborough Bank, a steeply graded line in South Yorkshire and part of the Woodhead Route. It was both the longest and the most powerful steam locomotive ever to run in Britain. It was built in 1925 with the motion at each end being based on an existing 2-8-0 design. The original number was 2395, and it was renumbered 9999 in March 1946, and then 69999 after nationalisation in 1948, although it retained its cab-side plate bearing its original number throughout its life. The locomotive ran for some time as an oil burner, and was tried out on the Lickey Incline (the same Incline where Bertha's basis worked) in 1949–1950 and again, after the electrification of its home line, in 1955. These trials were unsuccessful, and so the locomotive was withdrawn in 1955 and scrapped.

Livery

Dylan is painted black with red and yellow lining and red wheels.

Trivia

  • Dylan is the only Garratt locomotive on Sodor.

References

  1. SFS.09.03."Extraordinary Engines"
  2. SFS.09.05."Dylan's Backstory"
  3. SFS.10.16."Aaron"
  4. SFSF.17.17."An Experimental Day Out"
  5. SFSF.22.04."The New Museum Engine"



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