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They surely aren't responsible enough to take care of a railway as big as this one.
I hate to admit it but, Marie’s right. This railway should not be left in the hand of two incompetent and irresponsible children.

—Marie and Rose about Jacob and Sierra, The Substitute Controller, Season 9


Marie is the North Western Railway's number 35 gold tender engine.

Biography

Season 2

Marie first came to Sodor alongside Rose, Dawn, and Levi. She quickly went to search for her brother, Murdoch[1].

She later told the other Knapford Sheds Engines about her past[2].

Season 4

Marie later got into some trouble when she was pulling a freight train and sped down a rusty old branch line[3].

She later demanded Jackie shunt her coaches, claiming that tender engines don't shunt[4].

The Great Railway Show

Marie was later streamlined for the Great Race at The Great Railway Show. However, her safety valve had not been reassembled properly and her boiler burst during the race, and she ended up placing last[5].

Season 9

Marie later thought Mr. Hatt leaving Jacob and Sierra in charge was a bad idea. She later had an accident at the bottom of Gordon's Hill[6].

Season 11

Later, on May Day, Marie thought being decorated wasn't dignified for an engine like her. She later got her comeuppance, however when she was crossing the Three Tier Bridge and a banner wrapped around her smokebox[7].

Season 13

Later, Marie wanted to have an important job. Then, when she was given the very important job of taking trucks of coal to all the stations on the Island, she didn't wait for water, didn't help Jordyn take her trucks to the Docks, and ended up running out of water. Then, BoCo was sent to help Marie, and scolded her for not helping Jordyn. Later, Marie saw Rose broken down on the line. She helped Rose by shunting her to the Dieselworks[8]. Later on that winter, Marie and Rebecca took coal to all of the stations around the Island[9]. Marie also later attended Jacob, Sierra, and Kira's graduation party[10].

Personality

Marie's important position as the three engines who pulls the Express, alongside Gordon and Rebecca, has made her proud, pompous, arrogant, stubborn, prideful and self-important, with a good reason too; she is one of the fastest steam engines on Sodor. she is extremely proud of this and is inclined to boast. But despite her pompousness, she is goodhearted, always willing to forgive and uses her superior strength to help smaller engines out of trouble. Though she is also vengeful and will plot retribution if she feels she has been sufficiently slighted, as mentioned before she is happy to forgive especially after she has either had her retribution or the individual has received some other comeuppance. She also has a great hatred of goods trains and believes that she should only pull coaches. Because of her rank in the social order of the North Western Railway, Marie expects to get the important passenger jobs and either she sulks when she does not get what she wants, or gets jealous of engines who do get what they want.

Marie is rude and egotistical more often than not, especially towards smaller engines like Madison. Despite this, she has helped them on a few occasions and does not necessarily dislike them. She can also be rude to older and more weaker engines like Jordyn, but following misadventures where Jordyn had to help him, Marie readily acknowledged that despite being old, Jordyn is still a very useful engine. However, Marie still sometimes doubts Jordyn is still reliable. She soon stopped belittling Jordyn for good after being tricked by Madison; she learnt her lesson and apologised to Jordyn, saying that she promised not to call him old or unreliable anymore. Despite the way that she mistreats Jordyn sometimes, deep down, Marie cares a great deal about Jordyn and the other engines on the railway.

Sometimes, Marie shows a kinder side and gives the engines some advice, usually after she has had some mishap as a result of her foolhardiness.

Despite being labelled as one of Sir Topham Hatt's more sensible engines, she can act senseless if prompted, which is quite often. Because of her reputation, she has a fear of being found out, and often tries to refrain from acting less than serious. Much like James and Gordon, Marie can be highly opinionated on an engine's character.

Marie is also very proud of her splendid gold paintwork.

She has also been shown to be quite intelligent and is very knowledgeable about the history of certain classes of steam locomotives, being able to remember build years and the type of service they were built for.

Basis

Marie is based on a BR Standard Class 9F with a BR1G tender, which was used for fast and heavy goods trains. The class was the last of the BR Standards and the final steam engine class built by British Railways, with the last one, "Evening Star", built in March 1960. Due to the size and shape of the class, they were given the nickname "Spaceships". "Evening Star" and eight other 9Fs are preserved. One 9F, "Black Prince" holds the record for hauling the heaviest steam-hauled train in all of England, Scotland and Wales, at 2,198 tons. "Evening Star", the very last steam locomotive built by BR, is also part of the National Collection.

When she was streamlined for the Great Railway Show, Marie's appearance was based on a streamlined Pennsylvania Railroad K4 (Hank's basis), more specifically #3768, with a 2-10-0 wheel arrangement.

Livery

Marie was originally painted yellow with red lining and the number 35 on her tender sides in red.

In Marie's New Coat, after hearing Kevin mention the Steamworks did not have any yellow paint, Marie dreamed she was painted in many different colours including pink, green, red and purple. But by the end of the episode, she was repainted in her normal yellow livery[11].

Marie was also later seen in her pink undercoat before being repainted[12].

Since her repaint, Marie has been painted gold with silver lining and the number 35 on her tender sides in silver. Her wheels have silver rims and she has silver bufferbeams.

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