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Rusty's Ghost Engine was a narrow gauge saddletank engine who supposedly worked on the Skarloey Railway.

Biography

Thomas & Friends

According to legend, the engine was returning home one misty night. As the engine was travelling across the Old Iron Bridge, he lost suddenly control and fell off the bridge, plunging into the Cattle Creek ravine below. No one was able to find his remains. However, in the light of the full moon, several workmen claimed to have seen his ghost repeatedly trying to cross the bridge, only to disappear half way every time.

Rusty told the story to Duncan, after Duncan teased Peter Sam for allowing his trucks to derail and fall into the ravine. At first Duncan did not believe the story, but the next day Peter Sam and Duncan's crew arranged a plan to teach him a lesson.

While crossing the bridge during a full moon, the crew used fireflies to help form the ghostly appearance of an engine and secretly threw a large rock from his cab into the ravine. Duncan believed that the bridge was haunted and the engine was trying to cross the bridge at the same time as him. This frightened Duncan, and he quickly ran back to the safety of his shed.

Stories From Sodor

Amazing Adventures

Like in the television series, Rusty told the story to Duncan, after Duncan teased Peter Sam for allowing his trucks to derail and fall into the ravine. At first Duncan did not believe the story, but the next day Peter Sam and Duncan's crew arranged a plan to teach him a lesson.

While crossing the bridge during a full moon, the crew used fireflies to help form the ghostly appearance of an engine and secretly threw a large rock from his cab into the ravine. Duncan believed that the bridge was haunted and the engine was trying to cross the bridge at the same time as him. This frightened Duncan, and he quickly ran back to the safety of his shed[1].

Spooktacular Stories

While at Meg's Halloween party, Jacob told the story to his friends[2].

Season 12

Later, one Halloween Jacob once again told the story, this time to some of the engines[3].

Basis

The Ghost Engine is based on the Talyllyn Railway's "Talyllyn", a Fletcher Jennings Class C 0-4-2 tank locomotive that Skarloey is also based on.

Livery

Rusty's Ghost Engine appeared to be painted red with white lining prior to his demise. While the ghost apparition was bluish white all over.

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