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Dodger is a tank engine from the Great Northern Railway that works at Vicarstown Coal Mines.

Dodger

Number

68899

Class

GNR Class J23/LNER Class J50/51

Designer

Sir Nigel Gresley

Builder

Doncaster Works

Arrived on Sodor

January 1961

Bio

Dodger was built at Doncaster in 1914, entering service on 30 April of that year. He was originally numbered 167 and was allocated to Ardsley. At Grouping in 1923, he was re-numbered 3167 under the LNER and classified from J23 to J51. He was fitted with a sixteen element Robinson superheater which was removed in October 1930 when he was rebuilt into a J50. During his time at Ardsley, he mainly acted as pilot engine and as a banker in the steeply graded lines of the West Riding which in particular explains his aptitude for his work at the Coal Mines. With the outbreak of the Second World War, No. 3167 soon found himself across various places. Not much is known of him during this time but Dodger mentions that he was at York during the Baedeker Raid. Records have confirmed this and it is assumed that he was used around the Northern and Eastern Regions of England. After the war, he returned to Ardsley but at Nationalisation, was re-allocated to Doncaster in 1948 and also received his BR number 68899, which he still carries. There, he met Flying Scotsman before being moved to Norwich Thrope in May 1949. Withdrawals of his brothers started in 1958 and things looked bleak when he was transferred to Stratford in April 1960. When it seemed he would be withdrawn he was bought by the Fat Controller for work at the Vicarstown Coal Mines.

The following year, he was buried in an avalanche and was rewarded an overhaul, and a permanent stay at the Mines. He has since then become a valuable member of the Fat Controller's Railway bringing coal trucks to the stations or arranging trains at Vicarstown. Such work at the Mines began to tax him which is why Molly was brought in to help alleviate some of the work load. There was another notable avalanche in 1991 and thanks to Dodger's brave efforts, many lives were saved.

On Christmas Eve 2013, he bravely took on a task to bring the needy their baked puddings to Cronk, whilst on one piston. He was taken to Crovan's Gate on Boxing Day, where he had a long heavy overhaul until 15 April, when he was back into working order, just in time to celebrate his 100th birthday along with Thomas and Toby.

He is usually stationed at Vicarstown Coal Mines, but also shunts at Vicarstown, and other places on the Main Line and has acted as a banker on a number of ocassions.

Persona

Dodger is a very cheery tank engine who does not mind how dirty his work he is, and always struggles to get the job done. He enjoys working with trucks, something most of the other engines do not understand. He is a good friend to everyone, and is glad to help them in any situation. He is well respected, because he does provide the steam engines with the coal they need, though sometimes he is looked down at, and doesn't necessarily get the appreciation he should. He is very playful and enjoys teasing the other engines, James, in praticular, although he does get along with him very well. He is also considered brave among the engines.

Livery

He is currently in NWR black with white lining and the number 68899 on his bunker sides and the BR "cycling lion" logo on his tanks. Before, arriving on Sodor, he was painted BR black with red lining. During the war he was painted in war time unlined black and "NE" on his tanks in white, and his number, 3167, in white on the sides of his bunker. Prior to Grouping, he was in the Great Northern Railway's unlined dark grey, GNR in white on his tanks and his number 167 in white on both sides of his bunker.

Basis

He is based on a Gresley J50 (GNR Class J23) 0-6-0T engines. He was a smaller prototype J51/1 until 1930.

Appearences

Adventures on Rails

Shorts

Trivia

  • Unlike most characters in Adventures on Rails, Dodger's number was real. The engine possessing this number was scrapped in 1961 at Stratford Works.
  • Dodger has joint ownership with the North Western Railway and Vicarstown Coal Mines.

Gallery

Credits

  • Thanks to The LNER Encyclopedia, Rail UK, and BR Date Base for information on BR No. 68899. Also thanks to The LNER encyclopedia for GNR No. 167 at Doncaster