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





GNR Class J23/LNER Class J50/51


Sir Nigel Gresley


Doncaster Works

Arrived on Sodor

June 1950


Dodger was built at Doncaster in 1914, and worked at Ardsley until the breakout of the Second World War. During that period, he worked at various places during the war including York and Ardsley. In the eighteenth season, it is revealed he was almost burned when a raid happened. He returned to Ardsley after the war, and at Nationalization was allocated to Doncast until 1950 when he was bought by the Fat Controller to help out at Vicarstown Coal Mines. But the following year, he was buried in an avalanche and was rewarded an overhaul, and a permanent stay at the Mines. He has had several other adventures such as one notable avalanche in 1991. Later that year, he was temporarily put in charge of the Kirk Ronan Branch Line with 'Arry and Bert until Russell was built.

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 April 15th, 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.


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.


He is currently in NWR black with 68899 on his cab and the Vicarstown Coal Mines logo on his tanks. Before, arriving on Sodor, he was painted BR black with red lining and the BR "cycling lion" logo on his tanks, and the number 68899 on his cab. 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 his cab.


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


Adventures on Rails



  • 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.



  • 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