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Edward was built by Sharp Stewart and Company in 1896 and arrived on Sodor in 1923 along with a tank engine named Thomas. They worked with a magical tank engine called Lady (who arrived in 1910), Stanley (who was built and arrived in 1932), Lord (who arrived 1932), and No. 6 (who arrived 1940). They worked well until 1948, when the North Western Railway was sold to Sir Topham Hatt.
He had a slow but steady trust of diesels since 1961, befriending a Class 28 named Boco. Despite his age, Edward still has plenty of life in him left, as in 1995, he showed James he wasn't too old to be a really useful engine.
In 2005, Edward was nearly destroyed by Alfred and Diesel 10 while pulling a goods train. He was taken to Crovan's Gate for repairs, which was later rebuilt to the Sodor Steamworks in 2007. Edward played a major part in 2011 and 2013 saving Sodor.
Edward is kind-hearted and always keen to help a friend in need. The small engines trust him to lend a listening ear and sympathetic advice. He is a hard worker too, and always does his best to finish a job.
Sadly, the big engines often see Edward as old-fashioned and slow. While it is true he is the oldest engine on the North Western Railway - it must be noted he helped build it - he has proved time and time again that he is more than capable of working as hard as any engine, but he is a more clever and wiser engine, too.
Edward is based on a rebuilt Furness Railway K2 4-4-0 with a experimental Phoenix smokebox superheaters and a Fowler tender.
Edward is painted NWR blue with red stripes, and the number two in yellow with red border painted on both sides of his cab, and the initials NWR on his tender in yellow with red border on both sides of his tender. He was originally FR Indian red with yellow stripes, black footplate, the number 34 on his cab and the initial FR on his tender.