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"Pleased to see me?"
— Howard, Tender Moments of Tender Engines


Howard
Howard
  • Number: 55008, previously D9008
  • Class: BR Class 55
  • Designer: English Electric
  • Build date: 1961
  • Configuration: Co-Co

The Green Howards, also known as Howard, is a large diesel engine.

BioEdit

Howard was built in 1961 at the Vulcan Foundry. Unlike most of his classmates, he often worked in the Southern Region hauling express trains. It was because of this that Howard one day arrived at Galen Junction and witnessed Colin accidentally leaving his coaches behind at the station. He laughed at the little tank engine as he left the station. Sometime later, in 1962, Howard was at a small station with nothing to do when he suddenly saw Dai, who was on his way home to the Somerset and Dorset Railway. Deciding to make himself some money, Howard prepared to take Dai to a scrapyard, but the 7F managed to escape, resulting in a chase that ended with Howard being diverted off the mainline into a siding and straight into a line of milk tankers. 

In 1964, Howard was used by a group of men to help track down the runaway 257 Squadron. After being told his location by Sir Eustace Missenden, he found 257 at Merecombe, and was about to take him away when Eustace, who had had a change of heart, blocked his path out of the station. Howard became enraged when he learned that 257 had been purchased by Mr. Dark and tried to take him anyway, only to flood his engine and fail in his eagerness. Humiliated, he was helped back down to the Junction by Eustace and 257.

In 1969, Howard was loaned to the Dark Railway for a few weeks whilst Turbo was being repaired. He was unpopular with the others due to his taunts and sneers, but was put in his place by Repulse and Abomination, humiliating him. On the last day of his visit, his engine caught fire as he made his way to the Junction, and he had to be rescued by Allan, who pushed him under the water tower. Left in a heavily damaged state, Allan left Howard in a siding, but later returned to find he had disappeared.

PersonaEdit

Howard is intimidating and has something of a sadistic side, as he has no issues with taking steam engines to their demise, be it to his benefit or not.

LiveryEdit

Howard is currently painted in British Railways blue with full yellow warning panels. Before 1964, he wore BR two-tone green with small yellow warning panels.

BasisEdit

Howard is based on a British Railways Class 55 Co-Co locomotive. These were known as "Deltics" due to the twin Napier-Deltic diesel engines they used.

AppearancesEdit

The Dark Railway SeriesEdit

Episodes:

Specials:

TriviaEdit

  • Howard was originally intended to become a resident of the Dark Railway, which explains his presence in the intros of the episodes of the first two series'. This no longer seems to be the case, as his page has been moved to "supporting characters" on Dark DJ's official website.
  • When depicted with a face by Dark DJ, Howard has a grey beard around his mouth.
  • Howard was a temporary resident of the Dark Railway in 1969, but caught fire on his last day and was left in a siding, but then disappeared. What happened to him and his whereabouts are unknown.
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