Sir Eustace Missenden is a large express locomotive who lives on the Dark Railway.
Sir Eustace Missenden (Full name: Sir Eustace Missenden, Southern Railway) was built on February 28th, 1949 at Brighton Works. During his time working on the Southern Region, he was based at Bournemouth, where he was often ignored by his brothers, including 257 Squadron. In spite of this, he became rather pompous because of his name.
In 1957, Eustace was brought to the Dark Railway. This came as a relief to Mr. Dark, as the line was currently short on resident motive power. Eustace kept the line running almost single-handedly until the following year when his work load was relieved by the arrival of Dave and Brian. When Raymond arrived on the DR in 1959, Eustace took a disliking to him, which wasn't helped by the time the pair had to haul a manager's special in 1960. That same year, Eustace was given an offer to be transferred to Waterloo. It took him a while to consider it, but at the end of the year he accepted the offer, and was given a send off from the other engines as he departed the line.
Unfortunately for Eustace, he was involved in a major wheelslip incident shortly after returning to the mainline. Travelling towards London from Weymouth, Sir Eustace slipped on Parkstone Bank, Dorset, destroying his valve gear in the process. His then-owners, British Railways, decided to rebuilt the engine into a more conventional form, rather than scrap him.
In his rebuilt form, Sir Eustace Missenden continued working for British Railways until 1963, when the decision was made to dispose of him. However, Mr Dark stepped in and saved the pacific from destruction, purchasing him outright from BR for use, once again, on the Dark Railway.
Upon his return, Colin and Eddie argued with Eustace about hauling trains and having days off, but the two small engines got their comeuppance when Colin derailed in the yard, and Eddie was unable to start Eustace's train. The engines put aside their differences after that.
Eustace encountered his older brother 257 Squadron again in 1964, who had sneaked onto the line to avoid being scrapped by British Railways. Eustace became jelous of all the attention that 257 recieved, and maliciously informed British Railways officials (who were searching for him) of 257s location. However, after realising what he had done, he did everything in his power to stop BR taking away his older brother.
In 1965, Eustace was rostered to haul a football special to London, when 257 Squadron, the booked engine, failed at Merecombe. However, Eustace's regulator jammed on the way to the Junction, where he was taken off the train, and allowed Colin and Eddie to forward the special onwards to London due to time constraints.
Eustace was captured by Leanne along with the other DR Engines in 1965, but was saved by the quick actions of 257 Squadron and Dave.
In 1967, Eustace began complaining again about hauling goods trains, claiming that his nameplates exempt him from doing menial tasks, and that he was first and foremost a passenger engine. One day, he was asked to take a mail train, and complained loudly, especially when he found that he would have to run tender first due to a turntable failure. Eustace misbehaved so badly that the mail coaches knocked him off the rails at Walschurch Viaduct , causing damage to both the viaduct and himself. As punishment, Mr Dark had Eustace's nameplates removed whilst he was at the works until he was a better engine.
When he returned, he was rostered onto goods trains only, but after a short while, Eustace began to enjoy himself, and soon proved himself to Mr Dark once again. His nameplates were restored later in the year. In 1969, Eustace's boiler ticket was close to expiring, and it was decided by Mr. Dark and the railway's new engineer, Mr. Smash, to have him sent away for overhaul along with 257 once work on Mr. Smash's yard was completed.
Eustace finally left for his overhaul during the summer of 1969, along with 257 Squadron and Ed. He returned to the line in early 1971, getting on surprisingly well with Barry. In 1972, Eustace learned of plans to send himself, 257 and Caracus Smash onto the mainline to haul charter trains. He claimed to be disinterested in the whole idea, but revealed that he had tricked the others into thinking so when he was chosen to pull the first trial train.
At first, Eustace is seen as a fairly pompous and self important engine, beleiving himself to be superior to all others, especially diesel traction. However, over the course of the series, especially since his return to the railway, we have seen his attitudes and opinions change. Despite still being slightly argumentative and attention seeking, he has mellowed greatly since the early 1960's, and is now a friendly and happy engine.
Eustace is currently painted in British Railways lined green with the late crest. Before he was rebuilt, he wore BR malachite green, with sunshine yellow stripes, full green wheels and an early crest.
Eustace is based on the SR/BR Battle of Britain Class 4-6-2, also known as the "Bulleid Light Pacifics".
The Dark Railway Series Edit
- Series 1 - Pilots, The Party, The Shunter's Gamble, Will and Won't, Dave's Dating Tips, Something's In the Air, The Beauty Overheard (mentioned), The Betrayal, and Sir Eustace's Secret
- Series 2 - Goodbye, Dai (mentioned)
- Series 3 - The Return of Sir Eustace Missenden, Like a Sir, 257 Squadron, Tender Moments of Tender Engines, BR Blues, Football Shortfalls, Who Goes There?, and Revenge of the Forgotten
- Series 4 - Cammer, Colin and Cows, Owen's Woes (does not speak), Tender Tantrum, The Big Bad Wolf (mentioned), Turbo (mentioned), Trucks, and Instant Crush (cameo)
- Series 5 - Abomination, Signal Lost (cameo), Haunted Hannah (does not speak), Ed and Sid, Claim to Fame, Repulse (cameo), Make Love (cameo), and Time Waits for No One (mentioned)
- Series 6 - Ouverture, Trepid, Fustercluck (does not speak), Ed, Ed and Eddie, and Plunk 'n Bang
- Series 7 - Futura (mentioned), Smashing! (mentioned), The Red Herring, Mothership Reconnection, and What a Clarence!
- Series 8 - One More Time
- When depicted with a face by Dark DJ, Sir Eustace is seen wearing a monocle.
- In the series, and in rebuilt form, Sir Eustace carries a traditionally shaped "Battle of Britain" nameplate, rather than the oval shaped nameplate that the real locomotive wore. This is because a 3d model of the special nameplate has not, thus far, been created for the Rebuilt Light Pacific model.
- The original intention for Eustace was to have him written out of the series permanently at the end of series 1, being scrapped off screen later in the 1960s. However, Dark DJ's fondness of the character made him decide to bring the character back in unrebuilt form, but this changed with the release of the rebuilt Light Pacific pack from Digital Traction for Train Simulator 2012.
- The real Sir Eustace Missenden was withdrawn from service on July 31st, 1967 and was cut up at Cashmore's Scrapyard on March 31st, 1968.
|Locomotives of The Dark Railway|
|Theo and Otto • 257 Squadron • Sir Eustace Missenden • Dave • Brian • Eddie • Leno • Abomination • Hannah • Ed • Sid • Caracus Smash • Five • Barry|
|Ryan • Raymond • Allan • Turbo|
|Cheapside • Dark Railway No 1202 • James • Colin • Repulse|
|Owen • Cammer|