Lady from thomas and the Magic Railroad Lively Polly at Monks Ferry Wharf, 1956
Thomas and the Magic Railroad's Lady Lively Polly at Monks Ferry Wharf, 1956. Picture by JB Horne from the defunct BBC page “My Merseyside Memory” by Roy Bailey

Of all the locos described here, “Lady”, appropriately enough, is the only one to have been designed by a woman - Britt Allcroft. First introduced in Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000), the character should, by rights be considered to be a fantasy engine with no known corresponding real-life prototype. Correspondent David Butchers sent in this near-match - “with similar short wheelbase and small boiler”, Lively Polly, the only steam locomotive owned by the mythical Liverpool Overhead Railway Company, an elevated electric commuter line in Liverpool now no longer existing.

Collector's Corner
Classic ERTL model of Lady TOMY's Lady available from Amazon.co.uk
ERTL model of Lady TOMY model of Lady
LC Wooden Lady from Amazon UK and US LC Take-Along Lady from Amazon UK and US
Learning Curve's Wooden Lady Learning Curve's Lady

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