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Duck (whose real name is Montague) is a Great Western tank engine who runs his own branch line with Oliver. He holds great pride in being Great Western and this results in him having a strong work ethic. This can, however, be a cause for friction with the other engines, when he insists that his way is the only right way to do things.

In the Railway Series, Duck has two Great Western auto coaches named Alice and Mirabel whereas in the television series, he has three Great Western Slip Coaches.

Bio

Duck is a cheerful and busy engine. He's only a small tank engine, but coming as he does from the Great Western Railroad, he'll stand no nonsense whatsoever from larger engines who try to order him about.[1]

Duck worked at Paddington before moving to Sodor in 1955 to take over Percy's shunting duties, leaving the latter free to assist with the construction of Knapford Harbour. Duck was a hard worker, but the others mistook his work ethic for simplicity and tried to use this to their advantage. They soon found their mistake when Duck and Percy took revenge on them by barring them from the shed.

When Diesel arrived, the others took a liking to his flattery, but Duck was doubtful and left Diesel to his own devices, which resulted in the latter getting into a mishap with some rusty trucks. Diesel vowed to get revenge, and, inspired by several incidents occurring around the yard in Duck’s absence, spread rumours that Duck had given offensive nicknames to the others. Duck was sent to work as a "banker" at Wellsworth pending further injury, and after bravely stopping a runaway goods train at his own risk regained the respect of the others. Of course, by this time the others were aware that the matter of all Diesel's fault, but Duck's triumph certainly helped.

Duck continued working on the mainline until 1968, at which time the Tidmouth-Arlesburgh branchline - nicknamed "The Little Western" - was restored and Duck was asked to run it with help from Oliver and, on occasion, Donald and Douglas. he crash of the barrier of broken bridge and Henry comes in, However, when Henry bumps Duck, causing him to fall in the bridge.

Persona

Duck is a loyal, wise engine and a hard worker who does his work without fuss. His personal philosophy and motto is "there are two ways of doing things: the Great Western way, or the wrong way".

Basis

Duck is based on a Great Western Railway 57xx Class 0-6-0 pannier tank engine with added sand boxes. Duck's Great Western number, 5741, was that of a real 57xx, one of the first fifty 57xx Class (Nos. 5700-5749) built by the North British Locomotive Co. on 31st March, 1929 and scrapped at Swindon on 31st May, 1958. However, according to Sodor: Reading Between the Lines, "...through this might not, in fact, be the number with which he was allocated when built...". 863 of these engines were built by various manufacturers over a twenty-one year period, making it the most produced class of British tank engine. Sixteen of these engines survive in preservation.

Livery

Duck is painted in the GWR's green livery with yellow lining and black wheels, splashers, and pipes. He has the letters "GWR" written on his pannier tanks in yellow and red, and a gold brass safety valve cover. He was painted BR brunswick green that he wore in the days he worked in Paddington before coming to Sodor. He was repainted back into his traditional GWR Green livery after his incident with the barber shop.

Duck carries a brass GWR number plate on his cab sides (5741) along with two builder's plates on the sides of his cab.

He also has a yellow "8" painted on each side of his cab upon a black background with a yellow stripe around.

Thomas episodes - The Runaway (Home Media Releases)

UK

Chases, Races and Runaway (VHS)

Thomas Series 2 Complete (VHS/DVD)

Percy and Harold and Other Stories (VHS)

The Runaway and Other Stories (VHS)

Fun Time Favourites (VHS)

Thomas episodes - A Close Shave (Home Media Releases)

UK

Chases, Races and Runaway (VHS)

Percy and Harold and Other Stories (VHS)

The Runaway and Other Stories (VHS)

Your Favourites Story Collection (VHS)

Thomas Series 2 Complete (VHS/DVD)

Thomas Series 2 episodes - Dirty Work (Home Media Releases)

UK

Biggest Party Video Ever! (VHS)

Percy and Harold and Other Stories (VHS)

The Runaway and Other Stories (VHS)

The Very Best of Thomas and Friends (VHS/DVD)

Thomas Series 2 Complete (VHS/DVD)

Thomas episodes - Pop Goes the Diesel (Home Media Releases)

UK

Biggest Ever Christmas Collection (VHS)

Percy and Harold and Other Stories (VHS)

The Runaway and Other Stories (VHS)

The Very Best of Thomas and Friends (VHS)

Thomas Series 2 Complete (VHS)

Thomas episodes - Duck Takes a Charge (Home Media Releases)

UK

Biggest Party Video Ever (VHS)

Thomas Percy and the Coal and Other Stories (VHS)

Percy and the Signal and Other Stories (VHS)

Thomas Series 2 Complete (VHS/DVD)

Audio Files

Duck's Whistle Was In Season 2 - 31
Duck's Whistle

Trivia

  • The Reverend W. Awdry's model of Duck explains his name: when the model for Duck was purchased for Awdry's model railway, it was soon discovered that its wheels were uneven, hence giving him a "waddling" gait. He was promptly christened "Duck" by Awdry's children.
  • Duck, having proved popular with fans and staff at HiT Entertainment alike, has returned to the series in series 17.
  • In Series 12 Duck's face is smaller and is missing its prominent cheekbones.

Gallery

Duck/Gallery


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