Captain Baxter, nicknamed Baxter for short, is an industrial tank engine who has been preserved by the Bluebell Railway. He previously worked at the Dorking Greystone Limeworks prior to being preserved.


The Railway Series

Stepney told Edward about Captain Baxter during his visit to Sodor. He described him as being rude, due to the fact that he had previously worked in a quarry prior to being preserved. However, he said that he liked him, and both engines missed working with trucks. (RWS; Stepney the "Bluebell" Engine)

Personality and Traits

Captain Baxter was said to be rude, have bad manners and speak with foul language, likely due to his upbringing in a quarry. He was friends with Stepney, and both could relate to each-other as they both missed working with trucks.

Technical Details

Real-life History

Captain Baxter was built by Fletcher, Jennings & Co. in 1877, and spent his entire working life at the Dorking Greystone Limeworks at Betchmouth station, until he was withdrawn from service in 1959. On August 15th, 1960, Captain Baxter was brought to the Bluebell Railway to be preserved, and entered traffic in 1980 after undergoing a major overhaul. Due to his small size and inadequate braking capacity, he is only really used for demonstration trains and light shunting.

In 2010, Captain Baxter returned to service after a major overhaul. He was fitted with vacuum brakes in 2011, allowing him to pull passenger trains for the first time. In 2014, Captain Baxter was featured in the film, Muppets Most Wanted, as "Randy Stevenot No. 3", and was fitted with an American-style cowcatcher, smokestack, headlamp, whistle and American flags. Captain Baxter visited the Talyllyn Railway in 2016 to celebrate Dolgoch's 50th birthday, and became the first standard gauge engine to visit the line.



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