1. Thomas is not an LB&SCR E2. He is actually a modified version of this locomotive. When Lawson built him, he wanted to build something that would surpass the E2s. So he built Thomas and gave him the classification NWR T1, which was named after the North Western Railway, where he would be sent. You see Lawson planned the war time mix-up. Sir Bertram Topham Hatt ordered a LB&SCR E2 , but Thomas was sent instead. That way, he could be put to the test.
2. When Sir Nigel Gresley visited America, he met Hank, the PRR K4 Pacific. Hank's design was the inspiration for Gordon, the LNER A0, and the entire LNER A1/A3 class.
3. During the Great Depression, many of the Auxiliary engines were sold to help keep the railway running. Alfred/98462 was worried that he would be sokd for scrap, so he committed suicide by running himself into a train of oil tankers.
4. During the the 1940s, Thomas and Gordon were on loan to London to help with the war front.
5. When Dieselization occured, the railway was