B E D T 15

Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal #15 is converted into Thomas the tank engine

Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal No. 15 is a type of 0-6-0 steam locomotive it was built in 1917 by the H. K. Porter Company for the Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal.

This locomotive was design to work as a switch engine for the Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal shunting freight cars and passenger cars.

It was moved to the South Appalachia Railway in Burnsville, North Carolina from 1965-1975 when it was moved to the Toledo, Lake Erie and Western Railway in Grand Rapids, Ohio Where it was put on Static Display.

In 1998 the locomotive was purchased by the Strasburg railroad as their only remaing steam locomotive.

It was completely converted to a steam replica of Thomas the tank engine and ran for the first time on April of 1999.

Today the engine is still currently in service, but it only runs on Day Out with Thomas events.


  • This engine is the only surviving Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal tank engine still in steam.
  • During the Day Out with Thomas events This locomotive is one of 7 Thomas replica engines which are used for the events.
  • This is the only steam replica of Thomas in the United States; because all the other replicas are "dummies", and they require a locomotive at the other end for power. The dummies are equipped with working brakes, a steam generator, and an animatronic voice and sound system, it's been said that there is an oil fired replica, but this is yet to be confirmed.

    an example of a dummy model of Thomas the tank engine

  • In the initial conversion, only Thomas's eyes were capable of moving. In 2014, it was modified to include a CGI-style animatronic face and sound system, with a mouth that moved to prerecorded lines voiced by Thomas' American voice actor, Martin Sherman.
  • The engine not only operates at the Strasburg Railroad, but it also operates at The Henry Ford museum and Belvidere-Delaware Railroad for the Day Out With Thomas events.
  • Unlike the real Thomas, this engine has visible cylinders and a cowcatcher. It has a dummy coupling hook on its front, which can sometimes exchanged for a knuckle coupling when it's necessary.
  • The locomotive used to operate at lots of other tourist railroads for the Day Out With Thomas events in the United States but now the dummies took over but the locomotive is still in operation.
  • The locomotive used to visit the NC Transportation Museum for a Day Out with Thomas event for many years until October 3, 2010 when the engineer that used to bring it to North Carolina Retired.
  • The engine used to be on static display at a park in Grand Rapids, OH.
  • The engine is the oldest of the surviving BEDT locos.

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