David, primarily known as Dave, is a large mixed-traffic engine who lives on the Dark Railway.
Dave was built at the Vulcan Foundry on May 31st, 1935 and initially based in Birmingham. His years here were rather rough, particularly regarding his relationships, one of which involved a Stanier Mogul called Linda. He fell into bouts of depression, and once resorted to self-harming. It reached a point where he eventually broke down in front of his visiting brother, Stan, and he was sent to work with Stan on his home railway, the Stovell Valley, where he became much happier.
In 1953, Dave was reallocated to Carlisle, where he hauled freight trains into Scotland, a job he hated. He was reallocated again in 1954 to the Somerset and Dorset Railway for hauling passenger trains, and it was here that he was repainted into green for the first time. While here, his confidence grew, and he met several friends, including Sir Eustace Missenden. In 1958, Dave met Mr. Dark, who eventually offered him a chance to come and work on his own railway, the Dark Railway. Dave accepted, and was quickly brought to the DR via Wales to collect another engine, Brian.
Dave and Brian quickly became friends, and he settled down on the DR. In 1960, Dave came into a relationship with a Stanier Jubilee called Leanne, and he brought her to the Dark Railway. She quickly offered to take him to Wales to meet her "family" and he accepted, unaware that she was actually bringing him to a scrapyard to be cut up in her place. The plan almost succeeded, but he was saved just in time by Brian and Raymond, leaving Leanne to be taken instead. When they returned home, Dave and Raymond had a heart to heart, and Raymond became his second best friend.
In 1961, Dave was repainted back into black, but was given a new set of nameplates as compensation. He teased visiting engine Dai due to his age and an embrassing incident involving his tender, but was humiliated each time. At the end of the following year he was the engine responsible for pushing Maxen over the edge of the cliff at Merecombe. When Theo and Otto unveiled their time machine to the other engines, Dave was one of those accidentally sent back in time to 1953, returning him to his old haunts on the Settle and Carlisle Railway. Realising that he would cause a paradox if his past self saw him, he was quickly disguised as No. 44909, and renamed Rupert. They eventually rebuilt the machine, following a surprise encounter between Dave and his past self, and they were able to return to their own time.
On New Years Eve 1963, Dave failed on Walschurch viaduct with melted fusible plugs. This left him out of service for some time, as it later turned out that he needed other major repairs, which made Mr. Dark decide to give him an overhaul. Although the overhaul was fast tracked, he was then placed on loan to Newport, before finally returning home at the end of 1965. He was threatened upon his return by Leanne, who was planning to kill him and his friends in revenge, but her plans were thwarted once again and he was rescued.
Following his return, Dave was once again repainted back into green, though he now carried the Dark Railway's logo. He rescued Cammer from Raxas Heath after he failed there, leading to Mr. Dark purchasing him, and he also had a freak encounter with the ghost engine Pogo, who warned him of a danger lurking on the horizon. He was later chosen to pull the Aspergers Flyer, along with Turbo.
After two engines, Hannah and Repulse, arrived on the railway, Dave began developing feelings for Hannah while feeling depressed around the self absorbed Repulse. He found out that Hannah felt the same way and they became a couple. Shortly afterwards, Pogo's warning was revealed to be that Repulse was actually Leanne in disguise, and in the aftermath of the reveal, Dave was crushed in Gasworks Tunnel after derailing inside it. Fortunately, with some help from Pogo and 257 Squadron, the events of the day were reset, and ended with Leanne's own death in Gasworks Tunnel.
Dave returned to service in 1969 when the railway reopened. He was soon repainted into LMS Black, much to the pleasure of his girlfriend, Hannah. Dave was later distraught when Cammer, Colin, and Owen were killed in a shed fire, and was left traumatised when the truth about it emerged. He was repainted back into DR Green the following year. In 1971, Dave learned that he would be going into the new Galen Junction Railway Museum as his boiler ticket was close to expiring. To his disappointment, he was placed on display at the back of the museum. He remained here for several months, until he found himself forming a friendship with Mr. Dark's son, Zeke Dark, who arranged to have Dave repositioned to the front of the museum instead to allow him to see Hannah again. He was eventually moved into the works for overhaul in 1972, but was briefly let out to be reunited with Hannah and to hear Mr. Dark announce his retirement and appoint Zeke as his successor.
Although Dave started life rather miserable, he is now rather cocky and will often tease other engines, but is still good natured and willing to help his friends out when they need assistance.
Dave is currently painted in Dark Railway green with white lining and the Dark Railway logo painted on his tender.
When he was first built, Dave wore standard LMS Black with stylised lettering for his running number. In 1938, the lettering of his number was simplified, lacking the scripted style.
In British Railways employ, he wore both BR Lined Black and BR Lined Green. Whilst on the Dark Railway, he has worn several variations of BR Black, BR Green, DR Green, and LMS Lined Black.
Dave is based on a London, Midland and Scottish Railway Stanier Class 5MT 4-6-0, better known as a "Black Five".
In his current form, he carries a Stanier 2nd generation boiler (with long firebox, separate top feed and dome and slanting throatplate), though the real No 45101 had a 1st generation boiler ("Domeless" with a single top feed, short firebox and straight throatplate) throughout it's life up until withdrawal on March 31st, 1968.
The Dark Railway Series Edit
- Series 1 - Pilots, The Party, The Shunter's Gamble (does not speak), Will and Won't, Dave's Dating Tips, Something's In the Air, The Beauty Overheard, The Betrayal, The Road to Radstock, and Sir Eustace's Secret
- Series 2 - Dave's Reward, Dave and Dai, Colin and the Coaches (does not speak), Tenders, Allan (mentioned), Hide and Seek, Goodbye, Dai, Eddie and Maxen, Some Kind of Fuel, and Taking Out the Trash
- Series 3 - The Return of Sir Eustace Missenden, Like a Sir, 257 Squadron (mentioned), Tender Moments of Tender Engines (mentioned), BR Blues (mentioned), Poor Leno (mentioned), Who Goes There?, and Revenge of the Forgotten
- Series 4 - Traction Reaction, Cammer, Colin and Cows (does not speak), Owen's Woes, Tender Tantrum, The Big Bad Wolf, Turbo, Allan Does Galen, Trucks, Instant Crush, and Pogo Rides Again
- Series 5 - What a Catch!, Abomination, Signal Lost (does not speak), Haunted Hannah, Ed and Sid, Claim to Fame, Repulse, Make Love, Time Waits for No One, and Time Waits for No One, Part 2
- Series 6 - Ouverture, Trepid, Fustercluck, Ed, Ed and Eddie, Plunk 'n Bang, Asphalt Assault (cameo), Burnin' (does not speak), The Purple Man (mentioned), and The Prime Time of your Life
- Series 7 - Futura, Smashing!, Braking Bad, The Road to Colhapper, Ey Up?, The Red Herring (mentioned), Mothership Reconnection, Rollerskate Disco, What a Clarence! (cameo), and The Man in Overalls
- Series 8 - Revolution 909 (mentioned), Face to Face (mentioned), Colossus (mentioned), and Outro
- The Bramley Engines
- Brian and the Bank Robbery
- The Missing Christmas Presents
- 200 Subscribers
- An Unconventional Visit
- The Adventures of Sir Edgar Woolwinder and Bob the Invisible Pink Sailor
- Christmas Special 2012
- The Aspergers Flyer
- You Bang Snowploughs
- Pilots (remake)
- Mere Anarchy
- Dave was the first character introduced in The Dark Railway Series.
- Dave has had the most livery changes in the series so far, having worn several variations of LMS Black, BR Black, BR Green and DR Green so far.
- Dave is apparently aware of his fame in the real world.
- His first nameplates were red, but since 1968, he has had case chromium nameplates fitted, to the same design as Raymond and Turbo's nameplates.
- Because of the "Black Five" model in the simulator being based on a later pattern boiler design, Dave actually carries a different boiler to the real No 45101 (see above).
- In his appearance in The Bramley Engines, Dave's number is 44703 rather than 45101.
- Dave has appeared on more promotional material and merchandise than any other character, stemming from his main character status in the series.
- Dave is almost always depicted by Dark DJ as wearing sunglasses.
- Dave has also made appearances in The Stovell Valley Railway Series and The Three Fives.
- From May 2018, Dave's old model was retired, being replaced by the Stanier Black Five, released by Bossman Games for Train Simulator. This change took effect after Dave "entered the works" during Season 8.
|Locomotives of The Dark Railway|
|Theo and Otto • 257 Squadron • Sir Eustace Missenden • Dave • Brian • Eddie • Leno • Abomination • Hannah • Ed • Sid • Caracus Smash • Five • Barry • De la Trip • Colossus|
|Ryan • Raymond • Allan • Turbo • Mr. B • Warrior • Andy|
|Cheapside • Dark Railway No 1202 • James • Colin • Repulse|
|Owen • Cammer|