Edward runs the Wellsworth-Brendam Branchline, and is the number 2 engine on the North Western Railway.
Edward was built in 1896 by Sharp, Stewart, and Co. and worked on the Furness Railway in England. He came to Sodor in July 1915 to help build the North Western Railway with Thomas. Edward did not get along well with Thomas at first, who was jealous of him. The two bickered and argued about accidents. However, Thomas soon saw the error in his ways, and successfully made it up to Edward. After the line was built, Edward was the main express engine until Henry and Gordon arrived. Edward was kept in the shed for quite a while, and the other big engines told him that he was too weak to work. Edward grew more and more sad until he was finally given a chance to come out in 1924, much to the annoyance of the other engines. Edward pulled a passenger train, and did so well, that he was allowed to come out again the next day. That day, he shunted trucks in the yard, but left to help Gordon, who had got stuck on a hill while pulling a freight train. Everyone was pleased with Edward, and the Fat Controller likely gave him important jobs. Sometime between 1949 and 1950, Edward was given the Wellsworth-Brendam Branch line to himself. Now, he works it along with BoCo, Derek, Salty, Porter, Bill, Ben, and sometimes Donald and Douglas.
Edward became scared of the Gorsafllyn line after several spooky events back in 1930, during the Great Depression. In 1998, Henry, Gordon, and James teased him about this, while Thomas and Percy were annoyed with them. Edward told Thomas and Percy the story, and tried to warn Henry, but to no avail.
Sodor Island 3D's 2010 model of Edward was used until Episode XIII. From Episode XIV onwards, The more updated 2012 model with 3D faces is used. The model has already been used in the Trainz remake of Edward, Trevor, and the Really Useful Party.
Out of all the original 11 engines, Edward's basis seems to be the most mysterious. According to Wilbert Awdry, Edward is a "heavily modified" Sharp, Stewart, and Co. "Larger Seagull".
Edward is very wise, kind, caring, friendly, and a father like figure. He sometimes isn't confident with his age but usually always looks on the bright side. He can also be very stern, especially with twins Bill and Ben, but does enjoy them as well. Along with Toby and Duck, Edward has never had an accident relating to arrogance or naughtiness. Sometimes, he can also be cheeky.
- A Wretched Day for Henry and James
- Bill and Ben the Brave Brothers of Brendam
- Stuck! (cameo)
- Engine Unknown
- A Tale of a Small Green Engine
- The Runaway Railcar
- The Great Railway Heist
- Jim's Tale (cameo)
- Diesels and Dragons
- Airhead (cameo)
- Painful Memories
- A Turning Point for Edward
- End of the Line for Edward
- Gordon Pops In
- A Tale of Two Small Green Engines (cameo)
- Conspiracy Theories
- Trouble in the 'Hood
- The Wrath of Boulder
- Two's Company
- The Trouble with Three
- Pride of the LNER
- Disgrace of the LNER (does not speak)
- Splendid Red
- Great Western Escape (cameo)
- Thomas1Edward2Henry3: Episode I, More Branch Line Engines-onwards
- EnterprisingEngine93: Episode IV-Episode XIV, NWR Origins + Specials
Edward has appeared in every season and special except Thomas and the Magic Railroad. He is the only one of the original 7 Steam Team members not to do so. He is in the UK, and in the US. He is voiced by Keith Wickham in the UK and by William Hope in the US.
- Edward was the first character introduced in the Railway Series.
- After having the main role of the last two episodes of Season 4, Edward became the last member of the original 11 engines to have an episode focused on him on the Engines of Sodor.