98462 (formerly Alfred) was a blue (formerly green) engine who was brought on trial by Sir Topham Hatt in 1922 along with Crovan and Henry. He inadvertently destroyed himself in a failed murder attempt in 1925.
BioEditAlfred was built around 1916, named after Alfred Jovington of the LNER and arrived on Sodor in 1922 along with Henry and 87546 (nowadays called Crovan), and he and Crovan were rude to Henry. After Henry saved 87546, who had run out of steam, Henry became the number 3, which angered Alfred and 87546. Later, he became determined to prove himself, and he went too fast, crashing into the sea. As a result he was punished by the Fat Controller and had his name withdrawn to simply 98462, and he was painted blue to remove his heritage. When Gordon arrived in 1923, 98462 thought he could be redeemed. However, when Gordon became the Number 4 and was painted blue as well, Gordon and 98462 got into a fight and never spoke to each other again. In 1925, The Fat Controller decided to send him back to the LNER. While waiting in Knapford Harbour to be sent back, 98462 went insane, and he decided to try to blow up Henry and Gordon. He shunted a train of fuel tankers together and used nine goods vans to shield himself from the blast. Just before he and his train reached the station where Henry and Gordon were waiting, a signalman managed to divert him into a siding, where 98462 crashed and was destroyed in the resulting explosion. Edward later took his remains to be scrapped.
TheFatHatt's reskin of Alfred is used. Skarloey123's model of Alfred in his LNER livery is used when he arrived.
The official basis of Alfred is not known, as the pictures of him in The Three Railway Engines are not clear. However, many agree that he is likely a GER Class S69, later known after 1923 as the LNER B12. T1E2H3 agrees with this.
- Painful Memories (appears in flashback, stock footage)
- A Turning Point for Edward (appears in flashback, cameo)
Alfred will appear in Revenge of the Ghost Train. (last appearence)
- DarthWill3: NWR Origins onwards
98462 and 87546 appeared in three illustrations of The Three Railway Engines. They were not named until much later by the Rev W. Awdry when he got letters asking him who the blue engines were.
- 98462 was the basis for Skarloey123's fan character Alfred in his series "Sodor: Dark Times". The model of Alfred was released on SI3D, and TheFattHatt reskinned it into 98462's blue livery, incorporating Alfred's name. Because of this, many fans, including WildnorWester and ShunterProductions, have used Alfred in their stories. Thomas1Edward2Henry3 has used Alfred as 98462 as well.
- Alfred's "mental breakdown" was inspired by the Hellfire song in the Disney movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Alfred concludes that Henry and Gordon are the reason for all his woes, and must be destroyed.
- In the original script for Disgrace of the LNER, Alfred carried out a suicide attack rather than a simple failed murder. This was changed (the box vans were added between him and the tankers) because T1E2H3 decided it would be too dark, especially after the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks.
- The LNER began operation in 1923, and was formed two years prior. Therefore, Alfred was likely first painted in the GER livery, and then was one of the first engines to display the LNER livery.
- Both of Alfred's speaking roles after Disgrace of the LNER are stock audio from NWR Origins.
- In Night Express to Vicarstown, Alfred's ghost like Godred has red eyes and burn marks, probably from the explosion. He also died in his blue coat, but appears in his LNER green as a ghost, probably to his desire to have it back after it was taken away from him.
- Alfred is the only character to have a voice actor in the Engines of Sodor after Season 2. However, his lines were stock audio from NWR Origins.