Go on! Get out there on your message boards and email lists and model railroad clubs. I defy you to find one single railfan, of any age, that doesn't have a special place in his heart for this cheeky little blue wunderdampflok:
I would venture as far as to say that the Reverend W. Awdry's Railway Series and the better known television show based off of his books have done more to make individual people interested in trains than any real locomotive or railroad company. While the research for the second part of the track history article is still ongoing, let's look at where, exactly, the world's most famous locomotive was forged, and what makes him a cut above the rest.