Tried to make her look like Liz Taylor, think I failed... well at least she has the eyebrows. 8u
"Sister that is not - - no you don't do it like - - what are you...! *groan* Brett! Where's my Aspirin?!"
Class: GS-2, now a GS-5
Wheel Congfig: 4-8-4
Build Date: December 1936
Road #: 4412
Railway: Southern Pacific, ICR
Duties: Heavy passenger, fast freight
Other Names: Posh Spice (Rey), Ms. Eyebrows (Rey)
Bio: Edith is the definition of posh and manners. She had them when she was built and she retained them since. That doesn't mean she can't fuck a bitch up though, but she'll do it in the most dignified manner and thank you for your time after. Unlike many Edith has a somewhat thicker brow. She was her first crew's first female engine who required make up and... well it was learning process for everyone. However she learned to like the look. Edith has a low tolerance and expects everyone to do things properly and will not hesitate to tell an engine, or human when they're doing it wrong. It was because her need for perfection that she retained her Daylight appearance while her sisters were transferred to general service when the GS3s arrived, so she could set an example (results varied).
Edith was finally booted from the Daylight and put in general service in the 1950s along with the other Daylights, but even then she did not complain. Better to be demoted and working than in a dead line. Her service life was cut short in the mid-1950s when her cylinder head finally blew after a small leak, previously hidden by her skirting, became constantly exposed to the elements. Edith was towed by Chloe to be repaired at the Sacramento shops. Sadly that didn't happen and Edith was left to rot for several more years before finally being moved to a dead line along with Celia. Just before meeting her end the two were saved by Laura Fowler, the original controller of the ICR. After much negotiation the two ex-Daylights were transferred east where they were shipped to the UK. But there was still an issue - thought Celia was able to manage, Edith was too wide and tall for the dinky British gauge. With the help of Sir William Stanier, Edith was re-constructed to better fit the gauge, however even with her adjustments her range is still limited. As a smaller, but ever powerful GS-5 Edith commands the English Daylight, the ICR's flagship train and her pride and joy during the warmer months. When passenger service is handled by Ada and Valda, Edith is often on night shift, lending her services elsewhere, or on display elsewhere.
In the 1980s Edith traveled to the mainland, running between France and West Germany for a special excursion along with SNCF 242A1. Before reuniting with Erika in 2013, Edith was well aware of her little sister's survival and success. While she's proud of Erika, she's also a little jealous of her worldwide fame. Just a little though.
Relationships: Like Erika, Edith loved her sisters, except the GS6s. She was especially close to Elena and was devastated by her sudden and abrupt death. Because the arrival of the GS6 was so close to her death, Edith automatically blames them for trying to replace Elena. She's particularly harsh towards Ella the youngest and last of the GS-class built by Lima. These days Edith is regretful of her behavior and hopes to one day apologize.
As a big sister Edith is somewhat hard on Erika even before the two were reunited. She is always giving advice and voicing her opinion, whether or not its needed... or wanted. She does her best to make sure Erika behaves as a proper Daylight and is less than happy that all of Elena's bad habits wore off on her, never to be corrected. You can't blame an engine for trying!
Edith's first boyfriend was Wolf, the ever popular ATSF 3751. At the time Edith was strictly work only, she had no time for dumb stuff like romance... but Wolf was so
pushy charming. He eventually won the young and inexperienced GS2 over despite warnings from pretty much everyone and for a while, things were good. Until she caught him cheating on her with one of her sisters! Because of that Edith is now plagued with trust issues and self-doubt that she can't shake, even with an ego like hers. She blames him for all of her relationships issues and if she were to see him again she'd likely shove him into the turntable pit.
Boyfriend #2 was the A4 Sir Nigel Gresley. Like Wolf, Nigel was a bit full of himself and was sure he could win her over. Star-struck and fangirling Edith did not hesitate to accept his advances. The two shared a somewhat stable relationship in the early stages. However Edith's trust issues started to come into play and she quickly turned into that crazy girlfriend. After a heated argument, and Nigel with a damaged tender and smashed coaches, the two separated. And Edith is not sorry. He shouldn't had been looking at that Britannia!
Evening Star's brother Black Prince was the next to couple up with Edith. Unlike the others Black Prince was understanding and gentle with her. It was then that Edith began to really see what her own hangups were doing not only to herself, but to others as well. To save herself from another heated breakup, and loads of trouble, she regretfully let him go. Deep down Edith wonders if it was the right thing as he was the only who truly cared for her.
Edith has a huge crush on Mallard, but keeps her distance due to his decade-long relationship with Hamilton. It doesn't stop her from daydreaming though. The two met when the A4 was restored in the 1980s and have been good friends since. Edith credits her posh-ness on being able to mingle with the "popular kids" at the NRM York.
She is also good friends with Reymond, the M7 from Swanage. He helped her perfect the British accent, though she still slips into the Mid-Atlantic accent she learned while at the Lima shops. The two often share stories of their service years and Edith has no problem feeding Rey's growing obsession with the western US. If given the chance to go back to California she promised him she would have the M7 tucked away inside her tender; it's not like he couldn't fit...
Edith is especially close with the family of her first driver Brett as she has literally been passed down 3 generations, and she is proud of it! She even has all their names etched into her skirting. She was there for every wedding, every funeral, and every birthday. The death of the first Brett was especially hard on Edith as she saw herself as one of his own and was devastated that she could not attend his funeral as it was back in the US. In memoriam, Edith has a plaque dedicated to Brett the First in her cab.
She somewhat crushes on SNCF 242A1, Rene, the only other 4-8-4 in the UK currently. The two had a bit of a intimate rendezvous while in France for the mainland excursion but the two never pushes the relationship further, deciding it was best to stay friends. As they both suffer from failed relationships, Edith would often go to him after every breakup, and she still does when she has flashbacks. She admires Rene's impressive power and undeniable good looks. She still kicks herself for not going after him.
Edith knew Celia long before preservation but the two rarely spoke. Edith never thought much of the streamlined P-10s and always thought they were more or less bootleg versions of the real thing. However after getting to know Celia in the dead line she learned of Celia's impressive need for perfection, making the two very fast friends. On the ICR the two share the English Daylight, with Celia usually being stationed in York.
Edith never thought she'd be interested in anything smaller than a Pacific, but there rolled in Henry one day, watching the sunrise and he somehow caught her eye. She finds his awkwardness cute and his gentle nature reminds her of Black Prince. After a handful of failed relationships, Edith plans to take this one a lot slower and let things happen on their own. And pray that enough time has passed that her hangups don't come to a head a third time.