Iron Girder

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The Discworld's first successful functioning steam locomotive, devised by Dick Simnel and his apprentices. Loved, much improved upon and the first recipient of all improvements and upgrades, she appears to develop a personality of her own throughout the course of Raising Steam, for example, she defended herself from a grag attack, resulting in a bit of pink steam, (although Dick Simnel would call it live steam). She also, near the end of Raising Steam, talked to Moist Von Lipwig before he returned from Bonk.


One of the very first successful locomotive designs in the middle 1840's was called the Iron Duke after the Duke of Wellington. But this one is clearly female, in a Gladys the Golem sort of way...

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