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Ivor the Engine was a children's animation by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin's Smallfilms company. It was a children's television series relating the adventures of a small green locomotive who lived in the "top left-hand corner of Wales" and worked for the Merioneth and Llantisilly Rail Traction Company Limited. His friends included Edwin Jones the Steam, Evans the Song and Dai Station, among many other remarkable characters.
Like Postgate and Firmin's Noggin the Nog, Ivor the Engine was animated using card cut-outs painted with watercolours. The series was originally made in black and white for Associated Rediffusion in 1958, but was remade in colour for the BBC in 1975. The sound effects were decidedly low-tech, with the sound of Ivor's puffing made by Oliver Postgate. The three notes of his whistle were played on the bassoon.
The series was written and narrated by Oliver Postgate and animated by Peter Firmin. Voices were performed by Oliver Postgate, Anthony Jackson and Olwen Griffiths. The music was composed by Vernon Elliott; it predominantly featured a solo bassoon.