Ray Shell, the original Rusty
Characters Adapted from Other Works
First Appearance: Starlight Express
Creator: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe
Nationality: United States (apparently)
Species: Steam engine
Date of Birth: 20th century
Occupation: Transport vessel, racer
Appearing in:

"The Great White Way"
by Laura Frankos

Set in OTL
Type of Appearance: Direct (unnamed)
Species: VR avatar
Military Branch: Webberites

Rusty the steam engine is the protagonist of the musical play Starlight Express by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe, which has been revised by other authors for revival productions since its 1984 debut. Rusty enters a race against other sentient railroad engines to determine "the fastest in the world," competing against more advanced and up-to-date vehicles. While preparing for the race, Rusty romances Pearl the Observation Car.

Rusty in "The Great White Way"[]

Rusty was an important Webberite transport in the Sondheim-Webber battle, ferrying an army of feline warriors to fight against the Sondheads on the woodland front. Rusty was also used as a weapon himself, crushing the Sondhead giant-killer Jack beneath his wheels.

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