John was built in 1895 and arrived on the Mid Sodor Railway in 1896 along with Jennings, he first worked at Ulfstead Road.
When Smudger got turned into a generator in 1905, John and Jennings keep running to the mines to find Bertram, when Bertram got renumbered back to 2, Jennings was overhauled and got lost.
In 1906, the manager buy an engine for the NWNGR to work at Ulfstead Road after Jennings was found. this was completed in 1923 after Freddie got overhauled, Jerry arrived on the railway.
When the Mountain Road closed in 1936, John and Jennings were trapped in a mine while Duke saved him in 1963.
John, Jennings, Andreas and Jerry were found in 1963 and were bought to the Cadeby Light Railway on the Mainland, they were the first four engines that were bought.
He was scrapped in 2005 after the Cadeby Light Railway closed down. John with along Jennings Albert Tim Jerry Jim Alfred Atlas Miney Minnie Smudger Stanley and Andreas are sold to Skarloey and mid Sodor railway