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Iron Girder
[[Image:{{{photo}}}|thumb|center|240px|Iron Girder can be seen in the cover of Raising Steam]]
Name Iron Girder
Race Idea
Age N/A
Occupation N/A
Physical appearance Sleek, metallic
Residence Yards Of Harry King
Death N/A
Parents N/A
Relatives N/A
Children The Flyers
Marital Status N/A
Appearances
Books Raising Steam
Cameos None

Iron Girder, or Engine Number One, is a semi-major character and goddess in Raising Steam. She was the first steam engine and prototype for The Flyers.

My, oh my, Mister Lipwig, you are the smart one, just as they say. I am me. I am Iron Girder But all it takes is for people to believe and I am no longer just an artifact put together by clever engineers. I am just an idea, a something made of nothing, whose time has come to be. Some even call me "goddess."

Belief[]

"But all it takes is for people to believe and I am no longer just an artifact put together by clever engineers."

Belief is a common theme across Discworld novels, began in Witches Abroad, then continued in Small Gods and Hogfather.

Nothing[]

Raising Steam starts out:

It is hard to understand nothing, but the multiverse is full of it. Nothing travels everywhere, always ahead of something, and in the great cloud of unknowing nothing yearns to become something, to break out, to move, to feel, to change, to dance and to experience – in short, to be something.

And now it found its chance as it drifted in the ether. Nothing, of course, knew about something, but this something was different, oh yes, and so nothing slid silently into something and floated down with everything in mind and, fortunately, landed on the back of a turtle, a very large one, and hurried to become something even faster. It was elemental and nothing was better than that and suddenly the elemental was captured! The bait had worked.


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