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     The Skarloey Railway Engines As A Whole
The Skarloey Railway engines as they appear in the model seriesnote 
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the Railway Series books, all of the engines shared the same uniform livery. In the television series, they instead each got their own distinct colors.
    • Skarloey's blue stripes were changed to white.
    • Rheneas is a much more vermilion color than he is in The Railway Series. In Blue Mountain Mystery, he is briefly painted yellow with blue stripes.
    • Sir Handel and Peter Sam were originally blue and green, respectively, while working on the Mid Sodor Railway. While they're repainted in the books, they keep their colors in the TV series.
    • Rusty is dark grey in the books, but is orange on the show.
    • Duncan is red in the books, but yellow in the show.
  • Aerith and Bob: Peter Sam, Duncan, Rusty....and then we have Skarloey, Rheneas, and Sir Handel.
  • The Bus Came Back: 5 of them came back in Blue Mountain Mystery and have been on the show since. Duncan didn't come back until season 18, though.
  • Older Than They Look: The main six engines are all based on real preserved engines on the Talyllyn Railway. Rusty is the youngest, built in 1957. Skarloey is the oldest, built in 1864, making him 150 years old.
  • Put on a Bus: They all disappeared from the show after the switch to CGI. Mighty Mac and Freddie haven't returned since then.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Sir Handel and Duncan, while not evil, are two of the most bad-behaved engines of the narrow-gauge railway.


"I'm ashamed of you!"

Voiced by: Keith Wickham

Number: Skarloey Railway 1

Built: 1864

The first and oldest engine on the Skarloey Railway, named after a lake at one end of the line.

  • Badass Baritone: Noticeably has a deep voice when voiced by Keith Wickham in the CGI episodes.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's even older than Duke, and he's a strong engine.
  • Determinator: Most notably in "Four Little Engines", where he gets the coaches to where they need to be in spite of having a limp.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Rheneas. They're very close.
  • Nice Guy: He's very friendly.
  • Old Master: Despite his small size and old age, he still works as hard as the younger engines, and is revered even by the standard gauge engines.
  • Out of Character: Oh dear.
    • Cowardly Lion: Played this role in seasons 10 and 11.
    • Depending on the Writer: Is he young or old? Brave or timid? It varies, although it's worth mentioning that he started as an old engine and was depicted as young later. As of season 16 onward, he's reverted back to his older persona.
    • The Eeyore: Usually this overlaps when he goes into Cowardly Lion territory, moping about his worthlessness.
    • Keet: While he was this in his youth, he slips in and out of this in the newer series.
    • Shrinking Violet: Had a hard time getting used to the Wharf in season 10.
  • Team Dad: Takes up this role in the recent seasons.


"I musn't stop between stations, the passengers wouldn't like it."

Voiced by: John Hasler (twentieth season onwards), Ben Small (sixteenth - eighteenth seasons)

Number: Skarloey Railway 2

Built: 1865

Named after a waterfall on the railway, Rheneas is the second engine on the Skarloey Railway.

  • Cool Old Guy: He's almost as old as Skarloey, and is definitely an awesome engine as seen in "Gallant Old Engine".
  • Depending on the Writer: An identical problem with Skarloey, bouncing between being a Keet, The Eeyore, and even a Jerkass. Not so much since the new writing team took over, but still evident on occasion.
  • Determinator: So much so that his actions kept the railway from closing down.
  • Feud Episode: Broke off his friendship with Skarloey in Rheneas and the Dinosaur, though the two reunited by the end.
  • Flat Character: There isn't much to Rheneas outside of being a Determinator and Nice Guy. The HIT seasons attempted to remedy this by making him Out of Character in some episodes, with failed results.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Skarloey.
  • Nice Guy: He's a level-headed engine who is keen to keep his friends smiling.
  • Old Master: Much like Skarloey, he may be small but he works very hard.
  • Status Quo Is God: In Blue Mountain Mystery he kept complaining to Skarloey about wanting yellow paint after his paint had been damaged. In The Stinger, he is painted yellow to play a prank on Thomas. He is reverted back to his regular vermillion paint in season 16.
  • Team Dad: Like Skarloey, but seemed to slip into this more when Skarloey was Out of Character.

    Sir Handel/Falcon

"What a small shed! This won't do at all! We're much too smart for this old shack!"

Voiced by: Keith Wickham

Number: Skarloey Railway 3, originally Mid-Sodor Railway 3

Built: 1904

A blue engine who worked with Peter Sam and Duke on the Mid-Sodor Railway.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: His wheels in "Steam Roller".
  • Berserk Button: In much the same way as Gordon, don't make him pull trucks.
  • Break the Haughty: Frequently in season 4.
  • The Bus Came Back: After he disappeared since season 5, he returned in season 10's "A Smooth Ride".
  • Characterization Marches On: When he returned in season 10, he was more kind, mature, and level-headed than he was in season 4. This characterization carried over to the CGI era. Although, he does display shades of his original personality in season 20.
  • Drives Like Crazy: When he returns in season 10, he would rattle and shake when climbing hills.
  • Era-Specific Personality: A little brat under the Reverend's pen, a wise, kind engine under HIT's. His CGI characterization seems to have him be a mix of both personalities, as shown in season 20 when he teased Samson on how many trucks he could pull.
  • Expy: Essentially a narrow gauge Gordon.
  • I Have Many Names: His name was Falcon before joining the Skarloey Railway.
  • Jerkass: This is mainly due to being homesick from leaving the Mid-Sodor railway.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Following his return in season 10.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: His "steamroller" wheels, which have broad tires that help him hold to the rails better.
  • The Napoleon: A small narrow-gauge engine with a big ego.
  • Playing Sick: He would often feign illnesses do avoid doing jobs he hates.
  • Put on a Bus: The writers forgot about him during Season 5, and he disappeared. He returned in season 10.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Peter Sam's red.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Peter Sam's Sensitive Guy.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name is often misspelled as "Sir Handle".
  • Upper-Class Twit: He certainly acts the part.

    Peter Sam/Stuart

I'm Peter Sam, I'm running this line, I'm Peter Sam, I'm running this line."

Voiced by: Steven Kynman

Number: Skarloey Railway 4, originally Mid-Sodor Railway 4

Built: 1920

A green engine who worked with Sir Handel and Duke on the Mid-Sodor Railway. An accident with slate trucks destroyed his funnel, and he was given a special funnel as a replacement.


"I warned him, but all he did was call me names."

Voiced by: Matt Wilkinson

Number: Skarloey Railway 5

Built: 1957

A little diesel brought to help out after Peter Sam's accident. He does maintenance work on the line, and does odd jobs when necessary.

  • Ambiguous Gender: As opposed to being male in the books, he was supposed to be genderless in the TV series. However, he was accidentally referred to as a "she" in season 9. Since then, Rusty has been referred to with male pronouns.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In "Rusty to the Rescue", where he rescues Stepney from scrap.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite being a diesel, he is quite friendly and helpful towards the steam engines.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Duncan.
  • Nice Guy: A friendly little diesel.
  • Out of Character: The HIT seasons tend to make him impatient, careless, and a procrastinator. He has regained his original personality since Blue Mountain Mystery.
  • Refuse to Rescue the Disliked: In "Rock & Roll", he refuses to help Duncan out of an accident because he was rude to him until Skarloey calls him out on it.
  • She's a Man in Japan: In the US dub season 9, Rusty was accidentally referred to as a girl. To be fair, in The Railway Series books, his gender was only mentioned once, and was never mentioned prior in the television series. An article in the New York Times from when season 4 was new revealed that Rusty was originally intended to be androgynous!
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Was this seasons 5 through 7, and early in season 9. This was reprimanded with the return of Sir Handel and the introduction of Freddie the following season.
  • Token Diesel: He's the only diesel on the Skarloey Railway.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Duncan.
  • White Sheep: Unlike other diesels, he's kind-hearted and tame.
  • Workaholic: Much like Peter Sam.


What aboot me? A'm a plain speekin' engine and I beleeve in plain speekin'! Speek up!

Voiced by: Tom Stourton

Number: Skarloey Railway 6

Built: 1928

An engine who came as a "spare" after Peter Sam's accident in the slate quarry. Duncan spends most of his time finding things to complain about. He used to bully Rusty for being a diesel, but they've since become good friends.

  • Agent Scully: In "Duncan Gets Spooked", he doesn't believe in ghosts, but his crew and Peter Sam's driver play a trick on him to spook him, causing him to believe.
  • Break the Haughty: Especially in "Passengers and Polish".
  • Bright Is Not Good: A bright painted engine, but he's not cheerful in the slightest. Downplayed, though, as he isn't necessarily evil, just bad-behaved. And he's been mellowed out more in the CGI series.
  • Character Development: Though his flaws come and go Depending on the Writer, Duncan shows a lot more acceptance of them in later episodes. While he started off with a Never My Fault complex in his first appearance, he will often humbly accept blame for his mistakes since his return in the CGI episodes.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: While usually played straight, it's subverted in Duncan and the Grumpy Passenger, where Duncan's complaint about his grumpy passenger is a legitimate one.
  • Drives Like Crazy: One episode was dedicated to Duncan's "Rock n' Roll", and ends with him derailing.
  • Expy: In terms of rude personality, he's the narrow-gauge version of James.
  • Fantastic Racism: Blatantly bullied Rusty for being a diesel, but stopped after Rusty rescued him from a derailment.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Rusty.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Because of his attitude and behavioral problems, he gets this from the other narrow-gauge engines with the exception of Sir Handel.
  • The Grinch: In "Duncan the Humbug", he complains about Christmas. This gets him in trouble with Mr. Percival, who tasks him to be happy for a whole day or else he won't get a new paint job for Christmas. He does well at first, but he ends up hurting Luke's feelings, which Duncan instantly regrets. He does give him some sand from his sandbox in an act of kindness though, which Rusty sees and reports to Mr. Percival. Duncan did end up getting a paint job after all.
  • Grumpy Bear: Whether on good or bad days, he loves to complain a lot.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Displays this in the end of Duncan and the Grumpy Passenger:
    Duncan: "Why do people always think it's me who's always grumbling? I mean, I've never grumbled in my life! Me? Grumbling? Don't think so!"
  • Jerkass: At his worst.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At his best.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After hurting Luke's feelings in "Duncan the Humbug", he feels bad because he had failed to be happy.
  • Put on a Bus: He was the last of the "core" narrow gauge engines to return following the switch to CGI animation. Greg Tiernan's team visited Talyllyn to inform the Narrow Gauge character models, but Duncan's basis, "Douglas", was being overhauled. He returned in Season 18.
  • Violent Glaswegian: When he loses his temper.
  • When She Smiles: His usual smile is a very haughty smile and he is often frowning whenever he's feeling grumpy, but he does show a sincere smile at times.

"That would never suit his grace."

Number: Skarloey Railway 8, originally Mid-Sodor Railway 1

Built: 1879

An old, wise engine who was Peter Sam and Sir Handel's mentor on the Mid-Sodor Railway. When it was shut down, he was locked away in a shed. Decades later, his shed was discovered and he was brought to the Skarloey Railway.

  • Affectionate Nickname: He's called "Granpuff" by Peter Sam and Sir Handel.
  • The Cameo: He's demoted to this status throughout for the rest of the model era.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He disappeared after season 7.
  • Cool Old Guy: In "Bulldog", he manages to keep Sir Handel from rolling off the side of a mountain.
  • Demoted to Extra: In season 4, he was a major focus of the first four episodes. For the rest of the season, he was relegated to the background. In addition, he didn't have a single role at all from that season onwards. Even now, he still hasn't made an appearance.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Especially when Peter Sam and Sir Handel are misbehaving.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Sir Handel and Peter Sam, or Falcon and Stuart, as they were known back then.
  • Mentor Archetype: Towards Peter Sam and Sir Handel.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: When he tells the story of Smudger.
  • Old Master: Old, but still capable of getting the job done.
  • Team Dad: He acts as a father figure towards Sir Handel and Peter Sam.


Built: c.1879

An engine found locked away at an abandoned mine that was later converted to a fairground.

    Fearless Freddie

Built: 1906

An old warhorse tank engine who once worked with Sir Handel. Despite his age, he's constantly trying to prove he's still as good as any young engine.

  • Alliterative Name: His nickname, Fearless Freddie.
  • Broken Ace: Started off as this, though was gradually trying to regain his Ace status.
  • Challenge Seeker: A fearless daredevil who is always up for a challenge.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Has not appeared since the switch to CGI.
  • Cool Old Guy: A fun, fearless old engine.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: He's portrayed as having one with Sir Handel, but ironically, Sir Handel is two years older than Freddie's real-life counterpart.
  • Oireland: He has an Irish accent in the UK dub of the twelfth season.
  • Old Master: Portrayed as this when his debut. Subverted, as his age has caught up with him and he's nowhere near as skilled as he once was.
  • Poor Communication Kills: In "The Party Surprise" he doesn't tell Mr. Percival about the party he's planning for Colin until the last minute.
  • Red Baron: He is known as Fearless Freddie because of his bravery.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Was stated to have worked with Sir Handel and Peter Sam in the past. A bit of a downplayed example though, as it was mentioned back in Season 4 that several other engines had come and gone working on the Mid-Sodor, so one can assume that Freddie was one of them. It is also possible that they met Freddie at the Aluminum Works Project.

    Mighty Mac

"I'm Mighty!"
"And I'm Mac!"
"And together we're Mighty Mac!"

Built: c.1880

A double-ended Fairlie locomotive introduced in season 9. One end is Mighty, and the other is Mac.

  • A Head at Each End: Mighty Mac is a Fairlie, a double-ended articulated steam engine. Each end — Mighty and Mac — has a distinct face and identity.
  • Alliterative Name: Mighty Mac.
  • Body Horror: Well, as close as you'll get with a children's show about talking trains. Being an articulated Fairlie-type locomotive, both of them share the same body with each having a face at either end. They seem fine with it, though.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: They disappeared after the switch to full CGI.
  • Conjoined Twins: They are a double-ended Fairlie locomotive after all.
  • Demoted to Extra: After their episode, they were quickly relegated to the background with only a few minor speaking roles.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: For their faces, Mighty's hair curl and triangular nose and Mac's freckles and rounded nose acts as this. On their paintwork, Mighty has yellow tank caps and windows, while Mac's are red.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Mac is younger and more hot-headed, Mighty is older and more conservative.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Mac, Blue Mighty.
  • Sibling Rivalry: When they don’t work together, Mighty and Mac pull each other backwards and forwards, only to end up right where they began. In their debut episode however, they learned about the value of working as one.
  • Those Two Guys: They are conjoined together, so this is bound to happen.
  • Youthful Freckles: Mac


An old engine who had a magic lamp that could be used to grant wishes to whoever found it.

  • 100% Adoration Rating: All the narrow-gauge engines just adore him. The children like hearing stories about him, too.
  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: He's technically not an animal, but he has a magic lamp on his funnel.
  • Benevolent Genie: He grants the wishes of whoever finds his lamp.
  • Cartoon Creature: He has the same basis as Sir Handel, just with a magic headlamp on his funnel.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: His likeness was last seen in "Mountain Marvel".
  • Cool Old Guy: An old engine who can grant wishes. Now that is awesome.
  • Cute Witch: Well, more like Cute Wizard in this instance. He is a cute little engine, as all the narrow-gauge engines are, but he also has magic powers.
  • Flat Character: He is given very little characterization.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: He's practically a deity, and he has gold livery and white buffers.
  • Light Is Good: He has a magic lamp, and he's a Benevolent Genie who grants the wishes of his lamp's finders.
  • Magical Accessory: His lamp.
  • Magitek: A steam engine with magic powers.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: In "The Magic Lamp" Peter Sam wishes he could find Proteus' lamp so he could get back home safely. Peter Sam finds not Proteus' lamp, but Harold the Helicopter's. Using Harold's lamp, Peter Sam gets home. Coincidence, or did Proteus really grant Peter Sam's wish?
  • Our Genies Are Different: He doesn't resemble a typical genie (he's a steam engine, for crying out loud), but he's a genie in the sense that he grants other engines' wishes.
  • Palette Swap: He is a gold recolor of Sir Handel. In fact, Sir Handel's model was used to make him.
  • Power Glows: His lamp.
  • Psychotic Smirk: He makes this face a lot, especially in his merchandise. It unintentionally makes him look like an evil engine.
  • Rule of Three: The clues to finding his magic lamp are feeling a rush of wind when the lamp is near, hearing a strange creaking sound, and seeing a flickering light that shines on and off.
  • Shout-Out: His name is possibly a reference to a sea-god from Greek mythology.
  • Spear Counterpart: Of sorts to Lady. Both are legendary, magical engines that use their powers for good.


"I did something very bad."

Voiced by: Michael Legge

An engine introduced in Blue Mountain Mystery. He's a small, green pannier tank engine who lives and works at the Blue Mountain Quarry.

  • Adorkable: His shyness makes him pretty endearing. Especially when he meets Millie and befriends a deer in season 17.
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: Luke as he is hiding in the tunnel.
  • Cheerful Child: When he comes out of his shell.
  • Cowardly Lion: He can't stand up for himself at all.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: When he was getting lifted out of the ship that delivered him to Sodor, Victor fell off into the sea. Thinking it's his fault and that he killed another engine, he went into hiding at the Blue Mountain Quarry before Thomas and Victor eventually discovered and cleared his name.
  • Dark Secret: He unintentionally killed another engine. Or so he thought.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He's the most sincere and innocent of the narrow gauge engines, and even manages to befriend a deer that wanders into the quarry.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: He was likely created for children to relate to his position.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: He wanted to be the first to get off the boat, and didn't want to be patient. This resulted in the death of Victor.......or so he thought.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He has this reaction after he knocks Victor into the sea. It isn't until he learns that Victor is still alive that he gets over it.
  • Odd Friendship: With Millie.
  • Oireland: He has an Irish accent.
  • Ship Tease: He has some with Millie in season 17's "The Switch", where they act awkward around each other and switch jobs for a day. Occasionally crops up again, such as in season 21's "Runaway Engine".
  • Shrinking Violet: The shyest of the narrow gauge engines. Eventually warms up to Thomas though.
    • Downplayed after his Dark and Troubled Past is cleared up, after which he opened much more and is actually very boisterous and cheerful.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Because he wanted to be the first to get off the ship, he ended up knocking Victor into the sea.

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