List of Thomas & Friends narrow-gauge engines
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In Thomas & Friends, the Island of Sodor is home to the narrow-gauge Skarloey Railway which runs up into the hills. These lines and the engines that work on them are some of the oldest on the island. The narrow-gauge railway has some contact with The Fat Controller's standard-gauge engines (mostly at Crovan's Gate), however the location of the railway often leaves the narrow-gauge engines in relative isolation.
- 1 North Western Railway
- 2 Skarloey Railway
- 3 Estate Railway
- 4 Minor characters
- 5 See also
- 6 References
North Western Railway
Victor is a dark red Hispanic tank engine in charge of the Sodor Steamworks. He supervises all the engines who journey in and out of the workshops, as well as Kevin, the clumsy yard crane. Victor always has a helpful, constructive disposition and is good-humored with everyone he meets. He speaks with a Cuban accent and spoke Spanish when he first came to Sodor.
Victor was introduced in the feature-length special Hero of the Rails. The show's staff were researching real-life engine workshops as inspiration for the Steamworks when they learned that one had a self-contained narrow-gauge line, used to transport parts internally. The staff decided they wanted an engine with a cab, and chose as a prototype ALCo's #1173, which was specially built for a sugar plantation line in Cuba. Some artistic licence was taken, as the original #1173 is a standard-gauge locomotive.
In Blue Mountain Mystery, it is revealed that Victor originally came to Sodor with Luke. Back then, he was painted bright yellow. Because Victor did not speak the same language as Luke or the crew on the ship, they could not understand him. While at sea, the chains holding Victor down to the deck of the ship snapped, causing him to roll freely along the short stretch of track that he was on. When the ship arrived at the docks, Luke asked to be taken up first. Victor tried to tell the crew about his chains, but they still could not understand him, so did not pay attention. When Luke was lifted off the ship, he accidentally bumped Victor, which sent him rolling backwards along the deck and into the sea. Luckily, Victor was saved by a jetty. It was a long time before he was lifted out, but instead of being sent to the Smelter's Yard, as Luke had thought, he was repaired. To communicate with the workmen, Victor learned their language, his first word being "red" because it was the color he wanted to be for his new life on Sodor.
Victor was introduced in Hero of the Rails and has appeared in every season of the show and in most feature-length specials since, except Tale of the Brave and The Adventure Begins. He also has supporting roles in Misty Island Rescue, Day of the Diesels, Blue Mountain Mystery, King of the Railway, Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure and The Great Race.
- David Bedella (US; Hero of the Rails onwards, UK; Blue Mountain Mystery onwards)
- Matt Wilkinson (UK; Hero of the Rails to Season 16)
- Kōichi Sakaguchi (Japan; Hero of the Rails onwards)
Skarloey is one of the oldest engines on the Island of Sodor. Skarloey lives and works on the Skarloey Railway as Engine No.1. He speaks in a heavy Welsh accent. He is painted red with white lining. Skarloey has a brother named Rheneas.
When Skarloey first appeared in Season 4, he had not worked in some time, but soon proved his worth once more. He is a dedicated worker and very wise.
Skarloey first appeared in season 4 and has appeared in every seasons 5, 6, & 7.
Rheneas is one of the oldest engines on the Island of Sodor, along with Skarloey and Duke. Rheneas lives and works on the Skarloey Railway as Engine No. 2, and is known as "The Gallant Old Engine" because he saved the railway from closure. Rheneas is painted vermilion with gold and black stripes. He was Skarloey's twin brother in The Railway Series, but in the television series they are just referred to as friends.
Rheneas was first featured in the 4 season, in which Skarloey told of how Rheneas' dedication saved the railway despite considerable obstacles. This dedication earned Rheneas extensive repairs, and he was touted as a hero on his return. Since returning, Rheneas has worked diligently on the narrow-gauge railway on Sodor. Rheneas is based on Dolgoch, a locomotive found on the Talyllyn Railway.
Rheneas first appeared in season 4 and has appeared in every seasons 5, 6, & 7.
Sir Handel lives and works on the Skarloey Railway on the Island of Sodor as Engine No. 3. Sir Handel is named after the owner of the Skarloey Railway, Sir Handel Brown. Sir Handel is painted blue with red stripes.
He was originally called Falcon when he lived on the Mid Sodor Railway with Duke and Stuart (now known as Peter Sam). When the railway closed, he and Stuart were sold to the Sodor Aluminium Company, and then later to the Skarloey Railway, where he was renamed Sir Handel and given a red coat of paint. He had problems with staying on the track, so he was fitted with a set of wheels with wide tyres, nicknamed "steamroller wheels" by the other engines. He was taken to pieces for a television programme when he pretended to be ill. Later, he was sent to the Talyllyn Railway in Wales when one of their engines needed repairs. Most recently, he caused trouble for the Thin Controller by deliberately damaging his firebox.
In The Railway Series, Sir Handel was given the Skarloey Railway's red livery, although he was always painted blue in the TV series. Sir Handel is based on Sir Haydn, a locomotive found on the Talyllyn Railway.
Sir Handel appeared in season 4.
Peter Sam began his life as Stuart, working on an old railway with Duke and Falcon (now known as Sir Handel). He has green paint with red stripes, red nameplates, and the number 4. Peter Sam was bought to work on the narrow-gauge railway at the same time as Sir Handel, and often ended up apologising for his old friend's behavior. Coaches and trucks alike found him polite and easy to get along with, so he quickly became a useful addition to the railway.
Following an accident with some slate cars, Peter Sam's funnel was knocked off by an icicle hanging in a tunnel, so Peter Sam had to use a drainpipe for a funnel instead. However, the replacement funnel was square and strange-looking. The other engines made fun of the new funnel until they discovered how well Peter Sam worked because of it.
Unlike the Skarloey Railway of the books, where all the locomotives are painted red, in the TV series each is painted a different colour: Peter Sam retains his original green colour from The Mid-Sodor Railway. He speaks with an Scottish accent.
Peter Sam first appeared in season 4 and has appeared in every seasons 6, & 7.
Rusty the Diesel is responsible for hauling maintenance trains for gangers to repair the track. He also occasionally pulls trucks and, when the railway is very busy, passenger trains. He is one of the kinder diesels on the Island, and he is always trying to make his friends happier. Rusty is mostly orange, with his name and number painted on both side in white, but in The Railway Series, he is painted black. He is No. 5 on the Skarloey Railway.
Rusty came to the railway to help maintain the line, pulling trains of workmen and equipment around the railway. Rusty is fearless, practical, and friendly and he quickly becoming friends with the other engines. Although Duncan can be rude to him, he always apologizes after Rusty has helped him out.
He was one of many engines to make the transition from The Railway Series to the TV Series in Season 4. When he was painted black in The Railway Series, he had a similar nameplate to the steam engines.
Rusty is based on Midlander, a diesel locomotive found on the Talyllyn Railway.
Rusty first appeared in season 4 and has appeared in every seasons 5, 6, & 7.
Duncan lives and works on the Skarloey Railway on the Island of Sodor as Engine No. 6. Though Peter Sam refers to Duncan as "keeping busy and meaning well", he is a stubborn engine that likes to complain that he is overworked. He is known for swaying on the track dangerously, which his driver calls "Rock 'n' Roll", and is often portrayed with a Scottish accent.
Duncan is based on Douglas, a locomotive found on the Talyllyn Railway. Currently, the real version of the engine carries a character face, name and color.
Duncan first appeared in season 4 and has appeared in seasons 5, 6, & 7.
Duke, also known as The Duke, is considered a hero among most of the engines on the Island of Sodor. He is colored brown, with his name displayed on both sides. He was named after his grace, the Duke of Sodor, and whenever anything went wrong he would exclaim, "That would never suit his Grace!"
Duke lived and worked on a now-closed railway with Stuart and Falcon (Sir Handel and Peter Sam). He was the oldest engine on the line, and liked everything to be "just so". This prompted Falcon and Stuart to give him the nickname "Granpuff". When the railway closed, Stuart and Falcon found new homes, but Duke was left behind in his shed. Many years later, a group of enthusiasts excavated Duke's shed, and promised to reunite him with Stuart and Falcon. All three were very happy to meet each other again.
The story of Duke was based upon a true story about an engine abandoned in the Brazilian rain forest.
Duke would be the first narrow-gauge engine in the series to have a tender, even though he was also the first engine introduced on Sodor to not have buffers. Later in the fifth season, his model was turned in Bertram's by being painted dark-brown and wearing Smudger's face.
He was introduced in Season 4, but this is the only season to date in which he was featured. He appeared early in the episodes of that season and then had some non-speaking appearances later. However, his painting appeared in a signal box in the season 5 episodes "Bye George" and "Oliver's Find", and he also made a stock footage cameo in the Season 7 episode "Harold and the Flying Horse".
Mighty Mac is a double-ended Fairlie locomotive, and the newest addition to the Skarloey Railway. Despite the opposing personalities of the two ends, they are technically one engine - one that is painted royal-blue with gold and red stripes. Mighty is the "older" half distinguished by a small flick of hair and Mac is the "younger" and he is distinguished by his youthful features, round nose, and freckled cheeks.
Prior to their adoption into the Skarloey Railway family, Mighty Mac had only ever worked in the shunting yards for a long time. Their conflicting personalities placed themselves and their passengers in danger while running an important errand. But with Thomas' advice in mind, they were able to complete their task and realise the value of working together.
Mighty Mac is based on a Double Fairlie locomotive from the Ffestiniog Railway.
Mighty Mac made their debut in Season 9 of Thomas & Friends, in an episode of the same name. They later have appeared in seasons 10, 11, and 12, and also in The Great Discovery.
- Taketoshi Kawano (Japan; Season 9 onwards)
Fearless Freddie is an old warhorse engine who returned to the narrow-gauge lines after many years. He carries the Number 7, and has light grey and black and gold livery. He and Sir Handel were close friends when they were younger.
Upon returning home, Freddie was challenged by Rheneas and Skarloey to a series of races up and down the mountain. When he realised he wasn't as strong or fast as he once was, Freddie used his knowledge of the mountain routes and short-cuts to secure victories. However, when his cheating placed Rheneas in danger, Freddie was forced to put his knowledge to better use and help Rheneas.
Freddie first appeared in season 10 and also appeared in seasons 11 and 12. He also appeared in the special The Great Discovery.
- Tomohiro Nishimura (Japan; Season 10 onwards)
Luke is a little apple-green Irish narrow-gauge tank engine who came to the Island of Sodor at the same time as Victor.
Luke has had many adventures, like befriending a deer and sending it to the Estate (Ulfstead Castle) and switching jobs with Millie. During his visit to the castle, he couldn't find the Groundskeeper's lodge, and he went so fast he bumped his carriage and passengers, but soon he learned to be patient and calm.
Luke appears to be based on a Kerr Stuart Wren locomotive with an enclosed cab with doors added and added buffers. He carries the number 22 on his sides.
- Michael Legge (UK/US; Blue Mountain Mystery onwards)
- Wataru Hatano (Japan; Blue Mountain Mystery onwards)
Millie is a youthful, fun-loving, French narrow-gauge engine who runs on Sir Robert Norramby's (the Earl of Sodor) Estate Railway which includes Ulfstead Castle. In the season 17 episode, The Switch, she learned to work in the Blue Mountain Quarry, that she actually liked tunnels, and she found out that she was stronger than she thought.
Millie is painted french blue with white lining, with a golden running board, boiler bands and wheel spokes and Sir Robert Norramby's crest on the sides of her cab.
Millie first appeared in King of the Railway, and has appeared every season since, except season 19.
Smudger was a reckless tank engine who worked on Duke's old railway. Smudger liked to show off, usually riding roughly and derailing. He scoffed at Duke's warnings, which prompted the Manager to turn him into a generator behind the engine shed. Nothing is recorded about what happened to Smudger when The Mid Sodor Railway closed in 1947, so that means it's unknown as to if he either has remained there or been scrapped.
Smudger was only seen in the season 4 episode "Granpuff," substituting a red Baldwin called "Number 2" from the original story in the Railway Series. Smudger's model was similar in shape to Rheneas and Duncan, but he was painted dark green with black stripes (Peter Sam/Stuart's colour). Smudger is based on a Jennings Fletcher 0-4-0 engine. His model was later used for Rheneas and his face for Bertram in season 5.
Bertram is an old dark brown engine who worked near an isolated mine on Sodor. He is known as the 'Old Warrior' because of his bravery. He remained at the mine until it was rediscovered years later. Toby thought he was a ghost at first, but the two were later introduced and became friends. Bertram now works at the restored mines, taking passengers to the fairground at the site.
Bertram only appeared in Toby's Discovery and had no dialogue. His body was modified from Duke's, and his face was taken from Smudger. According to Britt Allcroft, Bertram was intended to be a tank engine.
The Ghost Engine
The Ghost Engine was a narrow-gauge engine who supposedly worked on the Skarloey Railway. According to Rusty, he was returning home one misty full moon night when he lost control on the old iron bridge and fell into a ravine. No one has ever found him, but workmen claim to have seen his ghost trying to cross the ravine, only to fail. Rusty told Duncan his story after he teased Peter Sam for allowing his trucks to derail in the ravine. Duncan disbelieved the story, but the next day Duncan's crew arranged things so that Duncan believed the engine was trying to cross the bridge at the same time as him when one misty moon-lite night he was taking some slate trucks from the slate incline quarry, and quickly ran back.
Proteus is a legendary yellow tank engine who wore a magic lamp upon his funnel. Legend said that anyone who found the lamp would have their wishes granted. As Skarloey told this story to the other Skarloey Railway engines, the clues to finding the magic lamp are a rush of wind, a creaking noise, and a flickering light, the source of the flickering being the magic lamp itself. Peter Sam almost thought he discovered the lamp himself after hearing the story.
The other engines have kept him in their minds, and a bronze statue of him has been set up by the railway.
Proteus first appeared in The Magic Lamp, in which his shape was similar to Sir Handel's. His statue appeared in Mountain Marvel.
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