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This article is about the engine. You may be looking for the controller, the magazine story, or the Story Library Book.
"I can't understand it. Peter Sam seems to just stroll along the line. He makes work look so easy!"
— Sir Handel to Skarloey, Special Funnel

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Peter Sam
  • Number: SR/MSR 4
  • Class: Kerr Stuart Tattoo
  • Designer: James Kerr & John Stuart
  • Builder: Kerr, Stuart & Co.
  • Built: 1920
  • Gauge: 2ft 3in
  • Configuration: 0-4-2ST

Peter Sam, named after the Skarloey Railway's previous controller, Mr. Peter Sam - previously Stuart, after his builder, Kerr Stuart - is a narrow gauge saddletank engine who lives and works on the Skarloey Railway. He is Luke and Jim's cousin.

Bio in the Railway Series

Stuart was built by Kerr Stuart Works in Stoke-on-Trent, England.

While living on the Mid Sodor Railway, he was cheeky and occasionally made fun of Duke until told what happened to Stanley.

When the Mid Sodor Railway closed in 1947, he and Falcon were sold to the Sodor Aluminium Company at Peel Godred for an expansion project. They worked there until 1951, at which time both engines were sheeted at the projects close for almost a year. They were then purchased for a total of fifty pounds by the Skarloey Railway in 1952 and renamed Peter Sam and Sir Handel respectively.

Upon arriving, Peter Sam has had many adventures. When he was new to the railway, he had a mishap with Henry after he jokingly threaten to leave without his passengers if he was late. He left so quickly that he left the Refreshment Lady behind, who explained that Henry was only joking and that he has to wait, as he's a guaranteed connection. One of his more notable story arcs involved his funnel, which was severely damaged after an accident at the incline with the Slate Trucks. The funnel was eventually knocked-off as he passed under a tunnel and it was temporarily replaced with a rusty pipe. Peter Sam was soon given a new funnel, a Giesl ejector, which suits him much better.

When Skarloey and Rheneas' centenary was to feature a duke to open a new part of the line of the railway, Duck told Peter Sam that all Dukes were scrapped, causing Peter Sam to fear that the centenary would be ruined. It wasn't until the real duke came to open the new loop line prove him wrong, although Peter Sam was left disappointed as it wasn't the Duke he and Sir Handel knew. Their Duke was later discovered and brought to their railway.

In 1982, Peter Sam, not wanting to miss James' train, damaged his valve gear after he recklessly ploughed through some branches, which get caught in it. Although the passengers and the gaurd managed to cut him out, his front was left sore for several days.

Around the mid-1990's Peter Sam visited the Talyllyn Railway in Wales. During his visit, he took on bad water, and when he got to the station, it sprayed sludge out of his funnel. Unfortunetaly for him, he had to stay in a siding while Talyllyn took his train, as the visitors wanted to see him. He soon learned that the water used on the Tallylyn Railway had a special powder was used to enhance its flavor, and too much of it was used. Peter Sam was soon cleaned, and when he got back home, he told his story to two young volunteers named Kathy and Lizzie, who found the story very funny.

Bio in the Television Series

Peter Sam has always been a cheery little engine. In the sixth season, his whistle snapped right off when a tree branch had caught it. He also helped the Refreshment Lady find a place to put her new tea shop. Peter Sam once had to deliver a new winch for the incline at night, but got lost trying to find the magic lamp from the legendary engine, Proteus. In result, Harold helped him find his way home by shining down his light.

Peter Sam was once put in charge of the Skarloey Railway while Mr. Percival was away, but ran out of coal. In result, Victor came and brought him coal, and fixed Skarloey, Sir Handel, and Duncan afterwards.

He is currently working on the Skarloey Railway with the other narrow gauge engines.

Persona

Peter Sam, named Stuart in his younger days while being brought up under the instruction of Duke, is highly enthusiastic, eager, and bubbly. He can be occasionally cheeky, teasing, and a little cocky, but is kind-hearted, well-meaning, and good mannered. He can also be prone to being a little naïve at times and perhaps take things a little too literally. Peter Sam has a special funnel which makes puffing much easier, after his old one was damaged in a nasty accident with some trucks that broke free from the incline. With an infectious attitude and high spirits, Peter Sam is almost kind and hard-working to a fault, seldom grumbling about late hours or extra work. He is always nice to the coaches and even the trucks, unlike Sir Handel.

Despite being friendly with everyone, when the bigger engines, especially Henry and Duck, tease him or cause him to misunderstand something, he can eventually get aggravated and wish to give them a piece of his mind.

Basis

Peter Sam is based on the Talyllyn Railway's Edward Thomas, a Kerr Stuart Tattoo 0-4-2ST. Interestingly, Edward Thomas only donned the Giesl ejector funnel for a limited time, while Peter Sam has used his since its introduction. Four other Tattoo locomotives are also preserved.

Livery

In the Railway Series, Peter Sam was painted dark green while working on the Mid Sodor Railway. After arriving on the Skarloey Railway, he was repainted in the Skarloey Railway's red livery with blue-and-yellow lining, with his name painted on the sides of his saddletank.

In the television series, Peter Sam has always been painted dark green with red lining and brass fittings. He has red and gold name and number plates on the sides of his saddletank and coal bunkers respectively.

In The Thomas Way DVD, the Mr. Perkins segment features a re-illustrated version of Trucks!. In this, Peter Sam is painted dark green, like in the television series.

Appearances

Railway Series

Television series

Specials:

Magazine stories

Peter Sam also appeared in the magazine stories, Hello, Skarloey!, Ride and Slide, Smoke Signals, The Cliff Railway, The Mountain Railway, and The Tiny Engine.

Voice Actors

Trivia

  • Peter Sam is named after former Skarloey Railway controller Mr. Peter Sam.
  • The Reverend W. Awdry's model of Peter Sam is currently on display at the Narrow Gauge Museum in Tywyn. Awdry's model of Stuart was at the Reverend Teddy Boston's Cadeby Light Railway, before the railway finally closed in 2005.
  • Peter Sam's large scale model is currently on display at Hara Model Railway Museum in Kyoto, Japan.
  • Peter Sam's small scale model (used in Seasons 4-5) with a slate truck was sold at Vectis for £2600.
  • Nitrogen Studios went to the Talyllyn Railway and took measurements of Peter Sam's basis; Edward Thomas and other locomotives No.1, No.2, No.4 and No.5 so they could make Peter Sam's CGI model for the Skarloey Railway engines return, in the sixteenth season.
  • Peter Sam's small scale model had bent side rods throughout season 4-5.
  • Peter Sam has undergone numerous modifications through the television series, including:
    • Season 4:
      • The special funnel, which appears to be more of a simple square funnel than a Giesl Ejector design.
    • Season 5:
      • His buffers changed from grey to silver.
    • Season 6:
      • His buffers were painted black.
    • Season 9:
      • A permanent tail-lamp was added.
      • Peter Sam had Emily's seventh season whistle sound until season twelve.
    • Season 12
      • His face became smaller.
    • Season 16:
      • His square funnel was altered to an accurate Giesl Ejector.
      • His footplate and sandboxes were painted black.
      • He gained a new whistle sound.
      • The lower round window on the back of his cab was replaced with two small door, just like his basis.
      • A handrail was added across the top of his smokebox.
      • His regular one valve whistle was updated to a two valve whistle just like his real counterpart. It also budged up and down until the seventeenth season.
      • His cutout windows gained brass frames and contained glass.
      • His tail lamp changed to a removable Talyllyn-styled lamp.
      • Sanding gear was added.
      • His green livery became more vibrant than it was in the ninth season.
      • Extra lining near the top of his cab.
    • Season 17:
      • Permanent lamp and lamp irons.
      • His filler cap and dome changed from green to black.

Quotes

"Peter Sam's said again and again,
his new funnel will put ours to shame.
He went into the tunnel
lost his old funnel.
Now his famous new funnel's a drain!"

- Sir Handel teasing Peter Sam, Special Funnel, Gallant Old Engine.

Merchandise

Gallery

Merchandise Gallery

See Also

Mid Sodor Railway
DukeStanleyFalconStuartOther Mid Sodor Railway Engines
SmudgerBertram
Skarloey Railway
SkarloeyRheneasSir HandelPeter SamRustyDuncanIvo HughDukeFredMark V
BertramMighty MacFreddieLukeProteus

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