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"So ye're bound for the Wee Railway. Ye must put some order into those trucks. The havers they make, ye'd hairdly believe."
Neil, Very Old Engines


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Skarloey
  • Number: 1
  • Built: 1864
  • Builder: Fletcher, Jennings and Co.
  • Configuration: 0-4-2ST, originally 0-4-0ST
  • Arrived on Sodor: 1865

Skarloey, a narrow gauge saddletank engine, is the oldest engine on the Skarloey Railway. Talyllyn from the Talyllyn Railway is his twin, and Rheneas is his brother.

Bio in the Railway Series

Skarloey was built at Fletcher, Jennings, and Co., Whitehaven in 1864 as a 0-4-0ST with no cab, which caused him to bounce a lot, alongside his twin, Talyllyn. He was the first engine to arrive on the newly developed Skarloey Railway in 1865. His young antics proved bothersome but he soon matured when he received his cab and trailing wheels.

Skarloey was put aside in 1945, fit for steam only in extreme emergency. On one such occasion, he damaged his springs whilst bringing home Sir Handel's train, resulting in a receiving a well-needed overhaul.

Since returning to service, he has been very much a voice of reason on the Skarloey Railway: he was responsible for Sir Handel's comeuppance when the latter became boastful about his new wheels, and changed Duncan's views about passengers by telling him about the time when Rheneas saved the Railway.

At the celebrations for his and Rheneas' 100th birthday, he collected the Duke of Sodor (much to Peter Sam's confusion) and took him around the new loop line.

He later attended Ivo Hugh's naming ceremony.

Bio in the television series

When Skarloey first appeared in the fourth season, he had not worked in some time, but soon proved his worth once more. Since then, he has been a dedicated worker and a very wise engine. However, from the seventh to twelfth seasons, Skarloey has acted like a very young engine and has tried to prove his bravery by getting hauled up the winch on the incline and by having a race with Rheneas and Freddie. He has also acted timid, being scared of an old wooden bridge, the wharf, and storms. In Blue Mountain Mystery, he becomes the respected leader of Blue Mountain Quarry. While he is kind-hearted, he does not stand any nonsense.

Persona

Skarloey is the sage of the Skarloey Railway and is an old, faithful little engine. Although once full of enthusiasm and his own ideas in his youth, Skarloey is now one of the oldest engines on the Island. He is a calm-natured, quaint, and mature engine and may often try to guide or watch over less experienced narrow gauge engines in his firm but fair and friendly manner. He acts kindly to engines and passengers alike and always enjoys a gentle, smooth journey through the woods by the lakeside and stopping at all the gates and stiles he remembers so well.

Basis

Skarloey is based on the Talyllyn Railway's Talyllyn.

Livery

In the Railway Series, Skarloey is painted in the Skarloey Railway's red livery and blue-and-yellow lining with his name painted in gold on his saddletank, and a brass dome. In the television series, Skarloey is painted crimson red with white and gold lining.

Appearances

Railway Series

Television series

Specials:

Magazine story

Skarloey also appeared in the magazine stories, Duncan Gets Upset, Hello, Skarloey!, Mountains and Mess!, Musical Duncan, Rock Climbing, Rusty's Plan, Silly Skarloey, Size Wise, Skarloey and Santa, Sky High!, Smoke Signals, The Balloon Race, The Colourful Engine, and The Magic Spell.

Voice Actors

Trivia

  • His name means "Lake in the Woods" in Sudric.
  • Skarloey's name on the Japanese Thomas website is backwards.
  • Skarloey's large scale model was used as The Ghost Engine in Duncan Gets Spooked.
  • Skarloey has gone through many modifications through the TV Series. These include:
    • Season 5:
      • cab handrails disappeared (large scale model only)
    • Season 6:
      • The brass ring around his funnel was painted black.
    • Season 9:
      • A permanent tail lamp was added.
    • Season 16:
      • Accurate bufferbeam to his basis.
      • Boiler was painted black instead of red.
      • Handrails across the top of his smokebox and saddle tank.
      • His cab handrails returned, but now gold instead of red.
      • Sanding gear.
      • Black siderod guards.
      • Extra lining on his cab.
      • Footsteps behind and underneath the cab.
  • The Reverend W. Awdry's model of Skarloey is currently on display at the Narrow Gauge Museum in Tywyn.

Quotes

As the men at the Works could not mend him at once, Edward ask them to put him on a siding close to Skarloey. Skarloey was pleased to see Edward.
"The Owner has just bought two more engines," he said. "He told me I was a very old engine, and deserved a good rest. He gave me this shed so that I could see everything and not be lonely. But I'am lonely all the same," he continued sadly. "I miss Rheneas very much. Yesterday one of the new engines pushed him onto a truck, and now he's gone to be mended. I wish I could be mended too, and pull coaches again."

- Skarloey talking to Edward, "Skarloey Remembers", "Four Little Engines"

"You were right, Sir," said Skarloey to the Owner, that evening. "Old engines can't pull trains like the young ones can!"
The Owner smiled. "They can if they're mended, Old Faithful," he said. "And that's what will happen to you, you deserve it!"

- Skarloey and the Owner, "Old Faithful", "Four Little Engines"

"I'm ashamed of you, Duncan," said Skarloey. "You should think of your passengers!"
"Passengers are just nuisances, there always complaining!"
Skarloey was shocked. "That's no way to talk," he said. "Passengers are our coal and water. No passengers means no trains. No trains means no railway. And then we'd be on the scrapheap, my engine, and don't you forget it! Thank goodness Rheneas is coming home soon. Perhaps he'll teach you some sense before its too late!"

- Skarloey lecturing Duncan about passengers, "The Gallant Old Engine", "Gallant Old Engine"

"Such a handsome engine," they twitted. "Six wheels and a cab, so distinguished my dears! Its a pleasure to see him."

- Agnes, Ruth, Lucy, Jemima and Beatrice, "Stick-in-the-Mud", "Very Old Engines"

Merchandise

Gallery

Merchandise Gallery

See Also

Skarloey Railway
SkarloeyRheneasSir HandelPeter SamRustyDuncanIvo HughDukeFredMark VMinistry of Defence Engine
BertramMighty MacFreddieLukeProteus

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