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"I'm going as fast as a real engine now!"
— Skiff, Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure

  • Class: Eastport Pram
  • Configuration: 4w

Skiff is a railboat. He was originally owned by Sailor John, but now gives Railboat Tours around Arlesburgh Harbour.


Skiff was given wheels after Thomas had his accident and discovered the Pirate Ship. He helped Sailor John and Thomas look for the treasure, thinking Sailor John would give it to the museum. When he found out that John in fact intended to keep the treasure for himself, Skiff tried to stop Sailor John, but could not do much. He saved Thomas from having dynamite thrown at him by shaking Sailor John, and later purposely capsized to stop Sailor John getting away with the treasure. After Sailor John was arrested, Skiff was recovered, repainted into a white-and-blue livery, and started giving "Railboat Tours" around Arlesburgh Harbour.


Skiff is a feisty fun-loving little boat with a very upbeat and positive attitude, in spite of the fact that his captain, Sailor John, is not very nice to him. Sailor John bosses Skiff about, but no matter how loud he shouts or how hard he stomps on his deck, it never seems to dampen Skiff's spirit. Skiff remains keen to make up again, and genuinely thinks of Sailor John as his friend. Skiff treats every day as an exciting new adventure; he likes to see the best in everyone and think of the world as a wonderful place. This leaves him vulnerable to persuasion to the point of appearing gullible.


Skiff is based on an Eastport Pram with an added railway chassis for travelling on the rails.


Skiff's hull was painted white, while his mast and woodworkings were stained brown and his wheels rusted. At the end of Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasue he was repainted in a new livery, his woodworkings are painted blue, his wheels red, and his sail is white with yellow stripes, while his hull remained white.


Television Series


He will appear in the twentieth season.

Voice Actors

Joe Mills originally listed Skiff as one of the characters he would voice in the US on his website prior to Bower being cast for the role.


  • Skiff's name comes from a small watercraft that can carry a small crew, normally one person.
  • The inspiration for Skiff came from the Ffestiniog Railway's rail-driven boat, "Spooner's Boat".
  • In the 2016 version of the Australian television program, "The Chaser's Election Desk", 4 Wooden Railway models of Skiff appear in a skit about Australian politician, Peter Dutton, about how he talks about "stopping the boats".



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