Skarloey, a narrow gauge saddletank engine, is the oldest engine on the Skarloey Railway. He speaks with a heavy punctuated Welsh accent.
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. 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.
In 1952, Skarloey was sent for repairs to the Gibbons Brother's Brierly Hill engineering works at Lenches Bridge in Pensnett for an overhaul. A new boiler, saddletank and bunker were added and Skarloey returned to service in 1958. However, sometimes, Skarloey has acted as a very young engine as he tried to prove his bravery by getting hauled up the winch on the incline and he and Rheneas had a race with Freddie, and he has acted as a timid engine too, being scared of an old wooden bridge, the wharf and storms. This new personality isn't what you expect for an very old narrow gauge engine.
When he first arrived, Skarloey was pompous and arrogant, believing himself fit only to pull coaches. His attitude changed after being sheeted until he learnt sense, but after receiving a pair of trailing wheels and cab he reverted to his old tendencies. He boasted so much about it that Rheneas refused to talk to him until Skarloey apologised after Rheneas rescued him from a mudslide. Now, Skarloey is a wise old engine who doesn't stand for nonsense, but is still fair and friendly. Skarloey is proud of himself for being brave, but sometimes he can be a little pompous and arrogant.
In RWS, Skarloey is painted in the Skarloey Railway's red livery and blue lining with his name painted in gold on his saddletank.
Skarloey is painted red with white lining and a brass ring around the top of his funnel, and was given a nameplate on his saddletank.
- Keith Wickham (UK/US; Series 16 onwards)
- His name means "Lake in the Woods" in Sudric.
- Skarloey's name in the Japanese Thomas website is backwards.
- In the French adaptation of the television series, Skarloey is called "Barnabé".
- The wooden railway prototype of Skarloey has Percy's face.
- Skarloey's 4th series model was used as The Ghost Engine in Duncan Gets Spooked.
- Skarloey's whistle sounds like 2 medium blasts.
- Skarloey has a handrail across the top of his smokebox.