Rheneas is one of the oldest engines on the island and works on the narrow gauge railway. He is a tough little engine but, because of his age, often breaks down. Even still, Rheneas works hard and upholds the fine reputation of the railway system. Because of this, he is well respected by both engines and drivers alike.
Rheneas was built by Lowca Engineering Works in Fletcher, Jennings, and Co. at Whitehaven and arrived on the Skarloey Railway sometime around 1866. Originally built without a cab, Rheneas was given one around 1869 at the workshops at Crovan's Gate. Rheneas wasn't used as much Skarloey was, so this helped him to take over the line from Skarloey after he was worn out and retired around 1932.
Rheneas literally saved the railway by keeping service through a very lean period in the late 1940s. By 1950, Skarloey was in need of repairs, leaving Rheneas to run the line. He managed to pull a full train home one rainy day despite jammed valve gear and thus was rewarded with a well-needed overhaul at England when two ex-Mid Sodor engines were purchased from Peel Godred. His overhaul took place in 1961 and was returned to the Skarloey Railway soon after. After a small overhaul at the NWR workshops at Crovan's Gate in 2002, he has proven himself to be as strong as ever before.
In the 4th season, Rheneas is happy and cheerful, but because of his age, he often breaks down.
From the 9th season, Rheneas has become somewhat immature and reckless, such as when he decided to take the dinosaur skeleton on his own and took part in the race with Freddie. However, Rheneas has been kind and helpful as when he decided to take Skarloey's coal trucks to the Wharf as a surprise for him. Despite the fact that the coal trucks went missing thanks to Peter Sam, the gallant little engine was able to give Skarloey a much needed rest. Likewise, Rheneas helped Skarloey when he got stuck in Percival Pond with the puppet show special.
BasisEditRheneas is based on the Talyllyn Railway's Dolgoch.
- Ben Small (UK/US; Series 16 - Series 18)
- John Hasler (UK/US; Series 19 onwards)
- In New Little Engine Rheneas is depicted as an 0-4-2.
- His name is Sudric language for "Divided waterfall".
|Skarloey • Rheneas • Sir Handel • Peter Sam • Rusty • Duncan • Ivo Hugh • Duke • Fred • Mark V • Ministry of Defence Engine|
|Bertram • Mighty Mac • Freddie • Proteus • Luke|