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 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 an overhaul. His overhaul took place in 1961 and was returned to the Skarloey Railway soon after.
In the fourth season, Rheneas is happy and cheerful, but because of his age, he often breaks down.
From the ninth 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; Season 16 - onwards)
- In New Little Engine Rheneas is depicted as an 0-4-2.
- His name is Sudric language for "Divided waterfall".