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Peter Sam
Promotional picture of Peter Sam in full CGi
Number 4
Class Kerr Stuart "Tatto" Class
Livery Green with red lining
Build 1958
Builder Stoke-on-Trent
Affiliations Good
Designer Kerr Stuart
Date of Birth February 22, 1958
First Appearance Sir Handel
Voice Actors Steven Kynman (UK/USA)

Peter Sam, named after the Skarloey Railway's previous controller, Mr. Peter Sam - previously Stuart, after his maker, Kerr Stuart - is a narrow-gauge engine who lives on the Skarloey Railway.


Thomas, Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, Percy, Toby, Duck, Donald, Douglas, Oliver, Emily, Stepney, Skarloey, Rheneas, Sir Handel (best friend), Rusty, Duncan, Duke, Freddie, Mighty Mac, Proteus, The Thin Controller (boss), Madge, Colin, Luke, Owen, Merrick, Winston


Smudger, Diesel, George, Slate Trucks

Railway Series history

Peter Sam first appeared in The Railway Series in the story Sir Handel. This story is set just after Peter Sam and Sir Handel had been purchased by The Thin Controller. Peter Sam (originally named Stuart on the Mid Sodor Railway) was renamed and given a coat of red paint (However, he remained green in the TV Series).

Peter Sam holds a lot of respect for Skarloey, and often tries his best to prevent Sir Handel from getting into trouble. He is a friendly engine who aims to please, and is highly regarded by coaches and even trucks. He often works with the Refreshment Lady who runs a Tea Room at Crovan's Gate Station where the standard gauge and narrow gauge lines meet.

After an accident on the incline when collecting slate trucks, Peter Sam had difficulty steaming. His funnel was knocked off in a tunnel by an icicle. He was soon fitted with an experimental funnel (a Giesl ejector) which enables him to take heavier loads. At first, the others teased him for it, but they soon learned how it made work much easier for him, and now they even wish they had one like it. Peter Sam's friendliness is what keeps the other engines working happily with him.

Peter Sam in the TV series

Peter Sam was introduced as Stuart in the fourth season of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. A number of Peter Sam's original adventures were adapted, with the same personality he had in the books.

For the next few seasons, his character waxed and waned. After being absent with the other Narrow Gauge engines for Season 8, he returned with Skarloey, Rheneas, Rusty and Duncan the following year, starring in the episode The Magic Lamp. He still retains qualities from the books, and has had his flattened funnel since the Special Funnel adaptation in 1995. In recent episodes, Peter Sam has made cameos and other minor roles, but in Season 11 he made a couple of speaking roles.

In the Japanese version, he is voiced by Shinobu Satouchi.


Major Appearances

Season 4

  • Granpuff
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Bulldog (does not speak)
  • You Can't Win!
  • Four Little Engines (does not speak)
  • A Bad Day for Sir Handel
  • Peter Sam and the Refreshment Lady
  • Trucks!
  • Home At Last
  • Special Funnel
  • Steamroller
  • Passengers and Polish (mentioned)
  • Gallant Old Engine

Season 5

  • Duncan Gets Spooked (does not speak)

Season 6

  • Faulty Whistles

Season 7

  • The Refreshment Lady's Tea Shop
  • The Grand Opening

Season 9

  • Tuneful Toots
  • The Magic Lamp

Season 10

  • A Smooth Ride
  • Duncan Drops A Clanger (does not speak)
  • Thomas's Tricky Tree (does not speak)
  • Missing Trucks

Season 11

  • Thomas and the Big Bang (does not speak)
  • Sir Handel In Charge
  • Ding A Ling!
  • Skarloey Storms Through

Season 12

  • Mountain Marvel
  • The Party Surprise
  • Duncan and the Hot Air Balloon (does not speak)

Season 16

  • Don't Bother Victor!

Season 17

  • Luke's New Friend (does not speak)
  • The Switch



Season 4

  • Rock 'n Roll!

Season 5

  • Make Someone Happy!
  • Snow

Season 6

  • Rusty Saves the Day

Season 7

  • Toby's Windmill
  • The Runaway Elephant
  • Bulgy Rides Again
  • Trusty Rusty

Season 9

  • Mighty Mac
  • Rheneas and the Dinosaur

Season 10

  • Follow That Flour
  • Which Way Now?

Season 11

  • Cool Truckings
  • Wash Behind Your Buffers!

Season 12

  • The Man in the Hills


Season 16

  • The Christmas Tree Express


Peter Sam was made available as models for most of the major ranges. These include:

  • An Ertl die-cast model (discontinued)
  • A Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway model, with a re-design slated for late to 2007.(retired)
  • A Take-Along Thomas die-cast model
  • A My First Thomas toy, with pre-recorded sayings.
  • A Tomica/TrackMaster motorised engine (released in 2008).
  • Mega Bloks
  • Take-n-Play


Peter Sam is based on the locomotive Edward Thomas which works at the Talyllyn Railway in Wales. This locomotive is a modified "Tattoo" class, built in 1921 by Kerr Stuart & Co at the California Works in Stoke on Trent for the Template:2ft3in gauge Corris Railway in Merionethshire, where it also carried the number 4. After the Corris closed in 1948 it was purchased (and named) by the Talyllyn in 1951. A new "Tattoo" class loco commenced work on the Corris Railway in 2005.

In the Railway Series books, Peter Sam visited the Talyllyn Railway. This was in commemoration of the fact that the Talyllyn Railway repainted Edward Thomas to represent Peter Sam.

This caused some controversy when Egmont, the publishers of the Railway Series books, complained that this was a violation of copyright. A compromise was eventually reached whereby the Talyllyn Railway could run engines as Railway Series characters, but the faces attached to them had to be different to those depicted in the books.


Peter Sam's Theme00:37

Peter Sam's Theme

Counterparts (Boy version) (Thomas version)

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Counterparts (Girl version)

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Counterparts (Skarloey version)

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  • Percy or Henry (Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends)
  • Warrior (TUGS/Salty's Lighthouse)
  • Barton Winslow (Shining Time Station)
  • Diddy Kong or Chunky Kong (Super Mario Bros./Donkey Kong Country)
  • Big the Cat or Espio the Chameleon (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Odie (Garfield and Friends)
  • Chaz Finster (Rugrats)
  • Horton the Elephant (Dr Seuss/The Wubbulous World of Dr Seuss)
  • Anxious Andrew (Horrid Henry)
  • Barney Gumble or Homer Simpson (The Simpsons)
  • Mort Goldman or Peter Griffin (Family Guy)
  • Wreck-It Ralph (Wreck-It Ralph)
  • Fillmore (Cars 1 & 2)
  • Fungy Frog (Skipper & Skeeto)
  • Tony (3 Friends and Jerry)
  • Telly Monster (Sesame Street)


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