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Promotional picture of Rheneas in full CGi

Number 2
Class Fletcher Jennings 0-4-0WT
Livery SR red with gold and black lining
Built 1866
Builder Fletcher, Jennings and Co.
Affilations Good
Date of Birth July 23, 1866
First Appearance Skarloey Remembers
Voice Actors Ben Small (UK/US) (Season 16 - 18)
John Hasler (UK/US) (The Great Race onwards)

Rheneas is a narrow gauge tank engine.

Railway Series history

He arrived shortly after his brother Skarloey, and was the more sensible of the two engines. He was a hard worker right from the start, and when Skarloey became too ill to work, he took charge of the line on his own. It was at this time that he saved the railway when he took a train full of passengers home despite being badly hurt. When Sir Handel and Peter Sam arrived, the Thin Controller was able to send him away for repairs. He returned better than ever, and these days he mainly pulls passenger trains. In 1966, he celebrated his hundredth birthday with Skarloey, both of whom are nearing the ripe old age of 150 by now.

Rheneas in the TV series

Rheneas was introduced in Season 4 of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. He is a minor character, and he only spoke in one episode of the 1995 series. He played small roles in Seasons 5 and 6, and had two major roles in Season 7.

When Rheneas returned to the series in 2005 after an absence in Season 8, he was depicted with a more childlike attitude. His first major role of the new series, Rheneas and the Dinosaur featured him and Skarloey having a dispute when Rheneas gets to pull a dinosaur skeleton, but can't manage on his own. It should also be noted that Skarloey and Rheneas have never been referred to as brothers in the TV adaptation, being called "friends" in the more recent episodes.

At the end of Blue Mountain Mystery , Rheneas has been painted yellow at the Steamworks.

In the Japanese version he was voiced by Ryōtarō Okiayu.


Rheneas has appeared in some of the major model ranges for Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends:

  • An Ertl Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends model
  • A Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway model (available with the rock crusher cars from 2004-2007)
  • A Take-Along Thomas & Friends model (released in 2007)
  • A Tomy Wind-Ups Model
  • The Tomica/Track Master Motorised range (released in 2008)


Rheneas is based on the 1866-built locomotive Dolgoch which works at the Talyllyn Railway in Wales. He cameoed in Up Up and Away!


  • Rheneas' Theme is the Skarloey Railway theme, which he shares with Skarloey, Sir Handel, Peter Sam, Rusty, Duncan, Duke, Fearless Freddie, and Mighty Mac.

Counterparts (Thomas version)

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Counterparts (Skarloey version)

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  • Percy (Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends)
  • Sunshine (TUGS)
  • Claude (Salty's Lighthouse)
  • GC Mr. Conductor (Shining Time Station)
  • Yoshi or Luigi (Super Mario Bros.)
  • Pichu (Pokemon)
  • Miles "Tails" Prower (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Hamton J. Pig (Tiny Toon Adventures)
  • Chuckie Finster (Rugrats)
  • Raj (Camp Lazlo)
  • Sam-I-Am (Dr. Seuss/The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss)
  • Goody-Goody Gordon (Horrid Henry)
  • Bart Simpson or Milhouse Van Houten (The Simpsons)
  • Chris Griffin or Neil Goldman (Family Guy)
  • Q*Bert (Wreck-It Ralph)
  • Luigi or Mater (Cars 1 & 2)
  • Skeeto (Skipper & Skeeto)
  • Jerry (3 Friends and Jerry)
  • Elmo (Sesame Street)
  • Hwoarang (Tekken)


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