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Ada, Jane and Mabel are three open carriages who were designed and built for the Skarloey Railway while Skarloey and Rheneas were away being mended.


The Railway Series

Ada was built in 1955, Jane was built in 1956 and Mabel was built 1957. They were originally used for transporting quarry workers, but are now used for tourist traffic on sunny days. Peter Sam mentioned them in a conversation with Skarloey when the latter returned to service. [1]

When some BBC television producers visited Sodor to film a documentary about the Skarloey Railway, Ada, Jane and Mabel had the honour of transporting the television equipment and cameras for them. They were later used for the same purpose when a documentary was made about Skarloey and Rheneas' hundredth birthday. [2]


Ada, Jane and Mabel are plain coaches without roofs. Due to their appearance, Sir Handel considers them trucks, but Peter Sam insists that they are coaches because they have seats. When Ada leads the way, these three always find fun and laughter in a day's work. The coaches are very fond of Peter Sam.

Technical Details


Ada, Jane and Mabel are based on the Talyllyn Railway carriages 11, 12 and 13. Carriage 11 was originally built as one of several Quarrymen's Carriages for the Penrhyn Quarry Railway in Wales, six of which were acquired by the Talyllyn Railway in 1953. Carriage 11 was slightly modified and entered service in 1955. Carriage 12 and 13 were built in 1956 and 1957 by the Talyllyn Railway to a somewhat larger and more substantially-built design. In the mid-1960's, all three were rebuilt with roofs.


Ada, Jane, and Mabel are painted in the Skarloey Railway light blue livery. Their Wooden Railway models depict them with their names painted on their back ends in cursive.


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  • A fourth open carriage appears alongside Ada, Jane and Mabel in The Railway Series: Surprise Packet. It is unknown what this carriage's name is or if it even has one.
  • Ada, Jane and Mabel are the only named narrow gauge rolling stock to have merchandise.
  • Ada, Jane and Mabel's Wooden Railway toys were some of the few toys made mostly of plastic rather than wood.
  • A few open carriages strongly resembling Ada, Jane and Mabel were set to appear in the original script of the seventh series episode, Rheneas and the Roller Coaster.
  • Ada, Jane and Mabel are usually accompanied by Cora, who acts as their guard's van.



“Sir Handel says they are trucks, but they have seats!" said Peter Sam. "So I say they are coaches. What do you think Skarloey?"
The old engine smiled. "If they have seats, they are coaches!" he said firmly.
―Peter Sam and Skarloey[src]


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