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For other uses, see Fred (disambiguation).

"Fearless" Freddie is an old narrow gauge tank engine on the Skarloey Railway.


Thomas & Friends

After many years of absence, Freddie returned to the Skarloey Railway. Although the reason for his absence is not stated, it is most likely that Freddie was either on loan to another railway or undergoing an extensive overhaul. He and Sir Handel were close friends when they were younger.

Upon returning home, Sir Handel greeted Freddie, having not seen him for years. Rheneas and Skarloey (both of whom Freddie did not recognize) raced into the wharf and declared themselves the fastest engines in the hills, so Freddie challenged them to a series of races up and down the mountain. After realising that he was not as strong as he once was, Freddie used his knowledge of the mountain routes and short-cuts to secure victories. However, when his cheating placed Rheneas in danger, Freddie was forced to put his knowledge to better use.

When Mr Percival's new bike was delivered to the Wharf without a bell on it, Freddie decided to find a bell - even though he did not know where to find one until he saw Thomas taking an old foghorn and decided that the bell from the old bike could be used for the new one.

One Christmas, Freddie tried to reorganize a party so that Colin could take part. Despite his best efforts, Freddie left telling Mr Percival about his idea until the last minute. Luckily, Freddie's idea was sorted out with the party taking place at the Wharf for Colin.


Freddie is the warhorse engine of the Skarloey Railway. In his youth, he was known as "Fearless Freddie" and was the daredevil of the hills, known for being fast, fun and of course, fearless. As a result of having worked on the narrow gauge line many years before, Freddie knows the route, as well as many hidden tracks, like the back of his buffers and he can use this to his advantage. Although he is now a much older engine, Freddie is still full of boyish charm, has his wits about him and is always game for a competition. He is chucklesome, will never forget a friend and is still very much capable of giving the other engines a run for their money.

Technical Details


Freddie is based on Russell, a Hunslet 2-6-2T locomotive, with added buffers. Russell is most famously associated with the original Welsh Highland Railway in North Wales. The locomotive was built in 1906 by the Hunslet Engine Company.

Unlike his basis, Freddie has 2-link couplings, buffers and lamp irons and the brake pipes and air pump are removed. His gauge is also 2ft 3in, as opposed to the gauge of his basis, ‎1 ft 11 58 in (597 mm).


Freddie is painted grey with black and red lining and has a bronze dome. He has black name and number plates with gold writing.


Audio Files


In the tenth to twelfth series, some games and Thomas Makes a Wish, Freddie shares and reuses Emily's original whistle with Peter Sam.

First used Last used Sound Effect
Series 10 Thomas Makes a Wish


  • In the UK narration of the twelfth series, Freddie gains an Irish accent.
  • Freddie's whistle sound, along with Peter Sam's from the ninth to twelfth series and some games, as well as the mobile app, Read and Play! is the same as Emily's from the seventh series.
  • His Take-n-Play and TrackMaster (Revolution) artworks are a pseudo-CGI model of him, despite Freddie having not appeared in the television series since the twelfth series, the last series to use models prior to the full-CGI production from Hero of the Rails and the thirteenth series onwards.
  • Freddie is one of the characters to be indirectly mentioned in CGI series but never appear there, the others being Mighty Mac, Ned and Byron.



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