Neil is a dark green tank engine with an unusual box shape and a Scottish accent. He is a simple but kind engine, who befriended Skarloey when he was young.


The Railway Series

Neil was built at Neilson and Company's Hyde Park Works in Glasgow, Scotland around 1856, for the Sodor and Mainland Railway and was a typical contractors' engine of the period. In 1865, he helped to ferry Skarloey from the harbour of Kirk Ronan to his home at the Skarloey Railway terminus of Crovan's Gate. He warned Skarloey about trucks and the two became friends. [1]

Very little is known about Neil due to the Sodor and Mainland Railway's casual attitude to record keeping, but his brothers were all scrapped by 1901 which also brought services to an end. It can be assumed that Neil was scrapped alongside his brothers as well.


Not much is known about Neil; however, according to Skarloey, he can be described as "ugly but kind".

Technical Details


Neil is based on a Neilson 0-4-0 box tank, a simple and robust class of engine built in Glasgow, Scotland and sold all over the world. This basis is reflected in his name and class. His country of origin also explains his accent. All members of this class were withdrawn and scrapped, so it can be assumed that Neil was as well.


Neil is painted dark green with his company's initials (S&M) and his number (2), painted on the sides of his box tank in yellow. On a trading card, Neil is painted black instead of dark green.




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