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Sir Handel, originally named Falcon, after the works where he was built - is a blue narrow gauge saddle tank engine.


As in the Railway Series, Falcon and Stuart lived with Duke until their line was closed and they were bought by the Skarloey Railway and were renamed Sir Handel and Peter Sam respectively.

Upon arriving, Sir Handel had many adventures, all of which were reprised from the Railway Series. He was very pompous and refused to do his job well when he arrived on the Skarloey Railway, so he was sent to the sheds for a while to repent. After coming back out, he was derailed by his own coaches when he stopped too quickly in front of some sheep. He soon got into a fight with George the steamroller, which ended in a race with George smashing Sir Handel's trucks. Once George had left, Sir Handel became even more conceited than ever and believed that he had made George go away.

Sir Handel did not reappear until years later, apparently because he was working in the Skarloey Slate Quarry. When he returned, he had a much different attitude. He did his jobs without complaining, but had trouble getting up hills. He became wiser in most situations, but was still pompous sometimes. He was generally of the opinion that he knew best and should've been in charge. This sometimes led him into trouble with the other engines and the trucks. However, he always gets the job done. According to Mr. Perkins, Sir Handel can be cheeky sometimes.

When Samson was sent to the quarry to collect stone with Thomas, he asked Sir Handel if the other trucks were meant to go to Brendam, with the little engine replying that they were, but he was not sure if Samson could pull all of them. Sir Handel and Peter Sam laughed at him for his actions by pulling the heavy trucks.

Percy later told him and Peter Sam that there was a railway show for little engines being held at Ulfstead Castle. Peter Sam wondered if his funnel would win a prize at the show, which led to Sir Handel once again boasting about his special wheels.

He currently works on the Skarloey Railway with Skarloey, Rheneas, Peter Sam, Rusty, Duncan and Luke.


Sir Handel - named Falcon and under the supervision of Duke in his younger days - has been prone to moody tantrums and thinking that he knows better than others, suggesting a superiority complex. He has been known for being impulsive, arrogant, pompous, rude, stubborn, naughty, and bad-tempered; he took a disliking to the narrow gauge coaches (often referring to them as "cattle trucks/cars", which gave him a bad reputation with them), feigned illnesses to avoid jobs he hated, bumped trucks even if they behaved themselves and deliberately derailed himself. He believed that he should be in charge and tended to get too big for his wheels. When he was given broad wheels that held well to the rails and have been said to give a smooth ride, this contributed to his self-importance and his belief that he is a grand engine. He once claimed to be an express engine himself.

Sir Handel can be quite impressionable when it comes to engines who he views as important, such as Gordon, Duke, or Skarloey. However, when the advice he is given results in him getting into trouble, as shown by Gordon, he can have second thoughts and wish to get revenge (much like Peter Sam and, in fact, many other engines). Despite all of this, Sir Handel always works to get things done and wants to be a reliable, goodhearted, and really useful engine. After many years in the quarry, Sir Handel has been portrayed as a steady, thoughtful, and mature engine who is ready to offer advice and be put in charge. Although he remains a stubborn sort, who believes himself to be a natural leader who should be in charge, he now enjoys helping others. He still has his cheeky side, as he and Peter Sam teased Samson on how many trucks he was capable of pulling and later bragged about his special wheels when a little railway show was coming.

Technical Details


Sir Handel is based on the Talyllyn Railway's Sir Haydn, a Hughes Falcon 0-4-2ST that originally worked on the Corris Railway. Albert and Proteus share the same basis. The Corris Railway is currently building another "Falcon" locomotive.


In the television series, Sir handel is painted dark blue with red lining and brass fittings (the same colours from when he was formerly Falcon on the Mid Sodor Railway). He has red and gold name and number plates on the sides of his saddle tank and coal bunkers respectively.

In The Thomas Way DVD, the Mr. Perkins segment features a re-illustrated version of Trucks! In this, Sir Handel is painted dark blue, like in the television series.


Thomas & Friends


Music Videos

Magazine Stories

Sir Handel also appeared in the magazine stories, Duncan Gets Upset, Hello, Skarloey!, Smoke Signals and The Cliff Railway.

Annual Stories


Audio Files


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In some scenes in Granpuff, Sir Handel is incorrectly portrayed with Duke's original whistle.

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In the UK narration of Granpuff and Sleeping Beauty, as well as certain scenes in You Can't Win, Four Little Engines, A Bad Day for Sir Handel and Trucks, Sir Handel is incorrectly portrayed with Stepney and Rheneas' original whistle.

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In the US dub of Sleeping Beauty, Sir Handel is incorrectly portrayed with a different whistle, which sounds very similar to Lady and Millie's whistle.

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In Bulldog, Sir Handel is incorrectly portrayed with Smudger and Ryan's whistle.

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From the tenth series onwards, Sir Handel reuses Mighty Mac's original whistles at a lower pitch.

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In Thomas the Tank Engine (Kids Station Game), Sir Handel is incorrectly portrayed with Oliver's whistle.

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  • In the twelfth series, Michael Brandon gave Sir Handel a voice that sounds like an impression of late actor Marlon Brando.
  • Sir Handel‘s current whistle was sourced off of the miniature engine 1001 the Monarch.
  • In the Railway Series, along with his ERTL and 1997-2005 Wooden Railway toys, Sir Handel is depicted with Sir Haydn's original cab design, which meant his cab was only open on his right side until Great Little Engines and his coal bunkers were not visible until New Little Engine. In the latter book, while his coal bunkers became visible, he retained the old cab design. In the television series, he is depicted with Sir Haydn's post-1968 and current, cab design.
  • In various merchandise and books, Sir Handel's name is often misspelt as "Sir Handle".
  • Sir Handel's original Motor Road and Rail toy had grey wheels.
  • Despite Sir Handel being a narrow gauge engine, his TrackMaster toy comes with updated versions of the red branch line coaches which are standard gauge.
  • In the Norwegian and Czech dubbing of the fourth series, he was simply referred to as Handel.
  • Sir Handel's whistle from the tenth series onwards is reused from Mighty Mac's whistles from the same series. His whistle sound is their whistle sounds from the ninth series only, but at five steps lower-pitched (Mighty) and seven steps lower-pitched (Mac/Rex).
  • Sir Handel, along with Duke, were the only Skarloey Railway engines introduced at the time, not to make an appearance in the fifth series.
  • So far, Sir Handel's trailing wheels were referred to as 'Steamroller Wheels' in only two episodes; Steam Roller and The Great Little Railway Show.
  • Sir Handel is the only narrow gauge engine not to have a speaking role in the eighteenth series. Ironically, he is the only Skarloey Railway engine to have more than one speaking role in the twentieth series.
  • Before his return in the tenth series, Sir Handel's current whistle was heard in the following non-Thomas media:
    • His whistle sound from the tenth series onwards was heard in the Disney Pixar movie Cars deleted scene "Community Service".
    • His tenth series whistle was also used in the Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go episode, A Quiet Delivery.
    • It was also used for The Friendship Express in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
    • His whistle sound from the tenth series onwards along with Murdoch's was also used as sound effects for the Snoodle Tower in VeggieTales: A Snoodle's Tale.
    • It was also used for the drum set in the Angry Birds Stella episode, Rock On! as well as Season 12 episode 4 of Family Guy.
    • It was even heard in the Brum episode Brum and the Runaway Train.
    • It was also heard as the whistle for a bike in the Family Guy episode "A Fistful of Meg".
    • It was also used for the game My Singing Monsters: Dawn of Fire, it was used as the SkyShip’s whistle.
    • It was also used for a YouTube video called Apostrophe the movie part 67 created by Aiden Andrews it was used when Match the Gastornis looks at the dinosaur lamp.
    • It was also used in the TV series Theodore Tugboat it was used as Bayswater’s whistle and Inverness’s whistle.
  • Sir Handel's whistle from the US dub of Sleeping Beauty was reused for the Greendale Rocket from Postman Pat and the 2011 Movie Hugo.


The new engines looked very smart. One was called Sir Handel and the other Peter Sam.
"What a small shed!" grumbled Sir Handel. "This won't do at all! We're much too smart for this old shack!"
"I think its nice", said Peter Sam.
"Humpf!" grunted Sir Handel. "What's that rubbish?"
"Shh!" said Peter Sam. "That's Skarloey the famous old engine. I'm sorry, Skarloey", he whispered. "Sir Handel's upset now, but he's quite nice really".
Skarloey felt sorry for Peter Sam.

- Sir Handel and Peter Sam arrive at the Skarloey Railway, "Sir Handel", "Four Little Engines".

Peter Sam told them about the television as well. And they were pleased and excited too, all except Sir Handel.
"I don't hold with it!" he grumbled. "Vulgar, I call it. Fancy traipsing about making an exhibition of yourselves. I won't do it, I tell you! Telly something indeed. Just let the Thin Controller come here, I'll tell him something!"
Skarloey said nothing, he just winked at Peter Sam. But next day, when the Thin Controller did come to explain about the television, Sir Handel kept strangely quiet.
"Now", said the Thin Controller at last. "I want every engine to take part".
"I..I..I don't feel well", quavered Sir Handel.
"You poor engine", said the Thin Controller gravely. "You can stay in the shed".
Sir Handel smiled broadly.
"And your driver and firemen can take you to pieces. That would make a very interesting picture. Just what we need!"
Sir Handel's feelings were beyond words.

- Sir Handel complaining about television, "Little Old Twins", "The Little Old Engine".

Next day, the workmen put up a fence between road and railway and went away taking George with them. This was because they had finished their work, but Sir Handel thought he had made George go away. He was more conceited than ever and talked ever lastingly about steamrollers.
"Oh dear!" whispered Skarloey one evening. "He's worse than ever, I'm sorry my plan was no good".
"Never mind", said Rusty. "We'll think of something else!"
But they had no need to do that, for some boys came and asked Mr. Hugh if they could look at the engines. Almost at once, one called out...
"...Look! Here's Sir Handel. He raced a steamroller last week, but the roller nearly beat him too! It was most exciting!"
Sir Handel never mentions Steamrollers now!

- Sir Handel thinks he sent George the Steamroller packing, "Steam Roller", "Gallant Old Engine".



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