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Talyllyn is Skarloey's twin and his real life counterpart.


The Railway Series

Talyllyn was built alongside his twin Skarloey in 1864 by Fletcher, Jennings & Co. at the Lowca Engineering Works. [1] Skarloey was sent to the Skarloey Railway on Sodor, while Talyllyn went to the Talyllyn Railway in Wales. Two years later, he was joined by Dolgoch.

Technical Details

Real-life History

Originally built in 1864 by Fletcher, Jennings & Co. of Whitehaven as an 0-4-0ST, Talyllyn had a short wheelbase and long rear overhang which led to his rapid conversion to a Class C 0-4-2ST. As the more popular of the Talyllyn Railway's two original engines, Talyllyn was in very poor condition by 1945 when he was laid aside. He was rebuilt in 1957-58 by Gibbons Bros. Ltd., but proved problematic and has undergone considerable modification since then, resulting in much improved performance.

In April 2014, Talyllyn's right-hand side connecting rod broke, which resulted into him being sent to the Ffestiniog Railway for the connecting rod to be mended, and a bottom-end overhaul to be carried out at the Boston Lodge Works. In August of that year, Talyllyn returned to service, and on 24 September, he celebrated his 150th birthday in grand style alongside Dolgoch.

As of 2018, Talyllyn is going through an overhaul due to his boiler ticket being expired. During the overhaul process in 2019, it was revealed that Talyllyn will go back to his green livery.


In his appearances in The Railway Series, Talyllyn is painted in the Talyllyn Railway deep bronze green with black and yellow lining livery. He also has brass fittings. He has red and brass name, number (1) and builder's plates on the sides of his cab. His buffer beams are painted red with dark grey buffers.

The real Talyllyn is currently painted in Indian red with black and gold lining, red wheels and "TAL-Y-LLYN" painted on the sides of his water tank in light yellow. Previously, Talyllyn was painted in the British Railways mixed-traffic black with white and red lining livery. He had cast brass nameplates with red infills on both sides of his cab.




The Railway Series

Main Series


Real Life


* RWS only | ** T&F only