The Skarloey Railway is a narrow-gauge railway which runs from the NWR's Crovans Gate station to Skarloey. Beyond that station, it leads to a slate quarry. It was first introduced in the eleventh book, Four Little Engines published in 1955 and season four of the television series called Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends.
From 1955 to 1970Edit
In Four Little Engines, the Skarloey Railway made its debut. Edward talked to Skarloey about what that railway looks like and the little narrow-gauge engine missed Rheneas as he had gone to Crovan's Gate to be repaired. Sir Handel and Peter Sam were later introduced, which they had two mishaps with derailing and a near-miss for Peter Sam's last passenger connecting Henry's passenger train. Sir Handel later derailed and Skarloey had to take the passengers, but travelled on one spring since the other snapped and he tilts. Sir Handel Brown tells him that he will be mended at Crovan's Gate.
In The Little Old Engine, Peter Sam's funnel cracked in an accident at the slate quarry and Duncan was stuck in a tunnel as the new engine was being grumpy and once worked in a factory. Duncan gets derailed and Rusty rescues him following an insult that Rusty the narrow-gauge diesel was called as "smelly". The Scottish narrow-gauge engine apologises for the insult and joins Rusty as a friend. Later, a television train was set up and it was a success across the Skarloey Railway. Skarloey also revealed that Talyllyn is his brother working on the Talyllyn Railway in Wales.
In Gallant Old Engine, Peter Sam's funnel was changed to a Giesl ejector and Sir Handel defeated George which caused an accident between both road and rail. Duncan stalled his train on the Skarloey Railway Viaduct causing the passengers to be angry with him and Rheneas brought his passengers home before a full commeration on the Skarloey Railway for riding on one cylinder. The railway's engines also met Culdee whose railway rides on mountains in two stories of Mountain Engines. On the 100th birthday of Skarloey and Rheneas, the Skarloey Railway celebrated with a loop line being constructed and the Duke of Sodor was the guest of honour.
The railway also appeared in Duke the Lost Engine where Sir Handel and Peter Sam were brought to and Duke living with the railway's locomotives in one illustration. Illustrators included for the Skarloey Railway's illustrations include C. Reginald Dalby, John T. Kenney & Peter and Gunvor Edwards. The five books were made by Wilbert Awdry from 1955 to 1970 before a three book absence of the railway due to the North Western Railway's appearances in 1972, 1983 and 1984.