Rheneas is the number 2 on the Skarloey Railway.
Rheneas was built by Fletcher-Jennings in 1865 and arrived on Sodor shortly after Skarloey. At first, he was very unlike Skarloey, whom was bouncy and energetic while Rheneas was patient. The two didn't get along very well, especially after Skarloey got a cab in 1866. However, the two made up their quarrels when Rheneas had to rescue Skarloey from a landslide. Rheneas was given a cab in 1868. In the late 1940s, the railway hit hard times. Skarloey was taken out of service frequently for repairs in the 1950s, so Rheneas was usually the only engine. One day in 1952, there was bad weather and lots of passengers. Rheneas, who was very old and falling apart, managed to bravely get them safely home despite exhaustion. He was nicknamed Gallant Old Engine, and was promised a rebuild. He swapped places with Skarloey, and was sent to England for a massive rebuild. This project took many years, and after he was completed in 1958 he was temporarily used on the Tallylyn Railway for tests. He finally arrived back on Sodor in 1961.
Trainz ModelsEditSI3D's 2006 Rheneas model was used solely until Episode VII. Episode X marked the debut of SI3D's 2012 model, but was used in tandem with the 2006 one because they use different gauges. The 2012 models are larger than the 2006 models, so the 2012 model was used for shots with just Rheneas or along with Skarloey. The 2006 model was used for shots with other narrow gauge engines. (#1TFM)'s model has been used in some remakes, but never in The Engines of Sodor because of it's very small number of faces.
- How the Diesel Stole Christmas (cameo)
- The Search for Smudger
- The Most Famous Engine (cameos in Part 1)
- Derek and Gordon (cameo)
Rheneas first appeared in the fourth season episode Four Little Engines, but in the fourth season, he only spoke in Gallant Old Engine. Like the other narrow gauge engines, he appeared in Seasons 4-7, 9-12, 16-18, and 20. He also appeared in the specials The Great Discovery (but did not speak), Blue Mountain Mystery, and The Great Race. He is voiced by John Hasler and was previously voiced by Ben Small until his departure after the 18th season.