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Ada, Jane and Mabel are three open carriages who were designed and built for the Skarloey Railway while Skarloey and Rheneas were away being mended.

Biography

The Railway Series

Ada was built in 1955, Jane was built in 1956 and Mabel was built 1957. They were originally used for transporting quarry workers, but are now used for tourist traffic on sunny days. Peter Sam mentioned them in a conversation with Skarloey when the latter returned to service.

When some BBC television producers visited Sodor to film a documentary about the Skarloey Railway, Ada, Jane and Mabel had the honour of transporting the television equipment and cameras for them. They were later used for the same purpose when a documentary was made about Skarloey and Rheneas' hundredth birthday.

Personality

Ada, Jane and Mabel are plain coaches without roofs. Due to their appearance, Sir Handel considers them trucks, but Peter Sam insists that they are coaches because they have seats. When Ada leads the way, these three always find fun and laughter in a day's work. The coaches are very fond of Peter Sam.

Basis

Ada, Jane and Mabel are based on the Talyllyn Railway carriages 11, 12 and 13. Carriage 11 was originally built as one of several Quarrymen's Carriages for the Penrhyn Quarry Railway in Wales, six of which were acquired by the Talyllyn Railway in 1953. Carriage 11 was slightly modified and entered service in 1955. Carriage 12 and 13 were built in 1956 and 1957 by the Talyllyn Railway to a somewhat larger and more substantially-built design. In the mid-1960's, all three were rebuilt with roofs.

Livery

Ada, Jane, and Mabel are painted in the Skarloey Railway light blue livery. Their Wooden Railway models depict them with their names painted on their back ends in cursive.

Trivia

  • Ada, Jane and Mabel are usually accompanied by Cora, who acts as their guard's van.

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