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Proteus is a legendary narrow-gauge tank engine with a magic lamp hung upon his funnel.

Biography

Thomas & Friends

Proteus was a very old engine from the hills of Sodor with a magical lamp, and the legend goes that if any engine ever found it, their wishes would come true. The clues to finding the magic lamp are feeling a rush of wind when the lamp is near, hearing a strange creaking sound, and see a flickering light that shines on and off.

In the ninth series, Skarloey told Proteus' story to the other narrow gauge engines and Thomas. At first, Peter Sam scoffed at the tale, but almost thought he discovered the lamp himself. But he later realized that maybe just believing in the lamp will grant your wishes.

In the twelfth series, Miss Mary Marvel, a famous storyteller, read stories about the legend at a special show. Later, Peter Sam found a neglected statue of Proteus that was lost for many years. The statue was then restored and is now preserved in a park near the Skarloey Railway.

Stories From Sodor

Like in the television series, Miss Mary Marvel, a famous storyteller, read stories about the legend at a special show. Later, Peter Sam found a neglected statue of Proteus that was lost for many years. The statue was then restored and is now preserved in a park near the Skarloey Railway[1].

Basis

Proteus is based on the Talyllyn Railway's Sir Haydn, a Hughes Falcon 0-4-2ST. Sir Handel shares the same basis.

Livery

Proteus is painted bright yellow with red lining. All of Proteus' merchandise shows him with nameplates, even though he never had any in the television series. Proteus' TrackMaster model depicts him with gold side rods instead of his original, silver ones.

Trivia

  • Proteus is likely named after Proteus, a legendary sea-god from Greek Mythology, or Proteus II, the SoundFont used for the music of fourth and fifth series.
  • The statue of Proteus is missing his signature lamp.

References

  1. SFS.SRS.10."Peter Sam and the Statue"



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