Sir Handel, named after the Skarloey Railway's first owner, Sir Handel Brown I - but previously known as Falcon, after the works where he was built - is a narrow-gauge tank engine.
Falcon and Stuart lived with Duke until their line was closed and they were bought by the Skarloey Railway and were renamed Sir Handel and Peter Sam respectively.
Upon arriving, Sir Handel had many adventures. He was derailed by his own coaches when he stopped too quickly in front of some sheep. Sir Handel was also very pompous and refused to do his job well when he arrived on the Skarloey Railway, so he was sent to the sheds for a while to repent. After coming back out, he got into a fight with George the steamroller, which ended in a race with George smashing Sir Handel's trucks. Once George had left, Sir Handel became even more conceited then ever and believed that he had made George go away.
Sir Handel did not reappear until years later, apparently because he was working in the stone quarry. When he returned, he had a much different attitude. He did his jobs without complaining and had trouble getting up hills. He is also wiser in most situations, but in some cases he is still pompous. He is generally of the opinion that he knows best and should be in charge. This can sometimes lead him into trouble with the other engines and the trucks. However, he always gets the job done. According to Mr. Perkins, Sir Handel can be cheeky sometimes.
Sir Handel, named Falcon in his younger days, was brought up under the supervising of Duke, yet is typical to be moody and had stubborn tantrums. He has a tendency of considering himself superior to others and getting much too big for his wheels. When he returned in the tenth season however, Sir Handel had been portrayed as a steady, thoughtful engine who is ready to offer advice. He is ready to be put in charge and keep other engines in order, but ironically regained his original personality whenever this chance occurred. Like anyone else, Sir Handel enjoys being helpful and reliable.
Sir Handel is based on the Talyllyn Railway's Sir Haydn, a Hughes Falcon 0-4-2ST. Albert and Proteus share the same basis.
In the Railway Series, Sir Handel was painted dark blue until coming to work on the Skarloey Railway, where he was painted in the Skarloey Railway's red livery and blue-and-yellow lining. In the television series, he is painted dark blue with red and yellow lining.
In The Thomas Way DVD, the Mr. Perkins segment features a re-illustrated version of Trucks!. In this, Sir Handel is painted dark blue, like in the television series.
- Keith Wickham (UK/US; sixteenth season onwards)
- In the Railway Series, Sir Handel along with Peter Sam did not have buffers when they first arrived on the Skarloey Railway until The Little Old Engine.
- Sir Handel's Brio model incorrectly depicts him as an 0-4-0.
- In various merchandise and books, Sir Handel's name is often misspelt as "Sir Handle".
- During production on the fourth season, Sir Handel had Rheneas' face and vice-versa.
- Sir Handel's large scale television series model is currently on display in the Hara Model Museum in Japan.
- Until New Little Engine, his last appearance in the Railway Series, Sir Handel seemed to never have any coal bunkers: his ERTL Model also portrays him without coal bunkers.
- The Reverend W. Awdry's model of Falcon was at the Reverend Teddy Boston's Cadeby Light Railway, before the railway finally closed in 2005.
- Sir Handel's large scale model used in the tenth season lacked a whistle, yet he was still heard whistling on many occasions. This was fixed when he returned in the sixteenth season.
- Sir Handel is named after the original owner of the Skarloey Railway.
- During the fourth season, Sir Handel had quite a few derailments in some episodes. This may have been inspired by a similar accident which occurred to his basis Sir Haydn on the Talyllyn Railway.
- Sir Handel has been through many changes through the series. These include:
- Season 10:
- No visible whistle.
- Darker blue livery.
- Black trailing wheels and buffers.
- Season 16:
- Grey buffers and trailing wheels.
- Visible whistle.
- Handrails across his saddle tank like his basis.
- His cutout windows gained brass frames and contained glass.
- Sanding gear.
- More rivets on his bufferbeam and cab.
- Black siderod guards.
- His blue livery became a more vibrant shade than it was in the tenth season.
- Season 18:
- Permanent lamp and lamp irons
- Season 20:
- His trailing wheels and saddle tank hand rails became silver (or more reflective).
- Season 10:
- Will You Won't You (performed)
- ERTL (normal, Falcon, and metallic; discontinued)
- Wooden Railway (reintroduced 2008 and 2012, discontinued)
- Take Along (discontinued)
- Nakayoshi (discontinued)
- Wind-up (Japan only)
- Pocket Fantasy (discontinued)
- Motor Road and Rail (discontinued)
- TrackMaster (normal and "Sir Handel in Charge"; discontinued)
- My Thomas Story Library (discontinued)
- Thomas Engine Collection Series (discontinued)
- Mini Die Cast Collection (discontinued)
- Departing Now (discontinued)
- Trading Cards (discontinued)
- De Agostini (discontinued)
- Brio (discontinued)
|Skarloey • Rheneas • Sir Handel • Peter Sam • Rusty • Duncan|
|Mighty Mac • Freddie • Luke • Proteus|
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