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Bio in the Railway Series
Mr. Mack was the first manager of the Skarloey Railway. It is unknown who succeeded him when he retired. He only appeared in Very Old Engines.
He did not know much about engines' feelings and after failing time and time again to steam Skarloey, he lost patience and covered him up with a tarpaulin. Later, while travelling on Skarloey, he was knocked into a bush after he closed Skarloey's regulator too quickly and he rode in Beatrice for the remainder of the journey. However, Mr. Mack did gain patience after he brought Mr. Bobbie to be Skarloey's driver. He then arranged for Skarloey to have an extra set of wheels and be rebuilt with a cab.
Mr. Robert Sam (1881-1971)Mr. David Hugh. This continued for a little while in 1950, until Robert stepped down in favour of his only son, Peter.
He died in 1971 at the age of 90 years old.
Mr. Peter Sam (1915-)
Mr. Peter Sam was the former controller of the Skarloey Railway. He succeeded his father, Mr. Robert Sam, in 1951 and was hired by the owner, Sir Handel Lloyd Brown. Like his father, he spent his entire working life on the Skarloey.
He was first hired as Rheneas' driver when the railway was facing hard times and he also served as a guard for all of the trains. When Stuart and Falcon were purchased by the Skarloey Railway, Stuart was renamed Peter Sam in his honour. He then attended Skarloey and Rheneas' hundredth birthday and invited Sir Robert Norramby, the Duke of Sodor. In 1959, Mr. Peter Sam found an old saloon coach in a garden at Harwick. When he retired in 1980, he was succeeded by his son, Roger Sam.
Mr. Roger Sam (1948-)
Mr. Roger Sam is the current controller of the Skarloey Railway. After ten years of acting as assistant manager, he took over the role of his father in 1980 with the unanimous approval of the Skarloey Railway Board.
In 1982, he chose Sir Handel to visit the Talyllyn Railway to help while Talyllyn was being mended. He later arranged for another engine to be built and help out with the additional traffic that had come to the railway line over the years. He named the engine, Ivo Hugh, after the railway's former foreman.
When Sir Handel broke his fire-bars loose on purpose, Mr. Roger Sam sent him to the shed and he awaited for repairs. However, Sir Handel thought that Mr. Roger Sam had locked him in the shed in disgrace and longed to be let out. When the Thin Controller finally came to see Sir Handel, he was quick to confess that he damaged his fire-bars on purpose. The Thin Controller, thinking quickly, thanked Sir Handel for admitting his mistake and arranged for him to receive some new fire-bars. However, he neglected to tell him that they had only been delivered that morning.
Bio in the television series
In the television series, the role of the controller of the Skarloey Railway was first taken by Sir Topham Hatt in the fourth season. In the ninth season, Mr. Peregrine Percival became the second controller of the Skarloey Railway. He was hired to help Sir Topham Hatt manage the ever-increasing size of his railway industry.
Mr. Mack did not know much about an engines' feelings, and did not have the proper patience to steam an engine. However, he did gain patience after he brought Mr. Bobbie to be Skarloey's driver.
Mr. Peter Sam was rather strict and reprimanded engines whenever they would get into trouble; Sir Handel was most impressed by this. He was firm, but fair, and once jokingly threatened to . However, Duncan thought that the Thin Controller only picked on him.
When Sir Handel broke his firebars loose on purpose, Mr. Roger Sam sent him to the shed and he awaited for repairs. However, Sir Handel thought that Mr. Roger Sam had locked him in the shed in disgrace, and longed to be let out. When the Thin Controller finally came to see Sir Handel, he was quick to confess that he damaged his firebars on purpose. The Thin Controller, thinking quickly, thanked Sir Handel for admitting his mistake and arranged for him to receive some new firebars. However, he neglected to tell him that they had only been delivered that morning.
- In the television series, Mr. Percival is also referred to as the "Thin Controller" in the UK narration.