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These are engines that come from other countries, but often can be found on Sodor.
    Spencer 
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I am the duke and duchess' private engine, I take them everywhere."

Voiced by: Glenn Wrage (US), Matt Wilkinson (UK)

Built: 1935/38

A private engine owned by the Duke and Duchess of Boxford, Gordon's distant cousin, and a snob that none of the Sodor engines can stand.


  • 0% Approval Rating: Every engine on Sodor hates him because of how much of a jerk he is. This is best shown in Hero of the Rails, where all the members of the Steam Team groan at his arrival and are bummed out about him staying on Sodor for the summer.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Much like Gordon and James, no matter what happens to him, he's back to his pompous self by the next episode.
  • Attention Whore: Played up in "Welcome, Stafford!".
  • Big Bad: In Hero Of The Rails, where he is the main threat to Thomas helping Hiro.
  • Break the Haughty: Almost every appearance of him involves this.
  • British Stuffiness: In the UK dub, where he oozes smugness.
  • Character Development: In "Spencer's VIP", Spencer learns how to be less of a show-off, and be more mindful of his job.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He made a cameo in "Something Fishy" before making his official debut in "Gordon and Spencer".
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Spencer spends the entirety of "Welcome, Stafford!" rushing through around the island and leaving Stafford to drain his battery. By the end of the episode, he runs out of water and Stafford has to push him to Knapford.
  • Humiliation Conga: Goes through one in "Hero of the Rails" - in trying to investigate Thomas, he is verbally rebuffed by Emily; gets his funnel filled with slate by Mavis; is caught with Percy's mail trucks by James, Toby, and Thomas, which also gets him in trouble with the Fat Controller; then after catching Hiro and nearly getting him scrapped Gordon suddenly challenges him to a race and wins, and also gets him in trouble with the Duke and Duchess, Gordon's passengers. Then, after deciding to chase after Thomas to nurse his hurt pride, he has an accident and ends up falling into the marshland when the bridge breaks under his weight.
  • Jaw Drop: In "The Afternoon Tea Express", after Stephen somehow manages to get scones and dairy, and still get back to the Earl's castle on time, Spencer's jaw drops in shock.
  • Jerkass: Like Gordon, he tends to look down on smaller, slower engines. Unlike Gordon, he's a bit slow on the uptake on moving past this.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's does show it in a few episodes. In "Emily's Rubbish" as he was impressed with Whiff proving his worth in helping Emily move the rubbish trucks, and then in "Spencer's VIP", he even asks for the privilege to take the deputy minister home because he's learned from his mistake in showing off and asks if he could give him second chance.
  • Large Ham: Especially in the US dub.
  • Light Is Not Good: When compared to diesels, the steam engines are usually portrayed as friendly and reliable. Spencer, however, is always portrayed as an antagonist; a big-headed showoff that likes making the Sodor engines miserable. He outright reached villain status in Hero of the Rails, when he not only pestered and annoyed the Sodor engines, but also attempted to send Hiro to the smelter's yard, with no solid reason except to make Thomas miserable.
  • Malicious Misnaming: He calls Stephen "Slow Coach".
  • My God, What Have I Done?: "Spencer's VIP" lamenting his mistake of going too fast to the point of getting the Deputy Minster lost. It's what allowed him a second chance.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In "Spencer's VIP", Spencer's attempt to get the deputy minister to Knapford Station ahead of schedule results in him ending up in the wrong place when he goes too fast to watch the signals, and the deputy minister running late. He quickly regrets it.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: In "Hero of the Rails" where he nearly gets Hiro scrapped.
  • Pet the Dog: In "Spencer The Grand", he is humbled after getting lost in the fog, and helps Percy make his way back to the sheds.
    • He also compliments Whiff in "Emily's Rubbish".
  • The Rival: To Gordon, his distant cousin, and Thomas.
  • Sanity Ball: In "Snow Tracks", Spencer warns Gordon to slow down going through the snow, but to no avail. He also holds this in James' dream in "An Engine of Many Colours".
  • Shadow Archetype: To the other pompous tender engines, particularly Gordon. He's just as prideful and arrogant, but while the others have gained experience and made friends on Sodor, Spencer is an unpopular fool that looks his nose down on the others. Downplayed as his character softened slightly in later episodes.
  • Smug Snake: More so than Gordon.
  • Upper-Class Twit: A high-ranking steam engine with a nasty attitude to match.
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    Hiro 
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Voiced by: Togo Igawa

An old, wise engine who came from Japan many years ago. He debuted in Hero of the Rails, where Thomas found him hidden away in an old forest and had his friends help repair him. He has since made several minor appearances.


  • The Ace: He's not called the "Master of the Railway" for nothing.
  • Broken Ace: In "Hiro Helps Out", he tries telling other engines what to do when The Fat Controller is busy, only to cause more confusion and delay.
  • But Now I Must Go: After setting things right at the end of Hero of the Rails, Hiro reveals that he misses his friends and homeland, and returns home with a big sendoff from his new friends.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's an old engine who was known as the Master of the Railway. The oldest standard gauge engine on the railway, but can still hold his own as a respectable heavy goods engine.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He was once popular in his homeland, and at some point, he was transferred to Sodor where he worked for many years. When he broke down due to age, he was put on a siding where he would wait until Sodor could get the parts needed to fix him. The parts never came, and he ended up being forgotten, with the siding becoming overgrown by the time Thomas and friends find him.
  • Demoted to Extra: While he still gets the odd spotlight episode, his appearances are more sparse.
  • Determinator: In Henry's Hero, he manages to deliver a massive quarry train to the docks on his own - a job originally for two engines - while dealing with a terrible case of bad coal.
  • Gentle Giant: A large engine, but he is very humble and kind.
  • I Choose to Stay: He came back inexplicably come back in season 13, and since then, he seems to have become a permanent part of the railway. It's implied that the Japanese railways have modernized and all of his friends from his time have been scrapped during the years he was stuck on Sodor.
  • Japanese Politeness: Hiro is from Japan, and could rival Edward as one of the kindest engines on Sodor. Maybe a little too kind.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: "That's it, no more Mr. Nice Engine! I am master of the railway!"
  • Mythology Gag: According to Christopher Skala, Hiro was originally going to be blue. This was used as his main boiler color for his patchwork.
  • Nice Guy: Doesn't have a mean bone in his body. Despite Spencer trying to expose him and get him scrapped, Hiro doesn't really hold it against him and still helps Spencer out after he gets into an accident. The one time he lost his cool was because of Diesel, and Diesel rightfully got told off for it.
  • Noble Fugitive: A Japanese engine who wanted to be scrapped by Spencer, but survived.
  • Not So Above It All: Even he tried vehemently to impress the deputy minister in "Spencer's VIP".
  • Oh, Crap!: In Hero of the Rails, Hiro is understandably terrified when he hears Spencer whistling close by. Fortunately, James and Toby were there to chase Spencer away.
  • Token Minority: An especially profitable one; Hiro proved to be a favorite in Japan almost immediately.

     Stepney 
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An engine from the Bluebell Railway who was rescued from scrap by Rusty.

    The Logging Locos 
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Left to right: Dash, Ferdinand, Bash

"That's right!"

US voices: William Hope (Bash), Kerry Shale (Dash), Glenn Wrage (Ferdinand)
UK voices: Matt Wilkinson (Bash), Keith Wickham (Dash), Ben Small (Ferdinand)

A trio of oil and wood-burning steam engines. Bash, Dash and Ferdinand previously worked on the Mainland, but were relocated to Misty Island due to their poor behavior.


  • Accidental Misnaming: Ferdinand calls The Fat Controller "boss", and he didn't take kindly of that.
  • The Cameo: Ferdinand made a cameo in season 18.
  • Catchphrase: Ferdinand's is "That's right!"
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: When Andrew Brenner took over, the Logging Locos disappeared due to the trio being universally-hated. Beyond Ferdinand making a cameo in the season 18 episode "Signals Crossed", it's as if they've been erased from reality. That, and Misty Island is now treated as a joke In-Universe.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Toby and Bash", "Emily and Dash", and "Gordon and Ferdinand".
  • Eagleland: Type 2. They're loud and boorish.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Bash and Dash, all the time. It's deconstructed in "Toby and Bash"; when Bash has to work with Toby for the day instead of Dash, has so much trouble finishing any of his sentences that Toby has to figure out what Bash is trying to say.
  • Gentle Giant: Ferdinand.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Bash's boiler, wheels, and lining are grey, while his cab and dome are yellow. Dash's colors are swapped. Also, Dash has freckles while Bash doesn't.
  • Mighty Glacier: Ferdinand is the biggest and strongest of the trio, but also the slowest.
  • Odd Name Out: Ferdinand's name doesn't rhyme with Bash and Dash.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: They were banished to Misty Island for misbehaving.
  • Single-Minded Twins: So much so that when Bash and Dash are separated for too long, they get anxious and have trouble expressing themselves, as seen in Toby and Bash. Subverted for Dash, as he doesn't have issues speaking sentences.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Bash and Dash's names rhyme.
  • Trickster Twins: Bash and Dash.
  • Youthful Freckles: Dash has some freckles on his face.

    Connor and Caitlin 
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Voiced by: Jonathan Forbes (Connor), Rebecca O'Mara (Caitlin)

A pair of streamlined engines from the Mainland. Introduced in King of the Railway, they run the main express train between the two islands.


  • A Day in the Limelight: Connor in "Cautious Connor", Caitlin in "Calm Down Caitlin".
  • Always Someone Better: Caitlin was this to Emily in "Best Engine Ever", so much that Emily is left depressed from wishing she could be like her. It's subverted in the end, where Caitlin reveals that she wishes she had front buffers like Emily's and, as a streamlined engine, she could only pull coaches while Emily could pull a variety of trains.
  • Butt-Monkey: Connor is this to Bill and Ben in "Bill or Ben?".
  • Establishing Character Moment: In King of the Railway, they have a friendly race during their Sodor route time trials. They both speed past Gordon and Spencer (who are already racing each other) with little effort.
  • Expy: Of Pip and Emma from The Railway Series.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: In the metaphorical sense, since they're technically not related. While they both love to race, Connor is more serious while Caitlin is more excitable. Connor has been shown to be reckless, however.
  • Friendly Rival: Caitlin is overly friendly towards Gordon otherwise. He wishes she wasn't.
    • Both of them are this to each other. They just love racing.
  • Genki Girl: Caitlin takes a long time to wind down.
  • Motor Mouth: Caitlin.
  • Nervous Wreck: Connor becomes this in "Cautious Connor".
  • Nice Guy: Both of them are kind-hearted engines.
  • Oireland: They have Irish accents.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Caitlin is painted pink, Connor is painted blue.
  • The Rival: To both Gordon and Spencer.
  • Shout-Out: Both have Irish accents in homage to the fact that the railways of their bases were built by Irish immigrants.
  • Those Two Guys: They can often be seen together.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Connor unintentionally comes off as this to other engines.

    Gator 
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Voiced by: Clive Mantle

Introduced in Tale of the Brave, Gator is an unusual green engine from Colombia, with sloping boilers working on Sodor temporarily.


  • Aesop Enforcer: He is this in Tale of the Brave, where he promotes the bravery moral.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: The other engines are initially shocked by his appearance. It's not as intense as other examples in the series, as the other engines quickly warm up to him, but Gator still gets frustrated over it.
  • Animal Motif: An alligator motif. He resembles an alligator thanks to his sloping boiler.
  • Backstory of the Day: His backstory he shares with Percy at the docks represents the overarching theme of Tale of the Brave.
  • Berserk Button: His malfunctioning lamp, being bossed around, and being mistaken for a monster.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As nice as he is, if he's pushed enough, he will retaliate. In Toad's Bright Idea, he gets fed up with Toad's pestering to the point where he abandons Toad in the middle of the line and tries to complete his journey without him.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Becomes this to Percy.
  • The Bus Came Back: Returns in "Long Lost Friend".
  • But Now I Must Go: At the end of Tale of the Brave, he's sent away to work on another railway.
  • Determinator: As proven by his backstory. However, this trait makes his trip with Toad in "Toad's Bright Idea" a bit rocky—while Gator is all about getting the job done quickly and simply endure the risks, Toad wants to get the job done safely.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Averted. He quite likes his nickname.
  • Face Your Fears: In his backstory, he had to cross a high bridge in a mountainous region to get urgent supplies to a village, despite his fear of heights. He also encourages Percy to do this.
  • Ideal Hero: Percy comes to see him as one.
  • Ironic Fear: He's terrified of heights, despite being designed to work in high, mountainous regions.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is Gerald, but no one calls him that.
  • Put on a Bus: After "Long Lost Friend", he disappeared from the show entirely.
  • Percussive Maintenance: The only way to get his lamp working properly is for the driver to knock it, though later this stops working.
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    Samson 
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"Samson here, at your service!"

Voiced by: Robert Wilfort

Number: 15

Built: 1867

A strong, though oddly shaped tank engine that comes from the mainland to help out on Sodor.


  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Any time he's given a job, he acts as if he's done it his whole life.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Has the thickest eyebrows of the tank engines.
  • Break the Haughty: Three of the four episodes he's featured in involve this.
  • Butt-Monkey: In his debut episode, he is the subject of many of the engines' teasing for going to the Blue Mountain Quarry by mistake.
  • Can't Take Criticism: He's too prideful to take other engines' advice that he's making a mistake.
  • Expy: Possibly of Neil from The Railway Series. Both are green Neilson & Co. open cab 0-4-0 locomotives, and are noted for being quite unattractive.
  • Face Your Fears: He faces his fear of fireworks in order to get back home in "Samson and the Fireworks".
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride.
  • Gonk: Good gracious.
  • Implausible Deniability: In "Saving Time", Samson blatantly denies taking too many trucks as Thomas points out to him.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: His defining trait.
  • Leave Me Alone!: His attitude in Samson At Your Service. Embarrassed with a mistake he had made the previous night, he tries to do a job while tuning out everyone's teasing. Of course, he also tunes out their warnings that he's making a new mistake, and doesn't realize his error until too late.
  • Never Live It Down: Zigzagged in universe. After taking a misroute into the Blue Mountain Quarry one night, he became the frequent subject of playful teasing. When he starts acting foolish again however, he is convinced he is still being laughed at, failing to notice the other engines are just trying to warn him of his mistake.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: In Samson At Your Service, he takes Bill and Ben's blatantly sarcastic remarks about his usefulness as genuine praise.
  • Upper-Class Twit: A mainland engine with a snobby attitude.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: The Season 22 episode “Samson and the Fireworks” reveals he has a fear of fireworks.

    The Flying Scotsman 
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"Flying Scotsman, coming through!"

Voiced by: Rufus Jones

Number: 4472

Basis: The real Flying Scotsman (a London and North Eastern Railway A3) 4-6-2

Built: 1923

Introduced properly in The Great Race, the Flying Scotsman is Gordon's brother from the mainland. He was the first locomotive to officially reach 100 mph.


  • Adaptational Jerkass: He seemed relatively respectful in his few speaking roles in The Railway Series, but he's much more pompous in the TV series. Justified as the fear of scrapping is gone in the recent series.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Technically, he is the younger sibling in The Railway Series, as Gordon was a prototype locomotive. He likes to tease Gordon and call him Little Brother, despite Gordon's protests.
  • Artistic License – History: The TV series incarnation of Flying Scotsman has smoke deflectors, a double chimney, and his number printed on his cab, yet he still has two tenders. The real Flying Scotsman has had all of these features, but not all at the same time. Oh, and his smoke deflectors can slide forward for some reason.
  • Ascended Extra: Meant to be a one-off in the TV series, but he eventually got promoted to the recurring cast, starring in Big World! Big Adventures! and season 22.
  • Big Brother Bully: He considers himself to be the big brother, even though he's actually younger than Gordon, and is a complete jerk to him.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Subverted. He tried to warn Gordon about his boiler's problems, and when Gordon ultimately broke down as a result, Flying Scotsman did look like he wanted to help Gordon...before he realized he was still in the race, and hurried away.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: More thicker and longer than Gordon.
  • Break the Haughty: In "Confusion Without Delay", when Rebecca chews him out for teasing Gordon and also points out that Gordon is actually order than him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He makes plenty of remarks to rile up Gordon, including calling him "Little Brother" despite them being the same size, or Gordon technically being older by Railway Series canon.
  • Demoted to Extra: An unusual example—he was supposed to appear in Season 3, in accordance with his appearance in the Railway Series, but they didn't have the budget to complete the model, so only his tenders and cab were shown. The problem with this is that the episode causes Gordon to completely not recognize him. He made it to the CGI series, though.
  • Full-Name Basis: Everyone always calls him "Flying Scotsman".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When he noticed Gordon was starting to suffer from going so fast without his safety valve in the Great Race, he tried to warn Gordon. Too bad it didn't work.
  • Last of His Kind: He and Gordon are the last of the LNER A1-A3 Pacific steam locomotives...at least in the Railway Series. It is unknown if it applies to the television continuity.
  • The Nicknamer: Tends to refer to Gordon as "little brother".
  • Not So Different: In the TV-series, he's really not so different from Gordon in some respects, sharing his pompous attitude and tendency to rib on other engines...though this behavior seems to apply only to Gordon himself. In general, Scotsman is genuinely polite towards others and has a very calm demeanor while Gordon easily gets annoyed and has a very sour disposition.
  • Pet the Dog: After the events of The Great Race, he tries to cheer Gordon up, and reveals that his opinion on Sudrian engines has improved. And in his first scene, he gives Thomas genuine encouragement.
  • Sole Survivor: Subverted, he is not the last member of his class since Gordon is still active.
  • Upper-Class Twit: He doesn't think particularly highly of Sodor's engines. That being said, rather than hurling insults in their faces like Gordon or Spencer, he talks calmly and dismissively at at the same time.

Big World! Big Adventures! and Season 22:

These are engines that appear in Big World! Big Adventures! and/or season 22. Yong Bao, Ashima, Shane, and Rajiv were originally from The Great Race, but they were promoted to the cast of season 22.
    Ashima 
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"Just because we're well-painted doesn't mean we can't do anything else."

Voiced by: Tina Desai

Basis: Nilgiri Mountain Railway X

Built: 1914, 1920, 1925, 1952, 2011-2014

Introduced in The Great Race, Ashima is a beautifully-painted tank engine from India, taking part in the Shunting Competition of The Great Railway Show. After being stranded on the Island of Sodor after her rail ferry leaves without her after docking by mistake at Brendam Docks instead of the UK, she acts as a voice of support to Thomas with convincing him to just be himself rather than try to be anything else, resulting in her and Thomas developing a good friendship that remained after they parted ways following Ashima returning to Sodor with Thomas, Emily, and the other Sudrian engines before returning home to India.


  • Aesop Enforcer: In The Great Race, she taught Thomas the Be Yourself moral.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Ashima's beautiful livery makes her a perfect candidate for the Best Dressed Engine competition.....but she ends up competing in the shunting challenge. She even lampshades this.
  • The Bus Came Back: Ashima returned to the series in Season 22. Her story when reuniting with Thomas in her homeland of India alongside Rajiv is introducing him to some of India's culture, such as the Indian movie business, elephants helping in the rail yards, and the rarest of India's animals, the tigers.
  • But Now I Must Go: Once the Great Railway Show is over, Ashima tells Thomas she needs to catch her ferry to return home to India.
  • Costume Porn:
    • Ashima's paintwork is based off of Indian textiles and Henna tattoos, resulting in why when Thomas first laid eyes on her, he was rendered speechless by her beautiful appearance.
    • Emily asks Ashima about this after she and James lose the Best Decorated Engine award to Rajiv, wondering why she wasn't taking part with them, leading to her above quote as she answered Emily's question.
  • Flat Character: She has yet to show any personality traits beyond being pretty and nice.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Thomas initially thought Ashima was this.
  • Implied Love Interest: To Thomas. He is rendered speechless when he first lays eyes on her, blushes around her, and acts like a big Tsundere to her throughout the movie.
  • Leitmotif: An instrumental of "You Can Only Be You" from The Great Race plays during her first appearance in Season 22's episode Trusty Trunky.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means "limitless" or "without borders" in Hindi.
  • Nice Girl: Ashima is very kind-hearted. She wasn't mad when Thomas was mean to her, and she taught him the Be Yourself moral.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Justified; Ashima is this to Thomas, due to their paintwork.
  • Ship Tease: All over the place with Thomas.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Has beautiful, thick eyelashes and visible lips.

    Rajiv 
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"Hey! Watch the crown!"

Voiced by: Nikhil Parmar (Season 22-present)

Number: Unknown

Basis: Fairy Queen

Built: 1855

Introduced in The Great Race, Rajiv joins Ashima with participating in The Great Railway Show, but while Ashima competes in the Shunting Challenge, Rajiv competes in the Best Decorated Engine contest against Sodor's James and Emily, Mexico's Carlos, and China's Yong Bao, and wins.


  • All Love Is Unrequited: He has a crush on Noor Jehan, but she doesn't return it due to his huge ego.
  • Berserk Button: Don't you dare touch his crown.
  • The Bus Came Back: He retuned in Season 22 alongside Ashima. He aids Thomas when he discovers two tourists he takes to see the tigers are actually poachers planning to capture one. He also gets a role in a Bollywood movie that Thomas helps out in.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: When he introduces himself to Thomas in "Trusty Trunky", he gets distracted the instant he sees Noor Jehan pass by.
  • Expy: His personality involving him having pride in his appearance easily makes him an Indian version of James. Makes even further sense due to them both competing in the Best Decorated Engine parade.
  • It's All About Me: He definitely has this mentality due to his vain, prideful attitude.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He makes belittling remarks towards the other engines, but at the end of the day, he still cares for his friends.
  • Magic Feather: In "Crowning Around", he loses his crown when it gets knocked off his funnel by a crane and taken by the monkeys. He believes that he can't be useful without it, and Shankar has to do his work for him. Near the end of the episode, when Noor Jehan can't stop due to her brakes being jammed and is heading towards Shankar, Rajiv pushes Shankar out of the way just in time, which gets him to realize that he can still be useful without his crown.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means "lotus flower".
  • Sanity Ball: He holds this in some episodes, such as "Thomas and the Monkey Palace".
  • Suddenly Voiced: Gains a voice in Season 22 after originally being silent in The Great Race.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In "Tiger Trouble", he unknowingly (at first) takes some tiger poachers on a safari.
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    Yong Bao 
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"Usually, I take the dragon to the big square, but as you're a guest on our railway, I think you should have the honour!"

Voiced by: Dan Li

Number: Unknown

Basis: China Railways RM

Built: 1958-1966

Introduced in The Great Race, Yong Bao is taking part in The Great Railway Show as representative of the People's Republic of China as one of the contenders in the Best Decorated Engine Award alongside James and Emily from Sodor and Mexico's Carlos, but loses to Ashima's fellow engine from India, Rajiv.


  • All of the Other Reindeer: He was constantly bullied by the other engines, according to his backstory.
  • Animal Motif: Tigers. In his backstory, he was fascinated by a tiger and followed it around, which led to his big rescue. Painted on his tender is a tiger which incites a sense of awe and admiration. Like Yong Bao, the tiger is full of life and embodies the spirit of being driven to achieve and make progress.
  • Ascended Extra: Originally appeared as a minor character in The Great Race. Becomes more prominent in Big World! Big Adventures!, featuring heavily in the marketing for the new movie and series.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • In his backstory, he saved one of his fellow engines from falling off a cliff with hundreds of passengers on board, earning him the respect he deserves.
    • When Thomas is unable to pull the larger Nia back up onto the Himalayan rails, Yong Bao arrives just in time to help Thomas save Nia and prevent both engines from plunging off the cliff and being lost in the Himalayan snow.
    Yong Bao: HOLD ON!! I'M COMING!! (After the rescue) Good thing I came along when I did, Thomas.
  • Bilingual Bonus: His name is written on his cab in Chinese characters.
  • The Bus Came Back: He returns in Big World! Big Adventures! and Season 22 alongside Ashima, Shane and a few of the other International Engines. In the special, he encounters Thomas and recognizes him from The Great Railway Show when Thomas is looking for Nia to apologize to her, warning Thomas when he leaves to head for the Himalayas that he'll need a snowplow to get through there, and later arriving just in time to help Thomas save Nia from plunging over a cliff. In Season 22, when Thomas visits him in his homeland of the People's Republic of China to work on his railway, Yong Bao explains to Thomas about the upcoming Chinese New Year and the Dragon that will be part of the festivities.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: His red color symbolises celebration and happiness. Red is also a color often associated with good luck in Chinese culture. He was previously painted black, as revealed in a Chinese-exclusive animated short video.
  • Gentle Giant: He is a large engine, but very wise and kindhearted.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means "embrace" in Mandarin.
  • Nice Guy: He's kind, faithful, and wise.
  • Red Is Heroic: He's painted red and he is not only a nice guy, but also a hero.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: He was originally painted black, but after saving another engine, he has been painted red.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Originally silent in The Great Race, but has been voiced since his return in Big World! Big Adventures!.

    Shane 
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"G'day, Tommo!"

Voiced by: Shane Jacobson (Season 22-present)

Number: 520

Basis: SAR Class 520

Built: 1943

Introduced in The Great Race, Shane takes part in the Strength Competition against Henry, Germany's Frieda, North America's Vinnie, and possibly Hiro, but his place in it is unknown and whether he won or lost the competition.


  • Awesome Aussie: He is basically everything Australian in one engine, coupled with his livery being painted in the signature green and gold colours.
  • The Bus Came Back: He is returned in Season 22 alongside Yong Bao, Ashima and Rajiv. Thomas visited him in his homeland of Australia during his worldwide trip, exploring the Australian outback and meeting Shane's friends, Isla and Tamika.
  • Large Ham: No surprise when you consider he is voiced by Australian comedian Shane Jacobson.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: He sometimes speaks in this manner.
    "I'm Shane the train, and I'm here to entertain!"
  • Shout-Out: His nickname, "Whispering Giant" was also a nickname his real basis was called. His number, 520, was also carried by a real member of his class.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Originally didn't speak in The Great Race, but finally gets a speaking role in Season 22, in the form of Celebrity Voice Actor Shane Jacobson.

    Hong-Mei 
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Voiced by: Chipo Chung

Basis: China Railways GJ

Built: 1958-1961

Hong-Mei made her debut in Season 22 alongside her fellow Chinese engine Yong Bao, whom Thomas met back in The Great Race.


  • Big Damn Heroes: In her debut episode "Number One Engine", she manages to rescue Thomas from falling off a cliff.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The Chinese characters on her tanks represent the number one.
  • Distaff Counterpart: She’s a blue tank engine with red lining, the number 1 on her (though in her case it’s the Chinese characters for “one”) and has her own pair of coaches, much like Thomas.
  • Expy: Much like the Distaff Counterpart example above, she is basically a female Asian version of Thomas. Also serves as one to Rosie, due to their similar appearances and both being tank engines who have a friendly rivalry with Thomas.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Thomas. She races with him to see who is the real "number one engine".
  • Genki Girl: She's pretty energetic.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means "red plum".
  • Nice Girl: In spite of her slight rivalry with Thomas, she still helped him out when she got derailed and she's a pretty friendly engine.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Has thick eyelashes and lips, as expected for a female engine.
  • There Can Only Be One: Initially, this was her belief when it came to number 1 engines.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In her debut episode, she unknowingly spilled some rocks, causing Thomas to derail.

    Beau 
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Voiced by: Kerry Shale

Number: 2573

Basis: Central Pacific Railroad No.60 "Jupiter"

Beau is an American steam engine who debuted in the special Big World! Big Adventures!.


    Kwaku 
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Voiced by: Abubakar Salim

Number: Unknown

Basis: EAR 59 Garratt Class

Built: 1955

Kwaku is an African Garratt engine who debuted in the special Big World! Big Adventures!.


  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has some very thick eyebrows.
  • Bit Character: In Big World! Big Adventures!, he shows up to greet Nia, and disappears and is never mentioned again.
  • Nice Guy: Kwaku is a friendly engine.

    Natalie 
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Voiced by: Teresa Gallagher

Number: Unknown

Basis: Bagnall No. 3207 "Leys"

Built: 1961

Natalie is a diesel shunter from America who debuted in the special Big World! Big Adventures!.


    Tamika 
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Voiced by: Rose Robinson

Number: 23

Basis: SAR SMC Class

Built: 1905

A small railmotor engine from Australia. Debuted in Season 22.


  • Nature Lover: She shows shades of this in her debut episode, "Banjo and the Bushfire".
  • Not Drawn to Scale: Much like Nia, she is an engine with a narrow gauge basis who got scaled up to standard gauge size.
  • The Smart Girl: Out of all the new characters in season 22 and Big World! Big Adventures!, she is definitely the smartest. She has a wide knowledge of various Australian animals.
  • Soapbox Sadie: Like Shankar, she clearly advocates for the protection of wildlife, almost being like an activist.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Like the other female engines, she has eyelashes and lips.

    Noor Jehan 
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"Just because you have a crown, doesn't mean you're royal."

Voiced by: Sheena Bhattessa

Number: Unknown

Basis: WDM-2

Built: 1962

A large diesel engine from India. Debuted in Season 22.


  • Bit Character: She was given very little characterization in the episodes she appeared in. After "Trusty Trunky", she was reduced to Living Prop status.
  • Foil: To Rajiv. Both are nice-looking Indian engines. While Rajiv is boastful, Noor Jehan is more humble.
  • Humble Hero: Unlike Rajiv, she doesn't boast about her beautiful livery.
  • Implied Love Interest: To Rajiv.
  • Living Prop: Reduced to this status starting with "Thomas Goes to Bollywood". While "Tiger Trouble" reveals that she takes tourists on tiger safaris, she doesn't speak in that episode.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name is Indian for "Light of the world", which suits her due to being Rajiv's crush. She's quite literally the light of his world.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Like the other female engines, she has eyelashes and lips.

    Shankar 
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"And...the most hard working."

Voiced by: Sanjeev Bhaskar

Number: Unknown

Basis: TGM 23

Built: 1962

A brown diesel shunter from India. Debuted in Season 22.


  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has some thick eyebrows.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He can be like this at times.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Originally appeared in the special Big World! Big Adventures! as a brief cameo.
  • Hidden Depths: "Tiger Trouble" reveals that he cares for wildlife.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means "beneficent" in Sanskrit.
  • Only Sane Man: Compared to the cloudcuckoolander Thomas and the egotistical Rajiv, at least.
  • Palette Swap: Of Ivan from The Great Race.
  • Soapbox Sadie: A rare male example. "Tiger Trouble" reveals he has gone on several rants on the endangerment of tigers and how tourists are disturbing their homes.

Digs and Discoveries and Season 23:

These engines appear in Digs and Discoveries and/or Season 23. Raul and Gina originally debuted in The Great Race, but were promoted to the cast in this season.

    Raul 
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"Back up! Back up!"

Voiced by: Rob Rackstraw (US/UK, The Great Race), Federico Trujillo (US/UK, Season 23-present)

Number: 166

Basis: São Paulo Railway Sentinel Shunter

Built: 1931

Introduced in The Great Race, Raul represents Brazil in the Shunting Competition of The Great Railway Show as he competes against Ashima, Thomas, Russia's Ivan, and Italy's Gina.


  • The Bus Came Back: He officially returns to the series in Season 23.
  • Competition Freak: In "Grudge Match", he tries to prove that he is better than Thomas in both racing and strength competitions.
  • Feud Episode:
    • In the web-video Carlos Races Raul, he and Carlos fight over which country loves soccer more — Brazil or Mexico. In the end, they learn that their countries love soccer equally.
    • Him losing to Thomas in the Shunting Competition in the Great Railway Show is what fuels the events of "Grudge Match".
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Once the International Engines learn they are at the wrong location for The Great Railway Show, Raul is one of the engines to tell the others to return to their ferry, passing on the message from Axel and Gina.
  • Sore Loser: Raul did not like losing to Thomas in the Shunting Competition at the Great Railway Show, and he tries to prove that he is better than Thomas in "Grudge Match". He becomes a better sport after Thomas saves him from falling into the water.

    Gina 
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"Everybody, back on the ship!"

Voiced by: Teresa Gallagher (US/UK, The Great Race), Anna Francolini (US/UK, Season 23-present)

Number: Unknown

Basis: FNM Class 200

Built: 1884

Introduced in The Great Race, Gina represents Italy as she competes in the Shunting Challenge of The Great Railway Show against Thomas, Ashima, Russia's Ivan, and Brazil's Raul. She's the first of the International Engines to realize they left Ashima on Sodor once their ferry departs to head for the UK.


  • Batman Gambit: In the supplementary video Gina the Smart Steam Engine, she and Shane pull one off against Vinnie. Shane couples up to Vinnie and Vinnie thinks he is going to be going up against Gina. The two start off, their couplings snap and Vinnie shoots forward into a crate of watermelons, humiliating him.
  • The Bus Came Back: Gina returns to the series in the Season 23 special Digs and Discoveries.
  • Little Miss Badass: She may be small but she is a strong shunter. She is also the smallest engine to compete in the shunting challenge.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Once Axel tells the International Engines they ended up at the wrong place, she's the first to pass on the message as she tells the engines behind her to return to the ferry.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: As expected for a female engine introduced in the CGI era, she has notable eyelashes and lips.

    Gabriela 

"Hola, Thomas!"

Voiced by: Monica Lopera

Basis: Baroneza II

A Brazilian tank engine. Debuted in Season 23.

    Gustavo 
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Voiced by: Francisco Labbe

Number: 4

Basis: EF-4 "Little Joe"

Built: 1946

A Brazilian electric engine that has his own express line. Debuted in Season 23.


  • Badass Baritone: He has a deeper voice and horn sound than the other Brazilian engines.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Gustavo comes to help Thomas when he strands himself on the express line.
  • The Big Guy: The biggest Brazilian engine on the railway.
  • Blue Is Heroic: He's a deep shade of blue, and one of the most reliable engines on the railway.
  • Cassandra Truth: He warns Thomas not to take his express line, but Thomas, mistaking him for being arrogant like Gordon, decides to take it anyway. Gustavo's express line is electric only, so with no coal or water stops for miles, Thomas soon runs out of fuel and ends up stranded.
  • Expy: He is a Brazilian electric version of Gordon. Both are big, blue express engines with the number 4, and Gustavo even says some of Gordon's catchphrases in Portuguese. This ends up being a Downplayed Trope; while he shares many of Gordon's traits, he's less arrogant and more empathetic.
  • Fatal Flaw: Being an electric engine, he's limited to running on electric lines, hence his dedicated express line.
  • Token Minority: The second electric engine in the series, following Stafford.

    Stefano 
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"My legendary beach landing gets them every time! Need a moment to take it in?"

Voiced by: Antonio Magro
An amphibious transport vehicle, also known as a "super cruiser", that works in Italy.


  • Awesome Ego: He revels in impressing others with his abilities, but he genuinely enjoys helping others and is quick to make friends.
  • Base on Wheels: He's a Cool Boat and Cool Car at once, and can carry other vehicles on and inside him.
  • Big Fun: Engines look forward to seeing him, whether it be riding with him or hearing his stories.
  • The Big Guy: The biggest mobile character in the series.
  • Cartoon Creature: Possibly the most egregious example in the series to date. Not only is he designed to carry cargo, road vehicles, and rail vehicles - both in his hull and on his deck - he's also able to move on water, drive on land, and operate a crane and winch all under his own power. In a series known for basing its characters on real machines, no real basis for him is known to exist, besides his toy.
  • Gentle Giant: Huge and imposing, but a friendly machine that loves to help out however he can.
  • The Storyteller: He brings stories from the different harbors of Italy and shares them with the engines and vehicles he meets.

    Lorenzo 
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Voiced by: Vincenzo Nicoli

Number: Unknown

Basis: FS Class 743

Built: Unknown

An Italian tender engine from Verona that will appear in Series 23. He has a coach named Beppe.


The Great Race:

These are engines that have only appeared in The Great Race. Vinnie and Carlos made cameos in Big World! Big Adventures!, but are unlikely to appear in season 23.

    Carlos 
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"Fizzling Fuegos!"

Voiced by: David Bedella (US/UK, The Great Race), Gabriel Porras (US/UK, Big World! Big Adventures!-present)

Number: 903

Basis: N. de M. GR-3

Built: 1910

Introduced in The Great Race, Carlos takes part in The Great Railway Show, competing in the Best Decorated Engine contest against James, Emily, China's Yong Bao, and India's Rajiv, only to lose to Rajiv. He later avoids being hit by Philip as he is fleeing from Vinnie.


  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Carlos has thick eyebrows.
  • Bilingual Bonus: When Carlos spots Philip heading right for him in reverse to get away from Vinnie, he exclaims, "Fizzling Fuegos!" "Fuego" is Spanish for "fire", making it Carlos' version of the Sodor engines' exclamation of "Fizzling Fireboxes!"
  • The Bus Came Back: Carlos returns in Big World! Big Adventures! as Thomas visits his homeland of Mexico on his world trip as he travels from Brazil to the United States with Nia and Ace.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He behaves like this in Big World! Big Adventures!. Carlos assumes that when Ace says that he follows the sun, he's a sun worshipper and then proceeds to imitate them as he deploys the Aztec calendar around his face. Ace, Nia, and Thomas are understandably weirded out. This was not shown in the actual movie, however, it's a deleted scene that's exclusive to the "Free and Easy" music video. It may have been deleted from the movie because some fans perceived it as offensive.
  • Feud Episode: In the web-video Carlos Races Raul, he and Raul fight over which country loves soccer more — Brazil or Mexico. In the end, they learn that their countries love soccer equally.
  • Perpetual Smiler: His official character bio describes him as always wearing a smile.

    Frieda 
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"Ugh! Do I look like a Gordon? My name is Frieda."

Voiced by: Teresa Gallagher

Number: 409

Basis: DB Class 10

Built: 1957

Introduced in The Great Race, Frieda competes in the Strength Competition against Henry, Australia's Shane, North America's Vinnie, and possibly Hiro, but her final placing in the competition remains unknown.


  • Distaff Counterpart: She looks a lot like a female version of Gordon. They even share the same color scheme.
  • Grumpy Bear: Not shown much in the actual movie, but supplementary material reveals that she was always grumpy, especially about making mistakes. Ivan convinced her to smile more, though.
  • Mistaken Identity: When looking for Gordon to warn him that his safety valve has not properly been installed, Thomas mistook her for Gordon.
  • Perpetual Frowner: In the web-video Frieda the Grumpiest Engine, she constantly frowns. Ivan teaches her to smile more.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Frieda has blue livery, yellow lining, and red wheels.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female competitor in the Strength challenge.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Has eyelashes and lips like the other new female engines.

    Axel 
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"To The Great Railway Show, of course!"

Voiced by: Rob Rackstraw

Number: Unknown

Basis: NMBS/SNCB Type 12

Built: 1939

Introduced in The Great Race, Axel represents Belgium as he competes in the title event against Spencer, France's Etienne, Gordon, and The Flying Scotsman, but loses to Etienne. He is the first International Engine to learn of when their rail ferry docked at Sodor by mistake once speaking with the Brendam Docks manager.


  • Bilingual Bonus: When Axel is first heard speaking as he greets everyone at Brendam Docks, he is heard saying "Bonjour!" which is French for "Hello!"
  • Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: In Axel Goes to the Mountains, Axel is annoyed with Etienne's constant bragging and is delighted when he has to go on a solo mission. However, despite the peace and quiet, he starts to miss Etienne.
  • Gratuitous French: He says "Bonjour!"
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Once the Brendam Docks manager tells Axel that their ferry has docked in the wrong place, after a few seconds of pondering it over, Axel realizes his error and tells the other International Engines to return to the ferry.
    "De Island of...(beat)...Oops. Wrong stop!"

    Etienne 
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"Au Revoir!"

Voiced by: Rob Rackstraw

Number: Unknown

Basis: SNCF BB 9004

Built: 1954

Introduced in The Great Race, Etienne competes in the title event against Gordon, Spencer, Belgium's Axel, and The Flying Scotsman, managing to beat Spencer in the home stretch and win, setting a new speed record in the process.


  • Badass Mustache: Etienne has a mustache on his face and is a fast engine.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Due to being from France, Etienne knows a little French himself as his shout of "Au Revoir!" to Spencer as he took the lead to win The Great Race is the French saying of "Goodbye!"
  • Dark Horse Victory: Seriously, no one expected him to win the race, considering how little he was featured in the movie.
  • Foreshadowing: A lot of foreshadowing was made to him winning the race, such as the announcer saying that the atmosphere is "electric".
  • Gratuitous French: He says "Au revoir!"
  • Humble Hero: Played straight in the movie, as he doesn't brag about winning the race. His official character bio even says that he only competed in the Great Railway Show to make new friends. However, in the web video Axel Goes to the Mountains, Etienne is more of a show-off, constantly boasting about how much better he is than Axel.
  • It's All About Me: In Axel Goes to the Mountains, Etienne constantly brags about how quiet and efficient he is compared to Axel.
  • Nice Guy: Polite and gentlemanly.

    Vinnie 
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"Get outta the way! Why don't you watch where you're going, shrimp?!"

Voiced by: John Schwab

Number: 6407

Basis: CNR U-4-a

Built: 1936

Introduced in The Great Race, Vinnie uses his status as a big North American tender engine to bully smaller engines like Thomas and Philip, until he meets his match against Thomas and Ashima and gets derailed, crashing into an electrical tower that falls on top of himself. He competed in the Strength Competition against Australia's Shane, Germany's Frieda, Henry, and possibly Hiro. It is possible he was the winner based on being farthest ahead when the competition was last seen.


  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Vinnie has guard rails over his face. This makes him look like a football player, which fits him because of his strength and competitive nature.
  • Big Bad: Of The Great Race, where he is the only competitor to be a complete Jerkass.
  • The Bully: He is shown to be this when he arrives on Sodor, telling Thomas to get out of the way and calling him a shrimp. He later bullies Phillip when he gets in his way at the Great Railway Show, but is stopped by Thomas and Ashima before he gets the chance to derail him.
  • The Bus Came Back: He makes a cameo in Big World! Big Adventures!.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Vinnie tried to cheat to win the Great Railway Show, but fails and gets into a karmic accident because of it.
  • Eagleland: Definitely the Boorish variant. Vinnie is a huge jerk, a cheater, is reckless.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite his mean personality, Vinnie is shown to be a coward when faced with a problem bigger than him, as shown with his accident at the Great Railway Show.
  • Humble Pie: Vinnie often gets served this in the supplementary Great Race Friends Near and Far videos. In Gina the Smart Steam Engine, Gina and Shane are fed up with his bullying and teach him a lesson by making him believe he will be racing Gina, but then he ends up shooting forward into a crate of watermelons. In Vinnie is Back in America, Vinnie brags about how strong he is. The little dockyard engines get back at him by adding lots of trucks to his train, making Vinnie's load impossible to pull by himself.
  • Jerk Jock: Vinnie is big and strong, a competitor in the Great Railway Show, and the guard rails on his face look like a football helmet. He's also a huge bully to everyone.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: His bullying of Philip for angering him comes back to bite him when Thomas and Ashima hold him back to allow Philip to escape, leaving Vinnie to derail due to the switches being set against him and crash headlong into an electrical tower. He felt humbled after that.
    Vinnie: (To Thomas and Ashima) Hey! Are you gonna get me outta here, or what?
  • Malicious Misnaming: Vinnie calls Philip "Shortie" and Thomas "Shrimp".

    Ivan 
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"Points!"

Voiced by: Bob Golding

Number: Unknown

Basis: TGM23

Built: Sometime after 1962

Introduced in The Great Race, Ivan is the only International Engine to be a diesel locomotive, representing Mother Russia at The Great Railway Show as he competes in the Shunting Challenge against Thomas, Ashima, Italy's Gina, and Brazil's Raul.


  • Hidden Heart of Gold: He may look mean, but that's not really who he is. He's really a Nice Guy, and a comedian who will put a smile on everyone's face.
  • Nice Guy: Ivan is charismatic and good-natured. In Ivan's Chilly Way Home, he helps to push two steam engines to the station and gets some coal for their fireboxes, even though it uses up all his diesel fuel. He also helps Frieda learn to smile more.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Ivan's livery has red and blue, and his running board is yellow.
  • Token Minority: The only diesel competing in the Shunting Challenge.
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