Ashima is a very beautiful
engine with specially
decorated paintwork, who works in the hill railways of India.She has two sets
of wheels, a lower set for
working on the track, and a set above which helps her to work on the steep rack
and pinion sections of her home railway, similar to the engines on the Culdee
When Ashima first arrived on Sodor, she upset
Thomas by backing into him at Brendam Docks, and nearly knocked him into the
sea!Eventually, Thomas warmed to the
newcomer and the two became good friends.Ashima taught Thomas and the other engines that they all have something
inside themselves which makes them special, and encouraged Thomas particularly
to be the best tank engine he could possibly be, at a time when he wanted to be
anything but himself!
Ashima proved to be a really useful engine when she competed
with Thomas in the Shunting Challenge, tying with him for the victory - and helped to save both Thomas and Phillip from danger
in the midst of it all!
is a big powerful engine from Belgium, built for speed and primed for action at
the Great Railway Show’s ‘Great Race’ event.Axel is described as being a smooth, streamlined tender engine built for
speed; his good looks and style have made him very popular with fans of steam. He took
pride of place on the turntable below the castle with many visitors coming to
see him ahead of the Great Race event.
however effortlessly cool Axel is, he lagged behind his competitors at the
Great Race throughout the event, but managed to make up for it, coming
third.This did nothing to ease his disappointment,
and finished up looking rather aggrieved to have lost!
Traditionally, engines who
work in China are
painted in black, so Yong Bao’s striking red paintwork and tiger mural on his
tender make him very distinctive and unique.Whilst not being the biggest or strongest tender engine on his home
railway, Yong Bao is a very heroic engine.
Once, he had to cleverly divert his train out of
the path of danger, saving the lives of hundreds of passengers.As a reward
for his bravery, Yong Bao was
decorated and painted bright red – a colour that symbolises celebration and
happiness, and his tiger mural was created to incite 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. These qualities make Yong Bao a
Really Useful Engine.
However, despite his distinctive
livery, it wasn’t enough for Yong Bao to take home the trophy for the Best
is a boxy little tank engine who looks very much like a Diesel engine!He works
in Brazil as a shunting engine on
his home railway, and creidted as being very strong for such a small and light
engine, which is likely what won him the Shunting Challenge at the Great
Railway Show a few years ago.
is fiesty and full of life, a real character on the railway, but his feistiness
and fun loving nature didn’t win him the Shunting Challenge when Thomas and
Ashima competed against him, despite putting up a determined fight against
Ivan has the distinction of
being the only Diesel
engine to be competing in the Great Railway Show – a fact that makes him
particularly proud.Whilst looking a bit
intimidating, looks can be deceiving as Ivan is one of the most charismatic engines
to be found at the Great Railway Show.A
real comedian who only wants to put a smile on everyone’s face and make them
laugh.Ivan competed against the other
shunting engines in the Shunting Challenge.
Gina is a little green
shunting engine who has come
all the way from Italy to compete in the Shunting Challenge.Described by those
who know her as both sweet
and stunning, Gina can hold her own against other engines, however, she did
suffer an unfair disadvantage when Vinnie derailed two of her flatbeds in the
middle of the Shunting Challenge.
Rajiv is a very old engine
who works on the East
Indian Railway, carrying passengers and goods from Calcutta in the east up to
the north of India. Because of his
diminutive size, Rajiv can’t carry as much as other engines, but he’s still
very much revered by his home railway and the engines he works with.
Set against the backdrop of
Mountains, Rajiv’s beautiful colours help him to stand out from the rest,
making him the perfect contender for the Best Decorated Engine Parade – winning
the competition, much to the disappointment of James, Yong Bao and Carlos!
is a big powerful engine from Australia, built for work on the South Australian
Railway running for long distances between Melbourne and Adelaide, pulling both
passengers and goods between the two major Australian cities.
type of engine has the nickname of ‘Whispering Giant’, apt because he was so
quiet around the other engines at the Great Railway Show, and because his class
of engine has long boilers, and the class had the characteristic feature of
requiring blower assistance while in yards to prevent blowback or drifting
smoke into the cab, which is nearly entirely closed.Hence why when drifting
or in stations or
stationary, the class were known to quietly whisper.Shane however has a care-free
life and made many friends at the Great Railway Show as a result – competing in
the Test of Strength, using his immense strength and quick acceleration to his
advantage in the course of the competition!
is big, brash, bold and a bit of a bully – particularly when it comes to
engines smaller than himself.A very
competitive engine, he came to the Great Railway Show to compete in the Test of
Strength competition, and while it’s unclear if he won or not – he wasn’t the
best of sportsmen at the Great Railway Show.
bumped Thomas at Brendam Docks for getting in his way, then proceeded to try
and chase Phillip all around the Great Race showground when he did the
same.But like all bullies, Vinnie got
his comeuppance when Thomas and Ashima tackled him and saved Phillip from
disaster, releasing Vinnie, derailing him and sending him into the path of a
pylon.He was rerailed and sent home in
disgrace after the Great Railway Show.
Carlos is an
engine who has visited the Great Railway Show various times, and with his proud
and happy demeanour, he’s become a popular fixture at the Great Railway Show,
credited as being the life and soul of the event.Many years ago, Carlos won
the Test of
Strength competition at the very first Show.
These days, the
engines competing in that particular event are bigger, stronger and far more
powerful than Carlos, but he’s still keen to be a contender, and in recent
years, he’s changed over to the Best Decorated Engine event instead, where he
still pleases the crowds.
Etienne is a unique fixture
the Great Railway Show, the sleek French Electric Engine is the only contender
to run using overhead wires to power his movements.Before coming to the Great
Etienne already had a formidable reputation as a record breaker, setting world
speed records in France.
Overall however, while Etienne
was keen to compete and show what he was capable of, he is polite and
gentlemanly at heart, and keen to make new friends whilst visiting the Great
Railway Show.However, it’s uncertain
how keen Spencer or the others would have been to befriend Etienne when he
cranked up his full power and powered his way into first place – setting a new
speed record in the process!
the German Engine came to the Great Railway Show to compete in the Test of
Strength event, the only female engine to participate in this particular
challenge.A strong engine built for
Express and heavy freight duties, Frieda is always determined to show that
anything the male engines can do, the female engines like her can do equally as
whilst she’ll try to show she’s every bit as good as the male engines, she didn’t
take too kindly to being mistaken for one!When Thomas met Frieda at the Great Railway Show, he mistook her for
Gordon, having seen her from behind.She
didn’t take kindly to the mistake and flounced off soon after!