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Ivan is a Russian diesel shunter. He participated in the Great Railway Show's shunting challenge at least twice.


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Ivan participated in the Great Railway Show at least twice during his career, and finished seconds away from setting a new world record once. Once when he again participated in the shunting challenge, he did so alongside Raul, Gina, Ashima and Thomas, but ended up losing the event after championships were awarded to the latter two.

After the Great Railway Show ended, Ivan left the Mainland and returned to Russia.


Ivan of Russia may look mean, but he is one of the most charismatic characters to be found on the railway. He is a real comedian, who will put a smile on everyone’s face.

Technical Details


Ivan is based on a TGM23 class diesel shunter from Russia. Ivan has been regauged from "Russian" broad gauge to standard gauge. Shankar is another member of this class.


Ivan is painted red and blue with white lining. His running board is painted yellow, and he carries his name on the sides of his cab in white lettering. His wheels are painted black with white rims and blue counterweights.


Voice Actors

Audio Files


First used Last used Sound Effect
The Great Race Active
Ivan Noor Jehan and Butch's Horn


  • His model would later be used/modified for Shankar beginning in Big World! Big Adventures!.
  • He shares Butch's horn sound.
  • The colours of the Russian flag, of which Ivan is painted in, are stacked differently as to how they look on the actual flag; the white and blue are swapped around. This was most likely done for aesthetic reasons. In a stroke of coincidences, Ivan's livery resembles that once worn by a SJ U Class.
  • Ivan has been partially modified to work on British railways: he has been given buffers and chain couplings, with the original knuckle couplers removed. Additionally, compared to the real life members of his class, the front railing was altered to give viewers a better look at his face.
  • Despite having black wheels with blue counterweights, his merchandise toys have fully blue wheels.
  • His name means "God is gracious."


International Characters

* RWS only | ** T&F only | ✦ Changed location
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