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


Thomas & Friends

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. These engines exist in both standard gauge and "Russian" broad gauge rails.

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.


Audio Files


Since The Great Race, Ivan reuses and shares Butch's horn.

First used Last used Sound Effect
The Great Race Active


  • 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 of one 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.
  • Smoke is shown coming out of his sides instead of his exhaust pipe at the back and front of his cab whenever he stops and goes. This same issue goes with other diesel's that have something like this or even a funnel like Frankie, The American diesels & Shankar.
  • His name means "God is gracious."
  • Ivan is the only shunting challenge contestant who didn't reappear in-person during the Big World! Big Adventures! rebrand, primarily due to his model being reskinned as Shankar.
  • Ivan is the only named diesel engine in the television series to not get a Wooden Railway release during the original line's liftime.



International Characters

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