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There have been many Minor International Characters that have appeared in episodes and specials taking place away from Sodor. Most of these were re-textured variants of existing character models such as Edward, Henry, OliverRyan or The Mainland Diesels.

Tank Engines

The White Tank Engine


The White Tank Engine appeared in the background of various International episodes. He appeared when the Fat Controller was looking for Thomas at Dar es Salaam Docks. He was seen shunting at Varkala Railway Station and pulling a train through The Italian Shunting Yard.

This engine is a re-textured version of Ryan.

Basis

The White Tank Engine is based on an Great Northern Railway N2.

Livery

The White Tank Engine is painted white with gold lining and black boiler bands. Both its footplate and wheels are painted red.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Specials


The Red Tank Engine


The Red Tank Engine appeared in the background of various International episodes. He appeared in the background when Thomas and Nia first arrived in Rio de Janeiro and when Thomas went to collect the coffee for San Francisco. He is seen when the Fat Controller was looking for Thomas at Dar es Salaam Docks. The Red Tank Engine also appeared in India.

This engine is a re-textured version of Oliver.

Basis

The Red Tank Engine is based on a Great Western Railway's 14XX Locomotive.

Livery

The Maroon Tank Engine is painted maroon with yellow lining. It's also based on a TR DL Class on the East African Railways.


Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Specials


The Purple Tank Engine


The Purple Tank Engine only appears once pulling a passenger train to Varkala Station when Thomas was first visiting India.

This engine is a re-textured version of Oliver.

Basis

The Purple Tank Engine is based on a Great Western Railway's 14XX Locomotive.

Livery

The Purple Tank Engine is painted purple with yellow lining.








Appearances

Thomas & Friends


The Brazilian Steam Engine


The Brazilian Steam Engine was an engine that pulled a goods train to Rio de Janeiro. Thomas and Nia passed him on his way in Brazil.

This engine is a re-textured version of Raul with an additional moustache.

Basis

The Brazilian Steam engine is based on a series of three vertical-boiler steam locomotives built by Sentinel in 1931 for the São Paulo Railway. Raul is also based on one of these engines.

His basis is built to run on broad gauge rails, whereas the Brazilian Steam engine is standard gauge and has added buffers, unlike his real-life counterpart. 

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Livery The Brazilian Steam engine is painted grey with green lining. His front is blue and he has yellow and green stripes on his cab. He also has a yellow diamond in a green box on the sides of his cab.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Specials

Music Videos

Voice Actors


Tender Engines

The Orange Chinese Engine

The Orange Chinese Engine was an engine that Thomas encountered, thinking she was Nia whilst searching for her in China.

She is a re-textured version of Edward with added feminine features to her face.

Basis

The Orange Chinese Engine is based on a heavily modified Sharp, Stewart and Co. "Larger Seagull" K2 class.

Livery

The Orange Chinese Engine is painted bright orange with maroon lining. She also appears to have a maroon running board and wheels with gold handrails.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Specials


The Grey Tender Engine


The Grey Tender Engine first appeared just after Thomas left Nia in her yard. He later appeared in the background when at Dar es Salaam Docks as well as when The Fat Controller met Kobe. He is also seen when Thomas and Nia arrived in Rio de Janeiro and was briefly seen in India pulling a passenger train that later gave trouble for Thomas when it ran over a delivery of coconuts for the Varkala Station. He was also seen in China shunting in the sheds' shunting yard and later helping rerail a flatbed.

This engine is a re-textured version of Henry.

Basis

The Grey Tender Engine is based on a London, Midland & Scottish Railway's "Black Five".

Livery

The Grey Tender Engine is painted blue-grey with yellow and black lining, dark grey boiler bands, dark grey footplates, and yellow wheels.

Audio Files

First used Last used Sound Effect
Thomas and the Monkey Palace Active

Appearances


The Purple Tender Engine


The Purple Tender Engine appeared pulling a goods train when Shankar was bringing Thomas trucks during his visit to India.

This engine is a re-textured version of Henry.

Basis

The Purple Tender Engine is based on a London, Midland & Scottish Railway's "Black Five".

Livery

The Purple Tender Engine is painted purple with pale pink lining. It has a brown top feed, a grey running board and steam pipes and two separate tan rectangles on its tender. Its wheels are painted red, while its cylinder outlets are orange. The cylinders themselves are painted dark grey with yellow lining.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends


The Brown Tender Engine(s)


The Brown Tender Engine was seen in the background of various International locations. He was first seen in Mauritania when the engine shunted some trucks behind Thomas for him to take to Dar Es Salaam. He was later seen in India, pulling trucks through Varkala Railway Station. He was seen pulling trucks in Brazil just before Thomas met Gustavo.

This engine is a re-textured version of Edward.

Basis

The Brown Tender Engine is based on a heavily modified Sharp, Stewart and Co. "Larger Seagull" K2 class.

Livery

The Brown Tender Engine is painted light brown with blue wheels.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Specials


The Mean Engines


The Mean Engines are a pair of tender engines who pull passenger trains on the Chinese railway. As their title suggests, they were very unkind and would often talk rudely about Yong Bao whenever they passed him in the shunting yards. One day, the bigger engine came off the rails as he was pulling a passenger train through the Himalayas. Luckily, he was saved by Yong Bao, who was rewarded with a new coat of paint for his heroism and the engines apologised to him. As they have only appeared in a flashback, it is unknown if they are still working on the railway.

Their roles are based on Da Li and Xiao Hu's roles in the short, Yong Bao and the Tiger.

Basis

The bigger engine is based on a Chinese Railways RM class 4-6-2 Pacific without smoke deflectors. Yong Bao is another member of this class.

The smaller engine is based on the National Railways of Mexico GR-3 class 2-8-0 with the bell, third dome and whistle removed as well as a smaller, Chinese-styled headlamp. Carlos is another member of this class.

Livery

The bigger of the two engines is painted plain black with a red tender running board and bufferbeams. His wheels are painted red with white rims similar to Yong Bao's. The smaller of the two engines is painted in a deep merlot red livery with a black bufferbeam, cylinders and smokebox and silver boiler bands.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Voice Actors

Bigger Engine:

Smaller Engine:


Audio Files

Whistle

First used Last used Sound Effect
Series 24 Active

Diesel Engines

Orange and Blue Diesels


The Orange and Blue Diesels are engines that appear in Rio de Janeiro and India. One of them appeared in the background shunting trucks when Thomas and Nia arrived at the docks, and another was later seen in the shunting yards in India.

They were a re-textured versions of the Mainland Diesels.

Basis

The Orange and Blue Diesels are based on the BR Class 08. Diesel'Arry and BertSplatter and DodgePaxtonSidney, Fernando and the Diesel Shunter are also based off of this engine.

Livery

The Diesels are painted orange and blue with yellow lining and silver bars and steps. Their front also has black and yellow hazard stripes, with a red headlamp and wheels. It is based upon the livery the WDM-3A diesels based at Gooty depot in India wore.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Specials


The Chinese Diesel Shunter


The Chinese Diesel Shunter appeared in the foreground when Thomas and Yong Bao were talking about the Chinese New Year. It interrupted Yong Bao with its horn and engine, making it difficult for Thomas to understand what Yong Bao is saying.

This engine was a re-textured version of Ulli.

Basis

The Diesel Shunter is based on the BR Class 08. Diesel'Arry and BertSplatter and DodgePaxtonSidney, Fernando and the Diesel Shunter are also based off of this engine.

Livery

The Diesel Shunter is painted lime with dark green lining and hazard stripes.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends


Rolling Stock

Chinese Breakdown Cranes


The Chinese Breakdown Cranes are a pair of cranes that helped put Nia back on the rails after she had derailed when she was in China. During Thomas' later visit to China, the male crane had a close encounter with a runaway waterwheel built from bamboo; he inadvertently caught the wheel and threw it across the countryside.

They were modifications of Judy and Jerome, with newly modelled faces, different liveries and their nameplates removed.

Basis

The Chinese Breakdown Cranes are based on a Cowans Sheldon 30 ton breakdown crane. Judy and Jerome are also based off of this crane, which are the cranes on the Breakdown Train.

Livery

The cranes are painted green with yellow hazard stripes.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Specials

Voice Actors


Indian Breakdown Cranes


The Indian Breakdown Cranes are a pair of cranes that Rajiv collected to rescue Thomas. One of them was later seen working above a tunnel and accidentally knocked Rajiv's crown off while carrying a steel beam, causing him to lose it when some monkeys started playing with it and it was thrown into the truck of another train down below.

They were modifications of Judy and Jerome, the male crane reused Merrick's faces. They both had different liveries, and their nameplates removed.

Basis

The Indian Breakdown Cranes are based on a Cowans Sheldon 30 ton breakdown crane. Judy and Jerome are also based off of this crane, which are the cranes on the Breakdown Train.

Livery

The cranes are painted bright yellow, with red and white hazard stripes painted on the bottoms of their cabin frames. Their chassis and flatbed trucks are painted dark green-grey.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Videos


The African Coaches


When Percy was transporting Queen Zuri to the Wildlife Sanctuary in Kenya, he came across two African Coaches arguing. They stopped arguing when they found out who Percy was transporting and Percy later pushed them back to their shed.

Appearances

Calm App


Trivia

  • The Minor International Characters have never appeared on Sodor or Australia.
  • Their faces are often obscured or are facing away from the camera.
  • The Grey Tender Engine is the most reused Minor International Character. He was seen in six different countries.
  • Some re-textured characters have been given names and larger roles such as Kobe, Cassia, NatalieCarter, Shankar, Fernando, Marcia and Marcio.
  • The Mean Engines replaced Da Li and Xiao Hu in the televised adaption of the Yong Bao and the Tiger short.
    • Their models are modified versions of Yong Bao and Carlos.
    • One of them has Hiro's whistle at a higher pitch in their debut episode. It is unknown who's it is though, as they are never shown whistling on-screen, however, since Hiro's whistle is supposed to be loud and mighty, it most likely belongs to the bigger engine.
  • The Chinese Breakdown Cranes' face are modified from the Troublesome Trucks.
    • The colours of the crane is similar to the Breakdown Train. Except the breakdown train is painted dark green-grey while the Chinese crane is painted light green. And they both have yellow hazard stripes.
International Characters

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