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There have been several International Characters that have appeared in episodes and specials taking place away from Sodor. Many of these were recoloured variants of existing characters; most never spoke.

Tank Engines

The White Tank Engine(s)


The White Tank Engines are engines who appear in the background of various International episodes. One appeared when the Fat Controller is looking for Thomas at Dar es Salaam Docks. One was seen shunting at Varkala Railway Station. One was seen pulling a train through The Italian Shunting Yard. This engine was a recolour of Ryan.

Basis

The white tank engine is based on an Great Northern Railway N2 due to being a recolour of Ryan.

Livery

This engine is painted white with gold lining and black boiler bands. Both its footplate and wheels are painted red.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Specials



The Maroon Tank Engine(s)


The Maroon Tank Engine(s) are engines that have appeared in multiple locations. They have appeared in the background when Thomas and Nia arrive in Rio de Janeiro and when the Fat Controller is looking for Thomas at Dar es Salaam Docks. They have also appeared in India.

Basis

The maroon tank engine is based on a Great Western Railway's 14XX Locomotive due to being a recolour of Oliver.

Livery

These engines are painted maroon with yellow lining.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Specials


The Purple Tank Engine


The Purple Tank Engine is an engine who appears pulling a passenger train to Varkala Station when Thomas was visiting India.

Basis

This engine is a recolour of Oliver and is therefore a GWR Class 14xx locomotive.

Livery

This engine is painted purple with yellow lining.


Appearances

Thomas & Friends


The Brazilian Tank Engine


The Brazilian Tank Engine was an engine that Thomas and Nia passed in Brazil. This engine is a recolour of Raul, with an added moustache.

Basis

The Brazilian tank 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 tank engine is standard gauge and has added buffers, unlike his real-life counterpart.

Livery

The Brazilian tank 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 Tender Engine


The Orange Tender Engine was an engine that Thomas encountered, thinking she was Nia while searching for her in China. She is a recolour of Edward, with added feminine features to her face.

Basis

The orange tender engine is based on a heavily modified Sharp, Stewart and Co. "Larger Seagull" K2 class due to being a recolour of Edward.

Livery

She 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(s)


The Grey Tender Engines are engines that appear in the background when at Dar es Salaam Docks as well as when Thomas meets Nia. Another is also seen when Thomas and Nia arrived in Rio de Janeiro and another one 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 main station. One of the engines were also seen in China shunting in the sheds' shunting yard and later helping rerail a flatbed. These engines are recolours of Henry, the one in India shares the same whistle with Ferdinand.

Basis

Due to being recolours of Henry, the grey tender engines are based on a London, Midland & Scottish Railway's "Black Five".

Trivia

  • One of the engine's whistles was reused from Ferdinand.

Livery

The grey tender engines are painted blue-grey with yellow and black lining, dark grey boiler bands, dark grey footplates, and yellow wheels.

Audio Files

Whistle

First used Last used Sound Effect
Thomas and the Monkey Palace Active
Ferdinand's Whistle

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Specials

Videos


The Purple Tender Engine


The Purple Tender Engine was an engine who appeared pulling a goods train when Shankar was bringing Thomas trucks during his visit to India. This engine is also a recolour of Henry.

Basis

Due to being a recolour of Henry, 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 Engines are engines seen in the background of various International locations. One was first seen in Mauritania when it shunted some trucks behind Thomas for him to take to Dar Es Salaam. One was seen in India, pulling trucks through Varkala Railway Station. Another was seen pulling trucks in Brazil when Thomas met Gustavo. The engines are recolours of Edward.

Basis

The brown tender engines are based on a heavily modified Sharp, Stewart and Co. "Larger Seagull" K2 class due to being recolours of Edward.

Livery

The brown tender engines are painted light brown with blue wheels.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Specials


Diesel Engines

The Orange and Blue Diesel Shunter(s)


The Orange and Blue Diesel Shunters are engines that work in Rio de Janeiro and India. One of them appears in the background shunting trucks when Thomas and Nia arrive at the docks, and another was later seen in the shunting yards in India. They were a recolour of one of the Mainland Diesels.

Basis

Due to being a recolour of one of the Mainland Diesels, they 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 Shunters 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.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Specials

Trivia

  • The diesel's livery is based upon the livery the WDM-3A diesels based at Gooty depot in India wore.


The Chinese Diesel Shunter


The Chinese Diesel Shunter was an engine that appears in the foreground when Thomas and Yong Bao are talking about the Chinese New Year. It interrupts Yong Bao with its horn and engine, making it difficult for Thomas to understand what Yong Bao is saying. This engine was a recolour of one of the Mainland Diesels.

Basis

Due to being a recolour of a Mainland Diesel, it 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 Chinese Diesel Shunter is painted lime with dark green lining and hazard stripes.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends


Others

The Chinese Breakdown Cranes


The Chinese Breakdown Cranes are a pair of cranes that help 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

Trivia


The 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 start playing with it and it's thrown into the truck of another train down below.

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 pained on the bottoms of their cabin frames. Their chassis and flatbed trucks are painted dark green-grey.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Videos

International Characters

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