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Raul is a vertical-boiler tank engine who works on the Brazilian Railway. He participated in the Shunting Challenge at the Great Railway Show at least twice and was a former champion.


Thomas & Friends

Raul participated in the Great Railway Show's Shunting Challenge at least twice and won the championship at least once.

Once when he was being carried from Brazil to compete in England via a rail ferry, he accidentally arrived on the Island of Sodor when it made a wrong stop. Raul promptly backed onto the ferry, but not before Thomas caught up to him and attempted to start a conversation with him until being bumped out of the way by Vinnie.

At the show, Raul participated in the Shunting Challenge alongside Ivan, Gina, Ashima and Thomas, but ended up losing the event after championships were awarded to Thomas and Ashima.

After the Great Railway Show ended, Raul left the Mainland and returned to Brazil, though Thomas' victory left him with a desire to beat him at something else.

He would later meet Thomas again, during his adventures in Brazil. Unfortunately, things got out of his buffers during a game, and he later scored a goal, despite that not being the point of the game. He later had a contest with Thomas, though subsequent rematches put the visiting engine on a strain, and he was thoroughly unimpressed when he cheated during a later race. When his coupling snapped during a contest of strength, he was rescued from falling into the sea by Thomas giving up the contest. He later made up with him... but not before a beach ball bounced off his boiler into the sea.


Raul is a feisty little tank engine from sunny Brazil who is an eager competitor. Playful as he is, his competitive nature often proves to be an annoyance in simple things such as playing a game, as he is a bit of a sore loser and does not like it when things do not go his way. Additionally, he has a bit of an ego when they do go his way. He also makes everything into a contest if he can, using unfair advantages to win if he is desperate enough. After being saved by Thomas during a contest, he admitted that he was hoping to beat him at something after losing the Great Railway Show, but was more satisfied with being friends rather than rivals.

Technical Details


Raul is based on a series of three vertical-boiler steam locomotives built by Sentinel in 1931 for the São Paulo Railway. The real engine carrying his number was in service at the Amsted Maxion railway equipment factory in Cruzeiro, Brazil from 1959 until October 2014. In 2015, it and classmate 167 were preserved by the ABPF; the third engine, 168, had been scrapped decades before. Their withdrawal marked the end of the commercial use of steam locomotives in Brazil. 166 is currently dismantled and undergoing restoration.

Raul's basis is built to run on broad gauge rails, whereas Raul is standard gauge. The Brazilian Steam Engine is also based on a series of three vertical-boiler steam locomotives built by Sentinel and has the same modifications as Raul.


Raul is painted yellow, blue and green with blue lining. He has yellow and black hazard stripes painted across his running board and buffer beams and his number 166 is painted on the sides of his cab in white, surrounded by a blue diamond. His wheels are grey with white rims.


Audio Files


First used Last used Sound Effect
The Great Race Active

In the mobile game Race On!, Raul has his own whistle sound at four steps higher in pitch.

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Race On! Race On!

In Magical Tracks, Raul is incorrectly portrayed with Spencer's whistle sound at four steps lower in pitch.

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Magical Tracks Magical Tracks


  • Raul is painted in the colours of the Brazilian flag.
  • Raul's promotional video incorrectly states that he is based off of the Two-Engined Sentinel 7109. This engine was originally the inspiration for Logan's number.
  • Raul had been partially modified to work on British railways: he has been given buffers and chain couplings. He has also been given a lamp.
  • Even though his wheels are grey, Raul's merchandise depicts him with green or yellow wheels.
  • Raul's name is the Latin translation for "Raoul".
  • Raul's whistle sound is Rheneas', but at a step lower. It was mistakenly used for Rebecca in Thomas' Magical Birthday Wishes.
  • Raul's whistle model is reused from James' whistle model.


“Back up, back up!”
―Raul ordering the engines back on to the ship, The Great Race
―Raul shouting to the signalman, The Great Race
“Oh well. You win some, you lose some.”
―Raul, Grudge Match



International Characters

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