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Shane is an Australian streamlined tender engine who participated in the Great Railway Show. He competed in the strongest engine competition.


Thomas & Friends

Shane was invited to participate in the Great Railway Show, and was shipped to the Mainland with the other engines by ferry. He took part in the Strongest Engine competition, and competed against Henry, Frieda, Hiro and Vinnie. The winner of the competition was left unknown. [1]

After the Great Railway Show ended, Shane left the Mainland and returned to Australia.

When Thomas visited Australia, he met Shane. It is revealed that Shane has two coaches called Aubrey and Aiden. He had plenty of adventures with him, including saving him and a train of tourists, Thomas' first Australian Christmas, an approaching cyclone, and waiting for him after he ran out of coal.


Shane is a big, strong engine who has been working tirelessly to ensure he is in the best shape. Known as the "Whispering Giant", Shane's carefree ways make him many friends. Shane can usually be found as a tour guide in the Outback with Aubrey and Aiden, cracking jokes to the tourists, though he can prioritise fun over common sense, landing him in trouble.

Technical Details


Shane is based on the South Australian Railways (SAR) 520 class. The real engine carrying his number, Sir Malcolm Barclay-Harvey, is currently awaiting funding to continue restoration by the SteamRanger Heritage Railway at their workshops in Mount Barker, South Australia.

Shane is modified to run on British railways, having a screwlink coupling and buffers on the back of his tender and being scaled down from broad gauge to standard gauge although the 520 class can be converted to 4'8½ inches.


Shane is painted teal green with yellow lining, Australia's sporting colours. His number "520" is painted in white above his face and on the sides of his cab in yellow, and the initials "S.A.R" are painted on his tender sides, also in yellow.


Audio Files


First used Last used Sound Effect
The Great Race Active


  • Shane's nickname, the "Whispering Giant", was a real nickname the SAR 520 class had. Due to their long boilers, the real engines required blower assistance while in yards to prevent smoke from blowing into the cab, thus making them seem to quietly whisper.
  • Despite Shane's basis being an oil burner, he uses coal to make steam.
  • Shane was the final new character made for the TrackMaster range before the Motorized rebrand, though he would ultimately be one of the first releases for the latter line.
  • Shane's eccentric rods are temperamental as they move faster on one half rotation than the other half rotation instead of moving at one consistent speed.


“G'day, Thomas! Welcome to Australia!”
―Shane, when he sees Thomas arriving in his country, Thomas & Friends Adventures: Shark Escape
―Shane's catchphrase
“Look out for that dingo!”
―Shane, while tricking Thomas, Outback Thomas




International Characters

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