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Shankar is an Indian diesel shunter. He works on the Indian Railway.


Thomas & Friends

Shankar is first seen working in a shunting yard as Thomas and Nia are heading to Sodor. He later brings Thomas some trucks to pull during his visit, with the former thinking he was an elephant at first.

Thomas later meets Shankar after daydreaming about tigers, Shankar then talks about how he feels sorry for the tigers having their peace disturbed by the tourists, he later appears when Thomas spots a tiger, honking his horn to scare it off, he then explains to Thomas that the tigers are rare and endangered due to hunters. Rajiv then shows up with two men claiming to be there so they can spot a tiger, but Shankar notices that they have a cage with them for capturing one instead. He and Thomas devise a plan to stop the hunters, which involves Shankar pretending to be a tiger to lure the men into a trap. After the hunters are arrested, Shankar returns to his work, but not without spotting a tiger.


Shankar is wise and incredibly sympathetic, but also serious and blunt, always straight to the point. If a plan is there to set things right, he can definitely be counted on if he's in it.

Technical Details


Shankar is based on a Russian TGM23 class diesel shunter. Ivan shares this basis.


Shankar is painted brown, cream and orange. His wheels and running plate are brown, and his handrails are yellow.


Thomas & Friends


Voice Actors


  • His model is a modified version of Ivan's.
  • His name means "beneficent" or "giver of bliss" in the Sanskrit language.


International Characters

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