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"Welcome, you fans of steam! Welcome, fans of speed! Welcome one and all to this years Great Railway Show! Only here can you witness the mightiest locomotives from all over the world competing in feats of strength, speed, and skill!"
— The Announcer


Meet the Contenders is a series of online promotional videos that tie into The Great Race written by Ian McCue. The videos are narrated by the Announcer (voiced by Rob Rackstraw) and each video (one uploaded every Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. until the release of the film in both the UK and US) shows the participants of The Great Railway Show and their stats, event and country of origin. None of the characters that are shown in the videos speak.

The shorts are included as bonus features on the DVD and Blu-Ray releases of The Great Race.

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Videos

Philip of Sodor

Philip of Sodor, titled Philip of the UK on the UK channel, is the first video for The Great Railway Show. It was uploaded on the television series' official YouTube channel on April 13, 2016.

Description

First engine up, Philip! Recently arriving on the Island of Sodor, he's an engine favorite amongst his engine friends. Philip will play the role of Sodor Representative and flag carrier.

Characters

Location

Country

  • Sodor

Trivia

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Axel of Belgium

Axel of Belgium is the second video for The Great Railway Show. It was released on April 20, 2016.

Description

Axel of Belgium is an amazing looking engine that was built for speed. The lean mean racing machine won over his army of fans with his charms and looks.

Character

Location

  • Belgium

Country

  • Belgium

Event

  • The Great Race

Trivia

  • The Main Line, unmodified, is used to represent Belgium for this video.

Goofs

  • In the final scene of the video, Axel's trailing wheels are missing and his tender merges into his cab. This error was later corrected in the PBS Kids release, however, his trailing wheels remained missing.

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Yong Bao of China

Yong Bao of China is the third video for The Great Railway Show. It was released on April 27, 2016.

Description

Strong, sleek and steamy, Yong Bao of China knows how to put on a show!

Character

Event

  • Best Decorated Engine Parade

Location

  • China

Country

  • China

Trivia

Goofs

  • During the scene of Yong Bao in China, his tender running board disappears.

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Raul of Brazil

Raul of Brazil is the fourth video for The Great Railway Show. It was released on May 4, 2016.

Description

Introducing Raul of Brazil. A one time champion a few years back, he is well respected throughout the railway.

Character

Event

  • Shunting Challenge

Location

  • Brazil

Country

  • Brazil

Trivia

  • Knapford Yards was redressed with palm trees to represent a Brazilian shunting yard for this video.

Goofs

  • Raul is incorrectly described as being based on the Sentinel 7109, which was the inspiration for Logan's number.
  • Despite the fact that Raul is implied to be working in Brazil, the rolling stocks he's shunting are British.

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Ashima of India

Ashima of India is the fifth video for The Great Railway Show. It was released on May 18, 2016.

Description

Meet Ashima of India. A simply breathtaking engine that brings mystery and wonder.

Character

Event

  • Shunting Challenge

Location

  • India

Country

  • India

Trivia

  • The Main Line was redressed with flowers to represent India for this video.

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Ivan of Russia

Ivan of Russia is the sixth video for The Great Railway Show. It was released on May 25, 2016.

Description

Meet Ivan of Russia. A very strong diesel engine who finished second in the shunting challenge.

Character

Event

  • Shunting Challenge

Location

  • Russia

Country

  • Russia

Trivia

  • The Sodor Dieselworks, covered in snow, was used to represent a Russian shunting yard.

Goofs

  • Despite the fact that Ivan is implied to be working in Russia, the rolling stocks he's shunting are British.

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Gina of Italy

Gina of Italy is the seventh video for The Great Railway Show. It was released on June 1, 2016.

Description

Don't let Gina's looks deceive you. This small and compact engine can match the boys pound for pound.

Character

Event

  • Shunting Challenge

Location

  • Italy

Country

  • Italy

Trivia

  • Arlesburgh Harbour was redressed to represent an Italian seaside town.
  • Gina's stats say that she is a 0-2-0. In Italy, the wheel arrangement is counted by the amount of axles on an engine rather than the amount of wheels.

Goofs

  • Despite the fact that Gina is implied to be working in Italy, the rolling stocks she's shunting are British.

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Spencer of UK

Spencer of UK is the eighth video for The Great Railway Show. It was released on June 8, 2016.

Description

Meet Spencer. Serving as the private engine to the Duke and Duchess, Spencer is known as a regal engine that holds the land speed record for a steam locomotive.

Characters

Event

  • The Great Race

Location

Country

  • England

Trivia

  • Sir Nigel Gresley is mentioned by the Race Announcer.
  • Interestingly, despite the title saying that Spencer is from the United Kingdom, his stats say that his country is simply "Mainland".
  • The Main Line, particularly the autumn version seen in Two Wheels Good, Etienne's, and Frieda's is used to represent the English Main Line.
  • Spencer is said to be the one who holds the fastest speed record for a steam engine. In real life, this title is held by his brother Mallard.

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Rajiv of India

Rajiv of India is the ninth video for The Great Railway Show. It was released on June 15, 2016.

Description

All hail the emperor of India, Rajiv. Rajiv is a small tank engine but bursts with color!

Character

Event

  • Best Decorated Engine Parade

Location

  • India

Country

  • India

Trivia

  • The Fenland Track was redressed to represent India. Additionally, the Taj Mahal was used as a landscape in the video.

Goofs

  • Rajiv's animation begins to rotate before the announcer says "Rajiv of India".

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Percy of Sodor

Percy of Sodor is the tenth video for The Great Railway Show. It was released on June 22, 2016.

Description

Meet Percy. Picked at the last minute for the shunting challenge, Percy is an unlikely hero.

Characters

Event

  • Shunting Challenge (dropped out)

Location

Country

  • Sodor

Trivia

  • The Race Announcer mentions the events of Tale of the Brave. Stock footage from said special is also used.
  • The text in the event box says "Shunting" in the video, despite Percy not participating in the shunting challenge in the actual movie, this was likely due to the fact that Percy was the original participator for the Shunting challenge, when Thomas was left on Sodor after his accident.

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Shooting Star Gordon of Sodor

Shooting Star Gordon of Sodor is the eleventh video for The Great Railway Show. It was released on June 29, 2016.

Description

The streamlined power house, Gordon the Shooting Star, is a lean mean moody machine that is heading to the front of the race.

Character

Event

  • The Great Race

Location

Country

  • Sodor

Goofs

  • Gordon's basis stats say that he is based on an LNER A3 Pacific like his brother Flying Scotsman. But he is actually an experimental GNR A0 Pacific locomotive.

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Shane of Australia

Shane of Australia is the twelfth video for The Great Railway Show. It was released on July 6, 2016, but was previously shown on an Australian news website when Shane was first publicly revealed.

Description

Meet Shane of Australia. Shane is a big, strong engine who works tirelessly to ensure he's in the best shape for the strongest engine race.

Character

Event

  • Strength Competition

Location

  • Australia

Country

  • Australia

Trivia

  • Bluff's Cove was redressed to represent the Australian coast for this video.
  • There are a few differences between the original and the newer video:
    • When Shane is shown in Australia, the newer video shows him pulling rolling stock.
    • The newer video has more 'sparkles' in the background.
    • His speed stat was changed and the event category was fixed to say he is in the strength competition instead of the Great Race.

Goofs

  • In the original video, Shane's stats say that he is competing in the Great Race. However, in the film, he competes in the strength competition. The Race Announcer even says that the strength competition is the event that Shane competes in. This was later fixed in the official upload on the Thomas and Friends YouTube Channel.
  • Shane's tender wheels and chain coupling are not rendered properly towards the end of the showcase video.
  • Although Shane is implied to be working in Australia, the rolling stocks he's pulling are British.

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Emily of Sodor

Emily of Sodor is the thirteenth video for The Great Railway Show. It was released on July 13, 2016.

Description

Looking better than ever, Emily has two extra large driving wheels and one of the tallest funnels on Sodor.

Character

Event

  • Best Decorated Engine Parade

Location

Country

  • Sodor

Goofs

  • Emily's wheel configuration stats incorrectly stated her as a 4-2-0 instead of a 4-2-2.

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Vinnie of North America

Vinnie of North America is the fourteenth video for The Great Railway Show. It was released on July 20, 2016.

Description

Meet Vinnie, the tough, rule-bending engine who will do anything to come in first place.

Character

Event

  • Strength Competition

Location

  • North America

Country

  • North America

Trivia

  • Anopha Quarry was redressed to represent North America for this video.
  • Although Vinnie represents North America, his flag for this video represents the United States of America (USA).

Goofs

  • Vinnie's basis stats is incorrectly describes him as a U-4-b instead of a U-4-a steam locomotive.
  • Although Vinnie is implied to be working in North America, the rolling stocks he's pulling are British.
  • The flag for Vinnie's video is that of the United States, but his prototype was built and operated largely in Canada.
  • Vinnie's brakevan was not rendered properly as it can be seen through the roof of it.

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The Flying Scotsman

The Flying Scotsman is the fifteenth video for The Great Railway Show. It was released on July 27, 2016.

Description

Meet The Flying Scotsman, the first locomotive to reach 100 mph!

Characters

Event

  • The Great Race

Location

  • East Coast Main Line, England

Country

  • England

Trivia

  • This is the only video not to have the engine's nationality in the title.
  • The Main Line, unmodified, was used to represent the East Coast Main Line for this video.
  • The video states that the Scotsman was the first to reach 100 mph; however, this is not entirely true. He was the first official engine to do so, as the City of Truro unofficially held the title.
  • This promotional video marks the first time the red express coaches have been seen since Season 12 and in CGI.

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Carlos of Mexico

Carlos of Mexico is the sixteenth video for The Great Railway Show. It was released on August 3, 2016.

Description

Meet Carlos. He won the strength competition at the first Great Railway Show, but now he's back and competing in the best decorated parade!

Character

Event

  • Best Decorated Engine Parade

Location

  • The first Great Railway Show

Country

  • Mexico

Trivia

  • The upper terrace of the Shunting Yards, unmodified, was used to represent the first Great Railway Show.
  • This is the only Great Railway Show video that doesn't show the engine somehow moving (shunting, chuffing along); instead it remains stationary.

Goofs

  • Despite the fact Carlos is implied to have been in Mexico, the rolling stock behind him is British.

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Henry of Sodor

Henry of Sodor is the seventeenth video for The Great Railway Show. It was released on August 10, 2016.

Description

Meet Henry, one of Sir Topham Hatt's first engines! He may not be the strongest, but we'll see if this engine can win the strength competition!

Character

Event

  • Strength Competition

Location

Country

  • Sodor

Trivia

Goofs

  • In Henry's basis stats, William Stanier's name is misspelled as "Stannier".
  • The description incorrectly spells Hatt's as "Hat's".

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Etienne of France

Etienne of France is the eighteenth video for The Great Railway Show. It was released on August 24, 2016.

Description

Meet The Great Race's most modern engine, Etienne of France! He may be the fastest engine, but he always plays fair!

Character

Event

  • The Great Race

Location

  • France

Country

  • France

Trivia

  • The Main Line, particularly the autumn version seen in Two Wheels Good, Spencer's, and Frieda's video's was redressed with catenary-power lines to represent the French Main Line.

Goofs

  • Etienne's basis stats incorrectly give his wheel arrangement as Co-Co instead of Bo-Bo.

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Frieda of Germany

Frieda of Germany is the nineteenth video for The Great Railway Show. It was released on August 31, 2016.

Description

Meet Frieda. This streamlined engine is competing to win the strength competition.

Characters

Event

  • Strength Competition

Location

  • Germany

Country

  • Germany

Trivia

  • The Main Line, particularly the autumn version seen in Two Wheels Good and Spencer's and Etienne's videos is used to represent the German Main Line. The background actually bears resemblance to Grunewald forest in autumn season. 

Goofs

  • Although Frieda is implied to be working in Germany, the rolling stocks she's pulling are British.

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Thomas of Sodor

Thomas of Sodor is the twentieth video to go and the last to be uploaded for The Great Railway Show. It was released on September 7, 2016.

Description

Here's the engine you've all been waiting for: Thomas the Tank Engine! What race will this champion compete in?

Characters

Event

  • Shunting Challenge

Locations

Country

  • Sodor

Trivia

  • Stock footage from Helping Hiro, Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, Thomas the Babysitter and Lost Property is used.
  • This is the only meet the contender's video to have different terms from the UK and US. When the announcer said "from shunting trucks" in the UK and "from shunting cars" in the US.
  • For some reason, the "event" box in the video has three question marks in place of the event Thomas is competing in, despite competing in the Shunting Challenge. This is a reference to the fact that in the special, Thomas entering the Shunting Challenge was a last-minute decision.

Goofs

  • In comparison to the other states, the states featured indicate that Thomas's length is shorter than Philip and Percy, despite Thomas clearly being longer than both of them.

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Trivia

  • There were no videos shown on May 11 and August 17, the latter date instead showing a nine-minute sneak peak of the upcoming special.
  • Despite participating in, helping with or visiting the Great Railway Show:
    • Henry, Hiro, Stephen and The Great Railway Show Diesels are not in the background lineup of each video.
    • James, Hiro, Stephen and The Great Railway Show Diesels do not receive videos of their own, despite the former being in the background lineup.

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