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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 reskinned variants of existing characters; most never spoke.

Tank Engines

The White Tank Engine


The White Tank Engine is an engine that appears in the background when the Fat Controller is looking for Thomas at Dar es Salaam Docks. This engine was a reskin of Ryan.

Basis

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

Livery

This engine is painted white with black lining.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Specials

Gallery


The Dark Red Tank Engine(s)


The Dark Red Tank Engines are two engines that appear in the background when Thomas and Nia arrive in Rio de Janeiro and later when the Fat Controller is looking for Thomas at Dar es Salaam Docks. They were reskins of Oliver.

Basis

The dark red tank engines are based on a Great Western Railway's 14XX Locomotive due to being reskins of Oliver.

Livery

These tank engines are painted dark red with yellow lining.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Specials

Gallery


The Purple Tank Engine


The Purple Tank Engine is an engine who appears passing by in a yard in India when Thomas was visiting with Ashima and Rajiv.

Basis

This engine is a reskin 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 reskin 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

Gallery


Tender Engines

The Tan Tender Engine


The Tan Tender Engine is seen shunting trucks for Thomas to take to Dar es Salaam. It is a reskin of Edward.

Basis

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

Livery

The tan tender engine is painted tan.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Specials

Gallery


The Orange Tender Engine


The Orange Tender Engine was an engine Thomas passed while searching for Nia in China. She is a reskin 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 reskin 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

Gallery


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 reskins of Henry, the one in India shares the same whistle with Ferdinand.

Basis

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

Livery

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

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Specials


The Purple Tender Engine


The Purple Tender Engine was an engine who appears passing by in a yard in India when Thomas was visiting with Ashima and Rajiv. This engine is also a reskin of Henry.

Basis

Due to being a reskin 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 yellow lining. Its running board is grey and it has two separate yellow rectangles on its tender.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Gallery


Diesel Engines

The Blue and Orange Diesel Shunter(s)


The Blue and Orange 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 reskin of one of the Mainland Diesels.

Basis

Due to being a reskin of Mainland Diesels, they are based on the BR Class 08. Diesel'Arry and BertSplatter and DodgePaxtonSidney, and the Diesel Shunter are also based off of this engine.

Livery

The Shunters are painted blue and orange 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

Gallery


The Brazilian Diesel Shunter


The Brazilian Diesel Shunter is an engine that works in Rio de Janeiro. He appears when Sir Topham Hatt is looking for Thomas in Brazil. He was a reskin of one of the Mainland Diesels.

Basis

Due to being a reskin of one of the Mainland Diesels, he is based on the BR Class 08. Diesel'Arry and BertSplatter and DodgePaxtonSidney, and the Diesel Shunter are also based off of this engine.

Livery

The shunter is painted aqua and dark blue with yellow and black hazard stripes and a red headlamp.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Specials

Voice Actors

Gallery


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 reskin of one of the Mainland Diesels.

Basis

Due to being a reskin of a Mainland Diesel, it is based on the BR Class 08. Diesel'Arry and BertSplatter and DodgePaxtonSidney, 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

Gallery


The Indian Breakdown Cranes


The Indian Breakdown Cranes are a pair of cranes that Rajiv collected to rescue Thomas.

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


The Rio Crane


The Rio Crane is a rolling portal crane in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Basis

The Rio Crane is based on a Chinese portal crane built by Krane, which is extensively used to load and unload at ports and material handling at shipyards and metallurgy industry. Carly is another member of this class.

Livery

The Rio Crane is painted red with yellow hazard stripes along the underside of her body. Her cab roof is blue, as are her safety rails and access steps.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Specials

Voice Actors

Trivia

  • On a promotional image of Big World! Big Adventures!, the crane is mistakenly depicted with the name 'Carly' still written on her side. This is clearly a mistake made by the animators while retexturing Carly to make the new crane. During the movie, this error was covered up by never having the sides of the crane shown clearly.