The Rainbow Sun is Billy Twofeathers' locomotive and is one of several that run on the Indian Valley Railroad.


Thomas and the Magic Railroad

Technical Details


In the opening sequence for Shining Time Station, it was portrayed by the Union Pacific #844, a 4-8-4 locomotive built in 1944 which was the only steam locomotive in the US to operate continuously since entering service, having never been retired. The 844 is still active today as part of the Union Pacific's steam program. In Thomas and the Magic Railroad, it was portrayed by the Strasburg Rail Road's #475, a 4-8-0 locomotive built in 1906 and formerly on the roster of the Norfolk & Western Railway. It is one of only few N&W 4-8-0 Mastodon locomotives preserved, and the only one of its class operating. #475 is still operating today as one of Strasburg's main locomotives.


The Rainbow Sun is painted black with yellow lining and brown window frames. The number "475" is painted on the sides of its cab in gold.


Thomas & Friends




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