Thomas the Tank Engine Wikia

The Japanese Engines

7,425pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Comments6 Share
"Konichiwa! Konichiwa!"
— The Japanese Engines greet Thomas, Thomas Travels to Japan


The Japanese Engines
  • Class: JNR 485
  • Builder: Japanese National Railways
  • Built: between 1968 and 1972
  • Configuration: Bo-Bo
  • Top Speed: 100 mph

On Thomas' travels, he meet two high-speed Japanese Engines in Japan.


Thomas first encountered one of the engines who passed him very quickly twice while picking up some passengers. He was puzzled as to why the engine did not say hello. Thomas later met the one engine and another at a crossing when the engine was blocked due to a broken down lorry. Thankfully, Thomas' passengers helped out and the two engines let Thomas go through first, but not without saying "Konichiwa" at Thomas. Thomas then whistles them back.


The Japanese Engines are based on early 485 series electric multiple units, built by a number of manufacturers and introduced by Japanese National Railways in 1968. While their basis is cape gauge, they appear to be standard gauge.


They are cream with red window surrounds, red around their lamps and red buffer beams.




  • Despite being electric locomotives, they lack a catenary and no overhead wires are visible to power them. Settebello has the same problem.


World Tour Engines
The Australian EngineMarshallRajindaCoranNuriaYen
SettebelloThe Japanese Engines

Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.