Ashima is a brightly-painted Indian tank engine, who works on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway. She was one out of many engines to participate in the Great Railway Show, and competed in the Shunting Challenge, and of whom Thomas is very close friends with.
Ashima first came to Sodor from India, she bumped into Thomas and puts him back on the tracks and Thomas and Salty meet Ashima while Thomas bumped into Porter and Ashima searched everywhere and she will go to the railway show. That evening, she took Annie and Clarabel out with Thomas behind them. The next day, Diesel tells Den, Dart and Paxton to push while Thomas crashes into Norman. Ashima came to the railway show to see Thomas while the shunting competition begins with the international engines, while Vinnie forced Philip onto a turntable and Thomas and Ashima save him and he crashed into the electricity and it fell off.
She and Thomas returned to Sodor with the Sudrain engines. The other engines should be changed to normal again and when he is fully repaired and Thomas goes back to his branch line and Ashima should go back to India again.
Some time later, Thomas visits Ashima in her homeland of India, where he spends some time working on the Indian Railway. While there, he is formally introduced to Rajiv, whom he had not had a chance to meet back at The Great Railway Show, and learns from Ashima about how elephants used to help out in the yards when the engines were busy. He later finds her waiting for a cow that's fast asleep on the tracks in front of her to wake up and move, not wanting to disturb it due to how cows were sacred in India. She later arrives to find that Thomas had suffered a minor derailment as Rajiv had shown up with the Indian Breakdown Cranes, but Thomas explains that a female elephant helped him back on the tracks. Ashima recognized the elephant as an old friend, Trusty Trunky, whom had helped her previously, and shares a laugh with Thomas and Rajiv after Trusty Trunky hosed the mud off Thomas, splashing Rajiv a bit in the process.
She is later at the station as it is being used to film a Bollywood movie, and learns that her Controller, Charubala, and the film's director, have asked Thomas to take the lead actor to the site of the next scenes to be filmed. Before that, Thomas inquired as to what a Bollywood movie was, and Ashima explains how it is India's version of the movies filmed in Hollywood in the United States. She is also in awe when Rajiv reveals he is performing in the movie as well. Thomas later daydreams of himself saving Ashima from plunging off a broken bridge, with Ashima calling him a hero for it.
Ashima is usually found on the Nilgin Mountain Railway in Southern India, where the steep incline makes the track very dangerous and difficult to climb. So it's no wonder that small tank engine like Ashima shows no fear. Beautifully crafted with hand painted decal, Ashima is a fun, feisty and likeable engine who is more than happy to help ot when ever and whenever needed.
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