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 of them never spoke.

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The Chinese Steam Engine

The Chinese Steam Engine was an engine Thomas passed while searching for Nia in China. She was a reskin of Edward, with added feminine features to her face.

Basis

The Chinese steam engine is based on a Furness Railway K2 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 and Friends

She will appear in the twenty-third series.

Specials

The Grey Tender Engine

The Grey Tender Engine was an engine that appears in the background when at Dar es Salaam Docks as well as when Thomas meets Nia. It was also seen when Thomas and Nia arrived in Rio de Janeiro and was briefly seen in Indiapulling a passenger train. It later gave trouble for Thomas when it ran over a delivery of coconuts for the main station. It was also seen in China helping rerail a flatbed. This engine was a reskin of Henry, with Ferdinand's whistle.

Basis

Due to being a reskin of Henry, the grey tender engine is based on an London, Midland & Scottish Railway's "Black Five".

Livery

The grey tender engine is painted blue-grey with yellow and black lining, dark grey boiler bands, a dark grey footplate and yellow wheels.

Appearances

Thomas and Friends

Specials

The White Tank Engine

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

Technical Details

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 and Friends

He will appear in the twenty-third series.

Specials

The Dark Red Tank Engine

The Dark Red Tank Engine was an engine that appears in the background when Thomas and Nia arrive in Rio de Janiero, and later when the Fat Controller is looking for Thomas at Dar es Salaam Docks. This engine was a reskin of Oliver.

Basis

The dark red tank engine is based on an Great Western Railway's 14XX Locomotive due to being a reskin of Oliver.

Livery

This tank engine was painted dark red with yellow lining.

Appearances

Thomas and Friends

He will appear in the twenty-third series.

Specials

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.

Technical Details

Basis

The Brazilian tank engine is based on a series of three vertical-boilered 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 and Friends

He will appear in the twenty-third series.

Specials

Voice Actors

  • Gabriel Porras (UK/US)

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.

Technical Details

Due to being a reskin of Henry, the purple tender engine is based on an 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 and Friends

He will appear in the twenty-third series.

The Tan Tender Engine

The Tan Tender Engine is seen shunting the Troublesome Trucks for Thomas to take to Dar es Salaam. It is a reskin of James.

Livery

The tan tender engine is painted tan. It may have yellow lining, but it is uncertain.

Appearances

Thomas and Friends

He will appear in the twenty-third series.

Basis

This engine is a recolour of James, and is therefore a modified Lancashire and Yorkshire Class 28 locomotive with a Fowler tender.

The Purple Tank Engine

The Purple Tank Engine was 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 and Friends

He will appear in the twenty-third season.

The Brazilian Diesel Shunters

The Brazilian Diesel Shunters are engines that work in Rio de Janeiro, the first one appears in the background when Thomas and Nia arrive at the docks and was later seen in the shunting yards in India. The second one appears later when the Fat Controller is looking for Thomas in Brazil. These engines were reskins of one of the Mainland Diesels.

Basis

Due to being a reskin of a Mainland Diesel, they are based on the BR Class 08. Diesel, 'Arry and Bert, Splatter and Dodge, Paxton, Sidney and the Diesel Shunter are also based off of this engine.

Livery

One of the Brazilian Diesel Shunters is painted blue and orange with yellow lining and silver bars and steps. His front also has black and yellow hazard stripes, with a red headlamp and wheels. The other one is painted aqua and dark blue with hazard stripes and a red headlamp similar to the first one.

Appearances

Thomas and Friends

They will appear in the twenty-third series.

Specials

Voice Actors

  • Gabriel Porras (UK/US)

The Chinese Diesel Shunter

The Chinese Diesel Shunter was an engine that appears in the background when Thomas and Yong Bao are talking about the Chinese New Year. It interrupts Yong Bao with it's 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 was based on the BR Class 08. Diesel, 'Arry and Bert, Splatter and Dodge, Paxton, Sidney 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 and Friends

He will appear in the twenty-third series.

The Chinese Breakdown Train

The Chinese Breakdown Train is 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 inadvertantly catched the wheel and threw it across the Chinese countryside. They were modifications of Judy and Jerome, with newly modelled faces and repainted liveries.

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 and Friends

They will appear in the twenty-third series.

Specials

Voice Actors

  • Windson Liong (UK/US)

The Indian Breakdown Train

The Indian Breakdown Train is 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.

Appearances

Thomas and Friends

They will appear in the twenty-third season.

The Rio Crane

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

Biography

Thomas & Friends

TBA

Personality

TBA

Technical Details

Basis

The Rio Crane is based on a Chinese portal crane built by Kcrane, 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, blue, and yellow.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

She will appear in the twenty-third series.

Specials

Voice Actors

  • Teresa Gallagher (UK/US)

One Other Indian Tank Engine

One Other Indian Tank Engine is an engine that Thomas will meet during his stay in India.

Appearances

She will be introduced in the twenty-fourth series.

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