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New Thomas the Tank Engine characters

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Children’s programme Thomas And Friends is to introduce an ‘inclusive’ gender-balanced, multicultural set of characters as part of a revamp.

The new series of the animated show about Thomas the Tank Engine and his Steam Team will see the beloved locomotive leave his home in Sodor to travel the world for the first time.

He will meet other trains including Ashima from India, Yong Bao from China and Shane from Australia.

Now called Thomas And Friends: Big World! Big Adventures!, the brand’s biggest relaunch in its 73-year history will aim to appeal to a wider global audience.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6120347/Inclusive-gender-balanced-multicultural-characters-steam-Thomas-Tank-Engine-revamp.html

They're locomotives, for fuck's sake!

Sorry about the daily mail link.

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2 minutes ago, Chewing Grass said:

For starters he is the wrong gauge for Indian Railways where they have Indian Broad Gauge as Standard at 5'6".

No wonder kids heads are filled with incorrect information.

India is a no go area for Thomas.

Likewise Russia and Iberia.

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I loved the show and sat through every episode several times when the kids were small. Ringo doing the voice was brilliant. 

"It's not wrong, but we just don't do it" 

Also the rhyming slang: 

"Didn't manage to pull so had a Thomas the Tank when I got home" :D

Edited by Funn3r
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1 hour ago, Chewing Grass said:

For starters he is the wrong gauge for Indian Railways where they have Indian Broad Gauge as Standard at 5'6".

No wonder kids heads are filled with incorrect information.

India is a no go area for Thomas.

Yes indeed, standard gauge is 4 ft 8.5 inches.

14 minutes ago, SpectrumFX said:

Didn't they already have a Japanese one?

 

TIng Tong transvestite tram?

 

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That was a weird out of body experience.

I was sort of concentrating on work whilst flicking through this and suddenly got the theme tune in my head.

Then realised that it was on LBC in the background as Majid is covering it now.

Really should try and concentrate on one thing at a time.

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21 minutes ago, Austin Allegro said:

I'm just wondering how they can work a hijab into it. 

To be fair though it does sound more as if they are doing this to appeal to overseas markets rather than promote 'diversity' in the UK. 

Difficult to know. Overseas people do love the mostly imaginary Britain of Sherlock Holmes, crumbling ancient pubs, and Harry Potter. 

A USA friend visited UK recently and insisted we find a red telephone box for a selfie. 

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