While Thomas the Tank Engine has been a part of many childhoods around the world, it never had many friends from around the globe, apart from Hiro the Japanese train.

That’s all set to change with Shane the Australian train joining the yard, one of 13 other international anthropomorphised trains that will be featured in a new movie called Thomas & Friends: The Great Race, News Corp reported.

Shane, nicknamed “The Whispering Giant,” is modelled after the 520 class steam locomotive, which entered service on the South Australian Railways in November 1943. Painted in a green and gold livery, Shane is a big steam engine that has been built for passenger and freight work. Read more…

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Thomas the Tank Engine gets an Aussie mate