The crowd are going wild! He's won them over before the race has even started!"
―The Announcer, Meet the Contenders

Ivan is a Russian diesel shunter. He participated in The Great Railway Show's shunting challenge at least twice.



Ivan participated in the Great Railway Show at least twice during his career, and finished seconds away from setting a new world record once. Once when he again participated in the shunting challenge, he did so alongside Raul, Gina, Ashima and Thomas, but ended up losing the event after championships were awarded to the latter two.

After the Great Railway Show ended, Ivan left the Mainland and returned to Russia.


Ivan of Russia may look mean, but he is one of the most charismatic characters to be found on the railway. He is a real comedian, who will put a smile on everyone’s face.


Ivan is based on a TGM23 class diesel shunter. Ivan has been regauged from "Russian" gauge to standard gauge.


Ivan is painted red and blue with white lining. His running board is painted yellow, and he carries his name on the sides of his cab in white lettering. His wheels are painted black with white rims and blue counterweights.


  • Television Series
  • Other Media

Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends


  • 2016 - The Great Race

Music Videos

  • Let's Set Friendship in Motion


  • 2016 - Meet the Contenders: Ivan of Russia (does not speak)
  • 2017 - Great Race Friends Near and Far: Frieda the Grumpiest Engine
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