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 [Great Railway Show|the Great Railway Show], and competed in the Shunting Challenge.



Ashima was invited to participate in the Great Railway Show for the Shunting Challenge. She, along with the other eleven contestants for the show, came to [[1]] by mistake when the ferry they were on accidentally stopped at Sodor instead of England, and she was accidentally left behind when the ferry left with all the other engines except her. Ashima, lost and not knowing the way to [Mainland|the Mainland], tried to ask [[2]] for his help, but Thomas, who was already jealous of her, refused to assist her. Ashima soon managed to befriend Thomas, and she convinced him that he did not need to change for the competition, and suggested that he participate in the Shunting Challenge, but Thomas was involved in an accident which put him out of the competition. Ashima was taken to the Mainland with the other Sudrian engines who would be competing in the Great Railway Show.

After arriving and watching the Best Decorated Engine parade, Ashima was questioned by [[3]] on why she did not compete, revealing to the Sudrian engines she would compete in the Shunting Challenge. She does so alongside [[4]], [[5]], [[6]] and Thomas, who had managed to arrive to the Great Railway Show after all and took [[7]]'s place. During the race, she helped Thomas hold [[8]] back when he was bullying [[9]], and also pulled Thomas back when a pylon nearly fell on him. During the end of the competition, Ashima ended up winning after Thomas sacrificed his own chance to win when he spotted a derailed flatbed on her track, but the judges made the both of them the winners of the competition. Ashima returned to Sodor with the Sudrian engines, where she would then return back to India.


Ashima is usually found working on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway in Southern India, where the steep incline makes the track very dangerous and difficult to climb. So it's no wonder that a small tank engine like Ashima shows no fear. Beautifully crafted with hand painted decal Ashima's a fun, feisty and likeable engine who is more than happy to help out wherever needed.


Ashima is based on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway X class. She is based off of the oil-burning version of the engine. These engines are built to run on metre gauge rails, whereas Ashima is standard gauge.


Ashima is painted hot pink with white lining. Her wheels and bufferbeam are painted indigo, and she also bears several bright green, white and orange patterns, inspired by Indian textiles and henna tattoos. In addition, the flower petals decals design on her front cylinder block was based on her basis X-37385's.


[the Tank Engine & Friends|Television Series]


Ashima was also featured in a [the Contenders|Meet the Contenders] segment.

Voice Actors


  • Despite the fact she is based on an oil-burning tank engine, Ashima still uses coal to make steam.
  • Ashima has been partially modified to work on British railways: she has been given buffers and chain couplers.
  • The Cuban dock workers' model from [Mountain Mystery|Blue Mountain Mystery] were reuse to become Ashima's crew.
  • Her whistle is [[10]]'s in a higher pitch. However, in some parts, she has Rheneas' Season 4 whistle.



Ashima's Theme in the Song "You Can be Only You" from The Great Race