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Hong Mei is a Blue Chinese Tank Engine from China whom Thomas met during his time in the country.

Hong-Mei
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Number:

1

Class:

China Railways GJ

Designer:

Dalian Locomotive Works

Builder:

Chengdu Locomotive Works or Taiyuan Locomotive Works

Configuration:

0-6-0T

Bio

During Thomas' visit to China, he met Hong-Mei while taking a passenger train and when he found out that she's number 1 on her railway, they decided to have a race to see who truly is number 1. However, their racing led to rocks from Hong-Mei's train falling on the rails and Thomas derailing on a mountainside. Hong-Mei soon came to his rescue and they both agreed that there can be two number engines after all.

Hong-Mei later revealed to Thomas that she usually takes the mail train as well, which made Thomas think of Percy and miss him a little bit.

Persona

Similarly to Thomas, Hong-Mei is good-natured and cheeky and likes to race. She can also be careless and hasty at times, but always tries to make up for it. She is also a good sport and puts competition aside when it comes to helping a friend.

Basis

Hong-Mei is based on the China Railways GJ 0-6-0T class.

Livery

Hong-Mei is painted blue with yellow lining and a red stripe along each of her side tanks. Her handrails, boiler bands and cylinder lining are brass, her wheels are red with light grey rims and her number is painted on the sides of her tanks in yellow.

Appearances

Trivia

  • Hong-Mei's name means "red plum" in Mandarin.
  • In the television series, her model is modified version of Rosie's, with minor changes and additional details.
  • Despite working on the Chinese Railway, Hong-Mei has been modified from her basis for use on British Railways. She has added buffers, screwlink couplings and a brake pipe on both ends. This is so that Thomas could interact with Chinese rolling stock, as the Island of Sodor is a British-based railway.
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