The Thomas And Friends children's program will present a set of "inclusive" gender-balanced and multicultural characters as part of a renewal.
The new series of the animated program about Thomas the Tank Engine and its Steam Team will see the beloved locomotive leave its house in Sodor to travel for the first time in the world.
You will meet other trains, including Ashima from India, Yong Bao from China and Shane from Australia.
Now it's called Thomas And Friends: Big World! Big Adventures !, the brand's biggest re-launch in its 73-year history will aim to attract a wider global audience.
Hong-Mei, one of the main blue tank engines of China, is another of the popular characters of the children's program.
Nia from Kenya is one of the characters that has been added to the program in an attempt to introduce more multicultural characters
The new Thomas & Friends character, Rajiv, pictured, is described as a small tank engine of the East Indian railroad
ZiLong is another character of Thomas & Friends presented in an attempt to modernize the popular children's television program
There will also be a new song for the program, a faster rhythm format, more humor and music, fantasy elements and sequences of dreams.
For the first time in the history of the series, Thomas will discover new countries and cultures traveling to China, India and Australia.
The Steam Team, the main train group on the fictional island of Sodor, will now comprise three male and three female characters.
Longtime favorites Percy, Gordon, James and Emily will join the additions Nia and Rebecca, along with Thomas.
Other new female characters, described by the show's chiefs as "strong female characters," include Isla, a flying Australian doctor, Noor Jehan, a real Indian express engine, Hong-Mei, a number-one blue tank engine from China and a female driver of the Charubala railway in India.
Isla is a flying Australian aircraft and another of the characters introduced as part of the series effort to modernize
Noor Jehan is a real express engine of India and another of the characters in the renewed Thomas & Friends series
Tamika is one of the characters in the renewed program of Thomas & Friends, which will air every day from September 3 on channel 5
The character of Yong Bao is described on the Thomas & Friends website as a "gentle and loyal Chinese engine of China"
AnAn is presented to the program in what the bosses describe as an evolution. to keep being relevant to the next generation & # 39;
Another scoop for the show will be to see Thomas speak directly with the audience to narrate it himself.
Ian McCue, senior producer at Thomas And Friends, said: "The show has evolved to remain relevant to the next generation of parents and children by opening the world of Thomas And Friends so that children can discover the world around them while They entertain.
"The changes and new incorporations of characters and geographies will make the show more entertaining, inclusive and global, while ensuring that all the characters and favorite stories that fans around the world love are still at the heart of the action" .
Thomas the Tank Engine was created more than 70 years ago by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry as part of his railroad series of books, which have become a global brand that includes live television shows, movies, toys and attractions.
Aubrey (left) and Aiden (right) join the classic characters of the show, such as Percy, Gordon, James and Emily.
Shankar is another of the characters of Thomas & Friends that are being introduced in the effort of the series to modernize
Shane is an Australian character described as "a large strong steam engine that was built for passenger work and mixed cargo"
Awdry's granddaughter, Claire Chambers, welcomed the changes to the franchise and said she believes he would be "very happy" with them.
"If the Steam Team balanced by gender encourages more girls to maintain an interest, then that can only be a good thing," he said.
The redevelopment of the program included a collaboration with the Creative Community Outreach Initiative of the UN Department of Public Information to develop content inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals appropriate for a preschool audience, maintaining the Thomas And Friends brand.
Thomas And Friends will air daily from September 3 at 7 a.m. in the Milkshake of Channel 5.
Charubala, the railway controller, appears in a train station before the new series of children's programs Thomas & Friends
Rebecca, drawn on a station platform, is one of the characters in a revamped version of Thomas & Friends.
Ashima, pictured, is a character who is said to be usually working on the Nilgiri mountain railway in South India & # 39;