Yong Bao (Chinese; 勇寶) is a Chinese tender engine who participated in the Great Railway Show. He competed in the Best Decorated Engine Parade.


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Prior to joining the Great Railway Show, Yong Bao became a hero when he cleverly diverted an accident, saving hundreds of passengers. He was rewarded with a new, red livery, which symbolizes celebration and happiness.

When Yong Bao was invited to take part in the Great Railway Show, he and the other engines were shipped to the Mainland on a ferry, but the ship accidentally stopped on the Island of Sodor by mistake. At the Great Railway Show, Yong Bao competed against James, Emily, Carlos and Rajiv in the Best Decorated Parade, but lost to the latter, much to his annoyance.

After the Great Railway Show ended, Yong Bao left the Mainland and went back to China. (TVS; The Great Race)

Personality and Traits

Yong Bao is described as being a kind and faithful engine, full of life and driven to achieve and make progress. He is also very brave and clever, as back in his home country, he prevented a nasty accident, saving the lives of hundreds of passengers. However, Yong Bao also seems to be slightly irritable, as throughout the Best Decorated Engine Parade, he appeared to be bored, and when Rajiv was announced as the winner, he glared at him angrily.

Technical Details


Yong Bao is based on the Chinese Railways RM class 4-6-2. These engines were built by the Sifang Locomotive Works for passenger trains, but were not particularly large or strong and were replaced by diesel locomotives over time. The first engine of the class, RM 1001, has been preserved at the Beijing Railway Museum, and RM 1163 is located at Aioi, Japan.


Yong Bao is painted red with yellow lining on his boiler and smoke deflectors. His running board is painted green, his wheel rims are white, and his name is written on the sides of his cab in Traditional Chinese. He has a tiger painted on each side of his tender, and wears some sort of dragon hat just in front of his funnel.


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  • Yong Bao's name means "to embrace" or "to hug" in Chinese.
  • Yong Bao's name is written on the sides of his cab in Traditional Chinese. However, his Take-n-Play release features the writing as being Simplified Chinese.




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