I had to watch this show while babysitting the neighbour's son.. As someone who grew up with the first few seasons of Thomas the Engine, I find this show way superior in terms of graphics and narration as it is entirely dialogue-driven, and the characters and plots are extremely dynamic. Nonetheless, I do have some issues with the storyline as the characters generally seem absolved of responsibility at times, where the repercussions would have been significantly more harsh, or the legal codes would have been considerably stricter, thus demanding some higher degree of accountability than was displayed. Everyone seems all too easily forgiven. The show is nonetheless thought-provoking, though not remotely insightful. All the characters are inherently good, and thus the railway appears to run (metaphorically) on goodwill to say the least. The lack of a recurring villain is notable, though this by itself never was and never will be an issue. But let's admit it: it is, at the end of the day, a worthy watch, and of discutory value when you read between the lines. The messages imparted are positive and relevant to all, and there is much to learn from it, even for me I dare say. While some reviewers have pointed out consumerism (in a negative sense, it seems), I have found none (or am too naïve to have found any).