Ryan is an affable engine, who goes out of his way to be kind and is concerned when he sees others in trouble. Ryan would like to be a hero, but he’s not actually as brave as he wishes he was and has a tendency to panic a little in the face of danger. It doesn’t put him off trying though. Ryan is direct and sincere, but he has a good sense of humour too and is not above making a joke at his own expense.
Ryan is based on the Great Northern Railway’s Class N2. This engine was purposely chosen for Ryan, because whilst it’s a tank engine like Thomas, it’s slightly bigger and newer, which helped to make Thomas feel threatened and think he was going to be replaced.