It is a fact that you didn’t. You hedged a bit, you danced around it, but you could never really answer the question.
Here’s the answer: Thomas is a train.
He’s not a rock or a bunny or a shredded beef burrito. Ask the youngest child you can find within the nearest half mile. He’ll tell you.
He’d probably be confused why you’re asking him. He might just ask, “Have you seen the cartoon?”
Daffy Duck is a duck. Bugs Bunny is a rabbit. Wile E. Coyote is a coyote. And I have no idea what Snuffleupagus is.
Often, they are named by what they are. Thomas is a tank engine, which is a type of locomotive.
Now, can we talk more about why you decided to mention the Hitler youth and neo-Nazis when a female Nigerian train was introduced in this children’s cartoon?