|Turnov the Russian Engine.
Hard-racing, heavy-drinking, serious and motivated, Turnov lives to win. He is dedicated to racing. And drinking. But racing first.
When the German show first opened, a lot of cold-war anti-communism sentiment was read into the fact the the RUSSIAN engine raced with the EVIL, RED caboose. Red communism, evil red, paired with the Russian... yeah. This is a musical about roller skating trains in a child's dream.Who knows? Perhaps Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber did intend for the political undercurrent to accompany the character... it is interesting to note that in the late 1990s the golden hammer and sickle motif on his armour was painted over red. Being in relief it was still kinda obvious, but they did try to disguise it.
In London, Turnov's natural partner was the equally aggressive and businesslike Wrench. Somehow the two characters really suit each other. In Bochum he starts racing with Caboose, but quickly he is disabled and Caboose throws Volta off Hashamoto and takes her place. In the US/UK 3D video races, he races with Ashley.