Those poor trains. As it turns out, the world of Thomas the Tank Engine was much darker than it might've appeared at surface level. Yes, we're talking a dark dystopian zombie train apocalypse kind of setting. Poor Smudger legit got turned into a generator after refusing to show off. If that isn't some kind of twisted way to scare kids into following the rules for fear of grave punishments, I don't know what it is. Whole lot of yikes, indeed.