Zane first appeared when Thomas and Jacob visited Africa on their trip around the world. The three took a goods train together from Dar es Salaam Docks to Dakar Docks. While on the long journey, Jacob was grumpy until Zane and some freight cars sang him a song.
Later, Kwaku and Zane became overwhelmed with work when there was a lot of it at Dar es Salaam Docks. Then, Delilah and Prudence brought a heavy goods train to Dar es Salaam, and the two quickly became friends with Zane and Kwaku.
Zane was originally going to be based on the KUR ED1 class, a class of 2-6-2 tank locomotive built by Vulcan Foundry for the Kenya-Uganda Railway between 1926 and 1930.
Zane's final design is based on an Great Northern Railway N2 due to being a retexture of Ryan.
Zane was originally going to painted lime green with dark green lining. He was also to have purple, green and red patterns painted along his tanks, dome, brake pump and cylinders.
His final design is painted white with gold lining.
- Zane means "well born" or "noble" in Swahili.
- Originally, Zane was going to be a recolour of Nia that Jacobacranmer created. However, he later decided to make Zane the white recolour of Ryan seen in Big World! Big Adventures!