A new teaser trailer for The Extended Railway Series, a fan made progression of the Railway Series, which is what Thomas the Tank engine originated from, its not ponys but I feel the same way for this that you do for MLP. I've watched MLP, I have no understanding of why it is so hated. It wasn't bad at all. It had the same unisex feel that The Powerpuff Girls had.
Anyway, give this a try, and if you like it, have a look at some of the audiobooks on the same page. Give it a chance, like I did with MLP.