Dr Wilton said the show conveyed a number of positive political values such as tolerance, listening, communicating with others and contributing to the community.
"It also represents a conservative political ideology that punishes individual initiative, opposes critique and change, and relegates females to supportive roles," she said.
Dr Wilton analyzed 23 episodes of the model train-based series, which is shown in 130 countries. She said there were storylines in several episodes that divided the characters into different social classes and punished those who tried to gain individual power.
"Any change is seen as disrupting the natural order of things," she said.
It sometimes seems that there are people out there who are just looking for something new to dislike. They are generally seen as neurotics, sometimes as academics.