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Thomas the Tank Engine

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This article is about the Railway Series book. You may be looking for the character, the VHS, the Story Library book, the Railway Series compilation book, 1999 board book, the magazine story, the video game, the 1984 handheld game or the 1993 console game.

""Having told stories about engines, we had to have models of them too. During the war years materials were hard to get, but I managed to make, out of odds and ends of wood, a push-along model of Edward with coaches and trucks to match. I never got far as making Henry or Gordon, but I did make a tank-engine which we called Thomas. Once we made Thomas, I had no peace until there were stories about him too!""
— The Rev. W. Awdry - 1961

Thomas the Tank Engine is the second book of The Railway Series.


Gordon gets revenge on Thomas for teasing him. Thomas gets the chance to pull his very own train but accidently forget the coaches. Edward offers to give Thomas his trucks, and Thomas learns why trucks are troublesome. Later, Thomas helps James after an accident with some trucks.



  • The book was released digitally for Apple products on May 11th, 2012.
  • This book was first illustrated by Reginald Payne. The illustrations were later modified by C. Reginald Dalby.
  • According to some sources and early sketches by Awdry, Thomas was originally going to be modelled on one of the L.N.E.R. J tank classes.


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