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The Railway Series

Map showing the railways on the fictional Island of Sodor
Author Rev. W. Awdry
Christopher Awdry
Illustrator William Middleton
Reginald Payne
C. Reginald Dalby
John T. Kenney
Gunvor Edwards
Clive Spong
Cover artist (see illustrators above)
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject(s) Railways, and their engines
Genre(s) Children's
Publisher
Publication date 1945–1972, 1983-1996, 2007
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The Railway Series

The Railway Series is a set of story books about a fictional railway system located on the fictional Island of Sodor and the engines that lived on it. There are currently 41 books in the series, the first being published in 1945. Twenty-six were written by Rev. W. Awdry up to 1972. From 1983 to 1996 a further fourteen were written by his son, Christopher Awdry. Christopher has now written an additional book, Thomas and Victoria, taking the series to 41. It is due for publication in September 2007. Image File history File links Maps-sodor-railways-amoswolfe. ... Sodor and Man is a diocese of the Church of England. ... Wilbert Vere Awdry, OBE, (June 15, 1911 – March 21, 1997), better known as the Reverend W. Awdry, was a clergyman, railway enthusiast and childrens author. ... Christopher Awdry (born 1940) is a British author best known for his contributions to The Railway Series of books featuring Thomas the Tank Engine, which was started by his father Rev. ... William Middleton was a medieval Bishop of Norwich. ... Clarence Reginald Dalby (born in 1904 in Leicester) was the first illustrator of the Railway Series by W.V. Awdry. ... John T. Kenney (born 1911, died 1972) was an English illustrator who worked on a number of the Railway Series books (also known as the Thomas the Tank Engine stories) by W.V. Awdry. ... Peter and Gunvor Edwards are English/Swedish illustrators who illustrated several of the the Railway Series books by the Rev. ... Clive Spong is an English illustrator of the Railway Series by W.V. Awdry and his son Christopher Awdry. ... For other uses, see Country (disambiguation). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Wikiquote is a sister project of Wikipedia, using the same MediaWiki software. ... For other uses, see Fiction (disambiguation). ... A map of the Island of Sodor showing the Railway system (click to enlarge). ... Great Western Railway No. ... Wilbert Vere Awdry, OBE, (June 15, 1911 – March 21, 1997), better known as the Reverend W. Awdry, was a clergyman, railway enthusiast and childrens author. ... Christopher Awdry (born 1940) is a British author best known for his contributions to The Railway Series of books featuring Thomas the Tank Engine, which was started by his father Rev. ...


Nearly all the stories in The Railway Series were based upon real-life events. As a life-long railway enthusiast, Wilbert was keen that his stories should be as realistic as possible. The engine characters were almost all based upon real classes of locomotive, and some of the railways themselves were directly based upon real lines in the British Isles.


The books are now best known as the basis of the children's television series Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. Thomas & Friends (formerly Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, also known as Thomas the Tank Engine) is a British childrens television series which was first broadcast in 1984. ...


Audio adaptations of The Railway Series have been recorded at various times under the title The Railway Stories. The Railway Stories were a series of spoken word albums issued by the Decca record label in the early 1970s. ...

Contents

The Rev. W. Awdry's books – the origins of the series

The stories began in 1942. When Christopher Awdry had measles, his father would tell him stories and rhymes. One of Christopher's favourite rhymes was,

Early in the morning,
Down at the station,
All the little engines
Standing in a row.
Along comes the driver,
Pulls a little lever
Puff puff, chuff chuff,
Off we go!

The precise origins of this rhyme are unknown. Wilbert Awdry's answers to Christopher's questions about the rhyme led to the creation of a short story, 'Edward's Day Out'. This told the story of Edward the Blue Engine, an old engine who is allowed out of the shed for a day. Another story about Edward followed, which this time also featured a character called Gordon the Big Engine, named after a rather bossy child who lived on the same road as Christopher. The Railway Series book, featuring Edward, which also carries Edwards name. ... Gordon the Big Engine. ...


A third story, 'The Sad Story of Henry', had its origins in a limerick: A limerick is a five-line poem with a strict form, originally popularized in English by Edward Lear. ...

Once an engine attached to a train
Was afraid of a few drops of rain.
It went into a tunnel
And squeaked through its funnel
And never came out again.

As with the previous rhyme, the origins of this are unknown, but research by Brian Sibley suggests that it originated at some point prior to the First World War. This story introduced the popular characters Henry the Green Engine and the Fat Director. Encouraged by Margaret, his wife, Wilbert submitted the three stories to Edmund Ward for publication in 1943. The head of the children's books division requested a fourth story to bring the three engines together and redeem Henry, who had been bricked up in a tunnel in the previous story. Although Wilbert had not intended that the three engines live on the same railway, he complied with the request in the story 'Edward, Gordon and Henry'. The four stories were published in 1945 as a single volume, The Three Railway Engines, illustrated by William Middleton. Brian Sibley is a British writer. ... Ypres, 1917, in the vicinity of the Battle of Passchendaele. ... Henry the Green Engine is a fictional anthropomorphic 4-6-0 steam locomotive from The Railway Series books written by the Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry and his son, Christopher Awdry, and the spin-off childrens television series, Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. ... Sir Topham Hatt, the Fat Controller is the head of the railway in The Railway Series of books written by Rev. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Christmas 1942 saw the genesis of the character that grew to become the most famous locomotive in the world. Wilbert constructed a toy tank engine for Christopher, which gained the name Thomas. Stories about Thomas were requested by Christopher, and 1946 saw the publication of Thomas the Tank Engine. (The foreword from this book is used at the beginning of current seasons of Thomas & Friends), This was illustrated by Reginald Payne, whom Wilbert felt to be a great improvement over Middleton. Like its predecessor, this book was a success and Wilbert was asked to write stories about James, a character who first appeared in 'Thomas and the Breakdown Train', the final story in Thomas the Tank Engine. The book James the Red Engine appeared in 1948, the year in which the railways in Britain were nationalised, and from this point onwards the Fat Director was known by his familiar title of the Fat Controller. Thomas the Tank Engine This article is about the fictional tank engine. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... James the Red Engine in Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... British Railways (BR), later rebranded as British Rail, ran the British railway system, from the nationalisation of the Big Four British railway companies in 1948 until its privatisation in stages between 1994 and 1997. ... Sir Topham Hatt, the Fat Controller is the head of the railway in The Railway Series of books written by Rev. ...


James the Red Engine was notable as the first book to be illustrated by C. Reginald Dalby, perhaps the most famous of the Railway Series artists, and certainly the most controversial. Dalby illustrated every volume up to Percy the Small Engine (1956), and also produced new illustrations for The Three Railway Engines and made changes to those of Thomas the Tank Engine. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Successive books would introduce such popular characters as Annie and Clarabel, Percy the Small Engine and Toby the Tram Engine. In the fictional world of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, Annie and Clarabel are Thomas coaches. ... The Railway Series book, featuring Percy, which also carries Percys name. ... Toby the Tram Engine. ...


In making the stories as real as possible, Awdry took a lot of inspiration from a number of sources in his extensive library, and found the Railway Gazette's 'Scrapheap' column particularly useful as a source of unusual railway incidents that were recreated for the Railway Series characters. Railway Gazette International is a monthly business journal covering the railway, metro, light rail and tram industries worldwide. ...


Rev. Awdry continued working on the Railway Series until 1972, when Tramway Engines (book 26 in the series) was published. However, he had been finding it increasingly difficult to come up with ideas for new stories, and after this he felt that "the well had run dry" and so decided that the time had come to retire. He wrote no further Railway Series volumes, but later wrote a spin-off story for the television series Thomas' Christmas Party and expanded versions of some of his earlier stories, as well as The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways. In addition, he wrote a number of short stories and articles for Thomas the Tank Engine Annuals. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Christopher Awdry's books – the continuation of the series

Christopher Awdry, for whom the stories were first devised, continued writing the stories almost by accident. He was a keen railway enthusiast like his father, and it was on a visit to the Nene Valley Railway that he received the inspiration for his first story. A railwayman's account of a locomotive running out of steam short of its destination became 'Triple Header', a story in which Thomas, Percy and Duck take on Gordon's Express but find it more than they can handle. Christopher devised three other stories, 'Stop Thief!', 'Mind That Bike' and 'Fish'. Wansford station viewed from the road A view of the station at Peterborough Swedish B Class No. ... Thomas the Tank Engine This article is about the fictional tank engine. ... The Railway Series book, featuring Percy, which also carries Percys name. ... Duck was heavily featured in the Railway Series book Duck and the Diesel Engine. ... Gordon the Big Engine. ...


He showed them to his father, who suggested that he submit them for publication, with his blessing. At the time, work on the television adaptation was underway, and so Kaye and Ward (then publishers of the series) were willing to revive the Railway Series. The book Really Useful Engines was published in 1983. By coincidence, Rev. W. Awdry had considered this as a title for his own 27th volume before abandoning the project. Thomas & Friends (formerly Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, also known as Thomas the Tank Engine) is a British childrens television series which was first broadcast in 1984. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Thirteen more books followed, including the series' 50th anniversary volume, Thomas and the Fat Controller's Engines. A number of stories were also written for the television series, most notably More About Thomas the Tank Engine, the Railway Series' 30th volume. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


However, Christopher Awdry found himself increasingly coming into conflict with his publishers, which ironically arose through the success of the television series. The television series had made Thomas its central character, and therefore the most well-known of the engines. Consequently, the publishers were increasingly demanding stories that would focus on Thomas at the expense of other characters. As a compromise, volumes appeared that were named after Thomas but did not actually focus upon him. Thomas and the Fat Controller's Engines featured only one story about Thomas and Thomas Comes Home did not feature Thomas until the last page. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The series' 40th volume, New Little Engine, appeared in 1996. The then publisher, Egmont Fleetway, expressed no further interest in publishing new Railway Series books and allowed the existing back catalogue to go out of print. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Despite this setback, in 2005 his own publishing company, Sodor Enterprises, published a book entitled Sodor: Reading Between the Lines. This volume expanded the fictional world of Sodor up to the present day and dealt with many of the factual aspects of the series. With this publishing company he also wrote several railway-based children's books, most of which were set on real railways in Britain. He continues to promote the original stories and to participate in Railway Series-related events. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Fortunately, for fans of the series, the publishers reviewed their policy and, in 2006, started to re-introduce the books in their original format. After many years of being unavailable, the fourteen books written by Christopher were also re-released, early in August 2007.


Furthermore, Christopher has written a new book, extending the series to 41 volumes. The new book, titled "Thomas and Victoria", addresses issues relating to the railway preservation movement. It is illustrated by Clive Spong, and was published on 3 September 2007. A scene on a heritage railway. ... Clive Spong is an English illustrator of the Railway Series by W.V. Awdry and his son Christopher Awdry. ... is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


The Future of the Railway Series

For many years, many of the books in the Railway Series were unavailable to buy in their original format, and the publishers would not publish any new stories. There was a selected print run in 2004 consisting of just The Rev W Awdry's books (1-26), but by 2005, the sixtieth anniversary, there was still disappointment from the Awdry family that all of the stories were not being published in their original format.[1] In August 2007, Christopher Awdry's first fourteen books were reissued, and number 41, Thomas and Victoria was released the following month. An omnibus edition of Christopher Awdry's books including book 41, The New Collection, was released at the same time.


Christopher Awdry has said that he has other material, which he hopes to be published, and at present there are further stories with the publishers. The subject of the stories isn't known, but what is known is that Christopher Awdry has read aloud new stories about the narrow gauge engines on 'Duncan Days' at the Tallylyn Railway in Wales. His book Sodor: Reading Between the Lines updates readers on developments since 1996, some of which could form the basis of stories in future books.


Illustrators

The Railway Series is perhaps as highly regarded for its illustrations as for its writing, which in the immediate post-Second World War era were seen as uniquely vivid and colourful. Indeed, some critics (notably Miles Kington) have claimed that the quality of the illustrations outshines that of the writing, an accusation that fans have been quick to deny. Miles Kington (born 1941) is a British journalist, jazz musician and broadcaster. ...


The first edition of The Three Railway Engines was illustrated by the artist William Middleton, with whom Wilbert Awdry was deeply dissatisfied. The second artist to work on the series was Reginald Payne, who illustrated Thomas the Tank Engine in a far more realistic style. Despite an early disagreement as to how Thomas should look, Awdry was ultimately pleased with the pictures produced.


Payne proved impossible to contact to illustrate James the Red Engine, and so C. Reginald Dalby was hired. Dalby illustrated the next eight books in the series. The Three Railway Engines was reprinted with Dalby's artwork replacing William Middleton's and he also touched up the artwork for the second book. His work on the series proved popular with readers, but not so with the author, who repeatedly clashed with him over issues of accuracy and consistency. Dalby resigned from the series in 1956, following an argument over the portrayal of Percy the Small Engine in the book of the same name. Despite the tempestuous relationship with Awdry, he is probably the best remembered of the series' artists. The Railway Series book, featuring Percy, which also carries Percys name. ...


The series was taken over from The Eight Famous Engines (1957) by John T. Kenney, whose style was less colourful but more realistic than Dalby's. As a result of his commitment to realism and technical accuracy, he enjoyed a far more comfortable working relationship with Awdry, which lasted until Gallant Old Engine (1962), when his eyesight began to fail him. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The artist initially chosen to replace him was the Swedish-born artist Gunvor Edwards. She began illustrating Stepney the "Bluebell" Engine, but felt unsuited to the work. She was assisted for that volume by her husband Peter, who effectively took over from then on. Both artists retained credit for the work, and the "Edwards era" lasted until Wilbert Awdry's last volume, Tramway Engines. The style used in these volumes was still essentially realistic, but had something of an impressionist feel. Peter and Gunvor Edwards are English/Swedish illustrators who illustrated several of the the Railway Series books by the Rev. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the art movement. ...


When Christopher Awdry took the series over in 1983, the publisher was keen to find an illustrator who would provide work that was appealing and colourful like Dalby's pictures, but also realistic like the Kenney and Edwards volumes. The artist chosen was Clive Spong. He illustrated all of Christopher Awdry's books, a greater number than any other artist working on the Railway Series. He also produced illustrations for a number of spin-off stories written by the Awdrys, and his artwork was used in The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways. Clive Spong is an English illustrator of the Railway Series by W.V. Awdry and his son Christopher Awdry. ... A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new organization or entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a new company formed from a university research group. ...


Format and Presentation

The books were produced in an unusual landscape format. Each one was around 60 pages long, 30 of which would be text and 30 illustrations. The books were each divided into four stories (with the exception of Henry the Green Engine, which was divided into five). This article does not cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Each book from Thomas the Tank Engine onwards opened with a foreword. This would act as a brief introduction to the book, its characters or its themes. They were written as a letter, usually to the readers (addressed as "Dear Friends") but sometimes to individual children who had played some part in the story's creation. The foreword to Thomas the Tank Engine was a letter to Christopher Awdry. This section would often advertise real railways or acknowledge the assistance of people or organisations. The foreword to The Little Old Engine is unique in acknowledging the fact that Skarloey (and, by implication, the entirety of the Railway Series) is fictional. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The unusual shape of the books made them instantly recognisable. However, it did prompt complaints from booksellers that they were difficult to display, and even that they could easily be shoplifted. Nonetheless, the format was imitated by publishers Ian Allan for their Sammy the Shunter and Chuffalong books. Ian Allan Publishing is a UK publisher established in 1942 which specialises in transport publications including a variety of magazines and books. ...


Unusually for children's books of the austerity period, the Railway Series was printed in full colour from the start, which is cited by many critics as one of its major selling points in the early days. Austerity is a term from economics that describes a policy where nations reduce living standards, curtail development projects, and generally shift the revenue stream out of the physical economy, in order to satisfy the demands of creditors. ...


The Island of Sodor

Main article: Sodor (fictional island)

The Rev. W. Awdry received numerous letters from young fans asking questions about the engines and their railway, as well as letters concerning inconsistencies within the stories. In an effort to answer these, Wilbert began to develop a specific setting for the books. On a visit to the Isle of Man, he discovered that the bishop there is known as the Bishop of Sodor and Man. The "Sodor" part of the title comes from the Sudreys, but Wilbert decided that a fictional island between the Isle of Man and England by that name would be an ideal setting for his stories. A map of the Island of Sodor showing the Railway system (click to enlarge). ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      This article is about a title... The Bishop of Sodor and Man is the Ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Sodor and Man in the Province of York. ... For the fictional Island of Sodor, see Sodor (fictional island). ... A map of the Island of Sodor showing the Railway system (click to enlarge). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...


In partnership with his brother George (the librarian of the National Liberal Club), he gradually devised Sodor's history, geography, language, industries and even geology. The results were published in the book The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways in 1987. The National Liberal Club is a London gentlemens club, now also open to women, which was established by William Ewart Gladstone in 1882 for the purpose of providing club facilities for Liberal Party campaigners among the newly-enlarged electorate after the 1882 Reform Act. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Cameo Appearances

Rev. W. Awdry and Christopher Awdry both wrote about Sodor as if it were a real place that they visited, and that the stories were obtained first-hand from the engines and Controllers. This was often "documented" in the foreword to each book. However, in some of Rev. W. Awdry's later books, he made appearances as an actual character. The character was known as the Thin Clergyman and was described as a writer, though his real name and connections to the series were never made explicit.


He was invariably accompanied by the Fat Clergyman, the Reverend "Teddy" Boston, who was a fellow railway enthusiast and close friend. The two Clergymen were portrayed as railway enthusiasts, and were responsible for annoying the Small Engines and discovering Duke the Lost Engine. They were often figures of fun, liable to be splashed with water or to fall through a roof. Railfans practicing their hobby at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. ... Small Railway Engines book cover, showing the engines (L to R): Mike, Bert and Rex (with Duck in the foreground) The Arlesdale Railway, more commonly known as the Small Railway, is a fictional railway on the Island of Sodor from the Railway Series books by Rev. ... // The Railway Series by Reverend W.V. Awdry and Christopher Awdry has many characters within its stories. ...


Rev. W. Awdry also appeared in a number of illustrations, usually as a joke on the part of the illustrator. In one illustration by John T. Kenney in Duck and the Diesel Engine he appears with a figure who bears a strong resemblance to C. Reginald Dalby, which Brian Sibley has suggested might be a dig at Dalby's inaccurate rendition of the character of Duck. Brian Sibley is a British writer. ... Duck was heavily featured in the Railway Series book Duck and the Diesel Engine. ...


A vicar appears in Edward the Blue Engine and other volumes as the owner of Trevor the Traction Engine. This may be a reference to Teddy Boston, who had himself saved a traction engine from scrap. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Trevor the Traction Engine is a character in Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. ... // A traction engine (sometimes called a road locomotive) is a wheeled steam engine used to move heavy loads, plough ground or to provide power at a chosen location. ...


Christopher Awdry never appeared in the books, but would often describe meetings with the engines in the book forewords, usually with some degree of humour.


The Railway Series and British Railways

Developments on British Railways were often mirrored, satirised and even attacked in the Railway Series. The book Troublesome Engines (1950), for example, dealt with industrial disputes on British Railways. As the series went on, comparisons with the real railways of Britain became more explicit, with engines and locations of British Railways (always known as "The Other Railway") making appearances in major or cameo roles. British Railways (BR), later rebranded as British Rail, ran the British railway system, from the nationalisation of the Big Four British railway companies in 1948 until its privatisation in stages between 1994 and 1997. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In the childrens books The Railway Series, by the Rev. ...


The most obvious theme relating to British Railways was the decline of steam locomotion and its replacement with diesels. The first real instance of this was in the book Duck and the Diesel Engine (1958) in which an unpleasant diesel shunter arrives, causes trouble and is sent away. The 1963 volume Stepney the "Bluebell" Engine explained that steam engines were actually being scrapped to make way for these diesels, and again featured a diesel getting his comeuppance. The book Enterprising Engines was published in 1968, the year when steam finally disappeared from British Railways, and was the most aggressive towards dieselisation and Dr Beeching's modernisation plan. It features yet another arrogant diesel who is sent away, a visit by the real Flying Scotsman locomotive and a steam engine, Oliver, making a daring escape to Sodor. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... // This article profiles the significant characters of The Railway Series by Rev. ... A switcher (the general United States usage; common British terminology is shunter, while the Pennsylvania Railroad used shifter) is a small railroad locomotive intended not for moving trains any great distance but rather for assembling a train ready for a road locomotive to take over, disassembling a train that has... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Richard Beeching Richard Beeching, Baron Beeching (21 April 1913 - 23 March 1985), commonly known as Doctor Beeching, was chairman of British Railways and a physicist and engineer. ... Many railway lines were closed as a result of the Beeching Axe The Beeching Axe is an informal name for the British Governments attempt in the 1960s to reduce the cost of running the British railway system. ... There are two associations of the term Flying Scotsman in the British railway system: The Flying Scotsman, a named passenger service from London Kings Cross station to Edinburgh Waverley station. ... // This article profiles the significant characters of The Railway Series by Rev. ...


Thereafter, the books were less critical towards BR. Indeed, by the time of Christopher Awdry's 1984 book James and the Diesel Engines, the series was acknowledging that diesels could, in fact, be useful. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The Railway Series and the Preservation Movement

With the series' popularity and Rev. W. Awdry's interest in railways, it was perhaps inevitable that he would use the books to promote steam railways in the UK. The first instance of this was the creation of the Skarloey Railway, a railway on Sodor that closely resembled the Talyllyn Railway in Wales, of which Rev. W. Awdry was a member. Books focusing on this railway would inevitably include a promotion for the Talyllyn Railway, either in the stories themselves, in a footnote or in the foreword. Map of the Skarloey Railway On the fictional Island of Sodor in The Railway Series by Rev. ... The Talyllyn Railway (Welsh: Rheilffordd Talyllyn) is a 2 ft 3 in (686 mm) narrow gauge preserved railway line running for 7¼ miles (11. ... This article is about the country. ...


From the 1980s onwards, this association was carried further, with the Awdrys permitting the Talyllyn Railway to repaint one of their engines in the guise of its Sodor "twin". The first engine to receive this treatment was their No. 3, Sir Haydn, which was repainted to resemble the character Sir Handel. The second was No. 4, Edward Thomas, which became Peter Sam. In 2006 No. 6, Douglas runs in the guise of Duncan. These characters' appearances have been written into the Railway Series' continuity by Christopher Awdry.


Two other railways on Sodor are directly based on real railways. The Culdee Fell Railway (usually known as the Mountain Railway) is based on the Snowdon Mountain Railway, also in Wales. The Small Railway, more correctly known as the Arlesdale Railway, is based on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway in Cumbria. Some other lines on Sodor are heavily inspired by real lines. For example, Duke's railway (the Mid Sodor Railway) acknowledges the Ffestiniog Railway and Corris Railway and Duck's branch line (aka the Little Western) bears a resemblance to the South Devon Railway. // A map of the Island of Sodor showing the Railway system (click to enlarge). ... Half way up the Mountain. ... Small Railway Engines book cover, showing the engines (L to R): Mike, Bert and Rex (with Duck in the foreground) The Arlesdale Railway, more commonly known as the Small Railway, is a fictional railway on the Island of Sodor from the Railway Series books by Rev. ... The terminus of the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway at Dalegarth Station near Boot. ... Cumbria (IPA: ), is a shire county in the extreme North West of England. ... The Ffestiniog Railway (in Welsh Rheilffordd Ffestiniog) is a narrow-gauge heritage railway, located in North West Wales. ... Maespoeth Junction locomotive shed in the early 1980s, members of the Corris Railway Society at work restoring the line The Corris Railway (Welsh: Rheilffordd Corris) is a narrow gauge 23 (686mm) preserved railway line along the Dulas Valley on the border between Merionethshire (now Gwynedd) and Montgomeryshire (now Powys... The South Devon Railway Trust is a charity organisation that operates a heritage railway from Totnes to Buckfastleigh in Devon, alongside the River Dart. ...


From Duck and the Diesel Engine onwards, a number of real engines and railways were explicitly featured. The characters of Flying Scotsman, City of Truro, Stepney and Wilbert were all real locomotives that made significant appearances in the Railway Series, the latter two having entire volumes dedicated to them, Stepney the "Bluebell" Engine and Wilbert the Forest Engine . Wilbert's appearance was of particular significance. The locomotive in question was named in tribute to Rev. W. Awdry, the president of the Dean Forest Railway at the time. Christopher Awdry wrote Wilbert the Forest Engine in gratitude. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the locomotive the Flying Scotsman. For the passenger service, see Flying Scotsman (train). ... GWR 3700 City Class 4-4-0, no. ... // The Railway Series by Reverend W.V. Awdry and Christopher Awdry has many characters within its stories. ... // The Railway Series by Reverend W.V. Awdry and Christopher Awdry has many characters within its stories. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Dean Forest Railway is a 4. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Thomas and the Great Railway Show (1991) featured a visit by Thomas to the National Railway Museum in York, along with appearances by several of the real locomotives living there. At the end of this book, Thomas is made an honorary member of the National Collection. This was mirrored by the real life inclusion of the Railway Series in the National Railway Museum's extensive library of railway books in recognition of their influence on railway preservation. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Thomas the Tank Engine This article is about the fictional tank engine. ... Locomotives arranged around the turntable in the Great Hall. ...


The latest book, Thomas and Victoria, focuses on the rescue and restoration of a coach. Victoria had been used as a summerhouse in an orchard by the railway, but was rescued by the Fat Controller who then sent her to the works at Crovan's Gate to be restored. She then became part of the vintage train, working with Toby and Henrietta. The formation of a vintage train is based on the activities by the Furness Railway Trust[1], but coach restoration is common on heritage railways. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... There are many fictional locations in The Railway Series of books by Rev. ... Toby the Tram Engine. ... // This article profiles the significant characters of The Railway Series by Rev. ... A scene on a heritage railway. ...


Characters from The Railway Series

The series has featured numerous characters, both railway-based and otherwise. Some of the more notable ones are:

  • Henry the Green Engine
  • The Fat Controller


For other characters, see: Thomas the Tank Engine This article is about the fictional tank engine. ... The Railway Series book, featuring Edward, which also carries Edwards name. ... Henry the Green Engine is a fictional anthropomorphic 4-6-0 steam locomotive from The Railway Series books written by the Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry and his son, Christopher Awdry, and the spin-off childrens television series, Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. ... Gordon the Big Engine. ... James the Red Engine in Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. ... The Railway Series book, featuring Percy, which also carries Percys name. ... Toby the Tram Engine. ... Duck was heavily featured in the Railway Series book Duck and the Diesel Engine. ... Donald and Douglas in Twin Trouble. ... Trevor the Traction Engine is a character in Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. ... // This article profiles the significant characters of The Railway Series by Rev. ... // This article profiles the significant characters of The Railway Series by Rev. ... // This article profiles the significant characters of The Railway Series by Rev. ... // This article profiles the significant characters of The Railway Series by Rev. ... // This article profiles the significant characters of The Railway Series by Rev. ... In the fictional world of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, Annie and Clarabel are Thomas coaches. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Books in The Railway Series

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The following table lists the titles of all 41 books in The Railway Series.


Books 01 - 26 were written by Rev. W. Awdry.
Books 27 - 41 were written by Christopher Awdry. The Reverend W. V. Awdry OBE (15 June 1911 – 21 March 1997) was a clergyman, railway enthusiast and childrens author, best known as the creator of Thomas the Tank Engine. ... Christopher Awdry (born 1940) is a British author best known for his contributions to The Railway Series of books featuring Thomas the Tank Engine, which was started by his father Rev. ...

Books in The Railway Series
Vol. Title Year First Appearance by Characters:
Books written by Rev. W. Awdry
1 The Three Railway Engines 1945 Edward, Gordon, Henry (pre-rebuild), Fat Director
2 Thomas the Tank Engine 1946 Thomas, James
3 James the Red Engine 1948 Fat Controller (his title after Nationalisation)
4 Tank Engine Thomas Again 1949 Annie and Clarabel, Terence the Tractor, Bertie the Bus
5 Troublesome Engines 1950 Percy
6 Henry the Green Engine 1951 Henry (Mk 2) (post-rebuild)
7 Toby the Tram Engine 1952 Toby, Henrietta the Coach
8 Gordon the Big Engine 1953
9 Edward the Blue Engine 1954 Trevor the Traction Engine
10 Four Little Engines 1955 Skarloey, Rheneas, Sir Handel, Peter Sam, Thin Controller

Carriages: Agnes, Ruth, Lucy, Jemima, Beatrice, Mrs Last The Reverend W. V. Awdry OBE (15 June 1911 – 21 March 1997) was a clergyman, railway enthusiast and childrens author, best known as the creator of Thomas the Tank Engine. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... The Railway Series book, featuring Edward, which also carries Edwards name. ... Gordon the Big Engine. ... Henry the Green Engine is a fictional anthropomorphic 4-6-0 steam locomotive from The Railway Series books written by the Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry and his son, Christopher Awdry, and the spin-off childrens television series, Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. ... Sir Topham Hatt, the Fat Controller is the head of the railway in The Railway Series of books written by Rev. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Thomas the Tank Engine This article is about the fictional tank engine. ... James the Red Engine in Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sir Topham Hatt, the Fat Controller is the head of the railway in The Railway Series of books written by Rev. ... British Railways (BR), later rebranded as British Rail, ran the British railway system, from the nationalisation of the Big Four British railway companies in 1948 until its privatisation in stages between 1994 and 1997. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... In the fictional world of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, Annie and Clarabel are Thomas coaches. ... Terence the Tractor, as portrayed in the TV Series Terence is a fictional anthropomorphic crawler tractor from The Railway Series of childrens books by the Rev. ... Bertie is a small red bus who appears in Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Railway Series book, featuring Percy, which also carries Percys name. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Henry the Green Engine is a fictional anthropomorphic 4-6-0 steam locomotive from The Railway Series books written by the Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry and his son, Christopher Awdry, and the spin-off childrens television series, Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Toby the Tram Engine. ... // This article profiles the significant characters of The Railway Series by Rev. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Trevor the Traction Engine is a character in Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Rheneas Rheneas is a fictional locomotive from The Railway Series by Rev. ... Sir Handel (from Thomas & Friends, Season 4) Sir Handel is a fictional locomotive from The Railway Series by Rev. ... Peter Sam is a fictional locomotive from The Railway Series by Rev. ... // The Railway Series by Reverend W.V. Awdry and Christopher Awdry has many characters within its stories. ... Map of the Skarloey Railway On the fictional Island of Sodor in The Railway Series by Rev. ... // The Railway Series by Reverend W.V. Awdry and Christopher Awdry has many characters within its stories. ...

11 Percy the Small Engine 1956 Duck, Harold the Helicopter
12 The Eight Famous Engines 1957 The Foreign Engine, Jinty and Pug
13 Duck and the Diesel Engine 1958 City of Truro, Diesel
14 The Little Old Engine 1959 Rusty the diesel, Duncan

Carriages: Cora, Ada, Jane, Mabel, Gertrude, Millicent Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Duck was heavily featured in the Railway Series book Duck and the Diesel Engine. ... Harold is a character in Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... In the childrens books The Railway Series, by the Rev. ... In the childrens books The Railway Series, by the Rev. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... // The Railway Series by Reverend W.V. Awdry and Christopher Awdry has many characters within its stories. ... In the childrens books The Railway Series, by the Rev. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... // This article profiles the significant characters of The Railway Series by Rev. ... // This article profiles the significant characters of The Railway Series by Rev. ... Map of the Skarloey Railway On the fictional Island of Sodor in The Railway Series by Rev. ...

15 The Twin Engines 1960 Donald and Douglas, Spiteful Brake Van
16 Branch Line Engines 1961 Daisy the Diesel Rail-Car
17 Gallant Old Engine 1962 George the Steamroller, Nancy the Guard's Daughter
18 Stepney the "Bluebell" Engine 1963 Stepney, Caroline the car, The Diesel/D4711
19 Mountain Engines 1964 Culdee, Ernest, Wilfred, Godred, Lord Harry,

Alaric, Eric, Catherine (coach), The Truck,
Lord Harry Barrane, Mr Walter Richards Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Donald and Douglas in Twin Trouble. ... // The Railway Series by Reverend W.V. Awdry and Christopher Awdry has many characters within its stories. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... // This article profiles the significant characters of The Railway Series by Rev. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... // The Railway Series by Reverend W.V. Awdry and Christopher Awdry has many characters within its stories. ... // The Railway Series by Reverend W.V. Awdry and Christopher Awdry has many characters within its stories. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... // The Railway Series by Reverend W.V. Awdry and Christopher Awdry has many characters within its stories. ... // The Railway Series by Reverend W.V. Awdry and Christopher Awdry has many characters within its stories. ... In the childrens books The Railway Series, by the Rev. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... // A map of the Island of Sodor showing the Railway system (click to enlarge). ... // A map of the Island of Sodor showing the Railway system (click to enlarge). ... // A map of the Island of Sodor showing the Railway system (click to enlarge). ... // A map of the Island of Sodor showing the Railway system (click to enlarge). ... // A map of the Island of Sodor showing the Railway system (click to enlarge). ... // A map of the Island of Sodor showing the Railway system (click to enlarge). ... // A map of the Island of Sodor showing the Railway system (click to enlarge). ... // A map of the Island of Sodor showing the Railway system (click to enlarge). ... // A map of the Island of Sodor showing the Railway system (click to enlarge). ... // A map of the Island of Sodor showing the Railway system (click to enlarge). ... // A map of the Island of Sodor showing the Railway system (click to enlarge). ...

20 Very Old Engines 1965 Neil
21 Main Line Engines 1966 BoCo, Bill and Ben
22 Small Railway Engines 1967 Mike, Rex, Bert, Ballast Spreader

The Small Controller (Mr. Fergus Duncan) Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... A map of the Island of Sodor showing the Railway system (click to enlarge). ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... // This article profiles the significant characters of The Railway Series by Rev. ... // This article profiles the significant characters of The Railway Series by Rev. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Small Railway Engines book cover, showing the engines (L to R): Mike, Bert and Rex (with Duck in the foreground) The Arlesdale Railway, more commonly known as the Small Railway, is a fictional railway on the Island of Sodor from the Railway Series books by Rev. ... Small Railway Engines book cover, showing the engines (L to R): Mike, Bert and Rex (with Duck in the foreground) The Arlesdale Railway, more commonly known as the Small Railway, is a fictional railway on the Island of Sodor from the Railway Series books by Rev. ... Small Railway Engines book cover, showing the engines (L to R): Mike, Bert and Rex (with Duck in the foreground) The Arlesdale Railway, more commonly known as the Small Railway, is a fictional railway on the Island of Sodor from the Railway Series books by Rev. ... // There are many characters featured in The Railway Series books created by the Rev. ... // The Railway Series by Reverend W.V. Awdry and Christopher Awdry has many characters within its stories. ...

23 Enterprising Engines 1968 Flying Scotsman, D199 (Spamcan), Bear

Oliver, Toad, Coaches: Isabel, Dulcie, Alice, Mirabel Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... // The Railway Series by Reverend W.V. Awdry and Christopher Awdry has many characters within its stories. ... In the childrens books The Railway Series, by the Rev. ... In the childrens books The Railway Series, by the Rev. ... // This article profiles the significant characters of The Railway Series by Rev. ... // The Railway Series by Reverend W.V. Awdry and Christopher Awdry has many characters within its stories. ... // The Railway Series by Reverend W.V. Awdry and Christopher Awdry has many characters within its stories. ...

24 Oliver the Western Engine 1969 S.C.Ruffey, Fred Pelhay, Bulgy
25 Duke the Lost Engine 1970 Duke, Falcon, Stuart, Stanley
26 Tramway Engines 1972 Mavis
Books written by Christopher Awdry
27 Really Useful Engines 1983 Tom Tipper (postman)
28 James and the Diesel Engines 1984 Old Stuck-up, The Works Diesel
29 Great Little Engines 1985
30 More About Thomas the Tank Engine 1986
31 Gordon the High-Speed Engine 1987 Pip & Emma, 31 120, D10751
32 Toby, Trucks and Trouble 1988 The Old Engine, Bulstrode
33 Thomas and the Twins 1989
34 Jock the New Engine 1990 Arlesdale Railway engines: Frank, Jock
35 Thomas and the Great Railway Show 1991 Engines at the National Railway Museum
36 Thomas Comes Home 1992
37 Henry and the Express 1993
38 Wilbert the Forest Engine 1994 Wilbert, Sixteen
39 Thomas and the Fat Controller's Engines 1995
40 New Little Engine 1996 Fred, Kathy & Lizzie (cleaners), Ivo Hugh
41 Thomas and Victoria 2007 Victoria (a coach), Helena (a coach similar to Victoria), Albert

Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... // The Railway Series by Reverend W.V. Awdry and Christopher Awdry has many characters within its stories. ... // There are many characters featured in The Railway Series books created by the Rev. ... // The Railway Series by Reverend W.V. Awdry and Christopher Awdry has many characters within its stories. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... // The Mid Sodor Railway is a fictional narrow gauge railway on the Island of Sodor in The Railway Series of childrens books by the Rev. ... // The Mid Sodor Railway is a fictional narrow gauge railway on the Island of Sodor in The Railway Series of childrens books by the Rev. ... // The Mid Sodor Railway is a fictional narrow gauge railway on the Island of Sodor in The Railway Series of childrens books by the Rev. ... // The Mid Sodor Railway is a fictional narrow gauge railway on the Island of Sodor in The Railway Series of childrens books by the Rev. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... // This article profiles the significant characters of The Railway Series by Rev. ... Christopher Awdry (born 1940) is a British author best known for his contributions to The Railway Series of books featuring Thomas the Tank Engine, which was started by his father Rev. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... In the childrens books The Railway Series, by the Rev. ... In the childrens books The Railway Series, by the Rev. ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... In the childrens books The Railway Series, by the Rev. ... // There are many characters featured in The Railway Series books created by the Rev. ... // There are many characters featured in The Railway Series books created by the Rev. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... // The Railway Series by Reverend W.V. Awdry and Christopher Awdry has many characters within its stories. ... // The Railway Series by Reverend W.V. Awdry and Christopher Awdry has many characters within its stories. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Small Railway Engines book cover, showing the engines (L to R): Mike, Bert and Rex (with Duck in the foreground) The Arlesdale Railway, more commonly known as the Small Railway, is a fictional railway on the Island of Sodor from the Railway Series books by Rev. ... Small Railway Engines book cover, showing the engines (L to R): Mike, Bert and Rex (with Duck in the foreground) The Arlesdale Railway, more commonly known as the Small Railway, is a fictional railway on the Island of Sodor from the Railway Series books by Rev. ... Small Railway Engines book cover, showing the engines (L to R): Mike, Bert and Rex (with Duck in the foreground) The Arlesdale Railway, more commonly known as the Small Railway, is a fictional railway on the Island of Sodor from the Railway Series books by Rev. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... // The Railway Series by Reverend W.V. Awdry and Christopher Awdry has many characters within its stories. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... This be the Danster with a few new trickoms ahahahahahahahahahahahahah Hace fun life life // January 1 - NAFTA goes into effect. ... // The Railway Series by Reverend W.V. Awdry and Christopher Awdry has many characters within its stories. ... // The Railway Series by Reverend W.V. Awdry and Christopher Awdry has many characters within its stories. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... // The Railway Series by Reverend W.V. Awdry and Christopher Awdry has many characters within its stories. ... // The Railway Series by Reverend W.V. Awdry and Christopher Awdry has many characters within its stories. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

References in popular culture

Satirical magazine Private Eye produced a book Thomas the Privatised Tank Engine, written in the style of The Railway Series. The stories were strongly critical of private railway companies and the Government of John Major, and covered subjects such as the Channel Tunnel, London Underground, transport of radioactive waste and the perceived dangerous state of the railways. Private eye may mean: Look up Private eye on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Private Eye a fortnightly British satirical magazine-newspaper, edited by Ian Hislop (as of 2005) A private investigator, a private detective for hire (see also crime fiction and detective fiction) Private Eye, a song by Alkaline Trio... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other persons named John Major, see John Major (disambiguation). ... Map of the Channel Tunnel. ... The London Underground is a transit system that serves much of Greater London and some neighbouring areas. ... Radioactive waste are waste types containing radioactive chemical elements that do not have a practical purpose. ...


External links

  • List of The Railway Series books (in Portable Document Format).
  • The Real Lives of Thomas the Tank Engine - documents real influences behind the series
The world of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends
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Movie and spin-off releases: Thomas and the Magic RailroadCalling All EnginesOn Site with ThomasThe Great Discovery “PDF” redirects here. ... Thomas & Friends (formerly Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, also known as Thomas the Tank Engine) is a British childrens television series which was first broadcast in 1984. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... // Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends is a childrens television series about the engines and other characters working on the railways of the Island of Sodor, and is based on The Railway Series of books written by Rev. ... // Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends is a childrens television series about the engines and other characters working on the railways of the Island of Sodor, and is based on The Railway Series of books written by Rev. ... Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends is a childrens television series about the engines and other characters working on the railways of the Island of Sodor, and is based on The Railway Series of books written by Rev. ... Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends is a childrens television series about the engines and other characters working on the railways of the Island of Sodor, and is based on The Railway Series of books written by Rev. ... Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends is a childrens television series about the engines and other characters working on the railways of the Island of Sodor, and is based on The Railway Series of books written by Rev. ... // Thomas and Friends (previously known as Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends) is a childrens television series about the engines and other characters working on the railways of the Island of Sodor, and is based on The Railway Series of books written by Rev. ... Thomas and Friends (previously known as Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends) is a childrens television series about the engines and other characters working on the railways of the Island of Sodor, and is based on The Railway Series of books written by Rev. ... Thomas and Friends (previously known as Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends) is a childrens television series about the engines and other characters working on the railways of the Island of Sodor, and is based on The Railway Series of books written by Rev. ... Thomas and Friends (previously known as Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends) is a childrens television series about the engines and other characters working on the railways of the Island of Sodor, and is based on The Railway Series of books written by Rev. ... Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, later renamed Thomas and Friends is a childrens television series, based on the Railway Series, and which was first broadcast in 1984. ... Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, later renamed Thomas and Friends is a childrens television series, based on the Railway Series, and which was first broadcast in 1984. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Thomas and the Magic Railroad is a 2000 film based on the well-known TV series and its American spinoff. ... Calling All Engines DVD cover Calling All Engines is a full-length feature special based on the TV series Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. ... Jack and the Pack is a direct-to-video release for the Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends series, much like the movie: Calling All Engines. ... The Great Discovery is an upcoming direct-to-DVD-special, based on the popular TV series Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. ...

Characters
ThomasEdward • Henry • GordonJamesPercyTobyDuckDonald and DouglasEmily
The Fat Controller • Annie and ClarabelBertieHaroldTerenceTrevor

The Railway Series: Major charactersMinor charactersUnfeatured characters
TV Series: Railway engines • Narrow gauge engines • Rolling stock • Non-rail vehicles • People & animals
Movies: Movie-only characters Thomas the Tank Engine This article is about the fictional tank engine. ... The Railway Series book, featuring Edward, which also carries Edwards name. ... Henry the Green Engine is a fictional anthropomorphic 4-6-0 steam locomotive from The Railway Series books written by the Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry and his son, Christopher Awdry, and the spin-off childrens television series, Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. ... Gordon the Big Engine. ... James the Red Engine in Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. ... The Railway Series book, featuring Percy, which also carries Percys name. ... Toby the Tram Engine. ... Duck was heavily featured in the Railway Series book Duck and the Diesel Engine. ... Donald and Douglas in Twin Trouble. ... Emily Emilys Coaches Emily is a fictional, anthropomorphic steam locomotive from the television series Thomas and Friends. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In the fictional world of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, Annie and Clarabel are Thomas coaches. ... Bertie is a small red bus who appears in Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. ... Harold is a character in Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. ... Terence the Tractor, as portrayed in the TV Series Terence is a fictional anthropomorphic crawler tractor from The Railway Series of childrens books by the Rev. ... Trevor the Traction Engine is a character in Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. ... // This article profiles the significant characters of The Railway Series by Rev. ... // The Railway Series by Reverend W.V. Awdry and Christopher Awdry has many characters within its stories. ... // There are many characters featured in The Railway Series books created by the Rev. ... This article lists, and also profiles, the regular Engine characters of the Television Series Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. ... This article lists all of the characters in the television series Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends that run on the Narrow Gauge Railway. ... · // No railway would be complete without coaches and trucks, and those appearing in the childrens television series Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends are no exception. ... The television series Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends is well known for its anthropomorphic railway engines. ... The television series Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends features many fictional people and animals who interact with the engine characters and form the basis for many of the varying storylines. ... Here is a list of characters that have appeared in both Thomas and Friends movies. ...

Locations
Island of Sodor
Railways: North WesternSkarloeyArlesdaleCuldee FellMid SodorSodor & Mainland"Other"

Other locations - The Railway SeriesTV Series A map of the Island of Sodor showing the Railway system (click to enlarge). ... A map of the Island of Sodor showing the Railway system (click to enlarge). ... Map of the Skarloey Railway On the fictional Island of Sodor in The Railway Series by Rev. ... Small Railway Engines book cover, showing the engines (L to R): Mike, Bert and Rex (with Duck in the foreground) The Arlesdale Railway, more commonly known as the Small Railway, is a fictional railway on the Island of Sodor from the Railway Series books by Rev. ... // A map of the Island of Sodor showing the Railway system (click to enlarge). ... // The Mid Sodor Railway is a fictional narrow gauge railway on the Island of Sodor in The Railway Series of childrens books by the Rev. ... A map of the Island of Sodor showing the Railway system (click to enlarge). ... In the childrens books The Railway Series, by the Rev. ... There are many fictional locations in The Railway Series of books by Rev. ... There are many fictional locations in Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, the television series based on The Railway Series books by Rev. ...

Significant people and organisations
Rev. W. V. Awdry (series creator)Christopher Awdry
Britt AllcroftGullane Entertainment • HIT Entertainment • Woodland Animations
Other relevant pages
WikiProject Thomas
The Railway Stories (audiobooks)Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends merchandise • Video Releases
Shining Time StationTUGS

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The Railway Series - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (4067 words)
He was a keen railway enthusiast like his father, and it was on a visit to the Nene Valley Railway that he received the inspiration for his first story.
The first instance of this was the creation of the Skarloey Railway, a railway on Sodor that closely resembled the Talyllyn Railway in Wales, of which Rev. W.
Since privatisation the railway has again become the North Western Railway Company and unlike most post-privatisation train companies is responsible for the running of the freight and passenger operations and for the maintenance of the track and infrastructure of the railway.
NationMaster.com - Encyclopedia: The Railway Series (493 words)
Map of the Skarloey Railway On the fictional Island of Sodor in The Railway Series by Rev....
When the railways in the United Kingdom were nationalised Sodor was affected too with the North Western Railway becoming the North Western Region of British Railways however the railway was allowed to keep a large degree of independence from the rest of the network this is how come steam traction was preserved on the railway.
Since privatisation the railway has again become the North Western Railway Company and unlike most post-privatisation train companies is responsible for the running of the frieght and passenger operations and for the maintainance of the track and infrastructure of the railway.
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