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book cover for 'Thomas The Tank Engine and Other Railway Stories'          synopsis & history

the books

the authors

business entities

TV series

videos, stageplays, other media

links

         drawing of Thomas the Tank Engine


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The British storybooks about 'Thomas the Tank Engine' by Rev. Wilbert Vere Awdry [1911-97] were a surprise success and the merchandise
now includes 42 storybooks, dozens of educational books, British and American television series, feature films & videos, electric trains
in OO gauge and larger, other toys & games of all sorts, furniture, clothing, and 'in person' visits by Thomas to local tourist railroads.

basic logo for 'Thomas & Friends' merchandise

Synopsis

           Days after

History of The Books
           Days after

History of The TV Shows & Movies
           Days after

basic logo for 'Thomas & Friends' merchandise
'Thomas the Tank Engine' entry at Wikipedia
search books on keywords 'Thomas Tank Engine' {returns 1,000+ items} at Amazon
search DVDs on keywords 'Thomas Tank Engine' {returns 200 items} at Amazon

'Thomas the Tank Engine' Wikia website [est. 2005?]
'Thomas the Tank Engine' Archives [est. 2/2011] at YouTube


The  Books
Rev. W. Awdry wrote 26 books in "The Railway Series", published from 1945 to 1972; each contains four stories.
His son Christopher wrote sixteen books, published from 1983 to 2011 - plus four special storybooks.

'The Railway Series' entry at Wikipedia

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"The Railway Series" books 1-26, written by Rev. W. Awdry

"The Three Railway Engines" [#1 = 1945] debut of Edward, Gordon, Henry, Fat Director
http://www.amazon.com/Railway-No-Engines-Classic-Thomas/dp/1405203315/

"Thomas The Tank Engine" [#2 = 1946] debut of Thomas, James, coaches Annie & Clarabel
http://www.amazon.com/Railway-No-Thomas-Engine-Classic/dp/1405203323/
http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Tank-Engine-Anniversary-Slipcase/dp/1405277270/

"James The Red Engine" [#3 = 1948] re-debut of The Fat Controller (renamed after nationalisation)
http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Tank-Engine-Railway-Classic/dp/1405276509/

"Tank Engine Thomas Again" [#4 = 1949] debut of Terence the Tractor, Bertie the Bus
http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Tank-Engine-Railway-Classic/dp/1405276525/

"Troublesome Engines" [#5 = 1950] debut of Percy the Small Engine
http://www.amazon.com/Railway-No-Troublesome-Engines-Classic/dp/1405203358/

"Henry The Green Engine" [#6 = 1951]
http://www.amazon.com/Henry-Green-Engine-Railway-Awdry/dp/0375805303/

"Toby The Tram Engine" [#7 = 1952] debut of Toby, Henrietta
http://www.amazon.com/Toby-Tram-Engine-Railway-7/dp/0434966754/
http://www.amazon.com/Railway-No-Engine-Classic-Thomas/dp/1405203374/

"Gordon The Big Engine" [#8 = 1953]
http://www.amazon.com/Gordon-Engine-Railway-Rev-Awdry/dp/0375815503/

"Edward The Blue Engine" [#9 = 1954] debut of Trevor the Traction Engine
http://www.amazon.com/Edward-Blue-Engine-Railway-Awdry/dp/0375824073/

"Four Little Engines" [#10 = 1955] (scarce) debut of Skarloey, Rheneas, Sir Handel, Peter Sam,
Thin Controller, The Owner, Mrs Last, and carriages Agnes, Ruth, Lucy, Jemima, Beatrice

"Percy The Small Engine" [#11 = 1956] debut of Duck, Harold the Helicopter
http://www.amazon.com/Percy-Small-Engine-Railway/dp/0718210484/
http://www.amazon.com/Percy-Small-Engine-Railway-Awdry/dp/0375812245/

"The Eight Famous Engines" [#12 = 1957] debut of The Foreign Engine, Jinty & Pug
http://www.amazon.com/Eight-Famous-Engines-Railway/dp/0434804614/

"Duck and The Diesel Engine" [#13 = 1958] debut of City of Truro, Diesel
http://www.amazon.com/Duck-Diesel-Engine-Railway-Awdry/dp/0434804622/

"The Little Old Engine" [#14 = 1959] debut of Rusty, Duncan, carriages Cora, Ada, Jane, Mabel, Gertrude, Millicent
http://www.amazon.com/Little-Old-Engine-W-Awdry/dp/1405203447/

"The Twin Engines" [#15 = 1960] debut of Donald & Douglas, Spiteful Brake Van
http://www.amazon.com/Twin-Engines-Railway-Rev-Awdry/dp/0434927929/

"Branch Line Engines" [#16 = 1961] debut of Daisy the Diesel Rail-Car
http://www.amazon.com/Branch-Line-Engines-Railway-Awdry/dp/0434927937/

"Gallant Old Engine" [#17 = 1962] debut of George the Steamroller, Nancy the Guard's Daughter
http://www.amazon.com/Gallant-engine-Railway-Wilbert-Awdry/dp/B0000CLHVX/

"Stepney The 'Bluebell' Engine" [#18 = 1963] debut of Stepney, Caroline the car, The Diesel/D4711
http://www.amazon.com/Stepney-Bluebell-Engine-Railway-Awdry/dp/140520348X/

"Mountain Engines" [#19 = 1964] debut of Culdee, Ernest, Wilfred, Godred, Lord Harry, Alaric, Eric,
coach Catherine, The Truck, Lord Harry Barrane, Mr Walter Richards
http://www.amazon.com/Mountain-Engines-Railway-W-Awdry/dp/1405203498/

"Very Old Engines" [#20 = 1965] debut of Neil
http://www.amazon.com/Very-Engines-Railway-Rev-Awdry/dp/1405203501/

"Main Line Engines" [#21 = 1966] debut of BoCo, Bill & Ben
http://www.amazon.com/Main-Line-Engines-Railway-Awdry/dp/0434927988/

"Small Railway Engines" [#22 = 1967] debut of Mike, Rex, Bert, Ballast Spreader,
The Small Controller (Mr. Fergus Duncan)
http://www.amazon.com/Railway-No-22-Engines-Hardcover/dp/B00NYIOE1G/

"Enterprising Engines" [#23 = 1968] debut of Flying Scotsman, D199 (Spamcan), Bear, Oliver,
Toad, coaches Isabel, Dulcie, Alice, Mirabel
http://www.amazon.com/Enterprising-Engines-Railway-W-Awdry/dp/1405203536/

"Oliver The Western Engine" [#24 = 1969] debut of S.C.Ruffey, Fred Pelhay, Bulgy
http://www.amazon.com/Oliver-Western-Engine-Railway-Awdry/dp/1405203544/

"Duke The Lost Engine" [#25 = 1970] debut of Duke, Falcon, Stuart, Stanley
http://www.amazon.com/DUKE-LOST-ENGINE-RAILWAY-AWDRY/dp/1405203552/

"Tramway Engines" [#26 = 1972] debut of Mavis
http://www.amazon.com/Tramway-Engines-Railway-Rev-Awdry/dp/0718208420/

Railway Series Surprise Packet by Wilbert Awdry & Peter Edwards  "The Rev. W. Awdry's Railway Series Surprise Packet" [1972] Designed by Peter Edwards
24-page Kaye & Ward, U.K. hardcover [1972] out of print/rare!
The story goes that Rev. Awdry was having writer's block, so his publisher asked illustrator Edwards to put together this games/activities book; the 24 pages of content are: Sodor Railway Poster (page 1); Tidmouth Grand Tour (2-3); Puzzle Page (4-5); How to make a working model of Skarloey (6-7); How does a steam engine work? (8-9); The first railway engine (10-11); How to drive James (12); How sharp are your eyes? (13-14); Bill and Ben, Bothering! (15); Knapford Junction game (16-17); Thomas's Branch Line (18-19); A trip on the Culdee Fell Mountain Railway (20); Problem Page (21); Here be steam engines! (22-23); and Answers Page (page 24)

'Thomas The Tank Engine' Railway Series Classic Library carton of books  "Thomas The Tank Engine 'Railway Series' Classic Library Boxed Set" [1990]
by Rev. W. Awdry
- 26 books in a cardboard carton
Random House Books for Young Readers 6¼x5¾ hardcover set [9/2007] for $138.30
Egmont Books, UK 6x4½ hardcover set {weighs 7 pounds} [1/2015] out of print/used

Thomas The Tank Engine Complete Collection in one volume  "Thomas The Tank Engine: The Complete Collection" [1996]
by Rev. W. Awdry, Illustrated by C. Reginald Dalby

all 26 original books in one volume; weighs 3.4 pounds
Egmont Books, Ltd. Anniv Edition 11½x9 hardcover [10/2014] out of print/used
Random House Value Publng 11¼x8¾ hardcover [9/96] out of print/70+ used
Random House Value Publng hardcover [2000] out of print/used
'Thomas the Tank Engine Story Treasury Complete Collection' book by Rev. W. Awdry  "Thomas The Tank Engine Story Treasury: Complete Collection"
[2003 & 2007] by Rev. W. Awdry

toddler's storybook version 'based on the stories by the Rev. W. Awdry'
64-page Dean & Son 10½x8½ hardcover [2007] out of print/used
A Britt Allcroft Book hardcover [2003] out of print/used
'Thomas the Tank Engine Story Collection' 2005 book by Rev. W. Awdry  "Thomas The Tank Engine Story Collection" [2002]
by Rev. W. Awdry

contains 'over 55 stories' from 14 (of the original 26) books
Random House Books for Young Readers 9½x8½ hardcover [10/2005] for $22.30
Random House Books for Young Readers 9½x8½ hardcover [10/2005] out of print/used
Heinemann Young Books 9½x8½ hardcover [8/2002] out of print/used
'Thomas the Tank Engine Original & Best Story Collection' book by Rev. W. Awdry  "Thomas The Tank Engine: The Original and Best Story Collection" [2011]
by Rev. W. Awdry

512-page Dean & Son 9½x8 hardcover [9/2011] out of print/used
'Thomas the Tank Engine' Centenary Library carton of books  
"Thomas The Tank Engine: The Centenary Library" [2011]
by Wilbert Vere Awdry
- 26 books in a cardboard carton (weighs 7.5 pounds)
Egmont Books, UK 5½x4 hardcover set [6/2011] out of print/used
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"The Railway Series" books 27-42, written by Christopher Awdry

"Really Useful Engines" [#27 = 1983] debut of Tom Tipper
http://www.amazon.com/Really-Useful-Engines-Railway-Christopher/dp/0375812253/

"James and The Diesel Engines" [#28 = 1984] debut of Old Stuck-up, The Works Diesel

"Great Little Engines" [#29 = 1985]

"More About Thomas The Tank Engine" [#30 = 1986]

"Thomas and The Missing Christmas Tree" [special #1 = 1986]

"Gordon The High-Speed Engine" [#31 = 1987] debut of Pip & Emma, '31 120', D10751

"Thomas and The Evil Diesel" [special #2 = 1987]

"Toby, Trucks, and Trouble" [#32 = 1988] debut of The Old Engine, Bulstrode

"Thomas and the Twins" [#33 = 1989]

"Jock The New Engine" [#34 = 1990] debut of Arlesdale Railway engines Frank & Jock

"Thomas and The Great Railway Show" [#35 = 1991] debut of engines at the National Railway Museum

"Thomas Comes Home" [#36 = 1992]

"Thomas and The Hurricane" [special #3 = 1992]
http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Hurricane-Christopher-Awdry/dp/0434961337/

"Henry and The Express" [#37 = 1993]

"Wilbert The Forest Engine" [#38 = 1994] debut of Wilbert, Sixteen

"Thomas and The Fat Controller's Engines" [#39 = 1995]

"New Little Engine" [#40 = 1996] debut of Fred, cleaners Kathy & Lizzie, Ivo Hugh

"Sodor: Reading Between The Lines" [special #4 = 2005]

"Thomas and Victoria" [#41 = 2007] debut of Albert, coaches Victoria & Helena

"Thomas and His Friends" [#42 = 2011]

Thomas The Tank Engine New Collection book by Christopher Awdry  
"Thomas The Tank Engine: The New Collection" [2007]
by Christopher Awdry, Illustrated by Clive Spong

Egmont Books, Ltd. 11¼x8¾ hardcover [9/2007] out of print/used
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search books on keywords 'Thomas Tank Engine' {returns 1,000+ items} at Amazon

Thomas the Tank Engine Storybook by Rev. W. Awdry  "Thomas The Tank Engine Storybook" [1993]
by Rev. W. Awdry

60-page Random House Books for Young Readers hardcover [8/93] out of print/50+ used
Hamlyn Young Books 11½x8¾ hardcover [8/93] out of print/used
'The Railway Series' boxed set by Rev. W. Awdry  "The Railway Series" Boxed Set [2003]
by Rev. W. Awdry, Illustrated by C. Reginald Dalby

each book includes stories featuring one engine:
Gordon, Henry, James, Percy, Thomas, and Toby

Random House BFYR slipcover edition 5½x6¾ hardcover set [10/2003] out of print/used
Random House BFYR slipcover edition 5½x6¾ hardcover set [10/2003] out of print/used

Thomas the Tank Engine Collection / Stories From The Railway Series book by Rev. W. Awdry  "Thomas the Tank Engine Collection: A Unique Collection of Engine Stories From The Railway Series" [2004] by Rev. W. Awdry
56 stories and over 400 color illustrations from the original 'Railway Series' books;
featuring engines Edward, Gordon, Henry, James, Percy, Thomas, and Toby

Dean & Son 11½x8¾ hardcover [8/2007] out of print/many used
Gramercy Books 11½x9 hardcover [5/2004] out of print/many used

Thomas Story Library Ultimate Collection of 65 books  "Thomas Story Library Ultimate Collection 65 Books Boxed Set" [2010]
this set of books is organized by engine/character name: Thomas, Alfie, Annie & Clarabel, 'Arry & Bert, Arthur, Bertie, Bill & Ben, Billy, BoCo, Bulgy, Bulstrode, Caroline, Charlie, Colin, Cranky, Daisy, Dennis, Diesel, Donald & Douglas, Duck, Duncan, Edward, Elizabeth, Emily, The Fat Controller, Fergus, Flora, Freddie, George, Gordon, Hank, Harold, Harvey, Hector, Henry, Hiro, Jack, James, Jeremy, Kevin, Madge, Mavis, Mighty Mac, Molly, Murdoch, Neville, Oliver, Percy, Peter Sam, Rheneas, Rocky, Rosie, Rusty, Salty, Sir Handel, Skarloey, Spencer, Stanley, Stepney, Terence, Toby, Trevor, Troublesome Trucks, Victor & Whiff
Egmont Books, Ltd pb set [2014] out of print/scarce
Egmont Books, Ltd pb set [2013] out of print/scarce
Egmont Books, Ltd pb set [10/2010] out of print/new-used
"Thomas Story Library - Engine Shed Complete Collection" 68 Books Boxed Set" [2013]
no clues found about the added three books
Dean & Son Books pb set [2013] out of print/scarce

Thomas Story Library Collection of 40 or 50 books  
"Thomas Story Library" 40 books in a carton [2014]
Egmont Books, Ltd 8x5½ pb set [6/2014] 40 books - out of print/used
"Thomas Story Library" 50 books in a carton [2007]
Egmont Books, Ltd 8x5½ pb set [10/2007] 50 books - out of print/used

Thomas & Friends Story Time Collection book by Rev. W. Awdry  "Thomas & Friends Story Time Collection" [2014]
by Rev. W. Awdry, Illustrated by Richard Courtney & Tommy Stubbs

thirteen 'Thomas & Friends' stories: "Calling All Engines", "Danger At The Dieselworks", "Diesel 10 Means Trouble", "Down At The Docks", "Little Engines Can Do Big Things", "Lost At Sea", "The Lost Crown of Sodor", "The Monster Under The Shed", "Risky Rails", "The Special Delivery", "Thomas and The Naughty Diesel", "Thomas Gets A Snowplow", and "Thomas-saurus Rex"
320-page Random House Books for Young Readers 9¼x9 hardcover [7/2014] for $10.01

"Thomas the Tank Engine's Springtime Adventure (Coloring Book)" [Mar 7, 2000] by Rev. W. Awdry()
http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Engines-Springtime-Adventure-Coloring/dp/0375800573/

"Thomas' ABC Book" [Jul 21, 1998] by Rev. W. Awdry and Golden Books()
http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-ABC-Book-Friends-Pictureback/dp/0679893571/

"Thomas' 123 Book" [] by Rev. W. Awdry Paperback$3.99
http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-123-Book-Friends-Pictureback/dp/0307982033/

"Thomas' Party Pop-up (Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends)" [Oct 1, 1999] by Rev. W. Awdry
http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Party-Pop-up-Engine-Friends/dp/0434805378/


The  Authors

Rev. Wilbert Vere Awdry [1911-97] of Gloucestershire, England
browse booksincomplete IMDb listingWilbert Awdry entry at Wikipedia

The Island of Sodor book by Rev. W.V. Awdry & George V. Awdry  
"The Island of Sodor: Its People, History, and Railways" [Kaye & Ward, 1986]
by Rev. W.V. Awdry & George V. Awdry

Heinemann Young Books 8½x5¾ hardcover [9/87] out of print/scarce
'The Thomas The Tank Engine Man' biography by Brian Sibley  "The Thomas The Tank Engine Man: The Life of Rev. W. Awdry" [1995]
by Brian Sibley

Kindle Edition from Lion Books [5/2015] for $11.49
Lion Hudson 9¼x6 hardcover [9/2015] for $23.76
Heinemann Young Books 10x8 hardcover [10/95] out of print/used


son Christopher Awdry [b. 1940] and his wife live in Gloucestershire, England
Christopher Awdry entry at Wikipedia

basic logo for 'Thomas & Friends' merchandise
Business Entities
The Britt Allcroft Company was founded circa 1984 to produce the TV show.
producer HiT Entertainment launched in 1989.
B.A.C. changed its name to Gullane (Thomas) Ltd. of London, UK in late 2001
HiT Entertainment purchased Gullane in 2002.
Mattel, Inc. of Redondo Beach, California purchased HiT Entertainment in 2012; HiT is a division of Fisher-Price.

HiT Entertainment is one of the world's leading children's entertainment producers and rights-owners whose portfolio of brands includes:
Angelina Ballerina™ [est. 1983], Barney™ [est. 1987], Bob the Builder™ [est. 1999], Fireman Sam™ [est. 1987], Mike the Knight™ [est. 2011],
Pingu the Penguin™ [est. 1986], Rainbow Magic™ [est. 2003], and Thomas & Friends™ [est. 1945].

'Thomas & Friends™' {div of Mattel/Fisher-Price} USA website
'Thomas & Friends™' {div of Mattel/Fisher-Price} U.K. website
'Thomas & Friends™' Wooden Railway online store {being discontinued 2015?}


Thomas Land at Fuji-Q Highland Theme Park [est. 1998] at Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
official English-language websiteentry at Wikipedia
11/2010 video of indoor Thomas ride in Japan [1:51] on YouTube

Thomas Land at Drayton Manor Theme Park [open 3/2008] in Staffordshire, England
official websiteentry at Wikipedia
DTST's 6/2010 video of model train layout at Drayton Manor, then Thomas, Percy, Rosie & James [9:29, music too loud] on YouTube
6/2013 video of 2½-year-old Matty on the Drayton Manor Thomas Land kiddie rides [14:25] on YouTube

'Thomasland USA' Theme Park [opening August 2015] in Edaville, Massachusetts
official company websiteentry at Wikipedia {empty}

logo for Thomas Town Theme Park in Shinmisato, Japan          logo for Thomas Town Theme Park in Shanghai, China

Thomas Town [est. Sept 2009] in Japan {website has no English-language option}
main Thomastown location in Shinmisato
Thomas Station location in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan
Thomas Station location in Izumi, Osaka Prefecture, Japan

Thomas Town at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California, USA
9/2009 video of Thomas Town Train Ride at Vallejo, CA [2:24, on-board narration] on YouTube
8/2010 video of Thomas Town Train Ride at Vallejo, CA [2:46, annoying theme music] on YouTube

Thomas Town at Six Flags in Maryland, USA

Thomas Town at Drusillas Park Railway in Alfriston, East Sussex, England
10/2009 video of ride on Thomas & 4 coaches at Drusillas Park [6.42] on YouTube

indoor Thomas Town [est. June 2013] in Shanghai, China {website is broken?}


Television  Series

It was a beautiful day on the Island of Sodor . . .


"Jackanory" TV series [BBC-TV 1965-1996 & CBBC-TV 2006]
The "Jackanory" half-hour TV show broadcast various narrators reading a book, often a children's classic, with occasional static illustrations;
the series produced over 3,500 episodes, of which five were based on "The Railway Series" stories by Rev. W. Awbry.
IMDb series listingentry at Wikipedia

"The Railway Stories: The Eight Famous Engines" (1970) /tt0781176/
"The Railway Stories: Toby the Tram Engine" (1970) /tt0781179/
"The Railway Stories: Duck and the Diesel Engine" (1970) /tt0781175/
"The Railway Stories: Thomas the Tank Engine" (1970) /tt0781178/
"The Railway Stories: The Three Railway Engines" (1970) /tt0781177/


"Thomas & Friends" TV series [1984 to present]
British children's TV series (titled 'Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends' prior to 2002) that has broadcast 419 episodes from 1984 to 2015
official websiteIMDb listingentry at Wikipedia

The show is broadcast on ABC4Kids in Australia, on FOUR in New Zealand, and on T.V.O. in Canada.

In the U.S., segments aired as part of "Shining Time Station" from 1989 to 1995; as "Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales" in 1996; and as
"Storytime With Thomas" on Fox Family from 1999 to 2001. "Thomas & Friends" premiered on P.B.S. Kids in 2004 (distributed by
Connecticut Public Television from 2004 to 2007 and by WNET-TV since 2008).


"Shining Time Station" U.S.A. TV series [75 episodes 1989-1995]
no official website • IMDb listingentry at Wikipedia
Shining Time Station: 'Tis A Gift (1990) (TV Movie) /tt0308884/
Shining Time Station: Once Upon A Time (1994) (TV Movie) /tt2125613/
Shining Time Station: One of The Family (1994) (TV Movie) /tt2125614/
Shining Time Station: Queen For A Day (1994) (TV Movie) /tt2125615/
Shining Time Station: Second Chances (1994) (TV Movie) /tt2125616/


"Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales" U.S.A. TV mini-series [6 episodes Oct-Nov 1996]
no official website • IMDb listingentry at Wikipedia

"Storytime With Thomas" U.S.A. TV series [23 episodes on Fox 1999-2001]
no entry at IMDb • entry at Wikipedia

"Thomas & Friends: Lion of Sodor" TV episode [12/2010] /tt1590698/
http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Friends-Lion-of-Sodor/dp/B0042XPF88/

Thomas & Friends Early Years Complete 1st Season on DVD  "Thomas & Friends: The Early Years: Complete 1st Season"
[2004]
26 episodes narrated by Ringo Starr; total runtime over 2 hours
Lyons/HiT Ent. color DVD [1/2009] 3 disks - out of prodn/scarce
Starz/Anchor Bay color DVD [10/2004] 3 disks - out of prodn/scarce
Thomas & Friends Season 1 - U.K. DVD cover  "Thomas & Friends: The Complete Series 1" [2012]
'26 exciting stories' that aired Oct-Dec 1984, adding up to over 2 hours on DVD
Region 2 {non-US} color DVD [10/2012] out of prodn/scarce
Region 2 {non-US} color DVD [10/2012] for £5.25 at Amazon U.K.
Thomas & Friends Season 2 - U.K. DVD cover  "Thomas & Friends: The Complete Series 2" [2012]
'26 exciting stories' that aired Sept-Dec 1986, adding up to over 2 hours on DVD
Region 2 {non-US} color DVD [10/2012] out of prodn/scarce
Region 2 {non-US} color DVD [10/2012] for £5.25 at Amazon U.K.
Thomas & Friends Season 3 - U.K. DVD cover  "Thomas & Friends: The Complete Series 3" [2012]
'26 exciting stories' that aired Sept-Nov 1991 & Jan-Dec 1992, over 2 hours on DVD
Region 2 {non-US} color DVD [10/2012] out of prodn/scarce
Region 2 {non-US} color DVD [10/2012] for £5.25 at Amazon U.K.
Thomas & Friends Season 4 - U.K. DVD cover  "Thomas & Friends: The Complete Series 4" [2012]
'26 exciting stories' that aired Sept 1994 to June 1995, over 2 hours on DVD
Region 2 {non-US} color DVD [10/2012] out of prodn/scarce
Region 2 {non-US} color DVD [10/2012] for £5.25 at Amazon U.K.
Thomas & Friends Season 5 - U.K. DVD cover  "Thomas & Friends: The Complete Series 5" [2012]
'26 exciting stories' that aired Aug-Nov 1998, over 2 hours on DVD
Region 2 {non-US} color DVD [10/2012] out of prodn/used
Region 2 {non-US} color DVD [10/2012] for £5.25 at Amazon U.K.
Thomas & Friends Season 6 - U.K. DVD cover  "Thomas & Friends: The Complete Series 6" [2012]
'26 exciting stories' that aired Sept 2002 to Feb 2003, over 2 hours on DVD
Region 2 {non-US} color DVD [10/2012] out of prodn/used
Region 2 {non-US} color DVD [10/2012] for £5.25 at Amazon U.K.
Thomas & Friends Season 7 - U.K. DVD cover  "Thomas & Friends: The Complete Series 7" [2012]
'26 exciting stories' that aired Oct-Dec 2003, over 2 hours on DVD
Region 2 {non-US} color DVD [10/2012] out of prodn/used
Region 2 {non-US} color DVD [10/2012] for £5.25 at Amazon U.K.

The 26 episodes of Season 8 aired Aug-Oct 2004; US or UK DVD not found.
The 26 episodes of Season 9 aired Sept-Dec 2005; US or UK DVD not found.

Thomas & Friends Season 10 - U.K. DVD cover  "Thomas & Friends: The Complete Series 10" [2010]
'28 exciting stories' that aired Sept-Oct 2006, over 4½ hours on DVD
Region 2 {non-US} color DVD [5/2010] out of prodn/used
Region 2 {non-US} color DVD [5/2010] for £4.68 at Amazon U.K.
Thomas & Friends Season 11 - U.K. DVD cover  "Thomas & Friends: The Complete Series 11" [2010]
'26 exciting stories' that aired Sept-Oct 2007 (with "Engines & Escapades"
mini-series); over 4 hours on DVD

Region 2 {non-US} color DVD [7/2010] out of prodn/used
Region 2 {non-US} color DVD [7/2010] for £5.25 at Amazon U.K.
Thomas & Friends Season 12 - U.K. DVD cover  "Thomas & Friends: The Complete Series 12" [2011]
'20 exciting stories' that aired in Sept 2008, over 3 hours on DVD
Region 2 {non-US} color DVD [2/2011] out of prodn/used
Region 2 {non-US} color DVD [2/2011] for £5.25 at Amazon U.K.
Thomas & Friends Season 13 - U.K. DVD cover  "Thomas & Friends: The Complete Series 13" [2012]
'20 exciting stories' that aired in Jan-Feb 2010, over 3 hours on DVD
Region 2 {non-US} color DVD [2/2012] out of prodn/used
Region 2 {non-US} color DVD [2/2012] for £5.25 at Amazon U.K.
Thomas & Friends Season 14 - U.K. DVD cover  "Thomas & Friends: The Complete Series 14" [2013]
'20 exciting stories' that aired in Oct-Nov 2010, over 3 hours on DVD
Region 2 {non-US} color DVD [7/2013] out of prodn/used
Region 2 {non-US} color DVD [7/2013] for £5.25 at Amazon U.K.

"Thomas's Tall Friend" Season 14 Episode 1 [Oct 2010]
episode credits at IMDbwatch episode in Danish [11:09]

Thomas & Friends Season 15 - U.K. DVD cover  "Thomas & Friends: The Complete Series 15" [2014]
'20 exciting stories' that aired in March 2011, over 3 hours on DVD
Region 2 {non-US} color DVD [7/2014] out of prodn/used
Region 2 {non-US} color DVD [7/2014] for £5.00 at Amazon U.K.
season DVD credits at IMDb
Thomas & Friends Season 16 - U.K. DVD cover  "Thomas & Friends: The Complete Series 16" [2015]
'20 exciting stories' that aired in Feb-March & Dec 2012, over 3 hours on DVD
Region 2 {non-US} color DVD not available at Amazon USA
Region 2 {non-US} color DVD [4/2014] for £6.00 at Amazon U.K.
season DVD credits at IMDb

The 26 episodes of Season 17 aired June-Dec 2013 & July-Nov 2014; US or UK DVD not found.
The 26 episodes of Season 18 aired Aug-Dec 2014 & July 2015 {sic}; US or UK DVD not found.

The 6 episodes of Season 19 are scheduled for broadcast starting in August 2015; the "Whale of A Tale" DVD with five episodes
was released exclusively to Walmart USA and iTunes in June 2015; the "Wild Water Adventures" DVD (the named sixth episode
plus other material) was released exclusively to Target a week later.

"Jack and The Sodor Construction Company" TV mini-series [2006]
twelve animated short films developed by producer Phil Fehrle in 2003 as 'Jack and The Pack';
HiT held off until direct-to-DVD release in 2006 (DVD not found on Amazon 2015)
5-minute "A Visit From Thomas" [#1 = 2006] /tt1208534/
10-minute "Jack Owns Up" [#2 = 2006] /tt1207841/
10-minute "On Site With Thomas" [#3 = 2006] /tt1219616/
"Percy's Scary Tale" [#4 = 2006] /tt2495492/
"Kelly's Windy Day" [#5 = 2006] /tt2504714/
"A Happy Day For Percy" [#6 = 2006] /tt2516252/
10-minute "A Tale For Thomas" [#7 = 2006] /tt1219612/
"Thomas and The Moles" [#8 = 2006] /tt2583792/
"Percy Helps Out" [#9 = 2006] /tt2625206/
episodes 10-12 not found on IMDb

"The Railway Series Adventure" TV mini-series  7/2015
[E.A.T.L. Films 2015-2016]
poster for 'The Railway Series Adventure' 2015-2016 TV series  
new railway Series Adventures 'The Adventure Begins' on DVD  
Seven episodes broadcast from March 2015 to February 2016; adapted & directed by Elijah D. Adams; Thomas arrives on the Island of Sodor, meets many really useful friends, and is made Engine #1!
series credits at IMDb

"The Adventure Begins" TV series episode [2015]
Co-written, directed & voices by Elijah D. Adams; co-written by Andrew Brenner
episode credits at IMDb
"The Adventure Begins" TV movie [2015]
45-minute TV movie directed by Don Spencer, written by Andrew Brenner; DVD bonus features include: episode “Old Reliable Edward” and 2 sing-along music videos
Universal Pictures Home Video Limited Edition color DVD [3/2015] - SOLD OUT!
TV movie credits at IMDb

"The Sad Story of Henry" [8/2015] /tt4839512/
"The Three Railway Engines" [8/2015] /tt4839522/
"Thomas The Station Pilot [8/2015] /tt4839802/
"The Breakdown Train" [9/2015] /tt4839812/
"Trouble In The Shed" [11/2015] /tt4839832/
"Cows" [2/2016] /tt4853282/


Videos,  Stageplays,  Other Media

webcastsstageplaystoys & giftspersonal appearancesgames

Thomas & Friends Magazine [est. 1987] subscription (November 2014 cover)  
"Thomas & Friends Magazine" [est. 1987] from Redan Publng
subscribe at Amazon: 6 issues/year for $28.97 {auto-renewal}
magazine websiteentry at Wikipedia
Thomas & Friends Little Golden Book Library box set  "Thomas & Friends Little Golden Book Library" [2013]
Five recent 'Thomas & Friends Little Golden Book' movie tie-in retellings collected in a beautiful slipcase: "Thomas and The Great Discovery", "Hero of The Rails", "Misty Island Rescue", "Day of The Diesels", and "Blue Mountain Mystery"
Golden Books 8x6¾ hardcover 5-book set in slipcover [7/2013] for $14.78

Diesel D199 Channel - 40+ funny parody video shorts [est. 7/2007] at YouTube

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"Thomas & Friends: YouTube World Tour" webcast series [est. 2/2015]
'Thomas the Tank Engine' YouTube World Tour  so far 22 short programs
of several minutes length each
new episode every Wednesday
YouTube playlist

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amateur video of Thomas and Friends at Denmark Railroad Museum in Odensk
En dag med Thomas Tog på Danmarks Jernbanemuseum: 2014 visit [17:23]2016 visit [12:30]

Stageplays

The musical stage show "Thomas & Friends Live! Thomas Saves The Day" toured to more than 30 cities in the U.S.

Toys  &  Gifts

Thomas the Tank Engine Spoon & Fork Set from Pecoware
http://www.amazon.com/Pecoware-Thomas-Tank-Engine-Spoon/dp/B00020QJ6M/
http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-2-piece-stainless-Flatware/dp/B001DCNACO/
http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Friends-Piece-Dinnerware-Pecoware/dp/B00004S7MV/

Thomas the Train Bandage Tin (20 pc) x 3 Tins = $7.04
http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Train-Bandage-Tin-Tins/dp/B00RC6V8TW/

Musical Thomas the Tank Engine Toothbrush [] from HIT $12.50
http://www.amazon.com/Musical-Thomas-Engine-Toothbrush-Piece/dp/B00HZSOL8M/
www.buythomasthetankengine.co.uk = Peep Peep Thomas Online Toy Store in U.K.


Bachmann / Thomas the Tank Engine™ HO- & G-scale models
Bachmann / Thomas the Tank Engine™ 21 HO-scale locomotives
Bachmann® / Thomas™ scale model trains category at Amazon

'Thomas and Friends' Deluxe 70-piece Starter Set [] from HIT/Mega Bloks (plastic)
http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Friends-Deluxe-Starter-Set/dp/B005VQ75Z6/ = $99.98 + $5.99 shipping

'Thomas the Train' Wooden Railway Thomas Engine [] from Fisher-Price Thomas
http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Thomas-Wooden-Railway-Engine/dp/B009K4E59O/

'Thomas the Train' Wooden Railway Oval Starter Set [] from Fisher-Price Thomas
http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Thomas-Wooden-Railway-Starter/dp/B00ATIB5C0/ $24.21$29.99

100 Pieces of Bulk Wooden Train Track (compatible with Thomas & Brio)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D7KIHPA $44.95

Trains Galore [est. 2000], 15360 Herriman Blvd. in Noblesville, Indiana
Thomas Wooden Trains {being discontinued 2015}Trackmaster Thomas plastic trainsThomas 'Take-n-Play' diecast metal trains

Personal  Appearances  /  Train  Rides

Oigawa Line Railway in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan operates 'Thomas the Tank Engine SL' [launched July 2014]
The 45-mile-long Oigawa Railway heritage line bought a 1942 C11-227 Class 2-6-4T steam locomotive from the former Japan National Railways and modified it
to look like Thomas; it hauls as many as seven coaches; the official website also shows steam locomotives painted as James, Rusty, Percy, and another
Oigawa Railway [est. 1927] website in JapaneseEnglish-language info webpageOigawa Railway entry at Wikipedia


logo for 'Day Out With Thomas 2015' (red ticket)         logo for 'Day Out With Thomas - 70th Anniversary Celebration Tour 2015' (red ticket & balloons)
'Day Out With Thomas & Percy' website [est. 2014] for USA & Canada
'Day Out With Thomas in U.K.' website [est. 8/2007] {no mention of Percy}

Thomas on a Day Out event at the Colorado Railroad Museum          Thomas and 1912 Canadian Pacific 4-6-0 locomotive #972 under steam at Strasburg Railroad in Pennsylvania          ad for 2011 'Day Out With Thomas' event at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum in Miami, Florida          'Day Out With Thomas - 70th Anniversary Celebration Tour 2015' official photo (Thomas and Percy)

ad for 'Day Out With Thomas' 2013 event at the Heber Valley Railroad in Utah          Thomas the Tank Engine loading passengers at Gate 2 at Roaring Camp & Big Trees Railroad in California          Thomas and Friends at Day Out event in Auckland, New Zealand

Video  Games

Thomas & Friends Trouble On The Tracks video game  "Thomas & Friends: Trouble On The Tracks" [ages 3 & up; 2000]
Hasbro video game for Windows 95, 98 & XP [1/2006] disk in jewel case for $5.25
Atari video game for Windows [2/2005] for $17.45
Atari video game for Windows 95 & 98 [12/2003] for $34.99
Hasbro video game for Windows 95 & 98 [10/2000] out of prodn/used
Thomas & Friends Great Festival Adventure video game  "Thomas & Friends: The Great Festival Adventure" [ages 2 & up; 2002]
Hasbro video game for Windows 95 & 98 [9/2002] for $14.78
Scholastic video game for Windows 95 & 98 [undated] for $14.99
Thomas & Friends Thomas Saves The Day video game  "Thomas & Friends: Thomas Saves The Day" [2003]
Atari video game for Windows 98 & XP [10/2003] for $21.00
Thomas & Friends Hero of The Rails video game  "Thomas & Friends: Hero of The Rails" [2010]
Ubisoft video game for Nintendo DS [8/2010] out of prodn/new-used
bare video game credits at IMDb


L i n k s
'The Railway Series' entry at Wikipedia
official website for 'Thomas and Friends' [div. of Mattel, Inc.]
'Thomas the Tank Engine' entry at Wikipedia
search books on keywords 'Thomas Tank Engine' {returns 1,000+ items} at Amazon
search DVDs on keywords 'Thomas Tank Engine' {returns 200 items} at Amazon
'Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends' posters & wall decals category at AllPosters.com

'Thomas & Friends™' {div of Mattel/Fisher-Price} USA website
'Thomas & Friends™' {div of Mattel/Fisher-Price} U.K. website
'Thomas & Friends™' Wooden Railway online store {being discontinued 2015?}
Sodor Island Fansite [est. 12/2002] based in Scotland

R.M.I. Railworks of California offers licensed rideable large scale Thomas™ trains



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