|Ever since rattling onto the tracks in 1945, Thomas the Tank Engine and
his friends have been delighting children with their charming tales.
Rev. W. Awdry originally made up the characters of Thomas and all his
Really Useful Engine friends for his own children, and continued to
create Thomas the Tank Engine adventures for children
everywhere until 1975. He published 26 books, over 100 stories, about
Thomas and all of the engines on Sodor.|