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Thomas the Tank Engine

Reverend W. Awdry

Illustrated by

Reginald Payne
C. Reginald Dalby


Edmund Ward
Egmont Publishing


1946 - present

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


Dear Christopher,
Here is your friend Thomas the Tank Engine. He wanted to come out of his station yard and see the world. These stories tell you how he did it.

I hope you will like them because you helped me to make them.
Your Loving Daddy.


Thomas and Gordon

Thomas the station pilot surprises Gordon, and Gordon, furious, wonders how to pay Thomas out. Next day, Thomas is late and forgets to get uncoupled after shunting Gordon's coaches. Gordon takes Thomas on a wild high-speed journey across Sodor. Thomas later resolves to never tease Gordon again.

Thomas' Train

Henry is ill and Thomas is the only one available to take his train. Thomas, impatient, leaves too early and only stops when a signalman points out he is missing his coaches. Thomas goes back and is able to take the train that time, but is teased by the others for a long time afterwards.

Thomas and the Trucks

Thomas wants to see the world, but no one takes notice until Edward offers to give him his trucks. Thomas is excited but careless, and the trucks push him down Gordon's Hill. Thomas manages to stop in time, and Sir Topham Hatt tells him to start shunting trucks at Wellsworth.

Thomas and the Breakdown Train

Thomas is shunting when some trucks push James into a field. Thomas comes to his rescue with  the Breakdown Train, and is rewarded with two coaches and his own branch line.



  • The book was released digitally for Apple products on May 11th, 2012.
  • This book was first illustrated by Reginald Payne. The illustrations were later modified by C. Reginald Dalby.


  • In the second illustration of "Thomas and Gordon", Gordon's wheels aren't perfect circles.
  • In the first illustration of "Thomas and the Trucks", Edward's face is tilted and is a much darker shade of grey than usual.
  • As Thomas backs down on the trucks in the second illustration of "Thomas and the Trucks" a grumpy van is visible in front. However, for the remainder of the story, a coal truck is in front of it, and, what's more, the van appears to lose its face.
  • In later editions, Thomas is missing his "1" in the third illustration of "Thomas and the Trucks".
  • In "Thomas and the Trucks", the text says Thomas passed several stations and bridges before entering Henry's Tunnel. But in later maps of Sodor, there are no bridges or stations between Vicarstown and Henry's Tunnel.
  • In the fifth illustration of "Thomas and the Trucks" the third and fourth trucks appear to have fused together.
  • When James goes under the bridge, his tender is a plain cube shape.
  • In the final illustration Thomas is missing a lamp iron.
  • In the last illustration of "Thomas and the Breakdown Train", Gordon gains two boiler bands and is missing a window.