Thomas the Tank Engine (The Railway Series No. 2) by Rev W. Awdry

Thomas the Tank Engine (The Railway Series No. 2)

Written by Rev W. Awdry
Part of the Classic Thomas the Tank Engine Series

5+ readers   
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This is where it all began for Thomas the Tank Engine. In this story we meet a very cheeky Thomas for the first time and follow his adventures as he proves himself to be a ‘very useful’ engine, so much so that he is given a Branch Line all to himself. This is a great story for newly confident readers – not too long and an illustration on every spread.

This title is part of Reverend Awdry’s Railway Series – to view them all click here.


Thomas the Tank Engine (The Railway Series No. 2) by Rev W. Awdry

Thomas is a fussy, cheeky little tank engine whom we meet here for the first time. He proves to be such a Really Useful Engine that he is given a Branch Line all to himself.


‘Thomas the Tank Engine and is friends are still steaming their way into the hearts of 5+ year olds everywhere’ - Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Rev W. Awdry

Wilbert Vere Awdry (1911-1997) was born on 15 June near Romsey in Hampshire. Young Wilbert had a passion for steam engines. He loved to play with the model railway his father had built in the garden, and to pore over copies of The Railway Magazine.

"Lying in bed as a child I would hear a heavy goods train coming in and stopping at Box station, then the three whistles, a tank-engine, which would come out of his little shed to help the goods train. There was no doubt in my mind that steam engines all had definite personalities . . . little imagination was needed to hear in the puffings and pantings of the two engines the conversation they were having with one another: 'I can't do it! I can't do it! I can't do it!' 'Yes, you can! Yes, you can! Yes, you can!' "

The Three Railway Engines was successfully published by Edmund Ward in 1945, and the following year the most famous of all Wilbert Awdry's engine characters appeared in Thomas the Tank Engine. From James the Red Engine in 1948, Awdry published a new Railway Series title every year until his last book, Tramway Engines, in 1972. The setting was the wonderful fictional island of 'Sodor', situated near the Isle of Man, for which Wilbert devised its people, engines, history and geography.

Although he wrote his last book in the series in 1972, Rev. Awdry's creation lives on! In 1983 his son, Christopher, published Really Useful Engines, the first in his own series about Thomas and his friends.

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72 pages
Interest Age: From 5


Rev W. Awdry
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Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont Childrens Books

Publication date

4th October 2004




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