Thomas the Tank Engine : The Centenary Library by Rev W. Awdry

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To celebrate 100 years since Rev. W. Awdry was born, this limited edition set will be the perfect collectors gift. It contains the 26 classic books by Rev. Awdry and comes in a wonderful gift box.


Thomas the Tank Engine : The Centenary Library by Rev W. Awdry

Titles in this centenary boxed set:

The Three Railway Engines
Thomas the Tank Engine
James the Red Engine
Tank Engine Thomas Again
Troublesome Engines
Henry the Green Engine
Toby the Tram Engine
Gordon the Big Engine
Edward the Blue Engine
Four Little Engines
Percy the Small Engine
The Eight Famous Engines
Duck and the Diesel Engine
The Little Old Engine
The Twin Engines
Branch Line Engines
Gallant Old Engine Stepney
The "Bluebell" Engine
Mountain Engines
Year Old Engines
Main Line Engines
Small Railway Engines
Enterprising Engines
Oliver the Western Engine
Duke the Lost Engine
Tramway Engines

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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1776 pages
Interest Age: From 4


Rev W. Awdry
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Egmont Books Ltd

Publication date

1st July 2011




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