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Awdry Rev. W. (1911—1997) and Christofer (b. 1949)
Thomas the Tank Engine

Awdry Rev. W. (1911—1997) and Christofer (b. 1949)  Thomas the Tank EngineAwdry Rev. W. (1911—1997) and Christofer (b. 1949)  Thomas the Tank Engine

Wilbert Vere Awdry, OBE, better known as the Reverend W. Awdry, was a clergyman, railway enthusiast and children's author. He is best known as the author of The Railway Series of books in which the character Thomas the Tank Engine originated. Awdry was born in Romsey, Hampshire in 1911. The son of a clergyman, he was educated at Dauntseys School, West Lavington, Wiltshire; St Peter's Hall, Oxford (BA, 1932), and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He was ordained into the Anglican priesthood in 1936. In 1938 he married Margaret Wale, and two years later took a curacy in King's Norton, Birmingham where he lived until 1946. He subsequently moved to Cambridgeshire, serving as Rector of Elsworth with Knapwell, 1946-53, and Vicar of Emneth, 1953-65. He retired from full-time ministry in 1965, and moved to Stroud, Gloucestershire. The characters that would make Awdry famous, and the first stories featuring them, were invented in 1943 to amuse his son Christopher during a bout of measles. After he wrote The Three Railway Engines Christopher wanted a model of Gordon; however that was too difficult. Instead Awdry made a model of a tank engine from odds and ends and painted it blue. Christopher christened the model engine Thomas. Then Christopher requested stories about Thomas and these duly followed and were published in the famous book Thomas the Tank Engine published in 1946.


Great Britain, 2011, Thomas the Tank Engine

Great Britain, 2011, James the Red Engine

Great Britain, 2011, Percy the Small Engine

Great Britain, 2011, Daisy Diesel Engine

Great Britain, 2011, Toby the Train Ebgine

Great Britain, 2011, Gordon the Big Engine

Great Britain, 2011, Thomas the Tank Engine

Great Britain, 2011, Thomas the Tank Engine

Isle of Man, 1995, Bertie and Thomas the Tank

Isle of Man, 1995, Mail Train and Thomas

Isle of Man, 1995, Bertie and trains at Ballasalla

Isle of Man, 1995, Viking and Thomas

Isle of Man, 1995, The mail gets through

Isle of Man, 1995, Race

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