Thomas the Tank Engine

fictional steam locomotive

Thomas the Tank Engine is a small fictional steam locomotive in The Railway Series books by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry and his son, Christopher.[1] He became the most popular character in the series. He is the title character in the television spin-off series, Thomas and Friends.[2] Thomas the Tank Engine was originally intended to be a tank, but was later changed to be more appealing to children and their parents. Thomas was also named after Thomas Hobbes, an English philosopher, who had interests in political philosophy, similar to Thomas the Tank Engine. Thomas has become an icon in the children's media industry, being recognized in England in America, mainly because of his appearance as a talking blue tank engine.

Thomas the Tank Engine
Thomas & Friends character
A tank engine dressed up like thomas at a day out with thomas event
First appearance
Created by

Britt Allcroft (Thomas & Friends)
Designed byL. B. Billinton
Voiced by
Number1 (formerly, L.B.S.C. 70)

References change

  1. "Full Steam Ahead: Thomas The Tank Engine Turns 65". NPR. 24 September 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  2. "From Universal Pictures Home Entertainment: Thomas & Friends: Dinos & Discoveries". MarketWatch, Inc. 21 January 2015. Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2015.