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Thomas the Tank Engine
Thomas & Friends character
Thomas Tank Engine 1
Thomas’s Model
First appearance Thomas the Tank Engine (The Railway Series)
“Thomas & Gordon” (Thomas & Friends)
Created by Wilbert Awdry
Christopher Awdry
Voiced by
Number 1 (formerly, 70)
Gender Male

Thomas the Tank Engine is a small fictional steam locomotive in The Railway Series books by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry and his son, Christopher. He became the most popular character in the series, and is the title character in the accompanying television spin-off series, Thomas & Friends.

Thomas is a steam engine and has a number 1 painted on his side. All of the locomotives in The Railway Series were based on prototypical engines; Thomas has origins in the E2 Class designed by Lawson Billinton in 1913. Thomas first appeared in 1946 in the second book in the series, Thomas the Tank Engine, and was the focus of the four short stories contained within. Thomas' best friends are Percy and Toby.

In 1979, the British writer/producer Britt Allcroft came across the books,[1] and arranged a deal to bring the stories to life as the TV series Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends (later simplified to Thomas & Friends). The program became an award-winning hit around the world, with a vast range of spin-off commercial products.


  • Goal: To be a really useful engine
  • Appearance: Blue tank engine with 6 wheels, black smokebox, red chassis, black buffers, grey face, yellow portholes and lamp
  • Enemies: Diesel, Diesel 10 (Except in Calling all Engines), Iron Arry, Iron Bert, D261, D199, Old Stuck Up, Splatter, Dodge, Spencer (formerly), George, Dart (formerly), Den (formerly), Stanley (formerly), Norman (formerly), Paxton (formerly), Sidney (formerly), Daisy (formerly), Cranky (formerly), Bulgy (formerly), The Spiteful Break Van (Thomas passed the Spiteful Break Van, but he didn't meet him, because he's too busy working on his branch line), Smudger, Bulstrode, The Horrid Lorries, Hector (formerly), Troublesome Trucks, Steam Engine, Stepney (formerly), Neville (formerly), Ryan (formerly), Sailor John.

Voice Actors

  • Eddie Glenn (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)
  • Hero of the Rails - Ben Small (UK)
  • Hero of the Rails - Martin  Sherman (US)
  • The Adventure Begins and Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure - John Hasler (UK) and Joseph May (US)

Thomas in toyboxes

Red box train thomas

Thomas as a 'promo gadget' for the single Train (1990) of the British band red Box.

Main: Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends merchandise

With the popularity of the Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends TV series among children, 'Thomas'-based merchandise has proven very lucrative. At least five different categoriesof trains and tracks exist: "Take Along Thomas" with grey tracks; Tomy battery-operated engines with blue tracks; Brio-type wooden engines with wooden rails and roads (by ELC and others); electric model railway (produced in O gauge by Lionel , HO/OO gauge by Hornby Railways and Bachmann and N gauge by Tomix); and Lego engines and tracks; along with complementary videos, DVDs, books, games, puzzles, stationery, clothing and household items.

Thomas on real railways

Hit Entertainment licences several "Day Out With Thomas" events all over the world, in which visitors to heritage railways can meet and ride on a replica "Thomas".

An international tour featuring Thomas and his driver was completed in 2005 in honour of the 60th anniversary of the original stories. In America, Thomas the Tank Tank Engine is thought to be an excellent role model for children. The former President George H.W. Bush dedicated the Presidential Train during a ceremony in 2005.

A "real" Thomas was used in a special play staged to celebrate the 80th brithday of [[|wikipedia:Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom|Queen Elizabeth II]], starring well-loveed characters from children's literature. In the play, Thomas was used to convey Sophie Dahl to centre stage.

Early life

Thomas was built by Brighton Works in May 1913 and Thomas later came to Sodor aged 2 in May 1915, he was a station pilot from then until 1946

In 1946, Thomas teased Gordon and Henry the big engines until Gordon taught him a lesson, then Thomas stopped teasing the big engines.

In 1950, Thomas became best friends with Percy when Percy arrived on the Island of Sodor, in 1961, Thomas crashed into a Stationmaster's house after the careless cleaner came to the sheds, he medalled with Thomas's controls sending Thomas flying down the rails towards the Stationmaster's house.

The Rev. W. Awdry also had a model of Thomas.

Thomas and all the other characters were voiced by Ringo Starr from 1984-1986 and then Michael Angelis has narrated the series since 1991 as well as Michael Brandon in the USA from then since, in 2009, in Hero of the Rails, Thomas was voiced by Ben Small in the UK and Martin Sherman in the USA and has been voiced by those two actors since.


  • Thomas' theme is his Season 1 Branch Line theme.

Counterparts (male hero version)

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Counterparts (girl version)

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  • Emily or Rosie (Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends)
  • Lillie Lightship or Sally Seaplane (TUGS)
  • Sunshine (Salty's Lighthouse)
  • Emily (Theodore Tugboat)
  • Stacy Jones, Becky or Tanya Cupper (Shining Time Station)
  • Princess Peach (Super Mario Bros.)
  • Amy Rose or Sally Acorn (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Lanolin or Penelope (Garfield and Friends)
  • Penelope Pitstop (Wacky Races/The Perils of Penelope Pitstop)
  • Babs Bunny (Tiny Toon Adventures)
  • Sandy Cheeks (Spongebob Squarepants)
  • Wendy or Dizzy (Bob The Builder)
  • Marge Simpson or Lisa Simpson (The Simpsons)
  • Lois Griffin or Meg Griffin (Family Guy)
  • Wendy Testaburger (South Park)
  • Leafy (Battle for Dream Island)
  • Isabella Garcia Shapiro (Phineas and Ferb)
  • Yo (Fanboy and Chum Chum)
  • Numbuh 362 (Codename: Kids Next Door)
  • Tessie Bear (Noddy's Toyland Adventures)
  • Inez (Cyberchase, both main heroes)
  • Teddy Duncan or Charlie Duncan (Good Luck Charlie)
  • Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Rarity or Pinkie Pie (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
  • Princess Sherry or Princess Cherry (Rocket Knight Adventures)
  • Buneary (Pokemon)
  • Tiff (Kirby)
  • Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Gwen or Sierra (Total Drama)
  • Daphne Blake (Scooby Doo)
  • Renamon (Digimon)
  • Blossom (Powerpuff Girls)
  • Margo or Edith (Despicable Me)
  • Ling Xiaoyu or Jun Kazama (Tekken)
  • Susanna (Kong: The Animated Series)
  • Flaky (Happy Tree Friends)
  • Emmy (Dragon Tales)
  • Yoshi or Abby (Endless Monsters)

Counterparts (villain version)

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  • Diesel, Diesel 10, or Arry (Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends)
  • Zorran, Johnny Cuba or Zip (TUGS)
  • Sea Rogue (Salty's Lighthouse)
  • Oliver or Cabot (Theodore Tugboat)
  • Mr. Conductor's Evil Twin (Shining Time Station)
  • Spud the Scarecrow or Conrad (Bob The Builder)
  • Bowser or Waluigi (Super Mario Bros.)
  • Fawful (Mario and Luigi series)
  • Scratch, Dr. Robotnik or Scourge (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Dick Dastardly (Wacky Races/Dastardly and Muttley)
  • Oscar the Grouch (Sesame Street)
  • Plankton, Dennis, Man-Ray or Squidward (SpongeBob SquarePants)
  • Montana Max (Tiny Toon Adventures)
  • The Grinch (Dr. Seuss/The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss)
  • Mojo Jojo or HIM (The Powerpuff Girls)
  • Horrid Henry (Horrid Henry)
  • Mr. Burns or Nelson Muntz (The Simpsons)
  • Stewie Griffin (Family Guy)
  • Admiral Razorbeard (Rayman)
  • Blocky (Battle for Dream Island)
  • Axel Gear (Rocket Knight Adventures)
  • King Sombra (My Little Pony Friendship is Magic)
  • Chick Hicks, Professor Zündapp or Jackson Storm (Cars)
  • Sid Phillips, Evil Emperor Zurg, Stinky Pete or Lotso (Toy Story)
  • King Dedede (Kirby)
  • Meowth or Mewtwo (Pokemon)
  • Andross or Wolf O'Donnell (Star Fox)
  • Dark Link or Ganondorf (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Evil Flippy (Fliqpy) or Lifty (Happy Tree Friends)

Counterparts (The Cleveland Show version)

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  • Skarloey (Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends)

Counterparts (Doki version)

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Counterparts (Anime and Final Fantasy version)

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  1. Sibley, Brian (1995). The Thomas the Tank Engine Man. Heinemann. p. 291. ISBN 0-434-96909-5. 
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