Wilbert Awdry


Born
in Romsey, Hampshire, The United Kingdom
June 15, 1911

Died
March 21, 1997

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Wilbert Vere Awdry, OBE, better known as the Rev. W. Awdry, was an English clergyman, railway enthusiast and children's author, and creator of Thomas the Tank Engine, who starred in Awdry's acclaimed Railway Series.

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. The first book (The Three Railway Engines) was published in 1945, and by the time Awdry stopped writing in 1972, The Railway Series numbered 26 books. Christopher subsequently added further books to the series.

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Thomas the Tank Engine: The...

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Happy Birthday, Thomas!

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The Three Railway Engines (...

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Thomas Goes Fishing

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A Crack in the Track

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Good Night, Thomas

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Thomas and Percy and the Dr...

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“Engine loves his branch line. One day, when he stopped at a small station, some children looked sad. “They’ve closed our playground and our favorite sand pit.” “Teacher says the sand is soiled and too dirty to play in.”
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“JAMES AND THE TROUBLE WITH TREES Thomas the Tank Engine had been working in the coal yards all day.”
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“Teacher says the sand is soiled and too dirty to play in.” “Please help us, Thomas.”
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