Thomas the Tank Engine
Author Reverend W. Awdry
Illustrated by Reginald Payne
C. Reginald Dalby
Publishers Edmund Ward
Published October 1946
Previous book The Three Railway Engines
Next book James the Red Engine
Thomas the Tank Engine is the second book of the Railway Series.


Dear Christopher,
Here is your friend Thomas the Tank Engine. He wanted to come out of his station yard and see the world. These stories tell you how he did it.

I hope you will like them because you helped me to make them.
Your Loving Daddy


Thomas and GordonEdit

Thomas the station pilot surprises Gordon, and Gordon, furious, wonders how to pay Thomas out. Next day, Thomas is late and forgets to get uncoupled after shunting Gordon's coaches. Gordon takes Thomas on a wild high-speed journey across Sodor. Thomas later resolves to never tease Gordon again.

Thomas' TrainEdit

Henry is ill and Thomas is the only one available to take his train. Thomas, impatient, leaves too early and only stops when a signalman points out he is missing his coaches. Thomas goes back and is able to take the train that time, but is teased by the others for a long time afterwards.

Thomas and the TrucksEdit

Thomas wants to see the world, but no one takes notice until Edward offers him to pull his train the next day. Thomas is excited but careless, and the trucks push him down Gordon's Hill. Thomas manages to stop in time, and the Fat Director tells him to start shunting trucks at Wellsworth.

Thomas and the Breakdown TrainEdit

Thomas is shunting when some trucks push James across the Island and into a field. Thomas comes to his rescue with the Breakdown Train, and is rewarded with two coaches and his own branch line.


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