Thomas and Friends have entertained youngsters with their railway adventures since 1946, with Thomas the Tank Engine's first appearance in 'The Railway Series' story books that were written by Rev. Wilbert Awdry and continued by his son, Christopher Awdry, which later led to the phenomenal global success of the children's television series, Thomas & Friends, with over 450 episodes. Thomas the Tank Engine is a cheeky little steam locomotive that works hard to be the No. 1 blue engine on the railway of the Island of Sodor and he always strives to be a Really Useful Engine. Thomas the train's adventures are based around his friends, Percy the No. 6 green engine, James the No. 5 red engine, Toby the No. 7 brown tram engine, Gordon the No. 4 blue engine, the Fat Controller and the many more characters.
Meet the Characters
Sir Topham Hatt