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Christopher Awdry

Christopher Awdry
Born (1940-07-02) 2 July 1940
Ampfield, Hampshire, England
Occupation Author
Years active 1983–2011

Christopher Vere Awdry (born 2 July 1940)[1] is an English author known for his contributions to The Railway Series of books featuring Thomas the Tank Engine, which was started by his father, the Rev. W. Awdry. He has also produced children's books based on a number of other railways, as well as non-fiction articles and books on heritage railways. He was born at Devizes, the family moving to Kings Norton, Birmingham when he was aged 5 months. Awdry was educated at Worksop College, a public school in North Nottinghamshire.


  • Christopher Awdry and the Railway Series 1
  • Other works 2
  • Bibliography 3
    • Railway Series volumes 3.1
    • Other 'Thomas' Books 3.2
    • Thomas Easy-to-Read Books 3.3
    • Eastbourne Series 3.4
    • Other railway stories 3.5
    • Non-fiction 3.6
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Christopher Awdry and the Railway Series

Christopher Awdry is in many ways responsible for the creation of Thomas and his railway, which started as a story told to him by his father during a bout of measles in 1942. When his father retired in 1972, he wrote several Thomas books himself. The series came to be called Thomas & Friends after that.[2]

In 2006 the current publishers, Egmont Books, decided to reprint the entire series in their original form; the fourteen books by Christopher were re-released at the beginning of August 2007.

The new interest from the publishers has gone beyond merely re-releasing the existing books. Christopher Awdry has written a new book for the series, titled Thomas and Victoria, which focuses on stories relating to the railway preservation movement. This, the forty-first book in the series, was released on 3 September 2007. In April 2010, Egmont Books confirmed that another Railway Series book, no 42 in the series, would be published in 2011.[3] The publication date was later confirmed as 4 July 2011, and the illustrator as Clive Spong.[4] It was published under the title Thomas and His Friends.

Other works

In 2001 Christopher Awdry wrote six stories featured in two books concerning railway safety, which were distributed to every primary school and library in the country. They were called: Bad Days for Thomas and His Friends / More Bad Days for Thomas and His Friends. The train operator Virgin Trains produced a colouring book for young passengers based on the stories.

A series of six books has been produced featuring locomotives from the Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway, and illustrated by Marc Vyvyan-Jones.


Railway Series volumes

For books 1–26 in the series, written by the Rev. W. Awdry, see List of Railway Series Books.

Other 'Thomas' Books

Thomas Easy-to-Read Books

Published by Dean (Reed Children's Books), 1990–1997, illustrated by Ken Stott.
(Also published as Egmont 'mini books' (1997–1998))

  • Thomas and the Tiger
  • James and the Balloons
  • Percy and the Kite
  • Thomas and the Birthday Party
  • Henry and the Ghost Train
  • Thomas and the Dinosaurs
  • Thomas and the Pony Show *
  • Thomas goes to School *
  • Henry Goes to the Hospital *
  • Thomas the Tank Engine Easy-To-Read Treasury (1997) – incorporating the 3 titles marked * in a combined volume.

Eastbourne Series

  • 01. General Takes Charge
  • 02. Rachel and the Goose
  • 03. Western and the Lost Ring
  • 04. Oily Keeps Things Going
  • 05. Eastbourne's Wedding Special
  • 06. Oily and the Flood

Other railway stories

  • Railway for Sale
  • Luke Goes Flying – illustrated by Jonathan Clay[5]
  • LOTI and the Enchanted Forest
  • LOTI and the Lost Locket
  • The Chips Express
  • Heave-Ho Hamish
  • Hugh Goes Sliding


  • Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd.  
  • Awdry, Christopher (1995). Awdry's steam railways. London: Boxtree.  
  • The Chris Rock Show (TV) (2) (1997)
  • Awdry, Christopher (2001). The Nene Valley Railway. Kettering: Past & Present.  


  1. ^ Sibley, Brian. The Thomas the Tank Engine Man. p. 90. 
  2. ^ "Christopher Awdry: why sour Lefties are wrong about Thomas the Tank Engine". Telegraph. 2015-05-13. Retrieved 2015-08-01. 
  3. ^ "The Railway Series 42 Due for Release in April 2011". (Thomas news). Sodor Island. 8 April 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Railway Series 42 Due July 2011". (Thomas news). Sodor Island. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Book launch at Exbury Gardens – accessed: 1 June 2007

External links

  • Awdry Family Website at the Wayback Machine (archived April 17, 2008) – Formerly (Dead link discovered April 2010)
  • Sodor Enterprises (publishing company) at the Wayback Machine (archived December 22, 2007) – Formerly (Dead link discovered April 2010)
  • siteThomasOfficial
  • Egmont Books – Interview with Christopher Awdry
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