May 12th, 2015
Episode 353 of 1705 episodes
“The Railway Series” began in 1945 as a collection of stories, created by the Rev W Awdry to entertain his son Christopher when he was sick with the measles. The first book “The Three Railway Engines” was published in 1945, and later that year “Edward’s Day out” sold 45,000 copies within a few months. Thomas himself first came to life as a wooden model carved by the Rev W Awdry himself, but he wasn’t in the books until 1946. Veronica Chambers is the daughter of Rev W Awdry who created the Thomas the Tank Engine stories.