Thomas the Tank Engine Stamps Steam Ahead
According to the article, "Awdry first created Thomas to entertain [his son] Christopher during a bout of measles he suffered as a child, before going on to write 26 volumes of The Railway Series between 1945 and 1972. A television spin-off was first broadcast on the ITV network in September 1984 and still continues."
Besides writing books about trains, Awdry was involved in railway preservation, and built model railways, which he took to exhibitions around the country.
Born in 1911, Awdry died in 1997.
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