Clergyman, Railway Enthusiast and Children’s Author

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jun 15, 2009 in Pulp Fiction

The Three Railway Engines: The first in the The Railway Series of books in which the character Thomas the Tank Engine originated

Reverend W. Awdry

Reverend W. Awdry

Wilbert Vere Awdry was born on this day in 1911, his fulltime gig for many years was serving as a clergyman (he was known as the Reverend W. Awdry after all). But luckily for us in 1943 when his son Christopher was suffering from the measles he would make up stories about anthropomorphic trains to distract him from his malady. By 1945 these stories would be turned into his first book The Three Railway Engines which was the beginning of 26 books (the last published in 1972) which were known as the The Railway Series. But it wasn’t until the second book in the series that the title Thomas the Tank Engine would be used: Read more…

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