Royal Mail on track for Thomas the Tank Engine stamps

Ten stamps released to celebrate the centenary of writer the Rev W Awdry's birth

Tomorrow sees the release of a ten-stamp issue of Thomas the Tank Engine images to mark the centenary of the birth of the engines’ creator, the Rev Wilbert Awdry.


Six stamps will celebrate images from the TV series, Thomas and Friends, which first aired in 1984 and was initially narrated by Beatles drummer Ringo Starr. Four additional miniature sheet stamps feature illustrations from The Railway Series books.

As the star of the show, Thomas has the honour of appearing on the first class stamp, while his best friend, Percy, graces the 68p stamp. James shows off his beautiful paintwork on the 66p stamp, while Daisy represents the ladies – and the diesel engines – on the 76p stamp.

If you’re sending something that costs £1.10, it’s good-hearted senior engine Gordon you’ll be sticking to the package, while old-fashioned fellow steam train Toby features on the £1 stamp.

Awdry’s son, Christopher, said: “My father would have been overwhelmed and deeply honoured to have been recognised in this way.”


Philip Parker, Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson, said: “We hope this stamp issue will bring back happy memories to all those people, young and old, who have enjoyed the Reverend W Awdry’s wonderful stories.”