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Thomas the Tank Engine

Updated on October 11, 2014

Thomas Trains - Cool Toys Boys Love!

Thomas the Tanks Engine and Brio Trains have been wildly popular toys for decades. Thomas the Tank Engine has stood the test of time in favorite railroad stories and cool toys boys love (and girls).

Enjoy this collection of history and fun from the island of Sodor including ==> how to make a Thomas the Tank Engine costume for your child. Don't be surprised if Halloween is not the only day your child will want to be dressed up as Thomas the Tank Engine.

Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends are a toy brand that has stood the test of time as a front runner in popularity for decades.. Enjoy a stroll through with Thomas the Train Engine and friends on the island of Sodor.

ALL Aboard!

Leaving the Sodor Island Station.

Hop Aboard for a Thomas & Friends Tour.

Thomas, James, and Percy: The Main Trains

Thomas, James, Percy are the three main characters. Cool toys boys LOVE!

There are countless train friends in the village of Sodor, but the most popular of this train family would be Thomas, James and Percy. These three guys would be recognized by most any kid.

If they were brothers, then the main characters would be Thomas - the oldest, then James, and finally Percy - the tiny green engine.

Original 1984 Introduction to Thomas - Click and listen to the familiar tune while you scroll.

The history of Thomas the Tank Engine: Over 50 years ago, a reverend told his son stories about trains while the boy recovered from scarlet fever. The boy loved the stories SO much that he begged to hear them over and over. At that time, the reverend had scribbled his ideas on scraps of paper. Later the first of many were published, which opened the floodgates for decades of fans of Thomas the Tank Engine.

Island of Sodor Vocabulary List - Amazing the words tiny tots learn from watching Thomas & Friends

  • Vulgar Thomas and Friends tend to use the 'vulgar' word a lot, mostly in the context of describing someone acting in a rude or unpleasant way. One of the funniest comments I remember from one of my sons when he was about 2 was..."Time out is vulgar, mom!" HA!
  • Cheeky I guess this is a British expression, never heard of it til I watched Thomas. It is said that "Thomas is a cheeky little engine." which I gather means something like mischievous or adventurous.
  • Coupled ...joined, as in the train cars were coupled together. When my sons were young, one of them asked 'mom, why are all of those stores coupled together?' (a strip mall, smiles).

Bedding for your Thomas the Train Fan

Fun Thomas Clothing - Thomas the Train fans won't want to wear anything else!

How to Make a Thomas the Tank Engine Costume

A simple & easy Thomas costume - no sewing needed.

Many feel that homemade costumes are SO much better than store-bought ones. Don't think you have to be able to sew. I certainly can't, yet have created many a costume over the years with cardboard boxes.

Find a box slighter larger than your child. Remove bottom and then cut a round hole in top to fit child's head through, and also smaller holes in sides for the child's arms. Paint it & decorate as you like. Thomas is blue, James is red, and Percy is green - I made all 3 one year for my sons and the boy next door, what a sight that was!

Use spray paint for the box and a brush or paint pens work fine for decorations - paint pens work best.

A paper plate glued to front can make a face easily. Done.

You can also remove the entire top & bottom, then attach some kind of straps to go over the child's shoulders - I used elastic criss-crossed and stapled the ends to the box.

How to Make a Thomas the Tank Engine Costume

More elaborate idea for making a Thomas the Tank Engine costume without sewing. Just cardboard containers and paint and ... done!

Instead of just one box, use two of them attached in a perpendicular way as in photo. If you have or can find a large cyllinder container to insert into the front part, this looks even more authentic. I found that the most reliable way to hold the boxes together was to punch small holes and attach them to each other with brads in several places. Make them even stronger by covering the prong ends of the brads with clear shipping tape (AFTER painting if on outside) . Use a glue gun as well and they'll be very secure. Mine held together through years of rough play. Surely the neighbors won't forget those 3 little boy human trains running up & down the block long after Halloween.

Thomas the Tank Engine Deals on eBay - Sometimes amazing deals can be found on eBay for Thomas the Train sets.

If you REALLY want to find great deals on Brio trains and related products, eBay is the place to go. Find trains, tracks, carrying cases, games, cards, clothing, party supplies, bedding...even beds! After all, Thomas has been a popular classic toy since the 1980s and many parents do sell their grown kids' collections on eBay.

About the Author

For several years when my sons were younger, the island of Sodor and Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends was a HUGE part of life. Over the years most toys vanished and only the most treasured were kept. You guessed it, the entire collection of Thomas the Tank Engine toys was kept. Likely yours will too!

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      7 years ago

      My kids loved Thomas when they were young.

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      8 years ago

      Thomas The Train is such a cute series for both boys and girls. My little granddaughter loves to watch the cartoons. Great lens!

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      8 years ago

      My guys grew up with Thomas and friends...the Brio train was great and afterwards we donated it to their nursery school so it will be well loved for many years!

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      9 years ago

      You know I came across Thomas and Friends when I was doing my research for items "made in Hungary." What a neat story!

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      momto4 lm 

      9 years ago

      Great lens! My boys love everything Thomas!

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image


      9 years ago

      My boys loved Tomas the Tank Engine when they were little. It's nice to see they're still around.

      Thanks for sharing.


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      Treasures By Brenda 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done & blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nice lens!

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      9 years ago

      I am the mom of a Thomas fan as well. Lensrolled to my Thomas B-Day lens. :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      This was my son's favorite toy! He loved all of his trains, but he carried Percy everywhere with him. Great Lens!

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      luvmyludwig lm 

      9 years ago

      I really like this lens, always loved Thomas too!

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      capriliz lm 

      9 years ago

      My grandson loves Thomas!

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      Bambi Watson 

      9 years ago

      I always liked Thomas the tank engine, but my boys just had no interest, they were Barney fanatics & Ninja turtles...but Thomas was a flop with them...I wonder why since other kids seem to love it? very cool lens!

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      9 years ago

      Very cool!

    • AlisonMeacham profile image


      9 years ago

      The Thomas trains really are the ones which my boys play with more than any other toy. They play with them pretty much every day at the moment.

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      Carolan Ross 

      9 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      [in reply to theraggededge] Is that in England? Makes sense, as the setting for the book is on the island of Sodor.

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      9 years ago

      We have been to the Isle of Man - there is an area there; the Diocese of Sodor. I believe that the Thomas books were based on the Isle of Man. There is a small steam railway there too, which we also travelled on. Both my children loved Thomas!

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      9 years ago

      Thomas was not around for my children, but was for my neice...cute lens!

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      9 years ago

      Thomas The Train is such a cute series for both boys and girls. My little granddaughter loves to watch the cartoons. Great lens!

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      Brookelorren LM 

      9 years ago

      My little boy LOVES Thomas! Great lens.


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