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Thomas the Tank Engine is a fictional anthropomorphic steam locomotive created by the Rev. W. V. Awdry as one of a number of characters in his Railway Series books, first published in the 1940s.
Thomas is a tank engine: a blue steam locomotive with large rectangular tanks to carry water, on each side of his boiler.
In his first appearance he was described as follows:
Thomas was a tank engine who lived at a Big Station. He had six small wheels, a short stumpy funnel, a short stumpy boiler and a short stumpy dome.
He was a fussy little engine, always pulling coaches about. [...] He was a cheeky little engine, too.
—from the story "Thomas & Gordon". For access to the sites click here