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
Constable is famous for his landscapes, which are mostly of the Suffolk countryside, where he was born and lived. He made many open-air sketches, using these as a basis for his large exhibition paintings, which were worked up in the studio. His pictures are extremely popular today, but they were not particularly well received in England during his lifetime. He did, however, have considerable success in Paris.
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Congratulations to 2nd Bachillerato for passing the first round of the International Forum at the Navarra University! Pupils will be taking in part in the second round on 25th and 26th February in Navarra. They will be competing against teams from all over the world. This round involves presenting their topic in English to a panel of experts. Good luck to you all!