The Nene Valley Railway is home to a little blue engine named ‘Thomas’ by the Rev. W. Awdry author of the famous books
about Thomas and Friends.
The 0-6-0T engine No. 1800 was built by Hudswell Clarke in 1947 at about the time when Rev.W Awdry wrote his second book in which Thomas appeared. The little blue engine spent its entire working life at the British Sugar Corporation Peterborough factory pushing wagons of sugar beet up an incline until the day came when a diesel engine replaced the steam power of Thomas. The Peterborough Railway Society purchased this delightful little engine on 9th September 1973 and he was moved to the Nene Valley Railway, where he has since delighted his friends and children of all ages.
Thomas goes to Hospital
The Wansford Controller has found out that Thomas is poorly at the moment and has to have some of his wheel and rods taken off to be fixed by his engineers. So Thomas has been placed in to the shed at Wansford and has recently had his middle wheels and rods removed. Thomas is feeling a little sad at the moment as he cannot come out to play and pull his trains, and we hope to see Thomas back in steam and pulling trains towards the later part of the year. We will be arranging some very special other themed children’s events during this year, and keep a look out on our web page and social media streams for this information. While Thomas is in the shed at Wansford he can be seen from our viewing gallery. And we hope to bring you news of an exciting competition for the children to get involved in, in the coming days.
Thomas events 2018
Thomas Half Term Specials 20th & 21st October Details coming soon