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Thomas & Friends: The Thomas Way

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Although their friendship has been turbulent at times, Percy is generally portrayed as Thomas' best friend, especially in the television series.

Another "Real Thomas" is used during "" events where people actually ride in his passenger coaches and get their pictures taken with Sir Topham Hatt. Additional attractions include petting zoos, pony rides, story telling, viewing of "Thomas and Friends" videos, temporary tattoos and a gift shop.

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Jeremy - Thomas and Friends

Our story begins in 1917 in the sleepy village of Box in Wiltshire, England. A young boy lies awake in his bed, listening to steam engines huffing and puffing along the nearby Great Western Railway. To the little boy tucked up in bed, listening to the engines, it sounds very much like the trains are talking to each other. The young boy is Wilbert Awdry � later to become the Reverend W. Awdry, the creator of "The Railway Series" and the most famous tank engine in the world --Thomas.



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All your favorite Thomas & Friends characters - Thomas the Tank Engine, James, Cranky the Crane, Percy, Sir Toppham Hat & all the others - are at the official PBS KIDS shop! Here at the Thomas and Friends PBS KIDS shop you can find Thomas the train toys, personalized gifts, and other neat Thomas and Friends merchandise! Looking for Thomas the train clothes? You've come to the right place! We carry a wide variety of Thomas and Friends clothing featuring everyone's favorite steam engine! Much of our Thomas the train clothing can be personalized.

Thomas has also been known to be seen in amusement parks. In America, Thomas is usually found in "6 Flags" parks. In Drusilla's Zoo Park near Alfriston, Sussex, England, a special attraction was opened where Thomas carried passengers through the zoo; it also featured , , and . At the United Kingdom's Drayton Manor Theme Park, a special place called "Thomas Land" is dedicated to fans to ride on multiple rides based on Thomas and Friends. The model of Thomas used in the TV Series is on display here in the "Discover Thomas and Friends" exhibition.