Thomas has been made extremely popular
with his television series in more recent years. However, the real Thomas
the Tank Engine is much older. He first made his appearance in 1946. Thomas
was one character in a series of books about trains for children, and now
of course there is a television show and Thomas the Tank Engine coloring
pages. The Thomas of the books was a bit different from the Thomas we see
on television today. In the original stories, Thomas is rather cocky and
wants more respect from all the other engines and people on the island. In
the television show, he is kind to everyone and is always looking to help.
For a true Thomas fan, either version is perfectly okay so long as it
contains his favorite train.
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