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Thomas the Train Party Supplies, Thomas Birthday Party

Thomas the Train Party Supplies are the perfect way to begin planning your Thomas the Train themed party! Our Thomas the Train decorations and other party items will add a fun and adorable Thomas flair to your party setup. In fact, our entire ensemble of Thomas the Train party supplies are perfect for birthdays, 1st birthdays and other family-fun celebrations.

The History of Thomas the Train

The television show Thomas & Friends (formerly Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends) was first shown in Britain in 1984. Based upon the books written by Reverend Wilbert Awdry and his son Christopher Awdry, Thomas has entertained children for decades. Wilbert Awdry began reciting the first Thomas stories to Christopher while the then two-year old Christopher was recovering from the measles.

The books that Wilbert and Christopher wrote were called The Railway Series. Wilbert wrote the first 26 books in the series from 1945 until 1972. After 1972, his son Christopher took over the writing and eventually wrote another 14 books from 1983 to 1996. He wrote two more books (in 2007 and 2011) bringing the total number of books in the series up to 42.

The books take place on the fictional Island of Sodor. Both authors wanted the locomotives to be as realistic as possible and incorporated a number of real classes of real locomotives. The railways were also based on real English railways and their routes.

Interestingly, the books didn’t often focus on Thomas. Instead the books dwelt on a number of the locomotive characters. It was only after the popularity of the television series that the publishers began pushing for more and more Thomas based stories. As a result, some of the books are named after Thomas even while he is only a small portion of the storyline.

Thomas the Train has been a popular character for kids for many years. We hope you’ll love our Thomas the Train party supplies and Thomas birthday supplies at your next celebration!