Thomas the Tank Engine gets royal treatment for 75th birthday

Thomas the Tank Engine gets royal treatment for 75th birthday

In this new picture book Thomas and the Royal Engine, published later this week by Egmont, Thomas and the Fat Controller are on a special journey to London to meet the Queen. 

The book features artwork from the upcoming TV special "The Royal Engine" which will air on Channel 5 on 2nd May. The special episode, which commemorates Thomas's 75th birthday, will be introduced by Prince Harry.

In the recording, which took place before the lockdown, Harry said: "Thomas the Tank Engine has been a comforting, familiar face to so many families over the last 75 years—entertaining, educating and inspiring children on important issues through exciting stories and characters. I certainly have fond memories of growing up with Thomas & Friends and being transported to new places through his adventures."

The tie-in book will see Thomas on his journey to London as he faces many obstacles along the way which mean he might not make it in time. He also meets a shiny Royal engine named Duchess, who is also in a hurry. 

The book will be published on Thursday (30th April).