Thomas steams again at the Nene Valley Railway


Thomas has returned to steam at the Nene Valley Railway in Peterborough.

In addition to the Nene Valley’s Thomas Weekend, the famous blue locomotive is a popular attraction at the railway’s Santa trains, which begin on the weekend of November 24-25. During the Santa trains, Thomas can normally be found entertaining passengers while they wait for their train at Wansford, as seen here on December 2, 2017. Credit: GARETH EVANS


The locomotive has been out of service for several months for extensive mechanical repairs, which have been carried out at the railway’s workshop in Wansford, Cambridgeshire.

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Thomas will take up its starring role in the Nene Valley Railway’s October 27-28 Thomas Weekend, when it will haul shuttles between Wansford and Yarwell.

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The ‘original’ Thomas

Built by Leeds-based Hudswell Clarke in 1947, the little blue engine entered service at British Sugar Corporation’s Peterborough factory at about the time when Rev.W Awdry wrote his second book in which Thomas appeared.

The 0-6-0 tank engine pushed wagons of sugar beet up an incline until the day came when a diesel locomotive replaced the steam power of Thomas. The site of the old sugar factory in the Woodston area of the city is today called the Sugar Way housing estate. 

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The Peterborough Railway Society purchased this delightful little engine on September 9, 1973 and Thomas was moved to the Nene Valley Railway, where he has since delighted his friends and children of all ages.

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