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70 Years of Friendship is an exclusive YouTube documentary celebrating seventy years of Thomas & Friends by Mindfruit Studios, as part of a Tongal Documentary project.


Calling all Thomas Fans! Jump on board for this exclusive YouTube documentary celebrating 70 years of Thomas & Friends. Children all over the world have grown up fascinated by the tales and adventures of this cheeky little tank engine and have cherished the messages of friendship, teamwork and what it means to be a Really Useful engine. Get a sneak peek into the world of Thomas & Friends with special interviews from Christopher Awdry, son of Thomas the Tank Engine creator, Reverend W. Awdry, as well as the crew and fans worldwide, plus behind the scenes footage of how the latest shows and products are created. Sit back and enjoy as we take you on a journey through 70 years of Thomas & Friends in this special YouTube documentary!


  • Andrew Brenner - Head Writer
  • Ian McCue - HiT Entertainment Producer
  • David Stoten - Director of Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure
  • Christopher Awdry - Son of the Rev. W. Awdry
  • Robert and Peter Hartshorne - Composers
  • Rick Siggelkow - Co-producer/co-creator of Shining Time Station
  • Boris Andreev - Art Director at Arc Productions
  • Evgeny Berbasov - CG Supervisor at Arc Productions
  • Thomas Maguire - Product Designer at Fisher-Price
  • Matthew Lentini - Product Designer at Fisher-Price
  • Itou Hitoshi - Rides Operator at Thomas Land in Japan
  • David - Railway Enthusiast in San Miguel D'allende, Mexico
  • Ryan Hagan - SiF Head Administrator
  • Christopher Montebello - Pastry Chef of "Let Them Eat Cake"
  • Donald Tallman - Executive Director of the Colorado Railroad Museum
  • Steve Parker - Board member of the Colorado Railroad Museum
  • Mallory and Drake Keyes - Child interviewees in Colorado, USA
  • Daniel - Child interviewee in Hong Kong, China
  • Ling Wai Chun (Oscar) - Child interviewee in Hong Kong, China
  • Eshika Haque - Child interviewee in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Mhikevin and Avelyne Jimenez - Child interviewees in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Imre Shapiro - Child interviewee in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Logan, Spencer and Aislyn Ahrens - Child interviewees
  • James Gratton - Child interviewee




  • An edited version of this documentary, dubbed in Mandarin Chinese, was included in the Chinese theatrical release of Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.
  • An edited scene of Tale of the Brave is used.
  • This is the only video in the entire franchise's history to feature two actors voicing the same character in the same dub, albeit via voice clips. Both Martin Sherman and Joseph May voice Thomas and both Kerry Shale and Rob Rackstraw voice James.
  • Previously unreleased episode clips from Series 20 were featured.


  • When Imre talks about when he first saw Thomas & Friends, he talks about the episode Thomas and the Breakdown Train, but Dirty Objects is shown instead because the actual crash in the episode he mentioned is not shown (despite there being CGI footage of the crash).

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