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Christopher Vere Awdry (born 2 July 1940) is an English writer who wrote The Railway Series from 1983 to 2011. He is the son of Wilbert Awdry, the man who originally created The Railway Series, and was partly responsible for the creation of the books.


Christopher Vere Awdry was born on 2 July 1940 to Wilbert and Margaret Awdry. When he was two, his bout of measles, which left him bed-ridden, inspired his father to tell him bedtime stories that eventually made up The Three Railway Engines, and a wooden toy, also made for him by his father, eventually became Thomas. When he grew up, he became a tax inspector for the English Government, but he resigned from his job when he decided to continue his father's work writing The Railway Series, writing books for it from 1983 to 2011. He is currently vice president of the Talyllyn Railway.[1]

Books Written

The Railway Series

Companion Volumes

Episodes Written

Series 2

Series 4

Series 6


The Railway Series

Companion Volumes


Voice Actors


  • Christopher and his wife, Diana Awdry, founded Sodor Enterprises in 2001 to publish and sell his books.[2]
  • Christopher Awdry wrote a book promoting restoration work on the Corris Railway, based on real events called "Hugh goes Sliding". It was illustrated by railway transport artist Johnathan Clay.
  • In 2015, a year after The Guardian posted an article regarding accusations that Thomas is a "racist", "sexist", "communist" tank engine, an article from The Telegraph stated that he stood in defence of his father's creation against some Left-wing parents and academics by responding that "the engines are punished for displaying "arrogance" and "naughtiness", not initiative".[3]
  • Christopher has stated that his favourite character is Toby.
  • Despite Christopher's opposition to the new format versions of the Railway Series in 1998, Egmont Publishing published the books.[4] However, the new format was eventually discontinued and scrapped due to negative feedback.
  • In Sodor: Reading Between the Lines, he stated that Thomas Goes Fishing, Dirty Objects, Peter Sam and the Refreshment Lady and Thomas Comes to Breakfast were some of his favourite stories. He also added that Thomas Goes Fishing and Thomas Comes to Breakfast were also some of his father's favourite stories as well.
  • Sodor Island Fansite (SiF) planned to interview Christopher in August 2011, but he pulled out of the interview and it was subsequently cancelled.[5]


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