In 1952, Franklyn Edmund Ward sold his eponymous publishing house to the London printers, Straker Brothers Ltd., who had also taken over another small publisher, Nicholas Kaye Limited. The two companies were merged into Kaye & Ward, though they retained the "Edmund Ward" imprint to publish some titles, including the Railway Series.
On 25th April 1998, Reed International sold their children's books division to Egmont UK Limited and the copyright of the Railway Series to the Britt Allcroft Company for £13.5 million. Egmont acquired the rights to publish the Railway Series, and in the same year they published the new format versions of series.
Kaye & Ward remains in being as part of Egmont, but is dormant.
- Small Railway Engines (1967)
- Enterprising Engines (1968)
- Oliver the Western Engine(1969)
- Duke the Lost Engine (1970)
- Tramway Engines (1972)
- Really Useful Engines (1983)
- James and the Diesel Engines (1984)
- Great Little Engines (1985)
- More About Thomas the Tank Engine (1986)
- Gordon the High-Speed Engine (1987)
- Toby, Trucks and Trouble (1988)
- Railway Map of the Island of Sodor (1971/1983)
- The Railway Series: Surprise Packet (1972)
- The Rev. W. Awdry's Famous Railway Series Station book box (1980s)
- The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways (1987)
- Other Books
- Pop-Up Books
- Twelve Happy Engines (1970, Published by Nestlé in conjunction with Kaye & Ward.)
- The copyright of "Kaye & Ward" was displayed on merchandise, books and Japanese edition the Railway Series books of the 1980s.
- Small Railway Engines, 1st edn 1967 - ReproJackets
- Timeline on Reed Elsevier
- Egmont Buys Reed Children's Books on Publishers Weekly
- A Very Important Announcement by the Stationmaster on Reed Children's Books
- Frequently Asked Questions on Awdry Family Website
- "Egmont Tax Strategy"