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The Reverend W. Awdry's Railway Series: Surprise Packet is a Railway Series related activity book that featured stories, games, posters, and puzzles.



  • Culdee's driver is revealed to be named Joe.
  • A fourth open carriage can be seen on Peter Sam's train.
  • This book marks the first mention of the Coffee Pots and Elsie.
  • The North Western Railway has its own headcode and signalling meanings. 
  • On the Tidmouth Grand Tour, Bear is depicted with a grey white face, rather than his yellow one.
  • On the "Problem Page", Percy has a nameplate saying "Henry", and his saddletank is vaguely different. James is missing his tender and a splasher. Gordon has a blue running board and is also missing his tender.
  • In Tank Engine Thomas Again, Henry has a brass funnel, a Fowler tender, square buffers, and two sided-windows on his cab. Awdry explained that after Henry was released from the tunnel he needed to go to the Works, but the Works could not afford the special parts, so they had used Gordon's spare parts instead. Because of this, people mistook him for Gordon.
  • In The Three Railway Engines, the fourth illustration of Edward's Day Out features a coach without a front coupling. Awdry explained that one of the big engines was pulling the coaches so roughly that the coupling fell off. When Edward arrived to collect the coaches, they hadn't fitted a new coupling and hook. This took some time, so the guard went off home to his "elevenses". This also explains why Edward was waiting for his guard.
  • In the map of Thomas' Branch Line, the location where Daisy meets Champion seems to be near Dryaw at the harbour line. This is incorrect, since The Island of Sodor: Its People, History, and Railways mentions it to be after Elsbridge. Also, Daisy cannot take passengers on the harbour line.
  • Part of the character artwork drawn with lines is used as the Japanese RWS endpaper illustration from April 1974 to 2000.


  • Culdee is missing his nameplate.
  • On "How to Drive James" James has Round Cab Windows

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