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This article is about the television documentary. You may be looking for the biography book.

The Thomas the Tank Engine Man is a television documentary produced by Nicholas Jones of Quanta Films Ltd[1] for the BBC Bookmark series.


The documentary began production after Nicholas Jones' first meeting with Wilbert Awdry at his home in Stroud, Gloucestershire on 26 April 1993.

Nicholas managed to sell the documentary idea to both BBC and Channel 4 in Summer 1994.

Nicholas and the BBC crew spent the entire day filming Wilbert Awdry's interview in September 1994, disguising the fact that Awdry was in bed the entire time due to his deteriorated health. The crew also had a chance to film Wilbert's cluttered study room, which contained his dismantled his model railway layout, relief map of the Island of Sodor and Ffarquhar timetable.

The documentary was first broadcast on BBC 2 on 25 February 1995 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of The Railway Series.




  • Mikiko Adachi's name is mistakenly credited as "Mikoko Adachi". Also, her interview video ends in the middle.
  • Ponkicki's title is mistakenly credited as "Pumkiki" on English subtitles. Also, as Mikiko Adachi mentioned during the interview, the correct title was "Ponkickies", which was changed from "Ponkicki" in October 1993.


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