|How old is Thomas & Friends? |
The show may have debuted in 1984, but the original books date back to 1945. Thomas didn't appear in these books until the second book in 1946.
|Who wrote the original books? |
The Rev. W. Awdry wrote the first 26 books, and his son Christopher wrote the remaining 14.
|What are "Tugs" Spottings? |
"Tugs", Thomas' sister-show, only lasted one season. But its models were modified (the characters' faces were removed) and reused in certain episodes of this show, hidden in the background. The most frequently seen prop is Big Mickey, the big faceless crane seen in the background of Brendam Docks.
|What are the GWR and narrow-gauge engines? |
The GWR engines (Duck, Oliver, Donald & Douglas) have prototypes on the Great Western Railway; they were all last seen in the 7th season. The narrow-gauge engines are smaller than the standard-gauge engines like Thomas. They've appeared in every season since their debut (except for Series 8)
|How are the episodes shown? |
In America, Seasons 1-4 were shown as parts of "Shining Time Station", the US spin-off. The UK versions, as well as following US episodes, were basically out in the wilderness, often being released on VHS and DVD first. Beginning with Season 8, the new episodes are shown in pairs, with a Season 6 or 7 episode (only up to Season 9), as well as mini-stories, puzzles, and songs in between.