The Nene Valley Railway is home to a little blue engine named ‘Thomas’ by the Rev. W. Awdry author of the famous books about Thomas and Friends.
The 0-6-0T engine No. 1800 was built by Hudswell Clarke in 1947 at about the time when Rev.W Awdry wrote his second book in which Thomas appeared. The little blue engine spent its entire working life at the British sugar Corporations' Peterborough factory pushing wagons of sugar beet up an incline until the day came when a diesel engine replaced the steam power of Thomas. The Peterborough Railway Society purchased this delightful little engine on 9th September 1973 and he was moved to the Nene Valley Railway, where he has since delighted his friends and delighting children of all ages.
Thomas Overhaul 2013
During the Summer of 2013 Thomas will retire from pulling trains on the NVR and go to Hospital for his 10 year overhaul, during this time he will need attention to his Boiler, wheels and tanks, he will also receive a new coat of paint. The overhaul for Thomas will take over 12 months to complete and will cost over £150.000. To help with paying for this very important overhaul we have now launched our Thomas overhaul appeal. Thomas will still be in action at the NVR up to the end of June, where he will be shunted in to the shed for his overhaul to begin, whilst Thomas is under overhaul, one of Thomas’s friends will be at the NVR to carry on pulling the important trains on behalf of Thomas.
The large sum of money required to overhaul Thomas will take a tremendous amount of effort on behalf of the Nene Valley Railway. If you would like to help the overhaul, donation forms can be found at all our stations, on our web site www.nvr.org.uk of can be taken over the telephone 01780 784444.
We hope to see Thomas back from his overhaul and pulling trains on the NVR as soon as possible. Please see below for the Thomas and family events in 2013
If you would like to help with this by making a donation to the Thomas Overhaul Fund, this will be gratefully received, and we would like to say THANK YOU to you for your help.
Thomas Events 2013
(marked with * Advance booking required)
10th March "Mum drives Thomas" *)
12th May "Thomas Big Advanture" *)
16th June "Dad drives Thomas" *)
29th & 30th June "Goodbye Thomas") Come and see Thomas and his friends on his last weekend before he goes to hospital for his overhaul