2011 marks the centenary of the birth of the Reverend Wilbert Awdry, Thomas the Tank Engine creator. Royal Mail presents a ten-stamp issue, six printed individually, celebrating the images familiar from the TV series, and a four stamp miniature sheet reflecting on the heritage of the book illustrations
1st Class – Thomas
Thomas the Tank Engine is a 0-6-0 tank locomotive, based on the LB&SCR E2 Class. He is painted blue with red lining and is number 1 in the North Western Railway (NWR) fleet. Thomas was given his own branch line, which he operates with his two coaches, Annie and Clarabel. He was built in 1913 and arrived on Sodor in 1915.
66p – James
James the Red Engine is a mixed-traffic 2-6-0 tender engine. He is painted red with gold stripes and dome and is number 5 in the NWR fleet. He is quite vain and hot-headed, and loves showing off. He was built 1915 and arrived on Sodor in 1946.
68p – Percy
Percy the Small Engine is a saddle tank engine of indeterminate origins. He is painted green with red stripes and is number 6 in the NWR fleet. He is a cheeky little engine with a strong sense of adventure, who doesn't let anyone push him around, which sometimes gets him into trouble. He arrived on Sodor on 1949 during a railway strike.
76p – Daisy
Daisy is a unique diesel railcar, painted green with yellow lining (similar to the livery of British Railways DMUs in the 1960s), and was built specially for use on the Ffarquhar branch of the NWR. Her number is D1 whereas she originally carried the number 52627. She was built in 1956 and arrived on Sodor in 1961. She first appeared in the book Branch Line Engines.
£1.00 – Toby
Toby the Tram Engine is a 0-6-0 steam tram engine who works on the same branch line as Thomas. He is painted brown and blue and is number 7 in the NWR fleet. He is a wise, experienced engine who knows all there is to know about running a branch line. He was built in 1903 and arrived on Sodor in 1951.
£1.10 – Gordon
Gordon the Big Engine is a 'Pacific' (4-6-2) tender engine. He is painted blue with red stripes and is number 4 in the NWR fleet. He is the biggest engine on the railway, and pulls the Express. He is also very boastful and proud, but good at heart. He was built and arrived on Sodor in 1922.(Source-Royal Mail)Thomas the Tank Engine stamps technical details
Number of stamps- Six
Acknowledgements- Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends™. Based on The Railway Series by The Reverend W Awdry. © 2011 Gullane (Thomas) Limited. Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends and Thomas & Friends are trademarks of Gullane (Thomas) Limited.Stamp Size- 60mm x 21mm
Stamp Format- Landscape
Stamp Format- Landscape
Printer -Cartor Security Printing, Meaucé, France
Print Process -Lithography
Number per Sheet -24/48
Perforations -14.5 x 14.5
Phosphor- All over
Remark:The design of stamps is very beautiful,A great collection for all train & GB lover.