This is Book 3 in the Thomas the Tank Engine Series. See all Thomas the Tank Engine books here.
Reverend Wilbert Awdry was born in Hampshire in 1911. He grew up close to the railway and was convinced that the steam engines all had different personalities. He used to imagine conversations between them. Later when he was grown up and his son Christopher became ill with measles, Wilbert invented the Thomas stories to entertain him. Christopher kept askingMore about Rev. Wilbert Vere Awdry