Tramway Engines
Author Wilbert Awdry
Illustrator Peter and Gunvor Edwards
Publication date 1972-Present
Published by Edmund Ward
Egmont Publishing
Publication Order
Preceded by
Duke the Lost Engine
Followed by
Really Useful Engines
Tramway Engines is the twenty-sixth book of the Railway Series.


Dear Friends,

Thomas has been pestering me to write about his Branch line. "After all", he said, "we are the importantest part of the whole railway".

"What can I write about?" I asked.

"Oh, lots of things - Percy's Woolly Bear, Toby's Tightrope and..."

"...your Ghost," I added.

"Don't put that silly story in," said Thomas crossly.

I will, all the same. Thomas has been too much cocky lately. It will serve him right!

The Author


Ghost TrainEdit

Thomas and Toby are being told by Percy that "AND EVERY YEAR, ON THE DATE OF THE ACCIDENT, IT RUNS AGAIN...PLUNGING INTO THE GAP...SHRIEKING LIKE A LOST SOUL". Percy said that the ghost engine was "A WARNING TO OTHERS", but Thomas didn't believe in him. Percy's driver tells him that it was a pretend ghost on the television and after working at the harbour, he trundled home but didn't make it when Percy crashes into a lime cart. Toby was called up to Thomas that Percy had an accident, but Thomas didn't know that Percy's ghost is coming after him. Thomas had really just seen a ghost from his point of view later that night in the sheds.

Woolly BearEdit

There were busy times at the fields. The gangers cutting the hay were making the trains late than ever which Sir Topham Hatt was grumbling at this rate. Thomas remarks Percy as "a green caterpillar with red stripes" and Percy was furious at this for the all day. A crate of treacle falls onto Percy after not securing it properly by crane at the harbour. The small engine tried to push on through the field as hay was sticked onto the remaining treacle. This was caused by a heavy gale-forced wind travelling furiously near Elsbridge station. Thomas laughed and told Toby that instead of playing ghosts, they would talk about bugs crawling out of the hay.


Mavis works at the quarry rearranging the Troublesome Trucks into their sidings. Toby gets cross and confusion is added as Sir Topham Hatt became complicated in multiple anger. Daisy advises Mavis (Diesel on TV), that diesels were better than steam engines. Mavis being more prouder, later takes some stone trucks through a crossing until she was stuck by some frozen mud undeneath her. Toby had to rescue her afterwards.

Toby's TightropeEdit

The manager of the quarry scolded Mavis following her incident. He was furious and angry, but advises to go beyond the level crossing after some frost came from the weather in the sky. She hinders a plan to bump her at the crossing, but Toby becomes the Troublesome Trucks' victim and is nearly fallen into a raging torrent which the bridge nastily collapses into the water. Mavis comes to the rescue and forgives Toby that the Troublesome Trucks were supposed to bump her at the level crossing, not the tram engine himself.



  • This is the final book to be written by Reverend Awdry and illustrated by Peter and Gunvor Edwards.
  • Toby and Percy spoof the "Three Little Pigs" when Percy "haunts" the shed.
  • "A green caterpillar with red stripes" is referenced in this book since Awdry said it in front of C. Reginald Dalby causing him to resign from the Railway Series.


  • Percy's front changes between both "Ghost Train" and "Woolly Bear".
  • When Percy arrives at Ffarquhar, haybales appear in his trucks.
  • In the fifth illustration of "Woolly Bear", Thomas' headcode is wrong. Instead of a lamp on the smokebox iron to indicate a stopping passenger train, he has a lamp on the right for a goods train.