Item Number:

  • LC99001 (1992)
  • Y4083 (2013)
  • FHM16 (2018)
Thomas (released as Thomas the Tank Engine until 2000) is a small blue tank engine.


  • 1992 (skinny flat topped funnel, smokebox not connected to front bufferbeam, staples, flat magnets, undated wheels)
  • 1992 (shorter flat topped funnel)
  • 1992 (smokebox connected to front bufferbeam)
  • 1992 (beveled funnel)
  • 1992 (speckled coal instead of solid)
  • 1994 (made in China, no staples)
  • 1994 (beveled magnets, undated wheels)
  • 1994 (wheels dated 1994)
  • 1994 (rounded magnets)
  • 1996 (smaller round magnets, new face, curved funnel and dome)
  • 1997 (larger round magnets, thicker wheels)
  • 1999 (moulded plastic funnel with wooden smokebox)
  • 1999 (plastic smokebox, smaller font on wheel dates)
  • 2000 (name added to chassis)
  • 2001 (larger font on wheels)
  • 2002 (redesigned face, larger smokebox and boiler, removed back ledge, no stripes on boiler, wheels dated 2003)
  • 2004 (striped boiler, wheels dated 2003)
  • 2011 (new CGI style face, wheels dated 2003)
  • 2012 (new face, curved edges, longer magnet guards, other minor details, wheels dated 2012)
  • 2016 (redesigned smaller face)
  • 2018 (no paint on chassis and various other spots, no dome)



  • Thomas has the most variations of any character in the Thomas Wooden Railway, with more prototypes, changes, and variants than any other character in the range.
  • Thomas is included in more sets and multi-car packs than any other character in the Thomas Wooden Railway.
  • The very first prototype of Thomas seen featured red wheels held in by nails, no coal bunker details, and a different face.
  • Roy Wilson's original third handmade Thomas had a much thinner funnel and dome than later models.


Variants gallery