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Thomas and the Magic Railroad (book)

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Thomas and the Magic Railroad

Britt Allcroft

Illustrated by

Tommy Stubbs


June 27, 2000-2001


Random House

Thomas and the Magic Railroad is a book based on the feature film of the same name.


Thomas makes a perilous trip to bring back Lady to restore the Magic Railroad.



  • In the book, an explosion causes Thomas to topple off of the cliff. This was to be part of the original film until P. T. Boomer was cut.
  • The book has the original script in seven ways:
    • Diesel 10 is a new engine on the Island of Sodor.
    • Mr. Conductor escapes Diesel 10 by cutting a wire instead of a hydraulic pipe.
    • Diesel 10 plans to destroy all of the buffers on Sodor to find the magic ones.
    • Thomas is seen going through another part of the magic railroad.
    • Diesel 10 is evesdropping on Mr. Conductor as he sleeps.
    • Diesel 10 refers his grabber as his "claw", instead of "pinchy".
    • It is mentioned that the trains didn't stop on Burnett's side of the mountain.


  • The buffers are illustrated to look like crossing gates.
  • Junior is illustrated as wearing his conductors hat throughout the book, but in the film he does not receive it until the end.
  • In the twenty-third illustration, Thomas' funnel is missing.
  • Gordon's funnel is taller than usual in the second illustration.
  • Lady is missing her crossheads.
  • During one of "the chase" illustrations, Thomas is not between Lady and Diesel 10. Yet the text says he is.


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