On June 14, 2011, Royal Mail celebrated the centenary of the birth of the Reverend Wilbert Awdry by issued the special stamp feature the six character of the children book “Thomas the Tank Engine”.
Besides the six single stamps, Royal Mail also issued one miniature sheet which consisted of 4 posted stamps, depicted the comic strip of Thomas and Friends story.
Thomas the Tank Engine is a fictional steam locomotive in The Railway Series books by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry and his son, Christopher. He became the most popular character in the series, and the accompanying television spin-off series, Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends.
James the Red Engine is a fictional anthropomorphic tender locomotive, mixed-traffic engine, which means he is just as capable of pulling coaches as trucks. This Red Engine has a 2-6-0 ("Mogul") wheel arrangement and is engine number 5 on the North Western Railway, the Fat Controller's railway on the Island of Sodor.
Percy the Small Engine is a smallest fictional anthropomorphic steam engine appears in the spin-off television series Thomas and Friends. Percy lives on the Island of Sodor with many other locomotives, including Thomas the Tank Engine, Gordon the Big Engine and Henry the Green Engine. He carries the number 6 on his bunker.He does bear a resemblance to several designs of 0-4-0 tank locomotive built by the Avonside Engine Company such as GWR No. 1340 Trojan
Daisy is a Diesel engine that was built especially for service on Thomas' branch line. When she first arrived, she was highly strung and would only carry passengers because she felt she was too good to pull cargo cars. Daisy soon learned that all work is important on Sodor, and now helps out whenever she can.
Thomas is a tank engine, painted blue with red lining, and displays the running number one. All of the locomotives in The Railway Series were based on prototypical engines; Thomas has origins in the E2 Class designed by Lawson Billinton in 1913.
Toby the Tram Engine is a fictional anthropomorphic tram engine in The Railway Series with cowcatchers and side-plates, carries the North Western Railway running number seven and works on the same Farquhar branch line as Thomas the Tank Engine.
Toby first appeared in the seventh book in The Railway Series, Toby the Tram Engine in 1952, and appeared in several subsequent books. Toby is based on a J70 tram engine from the Great Eastern Railway (GER Class C53).
Gordon the Big Engine as the most important engine because he is the biggest fictional anthropomorphic tender locomotive in The Railway Series books . Gordon is a LNER A3 class locomotive.