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Monday, 29 October 2012

'King of the Railway' named as seventh special for 2013

The seventh Thomas & Friends feature-length special has been announced with book tie-ins also divulged.

King of the Railway, seemingly the first special to be penned by Andrew Brenner, is teased to take Thomas under a new direction.

At least six books are to link in with the new movie with the King of the Railway Big Golden Book showing promises on its front cover.

Placing Thomas on a backdrop of a castle, a fresh face who is speculated to share the same basis as George Stephenson's Rocket follows from behind.

With three unknown engines seen in the distance, Jack the Front Loader makes a surprise show up on a hillside.

The description teases; Thomas the Tank Engine discovers mysteries of the past—and may even find a treasure!—when a stranger comes to the Island of Sodor.

Train-obsessed little boys ages 3–7 will thrill to this retelling of the newest Thomas & Friends direct-to-DVD/Blue-ray movie, King of the Railway.

A Little Golden Book version covers a similar definition; Thomas the Tank Engine must help a new friend, save a ruined castle, and find a long-lost treasure when a mysterious stranger comes to the Island of Sodor.

Though Treasure on the Tracks fails to speak a snippet of plot, The Secret of the Mine's artwork depicts Thomas finding a treasure chest in a decrepit mine.

Though confirmed to take the show in medieval territory for one story, The Lost Crown of Sodor senses an eventual urgency of drama due to occur in the film.

Knights in armor, ruined castles, long-lost treasure, and friends in danger on the Island of Sodor are all part of a brand-new movie, "King of the Railway," starring Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends.

The Quest for the Golden Crown's piece meanwhile differentiates its paragraph; There are knights, castles, long-lost treasure—and new friends on the Island of Sodor in this brand-new movie, King of the Railway.

Computer animator Scott Caple revealed on his blog in January a piece of artwork pitched to Hit Entertainment who were at the time scouting for a animation company to take over from Nitrogen Studios.

Titled Sodor Castle, Caple responded to fan veterans SiF as to how he accepted the brief test.

This was a part of some development art I did for Guru Animation Studios in Toronto, who were pitching for the series being tendered by HIT.

They didn't get it, I understand that ARC Studios, also in Toronto , got the job. Maybe I should try and get some work out of them... 

King of the Railway: The Movie debuts on DVD and Blu-ray in the fall of 2013 with the six books due to hit US book shelves on July 23rd 2013.


Thanks to Calebtrain for the alert.


  1. Initially I thought it looked brilliant, but now I'm not so sure. I have trust in Brenner though so let's just wait and see!

  2. I think this movie looks amazing so far. Especially since Brenner has written it!

  3. Certainly wasn't expecting that for the first Brenner movie,seems like a lot to cover in a 1 hour special. Also I can't help but notice Thomas' face in the secret of the mine book seems a little bit more like the model face...probably just me.

    1. No, I noticed that it looked more like the model face too.

  4. A bit soon for all this, but I can't wait to learn more about these new engines.