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Saturday, 27 September 2014

Exclusive: The Railway Series unlikely to be continued

Future titles for The Railway Series are unlikely to be published in the near future.

The Wilbert and Christopher Awdry collection of Thomas' beginnings saw its last entry released in 2011 with the 42nd book, Thomas and His Friends.
During the Tale of the Brave premiere in London's Leciester Square last month, Roll Along Thomas caught up with Alf Fortnam, widow of the late Hilary Fortnam, about its continuation.

No, [Christopher] is finished with itHe feels that the last one was the real closing chapter. It did say "THE END" at the last page.

He likes to keep a low profile [in the public eye] and wants it to stay that way.

Fortnam also discussed how his late wife Hilary was very serious about her Christianity and fought about the TV series' handling of the winter holidays debate, something that Hilary felt very strongly to correct.

Unlike the books, audio adaptation series The Railway Stories is in development for a return in the future, with new owners Random House Audio taking on the reigns of production.


  1. It's a real shame we'll likely never see a release of Barry the Rescue Engine now.

    1. I don't think it was ever going to be made, anyway. Just an idea that was simply shelved and nothing more.

  2. Very depressing, but at the same time, not surprising. It would've been wonderful if somebody, like someone else in the Awdry family to continue the RWS legacy, but they probably have other interests rather than doing books about anthropomorphic locomotives.

    I figured it was the, ahem... "End of the Line" with the book ending with 2 words that some of us would hate to read when it comes to a book finally ending a series, "The End".

    The RWS spirit still lives on in our hearts, the community, and elements of it being used in the TV series thanks to the legendary Andrew Brenner.

  3. Do you think someone else in the awdry family should just continue on from Christopher?