When the Reverend Wilbert Awdry ...
But here, on the Colne Valley Railway (Halstead, Essex), is a near definitive Thomas, matching the book illustration very closely.
The Ōigawa Railway is a railway company in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. The company belongs to the Meitetsu Group. The first section of its lines opened in 1927. The company operates two railway lines: the Ōigawa Main Line and Ikawa Line. Both lines primary function as sightseeing lines. The former line is known for its steam locomotive trains, while the latter is the only rack railway line in Japan. The company also operates a bus line in Sumatakyō Onsen, Kawanehon.
What is clear is that Thomas is popular the world over, whatever his size and shape. And, equally, fbb quite likes his own recently-delivered Thomas.