Not many people are aware of this, indeed, no one I know other than my family knows this, but Thomas the Tank Engine was born in King’s Norton in 1942. Yes, Thomas the little blue engine and all of his adventures were born from the mind of Reverend W Awdry to amuse his son, all while he was based at St Nicolas Church as a curate. It was originally called The Railway Series.
This isn’t really celebrated much, although I keep hearing whispers that this is all going to change soon! I saw some artwork on the railway bridge at King’s Norton the other day that also suggests this.
More pics from the railway bridge can be seen in the previous blog post, which in turn links to the Flickr page.