Thomas the Tank Engine pulls in at Shinkanaya station, on Japan's Oigawa Railway, in Shizuoka prefecture. Photos: AFP; Corbis

70-year-old Thomas the Tank Engine still a kids' favourite in iPad age

For his owners, Thomas has been a 'really useful engine' for 70 years. Paul Kendall finds out why such an old-fashioned character continues to thrive in the online age.

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Thomas the Tank Engine pulls in at Shinkanaya station, on Japan's Oigawa Railway, in Shizuoka prefecture. Photos: AFP; Corbis
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