Library Filer of The Reverand Wilbert Awdry No.227198-2, dated 2.4.88. The creator of Thomas the Tank Engine, the Reverand Wilbert Awdry, who died early today (Friday). The author, who was in his late 80s, died at his home in Stroud, Gloucestershire, after he had been bed-ridden for some time. PA Photos. See PA Story DEATH Awdry.