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Pic: C&T/BNPS<br />
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The large prototype of Thomas the Tank Engine that TV producers based the smaller toy models on for filming the popular children's programme <br />
has come to light.<br />
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The wooden train that is almost one metre long was the first real-life depiction of the distinctive blue steam engine which had previously featured in the books by Reverend Wilbert Audrey.<br />
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It was crafted by David Mitten, who was also the director of Thomas the Tank Engine when it first broadcast on ITV in 1984.<br />
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The prototype is being sold on October 5 at C&T Auctions.