To celebrate World Book Day today (5 March) Network Rail has teamed up with the world’s most famous blue engine and pre-schooler favourite, Thomas the Tank Engine™ and will be giving away special edition books in Smyths stores.

The Stay Safe with Thomas story book sees the mischievous Thomas having fun on the railway over being safe, putting both himself and his friends in harm’s way. He learns valuable lessons on the dangers of not stopping at a level crossing when the red light shows, leaving gates open to allow animals on to the tracks and when people stand too close to the edge of a platform.

Allan Spence, head of public and passenger safety at Network Rail said, ‘We hope by getting the story book out to as many families as possible we can help to start the conversation around rail safety at a younger age. By delivering gentle messages about rail safety to children we can help to build a new generation of safety ambassadors across the rail network.’

To get your free copy of Thomas & Friends: Stay Safe with Thomas, head down to participating Smyths retailers. These books will be given out on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to get there early. Plus, there will be great deals on Thomas & Friends toys. For little engine-lovers, Smyths is the place to be on March 5th! If you can’t get to a Smyths store, download your free copy of the Thomas & Friends: Stay Safe with Thomas at: