Fans of Thomas the Tank Engine would have been banned from saying “The Fat Controller” because it was labeled an “insult”.
A family day out at the Watercress Line railway in Hampshire took an unusual turn when a member of staff asked that they refer to The Fat Controller by his real name, Sir Topham Hatt.
The popular Day Out with Thomas event, where young children can ride Thomas the Tank Engine, just returned to the Watercress Line last weekend.
But a father said The sun“We were talking about The Fat Controller when a member of staff chimed in. In plain words, we were told no one could use such an insult.”
Meanwhile, another visitor to the Ten Mile Heritage Railway said: ‘The staff said it was from another era. Common sense has reached the tampons.
Many have flocked to social media in shock. One user said: “Now they’re going after Thomas the Tank Engine’s Fat Controller, apparently that’s an insult.”
Another added: ‘They are canceling Thomas the tank engine now?? the big controller was iconic, I love it when I was a kid”.
Thomas the Tank Engine fans were left in shock after learning they couldn’t use the name The Fat Controller on a day at the Watercress Railway line (above)
A family on a day out at the Watercress Line was told ‘in no uncertain terms’ that no one could use such an ‘insult’
Social media users were shocked to learn that Thomas the Tank Engine was the latest to experience cancel culture
TalkTV host Jeremy Kyle also weighed in after referencing The Fat Controller, but was quick to joke that people can’t call him that anymore.
Just last week ‘woke’ parents asked York Dungeon to change the name of its Dick Turpin carriage ride to ‘Richard’ because they found it ‘offensive’.
However, the parents lost their battle after York Dungeon refused to make the switch. Richard ‘Dick’ Turpin was a highwayman and infamous criminal throughout the 18th century before he was executed in York in 1739 for stealing horses.
In 2018, a revamp of Thomas the Tank Engine saw two male engines replaced with female characters.
Henry and Edward left Tidmouth Sheds to make way for Nia, an orange engine from Africa, and Rebecca, a yellow engine.
They joined Emily, the other female engine, along with boys Thomas, Percy James and Gordon.
In 2018 a major overhaul of the show took place with two male engines replaced by two female engines, including Nia (pictured) – an orange train from Africa
The scenarios were written to address five of the goals: quality education, gender equality, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, and life on earth.
Mattel, the US toy giant that owns the rights to the popular show, said the changes were a “groundbreaking refresh” and are based on extensive market research with hundreds of parents and their children.
The stories of Thomas the Tank Engine by the Vicar of Birmingham, the Reverend W. Awdry, have been turned into a billion-pound-a-year industry that is read in over 120 countries.
After a series of rejections from publishers, the first book appeared in 1945 as The Three Railway Engines.
But after the Reverend’s son took a liking to Thomas and demanded more stories about the tank engine, the now-famous series was born in 1946 – starring The Fat Controller.
Watercress Line has been approached for comment.