Thomas the Tank Engine’s trademark smile has lit up the North Western Railway for decades.
The fictional train’s little-known feline namesake has also made a bit of a name for himself among commuters passing through Garforth Station, having appeared there around two months ago.
The loco lapcat, who squeezes through the east Leeds station’s cash desk every morning to be fed, has become something of a local celebrity among passengers and regularly sits by as they pick up their tickets every day.
Without a known home, the neutered ginger Tom turned up at the station near Christmas, prompting suggestions he may even have arrived on a train.
Station supervisor Angie Thompson told the YEP: “It looks like somebody owned him, so whether he’s gone off as a stray or the owners have just left him, I don’t know – he’s just a platform cat.
“Thomas is just a character really, he’s there when I open up on a morning at 5.45am. He greets everybody and sits on their knees.”
Angie and a friend soon took Thomas, who is only thought to be just a year old, to a nearby vets, where he was de-wormed and de-flead before it was found that he had not been microchipped.
She added: “He’s just a strong character, he’s not scared of anything – never mind the trains.”
Northern Rail, which runs the station, has launched an online appeal to locate Thomas’ owner or potentially find him a new home. If you recognise Thomas or would like to help, tweet @northernrailorg using the hashtag #tomcat.
CATS WITH CHARACTER
Much-loved moggy Max became a favourite among visitors to Golden Acre Park over 12 years.
The popular feral cat was looked after by the Bramhope park’s gardener and lived in and around the greenhouse, where visitors donated food and around £700 to fund operations as he got older.
The black and white cat passed away in November and was believed to be around 17-years-old. He was buried in the park.
Max was originally a house cat but strolled into the park and loved it so much that he rarely left.