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Because the writers don't know how old the Thomas characters are or when they arrived on the island.

What he said above, and you have to understand that the modern day Tv producers/writers don't have the same regard for historical detail/continiuity in general as Britt Allcroft and David Mitton had, and certainly not like the Awdrys had in the Railway Series. At this stage the series is only concerned with churning out episodes continually, no point in trying to work out how things came about historically and there basically is no continuity anymore in the TV series, it's been a long time since there has.

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