It started with his first birthday. My grandparents sent our oldest son a Thomas the Tank Engine toy that talked when you pressed the funnel. Then… the dam cracked and Thomas started seeping into our lives little by little. The five-minute episodes of the show provided him a little joy when he was sick. He received a Tidmouth Shed toy for Hanukkah. Eventually the dam broke. Now our home is flooded with the #1 blue engine and his friends. Toys. Books. Stickers. We even used removable decals and Thomas bedding as rewards for transitioning into a big boy bed. Of course he received Thomas briefs for being an ace at potty training. Sometimes his Thomas t-shirt is the only way we can convince him to get dressed in the morning.
I’m a little embarrassed to admit it all. But his enthusiasm for Thomas is infectious (especially with the British version; the American shows are dreadfully obnoxious), and my husband is delighted to share his childhood train hobby with his son. So it is. HIT Entertainment, who owns the rights to Thomas, totally gets this. Enter: Day Out With Thomas.
Heritage railways host these events, which feature engines with the faces of character trains, a live Fat Controller to interact with guests and other activities. Thomas pulls a line of coaches so visitors can take a ride. It’s a two-year-old’s dream. It made Father’s Day an easy kill this year.
We drove about 40 minutes to the Colne Valley Railway. This was my first visit to a heritage railway, so I have no idea if they’re all supposed to look like junk yards for decrepit engines and train cars. But no matter. THOMAS WAS THERE!
So was Daisy.
Toad and Mavis, too.
And, hello! Someone got to meet the Fat Controller.
Walden was so proud to recognize Thomas’s whistle, and I got some satisfaction in letting him see how trains really work. (It doesn’t run on batteries?) It’s certainly a day his father won’t ever forget! I hope it sticks in his memory, too.
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