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Thomas returns Friday to Baldwin City

Thomas the Tank Train returns Friday to Baldwin City

Thomas the Tank Train returns Friday to Baldwin City

June 1, 2012

Midland Railway volunteers have been spending weekends preparing the historic Baldwin City station to share with children the magic of Thomas and Friends’ Day Out.

Thomas, a replica locomotive of the Thomas the Tank Engine of PBS fame, will return to Baldwin City this weekend. Rides will be available on the Midland Railway route Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as June 8, 9 and 10.

Mildred Davis, telephone information volunteer for Midland Railway, said ticket sales for the event were slower than in the past, but interest in the event was starting to pick up.

Volunteer Art Davis said railcars could carry 2,700 riders a day, and he’s hoping for as many as 3,000 visitors each day Thomas is at the depot.

The magic Thomas works on children requires a little sleight of hand. The train replica is hooked up to the front a Midland Railway locomotive. Although Thomas isn’t actually pulling the train, a conductor who rides inside Thomas is able to make the engine blow steam for watching children.

“The kids just go wild,” Mildred Davis said.

Tickets cost $20, and are available online at at a discounted rate and at full-price at the depot on the days of the event. They will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Children under the age of 2 ride the train for free.

The event grounds will open at 9 a.m., and the first train is scheduled to run at 9:45 a.m. Trains will run every 45 minutes until 3:45 p.m.

The depot grounds will feature Thomas the Train merchandise, storytelling, a magician, putt-putt golf and food vendors that will include barbecue, funnel cakes, hamburgers and hotdogs.

Day Out with Thomas will take place rain or shine.


Spiderpig 5 years, 10 months ago

It was nice to see how busy the vendors were. This is always a great fundraiser for our local groups. The one that confused me was the BBQ stand. Is he fundraising for some group or was he allowed to make all of his profit for himself? I just thought that all the vending was for group fundraising. Maybe that was just when Thomas started coming.


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