Thomas the Tank Engine on track for summer holiday fun

08 December 2009

Thomas the Tank Engine and The Fat Controller come to South-east Queensland for their summertime holidays at The Workshops Rail Museum as part of the Day out with Thomas 2010 event, 26 December 2009 - 31 January 2010.

Thomas fans can get up close to the famous blue engine and meet The Fat Controller in person as he keeps a watchful eye on proceedings and tells stories about the fleet of trains which promote the values of discovery, friendship and cooperation.

Daily activities at the Day out with Thomas 2010 event include interactive Thomas the Tank Engine themed games and activities in the Thomas Play Pit, storytelling with The Fat Controller, art and craft activities, and searching for Thomas on the Museum's huge model railway.

Director of The Workshops Rail Museum Andrew Moritz said the Day out with Thomas 2010 event provides a wonderful opportunity for visitors to encounter the 'rail in Queensland' story through characters made famous in the popular books and television series.

"The Day out with Thomas 2010 event is a totally interactive experience which encourages parents and children to enjoy a connection as they partake in activities and learn facts about the impact of rail on our lives," Mr Moritz said.

"Visitors will also be able to meet some other famous trains who are joining Thomas the Tank Engine and The Fat Controller on their visit to The Workshops Rail Museum and learn stories which promote good manners and hard work."

Thomas' friends who are also visiting include Edward, Lady, James, Annie & Clarabel, the Scottish twins Donald & Douglas, Trevor the Traction Engine and George the Steam Roller.

Visitors can purchase an Annual Pass Membership when they visit the Day out with Thomas 2010 event which allows unlimited entry into The Workshops Rail Museum for 12 months, including upcoming events such as Toyland Express and the Queensland Model Railway Show.

The Workshops Rail Museum is part of the Queensland Museum and is winner of Australian and Queensland Tourism Awards for Heritage and Cultural Tourism.

For further information about the event or ticket prices, visit www.theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au or call the Day out with Thomas 2010 hotline (07) 3432 5197.

Media Contact: Glenn Price 3432 5100 or 0407 128 995

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