Saturday, August 16, 2014

Thomas Day 1

The first of the Days Out With Thomas seemed to go off without a hitch.  Due to the confident wisdom of everybody, all of the important slots were already filled, so I got to be a switch tender for the day.  That's not a very demanding position to say the least.  So I had time to take some pictures for your benefit.

Maybe I'm just not very observant, but I hadn't noticed before that Thomas has facial expressions: his eyes move and his mouth can open and close.  He can even speak.  Is this a new feature?

And the real steam train was running.  (I have a better video of it actually moving forward, but am unable to upload it for some reason.  Sorry, we'll keep working on this...)

And when you're not riding the train, there are lots of other things to do.  (This is just a small selection, by the way.)

Trolley bus operation has been suspended due to sand.

There's an entire tent dedicated to a large garden railroad layout.

And kids of all ages like to see magic tricks. 

And speaking of magic, it's mystifying!  and astounding!  to see the Museum packed with people like this.  You won't believe your eyes!  You have to see it for yourself!


Joel Ahrendt said...

It started this year with the voice and things like that.

Anonymous said...

Pretty sure the eyes were doing that the last two years. BTW, looked for the CAE woods... they hiding in barn 4 right now? Was trying to show my son the cars that ran where he now rides his bike. -- Todd

Randall Hicks said...

I didn't mean to stir up an argument. This could get ugly fast....

Anyway, the CA&E wood cars are in their usual spot on track 84, the south track of Barn 8. Sorry you weren't able to find them.

Joel Ahrendt said...

They eyes have always had a hand control inside. This year, they took that out and put in electronics that has the eyes and a moveable mouth controlling it. There are some pre-set speeches, then the generic button. And no heated argument here.

Anonymous said...

In the Thomas video, why is the "L" car tarped (or at least partially covered) at the 50th Avenue Station?

Anonymous said...

The windows on 2243 are covered to provide a private area for nursing babies. The covers will come off next week.
R. W. Schauer

Anonymous said...

Thanks. Never would have guessed!
A great thing to have when you have lots of young families at the museum. Kudos for including.