Join Thomas The Tank Engine At The Workshops Rail Museum

The 'Friends of Thomas' event returns to The Workshops Rail Museum from 26 December 2006 to 28 January 2007 providing hours of holiday fun for visitors.

'Friends of Thomas 2007' features 'meet and greet' and story sessions with Thomas the Tank Engine and 'Sir Topham Hatt, The Fat Controller', as well as his Australian friends based at The Workshops Rail Museum.

Thomas the Tank Engine's growing number of Australian friends includes Monty the Moving Goods Train, Marshall the Mighty Steam Roller, Paula and Pete the Powerhouse Twins and Flash the Sugar Cane Train.

Daily activities at 'Friends of Thomas 2007' include a new addition, the Friends of Thomas Play Pit in the Boilershop Gallery which includes interactive activities such as train block toys and a puppet theatre set, designed to encourage adults and children to play and learn together.
Crowd favourites such as the popular 'Where's Thomas' Model Railway Adventure at the Museum's huge model railway, and the 'Thomas and Friends' Video Theatrette make a welcome return for the 'Friends of Thomas 2007' event.

Director of The Workshops Rail Museum, Mr Andrew Moritz said: "The Friends of Thomas event has gathered a loyal following over the years due to its reputation as a fantastic family day of entertainment, as well as the enjoyable educational aspect teaching visitors about the role of various Queensland locomotives.

"One such character is 'Gertie the Garrett Traction Engine' who was built in England almost 100 years ago. Children learn through the 'Friends of Thomas 2007' event and from storytelling by 'The Fat Controller' that since coming to Australia she has done all sorts of work - from driving machinery for sawmills to land clearing and building roads.

"A fantastic way to enjoy the 'Friends of Thomas 2007' over and over again is to purchase an Annual Pass Membership. Equivalent to only two visits, the Membership program allows entry into The Workshops Rail Museum for 12 months - the perfect school holiday boredom buster for 2007."
The Workshops Rail Museum is a campus of the Queensland Museum and is located at North Street, North Ipswich.

By www.qm.qld.gov.au

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