Children’s Train Days 2014 With Thomas & Friends At The “Bull Moose” Railway Garden

On Wednesday, February 19th, 2014, in Featured Layout, Model Railroading, Outdoor Activities, Tourism, by Al Gengler
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The Annual IGRS Children’s Event

 

Thomas & Friends – visit the ” Bull Moose” Railway Garden  on Saturday August 16th and Sunday August 17th, 2014.

Mark your calendar now for Children’s Day with Thomas & Friends.

Admission is Free!  

The Isle of Sodor’s famous railway rolling stock featuring Thomas the Tank  Engine and his friends, Percy, in light green livery,  the powerful Mogul , James the Big Red Engine, and Emily in her Sterling English livery will run all day long from 10:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. at the Illiana Garden Railway Society’s outdoor layout on August 16th and 17th.

And this year Thomas will introduce two new friends,  Toby the Tram and George the Switch Engine.

James, Percy & Thomas side-by-side on the “Bull Moose”   right-of-way

There will be a full assortment of the Sodor lines passenger coaches and freight bogies too including Annie, Clarabelle and Francine along with the troublesome trucks and other Sodor favorites such as the Tipmouth milk wagon.

For over 65 years, Thomas The Tank Engine & his friends have been keeping children all over the world entertained. Thomas has been puffing up and down the branch lines on Sodor for all these years and to this day is still going strong.

Enjoy this rundown of all the stories about Thomas & Friends’ that have been made up to 2010 and then spend a moment to reminisce about your favorite Thomas stories and memories.

 

 

In 1942 the Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry, a British clergyman,  began telling his son Christopher about a group of railway engines that lived in a  place called Sodor, an enchanted island that is far far away from England.

Sodor according to the Reverend’s stories is home to some very clever engines and a small blue engine called Thomas. In his books about  Thomas & Friends, Wilbert Awdry’s  lovable creations, tells the ongoing story about how these railroad engines live in harmony with humans. Together the engines and humans run an intricate railway system where new visitors come and go every day of the year.

In 1945 Reverend Awdry published his first children’s story book about these trains with outstanding results. The book called “The Three Railway Engines” told a story about Edward, Gordon and Henry, three tender engines, who had a lot of interrelated railway problems and in the end became very great friends by helping each other out of their assorted troubles.

In 1946 a follow-up book titled “Thomas The Tank Engine” was published which introduced Thomas, a little blue switch engine, to readers. It described how Thomas came to meet Edward, Gordon and James in his travels.

By 1984 the Thomas the Tank books evolved into an animated cartoon series. The show debuted in the fall season on TV screens across the United Kingdom.

Subsequently Thomas & Friends found their way into the hearts of Saturday morning children’s audiences on American television too.

James The Big Red Engine is guarded by a herd of Bull Moose as he stops to take on freight.

For over sixty-five years the Thomas series has been a great success in bringing new railway and human characters into the series along with new Sodor Island locations that appear in each new episodes.

Reverend Awdry’s creation’s, Thomas and all of his friends, are just as much fun for a new generation to watch today as they were for the first British viewers in 1984. Thomas has enchanted millions of children and adults alike all over the world.

Along with all of his assorted friends Thomas is still puffing away as he steams into exciting new Television and big screen movie episodes. And of course a full two days on the “Bull Moose” right-of-way.

August 16th and 17th, 2014.

Fun and Games

Come visit, admission is always FREE!

A full two days with Thomas & his Friends.!

 

 

 

Become an IGRS Branch Line Member today! Get Directions to Samuelson’s Garden Center.

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IGRS Branch Line Members

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IGRS Bull Moose Line
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IGRS Bull Moose Line
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Location

The Bull Moose Line
295 North State Rd. 2
Valparaiso, Indiana 46383

Open to the Public
Saturdays 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.
May through September (weather permitting)

Tel: 219-462-6924 or by Email. See map for directions.