Thomas & Friends
Saturday August 16 and Sunday August 17, 2014
Mark your calendar now for this exciting annual visit.
Admission is Free!
For two special days Sodor’s exciting G-scale Engines and rolling stock will revisit the Illiana Garden Railway Society’s “Bull Moose” Railway in August. Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, Percy, the Dockside Engine in full green livery, the powerful Mogul, James the Big Red Engine, and Emily the Sterling Passenger Engine will run all day long from 10:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. at the Society’s outdoor layout.
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. This year Toby the tram and George the Swich Engine will join Thomas & friends on the IGRS Bull Moose outdoor layout.
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. For over 65 years, Thomas The Tank Engine & his friends have been keeping children all over the world entertained.
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 loveable 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.
Thomas & His Friends have enchanted millions of children and adults alike all over the world and are just as much fun for new generations of children to watch as they were for the first British viewers .
See them all perform at the Illiana Garden Railway Society’s “Bull Moose Line” outdoor diorama.
295 N. State Route 2 in Valparaiso, Indiana
Come visit, admission is always FREE!