Thomas the Tank Engine is here in Ipswich and this is your chance to get up close with the world’s favourite little blue steam engine and his friends.

Head to the Workshops Rail Museum these school holidays and spend the day with Thomas, Sir Topham Hatt, Douglas, Annie and Clarabel, Diesel 199, Trevor the Traction Engine and George the Steamroller.

Discover Thomas and his friends around the museum, dive into the Thomas play pit, check out the Thomas movie, get crafty with a whole heap of awesome arts and crafts and let off steam in our indoor adventure playground!

Head to the Workshops Rail Museum Ipswich website to grab your tickets!

The birth of a legend:

From his beginnings as a story book character back in 1946, Thomas the Tank Engine has been a beloved superstar in children’s fiction.

He first appeared on television in the 1980s and has been voiced by luminaries including Ringo Starr.

The brainchild of Wilbert Awdry and his son Christopher, Thomas is a blue steam engine with the number one painted on his side, and was based on a toy train owned by Christopher.

The stories about Thomas, originally written by Wilbert, were created around the toy train. Once illustrator Reginald Payne was engaged to illustrate the Thomas stories, Wilbert chose a photograph of a real Billinton designed E2 class London train.


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