Thomas the Tank Engine came rolling through Maryland to the B&O Railroad Museum. Apparently Thomas travels across the country visiting railroads museums. Can you image being out and about, and while stopped at a train crossing you see a full-size Thomas the Train rolling by??? Umm, yeah…
That was the scene at the B&O Railroad Museum this month, as Thomas and Sir Topham Hatt came to town. All day kids were able to take a ride on a full-sized Thomas the Train, which lasted about 20 minutes. There were also photo shoots with the train while it was in the station between trips, as well as photo shoots with Sir Topham Hatt. The B&O Railroad museum is a train-enthusiast’s dream. There were all types of locomotives on display! Also rounding out the fun were bounce houses, carnival rides, temporary tattoos, and plenty of Thomas-themed activities.
Now, my Petunia LOVES Thomas the Train! She’s even starting to sing parts of the song when it comes on. Well okay, she only sings the last word of the song, “Traaaaaaain”. When I first heard about the event, I just knew she would be sooo excited to see Thomas the Train! The morning of, I began to tell her that we were going to see Thomas. She looked at me a little strange, but I just kept with it. When it was time to go, it was creeping up on her usual naptime, so she was less than thrilled to leave the house. I prayed she would stay awake during the car ride, and hoped that once we reached the museum she would perk up. Once we got there, there were plenty of kids, train engines, box cars and small carnival rides. The first thing we did was stand in line for a photo with Sir Topham Hatt. It’s funny how animated and excited the parents are while the kids are either terrified of the cartoon characters or looking bored. She didn’t cry, but judging how tight she was holding onto her Dad, I would say she was a little concerned.
After walking around looking at the trains on display, we went outside to the carnival rides. It was here that Petunia perked up! I took her on her first carousel ride, which she absolutely loved!
After the carousel ride, it was almost time for our train ride on board Thomas. Upon seeing Thomas, Petunia just… looked. I think we were more excited than she was. LOL!
Once onboard, and all settled in, Petunia checked out the view from our window.
As we listened to the Thomas theme music piped through the speaker system, Thomas made a slow, steady pace along the outskirts of the city. We even had a police officer on a dirt bike that followed along us as we traveled. It seems the kids got a kick out of watching him ride alongside us. The conductor came around and passed out Thomas the Train Jr. Engineer Certificates to all of the kiddies. After about a 10 minute ride, Thomas came to a stop. The train was then put in reverse for our ride back to the station. Once the train ride was over there was the opportunity to take photos in front the train while the next group boarded.
Unfortunately while waiting to take her photo with Thomas, Petunia began to get cranky, so we had to call it a day – naptime was in full effect! Not even 5 minutes in the car and Petunia was out like a light! Once we made it home, Petunia opens her eyes, and what’s the first thing that comes out of her mouth? Thomaaaaas!!! Yeah, we’ll definitely have to do this again next year.
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