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A "Day Out With Thomas" at the Oklahoma Railway Museum

Alicea Walley / Red Dirt Report
Thomas the Train pulling into the Oklahoma Railway Museum.
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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. - My son, SJ, loves Thomas the Tank Engine and all his friends, especially James. With all of the characters being British, I have to admit I definitely have a fondness for them as well. So when they announced that the “Day out with Thomas” world tour was coming into Oklahoma Railway Museum I jumped online to purchase the $18 tickets, children under 2 years of age have free admission, needed to go for a ride with Thomas, skipped the pre-order of photographs and noted happily that everything else was free.

The day arrived and I decked SJ out in his Thomas and friends T-shirt and gave him his miniature Thomas train and headed towards the museum. We arrived there a little before it was our time to ride the railways with Thomas and jumped straight on. There was nothing special about the railway cars apart from all the other kids showcasing their Thomas the Train hats, t-shirts, whistles and toys. The “driver” of the train boomed over the speakers that he needed all the kids to encourage Thomas to pull the heavy cars by shouting “pull Thomas pull!"

The driver continued to speak to us throughout the ride pointing out different trains, telling stories and doing trivia. We waved at the men at the crossing, and SJ is at that stage where he’s noticing everything and learning new words, so we also saw cars, trees, birds and the sky. The ride was about 20 mins long and at the end,  he got a certificate, and although I honestly don’t think the ride was worth $18 per person I’m glad we had the experience. At the end of the ride there were too many people waiting to take a picture with Thomas, so we walked around the grounds instead and went back 10 minutes before he was due to pull in with the next set of passengers. It was then that we got to see him coming down the tracks and were at the front of the line to take pictures. I recommend getting to the event early and doing this first.This Thomas moves his eyes and talks with his mouth as he is pulling into the station and it’s pretty impressive.

After this we were hungry and there were a few food trucks we got food from. I’m just going to say that the venue does allow you to bring in your own food and I would DEFINITELY recommend that. We then went to the gift store hoping to pick up a few things we’d seen other families with. Now, I had expected the gift shop to be expensive, but it was more expensive than expected. A lot of things we just couldn’t justify paying so much, but SJ did get a large helium Thomas balloon, a wooden whistle and a James the red engine toy train.

Next to the gift shop was an area where kids could play with various railway sets.This was without a doubt SJ’s favorite part, and I had to literally drag my screaming toddler away from that. Then there was an area where you could either get your face painted (ages 3-10) or a balloon animal, SJ got a giraffe balloon which he ended up biting a hole into. We lined up to get a picture taken with the character Sir Topham Hatt, who SJ was unsure of. We also went and got a temporary tattoo. I think the only thing we didn’t see was the pantomime, which sounded like everyone was having a good time, but we weren’t very excited by it ourselves.

All in all, it was a good day, and if you are looking for a last minute activity to do this weekend you should definitely check it out. Entrance into the event is free, and the only thing that costs money is the train for which tickets can either be purchased online, or they have a limited amount of tickets being sold at the event.

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