We are a Toddlerville family so seeing Thomas The Tank Engine is something we KNEW we needed to do. .John and Pat-man like Thomas but Pat-man adores him and knows all of Thomas and his friends.
The Historic Edaville Railway now host and event called “A Day out With Thomas” where a life sized Thomas the Tank Engine is featured pulling a series of coaches that kids can ride to get a feel of what its like to ride on a real train. The popularity of the series is amazing to me since most of these kids will never be able to experience trains on a regular basis in this day and age.
My three year old son is fascinated with these toy trains so when my wife and I heard that the Edaville Railroad in Carver, MA on the outskirts of Cape Cod was gong to sponsor a Day Out With Thomas, we had to get tickets. It was a beautiful summer day with a few puffy clouds. We arrived on the scene and started walking around. There was Thomas everywhere. Set up in various tents were trains sets for the kids to play with. One tent featured a giant Linoel electric set with large scale Thomas trains whirling around the track operated by train enthusiasts. You could get a temporary tattoo at the tattoo tent. All surrounded by a swarming throng of kids. Our son was in absolute heaven. He was Yelling “HI HI Thomas!”
It came time for our turn to ride the actual train. Parents with kids under lined up in a manner reminiscent passenger train era. It was an actual old station after all. There were real conductors dressed the part saying ALL ABOARD. I heard one parent explaining to their child that grandpa used to work on the trains. Edaville is one of the oldest rails in our area and it was nice to over hear the history of the rail.
Slowly the train pulled away from the station and we traveled slowly through woods, swamp, and across railroad crossings traversing local roads. After a while the train came to a stop and reversed its course as we traveled back to the original location. The whole trip took about 25 minutes. The life sized Thomas was on one end and a real locomotive on the other. It warmed our heart to see him have so much fun. If your little one is a Thomas fan this event will provide a lifetime memory. They send each child home with a certificate for your ride with Thomas.
An added note about Edaville Railroad that most other sites host “Day Out with Thomas” don’t have. They have added amusements for the family and your small children. They have a classic Ferris Wheel that overlooks the whole railway. They also have smaller midway ride and a very clean and shaded playground for your family to relax, eat and enjoy a full day at Edaville.