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Thomas the Tank Engine returns for annual visit to Baldwin City

June 4, 2010

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Jennifer Messick, Kansas City, Mo., and her sons, Brendan, 4, and Nicolas, 2, enjoyed “A Day Out With Thomas” on Friday in Baldwin City. It was their first-ever visit to the annual event.

Jennifer Messick, Kansas City, Mo., and her sons, Brendan, 4, and Nicolas, 2, enjoyed “A Day Out With Thomas” on Friday in Baldwin City. It was their first-ever visit to the annual event.

— For the Toland family, 4-year-old Joseph’s love for Thomas the Tank Engine is one of their top priorities.

So the family — Joseph, 2-year-old sister Charlotte, and his parents, David and Ryanne — traveled Friday from Bonner Springs to Baldwin City for the ninth annual A Day Out with Thomas event at Midland Depot.

“We came two years ago when he was 2,” David Toland said of his son. “He loves Thomas. He watches him religiously. Most of my paychecks go toward Thomas stuff. I work, not only to support my family with food and shelter, but also Thomas merchandise. Basically, he likes Thomas.”

It wasn’t just Joseph’s love of the blue PBS cartoon character that brought them to Baldwin City. Trains, in general, grab his attention.

“He loves trains,” Toland said. “His grandfather works for BNSF and he promotes trains to us. We like to go anywhere there are trains.”

A 25-minute train ride was one of the many activities the Tolands participated in Friday. They also enjoyed the Imagination Station, which included the toy trains, Legos and other children’s activities.

Another family drawn by Thomas’ allure were the Messicks — parents Jennifer and Jon and sons, Brenden, 4, and Nicolas, 2 — from Kansas City, Mo.

“They are enjoying their first trip to see Thomas,” Jennifer Messick said. “Nicolas loved the animals and the train ride. Brenden’s favorite part was seeing Thomas. They are both big Thomas fans. We have lots of Thomas stuff at home.”

A Day Out With Thomas will run 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. today and Sunday, along with next weekend, June 11-13. The 25-minute train ride costs $18 for anyone over 2 years of age. Tickets are still available at ticketweb.com, said Linda Ballinger, event co-chair.

Comments

thebcman 4 years, 6 months ago

Most of my paychecks go toward Thomas stuff.

The 25-minute train ride costs $18 for anyone over 2 years of age.

Indeed.

riverdrifter 4 years, 6 months ago

It's a fund raiser for the Midland railroad. Pays for needed fuel, ballast, ties, rail, equipment, etc.

GardenMomma 4 years, 6 months ago

Yes, but in general Thomas toys are ridiculously expensive.

Dan Thalmann 4 years, 6 months ago

The Lawrence area needs to advertise their events to a wider region. I'm about 2.5 hours away, but I would've brought the family to this and the food garden tour today. Didn't know about them though, until reading about it here, which makes it too late to pack up and leave.

I_Bejewel 4 years, 6 months ago

You still have time. It's going on next weekend too.

TheEleventhStephanie 4 years, 6 months ago

That's terrific that this is front page news, you know, instead of the missing kid in our community. WTF, LJW?

denak 4 years, 6 months ago

My son loved Thomas when he was younger. I think it is one of the few kids shows out there that is specifically for kids and doesn't try to be hip. It is simply for kids. I think that is why it is still going strong after 15+ years. It is just a great show with great characters.

youngjayhawk 4 years, 6 months ago

Wonderful opportunity for kids and their families that love trains; especially Thomas. Always fun activities for families in our community. We are blessed.

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