MEETING A FAVORITE CHARACTER... from a book or a film or a television series can often happen, if you just know where to look. If you love Snow White, you might travel to Anaheim or Florida. If you're a fan of Paul Bunyon and Babe the Blue Ox, trot for the Trees of Mystery, in the redwoods. But what to do when your go-to superstar tends to stick close to railroad tracks, on account of that superstar being a tank engine? Well, you'll need to wait for him to call on a local rail destination in your area, since he's apt to be a character on the move. "On the move" describes Thomas the Tank Engine to a T, but he does make a few stops each year, along with some of his friends, at some well-known train locales. Two California places are on his end-of-2016 schedule, with Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton up first in late July and early August, and the Orange Empire Railway in Perris in November.
DAY OUT WITH THOMAS... is just that, a day for your kids to see the character in person and take a ride with Thomas, too. Also making the journey to Felton, and later on Perris, is Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway. You'll want to purchase your tickets well in advance, as the popular happening does draw the train buffs and Thomas mavens alike. It's been around for 21 years now, which means that some of the first riders are likely returning with their own young'uns. Train adoration can be a lifelong pursuit, and for many that adoration starts by reading a Thomas the Tank Engine book or seeing him on TV. To see him at a rail station, though? Exciting stuff, indeed.