ENGINE DRIVER: Amelia Hayes-Picton, 1, of Buderim.Photos: David Nielsen JA0111DH
ENGINE DRIVER: Amelia Hayes-Picton, 1, of Buderim.Photos: David Nielsen JA0111DH

A day out with Thomas at museum

LIKE many parents dashing about The Workshops Rail Museum on Saturday, it was hard to tell who was the more excited, Jamie Scott or son William.

Mr Scott said his four-year-old son had inherited his love of trains, particularly Thomas.

“I have always been keen on trains, particularly the old steamies,” Mr Scott said.

“Thomas has been around for years, but it is only the last couple of years interest has kicked off again for the next generation.”

Based at Jimboomba, Mr Scott said he had learnt about the museum through his father James, who had worked in the railways for close to 20 years.

“My father was a fitter and turner who worked here and at Redbank,” he said.

“My family are originally from this area.

“My grandparents were at East Ipswich.”

For Stafford Heights (Brisbane) family Mary-Ann Litchfield and husband Richard Dupuy, Thomas was the perfect way to keep two-year-old son Benjamin entertained.

“It was raining in Brisbane and there is not much you can do when you have a two-and-a-half-year-old child,” Mrs Litchfield said.

“He is too young for the cinema, but he loves Thomas.”

For Wavell Heights resident Justin Parsonage, the event was a way to indulge three-year-old son Kieran’s interests.

“He loves anything mechanical,” he said.

“Cement trucks, bulldozers, anything boyish.”

Daily activities at the Day out with Thomas 2011 event include interactive Thomas the Tank Engine themed games and activities in the Thomas play pit, storytelling with the Fat Controller, art and craft activities and searching for Thomas on the museum’s huge model railway.



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