Mia Austin, five, (left), Kye Austin, three, and Lucas Hall, four, all of Ipswich, at the Thomas the Tank Engine Exhibition at the Workshops Rail Museum.
Mia Austin, five, (left), Kye Austin, three, and Lucas Hall, four, all of Ipswich, at the Thomas the Tank Engine Exhibition at the Workshops Rail Museum. David Nielsen

Thomas show pulls record crowd

HE may be more than 60 years old, but Thomas the Tank Engine continues to draw the crowds in Ipswich.

The popular little blue engine is the star of The Workshops Rail Museum’s Day out with Thomas 2011 exhibition.

Workshops director Andrew Moritz said more than 800 people had flocked to the opening of the event on Boxing Day.

Now in its eighth year, he said wet weather had boosted crowd numbers.

“It was our best attended Boxing Day ever,” Mr Mortiz said.

Mr Mortiz said crowd numbers were expected to grow throughout the week.

“People are looking for things to do with their families on the holiday break,” he said.

“Generally the week between Christmas and New Year is the biggest time for us for the whole event.”

For Ipswich resident James Hall, who brought along four-year-old son Lucas, the event is a family tradition.

“We have been waiting all year to come,” he said.

Coominya resident Natarsha Buchanan said two-year-old son Hayden had also been looking forward to seeing Thomas.

“He likes trains,” she said.

“We bought him a rail track for Christmas.”

Day out with Thomas 2011 runs until January 30.

Daily activities include interactive Thomas-themed games and activities in the Thomas Play Pit, storytelling with The Fat Controller and art and craft activities.

The workshops are open daily from 9.30am. Tickets are $19 for adults, $11 for children aged three to 15 and free for children under 3. Concession is $16, while a family ticket (two adults and up to four children) is $57.



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