The Illinois Railroad Museum continues its profitable (at least I hope it makes a lot of money) tradition of bringing Thomas the Tank Engine to its Union railroad tracks.
Thomas, who has a personality all of his own, as do all of the trains and other mechanical characters in the toy train set, is a tremendous child pleaser.
I can’t tell you how many different train tracks have covered our floor since my son got into it.
My son has now outgrown Thomas, but our four-year old grand-nephew loves him and his roundhouse fellows.
The price is $18 for all over two years old.
Details are here.
The link says the parking lot opens at 7:30 AM, but the gates don’t open until 9. There must be a real demand for the implicit suggestion that one should arrive really early if you want to get on the twenty minute ride.
When I was county treasurer, the executive of the organization spotted tracks with unpaid taxes. I guided him through the process of paying the back taxes. I’m pretty sure perfecting the title for the right-of-way that some company didn’t think useful is how the museum obtained the land people will be riding on this weekend.
Last Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Thomas and Sir Tophand Hatt entertained children as well.