Medina Journal-Register — Thomas the Train made his first of two consecutive weekend-long visits to Medina this past Friday, and his many young fans turned out to see him once again.
A Day Out With Thomas, which still has ride tickets available for this coming weekend, was booked solid for this past weekend. Visitors from near and far made the trek to see the popular blue engine.
One such visitor was Aiden-Grey Borges, a two-year old from Toronto. His father, Justin Borges, said Aiden-Grey was ecstatic just pulling into the parking lot.
“When we parked the car he saw the train and screamed, ‘Yay!’” Borges said. “Then, when we got him out of the car, we had to chase him down because he started chasing the train because he was so excited.”
Borges said his son’s love of the Thomas television series and stories led to he and his wife searching for the nearest Day Out With Thomas event. “We had been told about one in Pennsylvania, and when we went online we found this one,” he said. The closer proximity of Medina led to the Borges family making a weekend out of their trip, as they spent several hours with the train on Friday before heading out toward Rochester to the Museum of Play.
Hugh James, Vice President and Treasurer of the Medina Railroad Museum and the Thomas event coordinator, said the turnout for Thomas remained strong, but not as strong as it was originally.
However, James said the “younger generation” of fans will keep Thomas coming back.
“The stories have caught on and have been passed down to the next generation of children,” James said, adding how “PBS carries the show five days a week now.”
James also said kids “love things that move, especially trains.”
A Day Out With Thomas, according to James, is the perfect event to let people “enjoy time with their family.”
The Borges family was a prime example of what James meant. Borges said his son loves trains, cars, trucks, and other machines. With Thomas, though, he said there is a bit more of a connection.
“He likes the characters and the songs,” Borges said. “Plus, whenever you go to a bookstore or toy store there’s a display. The toys spark the imagination at home, and when we’re at the store it helps work on social skills.”
A Day Out With Thomas continues this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Tickets for train rides are still available. Call the Medina Railroad Museum for more details.