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Guess who I saw this weekend? (Read 1176 times)
Aug 30th, 2011 at 6:53am

Pierre   Offline
Say what you want dahhhhling,
but I married Ellen!
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Grandson's birthday.  He was ecstatic!


 
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Reply #1 - Aug 30th, 2011 at 2:22pm

Phil Sunkel   Offline

 
Pierre wrote on Aug 30th, 2011 at 6:53am:
He was ecstatic !


I'll bet ! My nephew is crazy about Thomas too. Smiley
 
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Reply #2 - Aug 30th, 2011 at 3:31pm

Mary Grace   Offline
Nice. Real nice.

 
Oh, what a memorable experience! My nephews were all big Thomas the Tank enthusiasts, too! Thanks for sharing that!
 

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Reply #3 - Aug 30th, 2011 at 4:34pm

Pierre   Offline
Say what you want dahhhhling,
but I married Ellen!
.

 
This mock-up of Thomas the Tank Engine tours the country.  This one more or less is permanently stationed in the US for appearances like this and tours the country.  He may be coming to a rail museum or station near you.  If you know of a TtTE fan, check out their official site for his schedule.

From what I can determine from a cursory examination.  This engine is not much more than a steam kettle on wheels.  He toots and belches steam during his trip, but the real motive power was a retired EMD SD7 ex Southern Pacific diesel electric locomotive pushing from behind.  But you couldn't tell it from the excitement of the kids. 

We saw him at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Illinois.  This has become an annual event at the IRM.

 
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Reply #4 - Aug 30th, 2011 at 4:42pm

Pierre   Offline
Say what you want dahhhhling,
but I married Ellen!
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http://events.hitentertainment.com/us/day-out-with-thomas/schedule2011.pdf is a link to the 2011 schedule.

Comparing the overlap of dates (Sept.)  It would appear that there are 5 to 6 Thomas engines touring the U.S.

Since this model doesn't appear to have any motive power, I wondered how they moved it from place to place.  By evidence of the 'knuckle coupler' I suspect he is pulled from place to place as part of another train.
 
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Reply #5 - Aug 31st, 2011 at 12:03am

widow bradshaw   Offline
I Thought you was the
widow Bradshaw!
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I've toured the railroad museum in Spencer, N.C. before but knowing Thomas is coming there next month makes me want to re visit the museum!
 
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Reply #6 - Aug 31st, 2011 at 8:18am

Pierre   Offline
Say what you want dahhhhling,
but I married Ellen!
.

 
I had wanted to go to the IRM for years.  I am absolutely amazed at the work that is done here.  I am equally amazed at the expense that it must take to keep these places running.  They must have a dozen l-o-o-o-ong  machine sheds storing cars and engine sets.  Many, but not all, returned to fully functioning engines.  I do believe this is a worthy cause.  Support them when you can.

Steam engines were absolutely massive, complex pieces of machinery. 
 
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