Thomas pulls in at station to greet youngsters
THOMAS the tank engine was on hand to greet children and parents when they visited him in Winchcombe.
The blue train was at Winchcombe station to entertain fans of the children's tale.
A creation of the late Reverend Wilbert Awdry, the tank engine took over the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway during a Day Out with Thomas.
Organiser Andy Smith said he had been avid Thomas fan since he was a youngster.
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He said: "Visitors managed to see many of the extraordinary Thomas and friends stories being acted out for real.
"For instance, when Thomas feels unwell, the Fat Controller will investigate." Not all children were left amused though, as the train failed to pull into Cheltenham Racecourse station as expected.
Baden Russell took his grandchildren to the Cheltenham station only to be disappointed by news that Thomas would not be turning up because it was "ill".
He ended up taking them to the Evesham park instead.
He said: "On hearing the news on arrival at the ticket office, a number of children were distressed and left disappointed.
"They wished to ride with Thomas as advertised, and not just view him in a stationary capacity."