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The History of Thomas & Friends™ Exhibition

May 18 - May 19


Start: 18/05/2019 End: 19/05/2019 Timetable: Timetable A – Loco Hauled
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Join us as we celebrate the history of Thomas & Friends™ with a display that includes copy manuscripts for the first book to items used on the Television Series!

This year marks 74 years since The Reverend Wilbert Awdry published his first “The Railway Series” book in May 1945. “The Three Railway Engines” tells the adventures of Edward, Gordon, Henry and The Fat Controller. The following year saw the introduction of what was to become the most famous engine in the series and ultimately the world “Thomas The Tank Engine”.  The rest as they say is History!

The exhibition will be located in St Saviour’s Railway Church and Johnsons Buffet, at Swanwick Junction Station and over the weekend the following will be on display:

  • The original TV series models of Rocky The Crane and The Fat Controller.
  • Photograph copy of Handwritten Manuscripts and notes for the very first book.
  • Photograph copy original Drawings and Sketches for the first book.
  • Hi resolution Artwork Prints from the original series of books.
  • Selection of Merchandise from past to present.
  • Other items used in the Live Action Series TV Series
  • Fat Controller’s Suit
  • Driver Perkins Original Costume
  • Plus much more!

Thomas & Friends™ DVD’s and Posters will be available to buy as a souvenir of your day out.

The exhibition is open between 11am – 3.45pm. Entry to the exhibition is free of charge.

©2019 Gullane(Thomas) Limited.

©2019 HIT Entertainment Limited.

Trains depart from Butterley at:  11.00am, 12.25pm, 2.00pm & 3.20pm.

Get off the train at Swanwick Junction and explore the Museum Complex, where you will be able to visit the Matthew Kirtley Building (Railway Museum), Demonstration Signal Box, Victorian Railwayman’s Church, the West Shed and the Country Park. Other attractions may also be open.   (Please note that this is not possible on the 3.20pm departure.)

Trains return from Swanwick Junction at:  11.45am, 1.15pm, 2.45pm & 4.00pm.

Today’s trains are planned to be diesel.

Today’s Train Fares

Ticket TypeWith Gift AidWithout Gift Aid
Over 60£12.50£11.00
Child (aged 5-16)£6.75£6.00
Child (under 5)FreeFree
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children aged 5 – 15)£33.75£30.00

Parking at Butterley Station is FREE.

About Gift Aid

Gift Aid is available to UK tax payers, enabling the Midland Railway Trust to reclaim 25% of the amount paid from the government. Gift Aid visitors will receive vouchers to spend in the shops and buffets as a thank you for payment by this method. This represents excellent value for the visitor as well as benefiting the Midland Railway Trust.