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Thomas the Tank Engine goes virtual for local museum

Posted at 12:30 AM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 12:41:42-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- It’s been more than seven decades since the creation of the beloved children’s character, Thomas the Tank Engine. The pandemic nearly derailed a local museum’s yearly family event.

“This year is the 75th year of the creation of the book series, called ‘The Railway series,’ where Thomas was born,” said Katy Titus with the San Diego Model Railroad Museum.

The Balboa Park museum hosts a Thomas Day Celebration every year. Thousands of kids, families, and train lovers stop at “Big Station” for the big event. Unfortunately, this year will be different.

“Instead of Thomas taking over the physical museum, Thomas is going to take over our web presence,” says Titus.

Thomas Takeover Week will run until Sunday. It’s a free virtual event.

Visitors can explore the virtual exhibit. There are activities online for kids like arts and crafts. Students can also enjoy storytime, listening to “The Railway Series.”

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum had to close its doors twice this year due to the pandemic. The museum is collecting donations that will be used to maintain the railroad collections and create more virtual programs.