On Saturday a girlfriend and I took my three year old daughter for a day out with Thomas. Thomas is part of the Puffing Billy Railroad that runs in the Dandenong Ranges. We had a wonderful drive through the hills to Emerald Station and a great day out.
First we had a ride on Thomas (steam engine) that went a station and a half from Emerald. The smell of the steam engine was fantastic. It reminded me of all the other happy trips that I have had on Puffing Billy. Then after returning, there was a pantomime with Thomas, The Fat Controller, the Driver and Fireman Jean. At the end of the pantomime we got to see Thomas being turned around on an old fashioned man powered railway turntable (3rd photo down). There was an animal petting zoo, face painting and a trip around Emerald on an old bus called Graham the Grumpy Green Bus. My daughter enjoyed it so much. Lots of "Wow" and "Look Mummy, its Thomas!". She had a the best day. It was a wonderful day with families everywhere. Children of all ages from a few months old to sixty plus had a great time enjoying the special day.
If you get the chance, go and have a ride on Thomas, he's running on the weekends up to the end of March. Its an experience I will treasure for a long time.
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