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All aboard for visit to Miami by Thomas the Tank engine

All aboard for visit to Miami by Thomas the Tank engine

All aboard for visit to Miami by Thomas the Tank engine

Eager fans wait to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine.

Bring your preschoolers to take the ride of their lives!

Seen on the pages of favorite storybooks, in playrooms, and on the television screen, Thomas the Tank Engine is adored by little engineers everywhere. Now, Thomas is pulling into the station for a larger-than-life experience at Day Out With Thomas: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013 visiting the Gold Coast Railroad Museum. Remaining weekends to visit are Mar. 9-10, and 16-17.

The event, now in its 18th year, is presented by HIT Entertainment and sponsored by MEGA Brands, a leading toy company, and all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels.

Thomas the Tank Engine is star of Thomas & Friends making tracks to great destinations on PBS KIDS and Sprout. Along with his engine friends, Thomas captivates children in more than 145 countries and 30 languages. The No. 1 blue engine and his friends invite children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story.

To date, 200 million Thomas & Friends books and e-books have been sold and the CGI-animated Thomas & Friends series is more popular than ever, rating as one of the top programs for children ages 2-5.

Day Out with Thomas: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013 is a fun-filled event that provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas as well as participate in Thomas & Friends themed activities. The tour, which begins in March, is expected to welcome nearly one million passengers through November.

Little engineers and their families are invited to take a 25-minute ride at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum on their favorite engine; meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway, and enjoy a day of themed activities including arts and crafts, storytelling and more. The Gold Coast Railroad Museum also will offer miniature golf, Zoo Miami animal encounters, storytelling and juggling with Michael Rosman and live music with folk singer Matthew Sabatella, face-painting and two foot gauge train rides running every 30 minutes during the event.

Thomas the Tank Engine rides depart every 45 minutes, rain or shine. Departure times begin at 10:30 a.m. through 3:45 p.m. each day of the event.

Tickets for the Day Out With Thomas: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013 are $18 for ages 2 and older. Tickets are on sale now by calling toll-free 1-866-468-7630 or logging onto www.ticketweb.com/thomas.html. For more information and directions, contact the Gold Coast Railroad Museum at 305-253-0063 or GCRM.org.

For general information or to find a Day Out With Thomas: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013 event near you, visit www.thomasandfriends.com/dowt

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