As you can probably guess, the boys loved it. I was nervous about Braden because there's a direct correlation between how much he loves something and how much it makes him angry--and HE LOVES THOMAS. But he did really well. No screaming. In fact, in most of the pictures he looks like a zombie because he was so mesmerized by it all! We started off "meeting" Thomas--or taking a picture on a bench in front of him. I paid $18 for this ding dong dang picture because somehow, both of the boys looked at the camera and their hats weren't in their eyes. And I'm counting those as smiles. MIRACLE.
And then we rode Thomas. And by "rode" I mean we sat in one of like 8 coaches that Thomas pulled and rode around for 20 minutes. The boys loved it.
Braden kind of thought we were on the Polar Express and has been rather confused since then. He tells me several times a day, "Thomas is coming!" and I can't tell if we're pretending or not...
They really did have a good time. And I'm sure it was Sol's ideal pre-Father's Day activity. He obviously loves Thomas too.
There were a few other activities as well--train tables, tattoos, movies and tons of stuff to buy--but the boys were pretty content to walk around and look at the trains. And they were somewhat willing participants when I made them sit on the train for pictures...
The whole Strasburg Railroad area was pretty neat--there was a hotel where instead of renting rooms, you can spend the night in cabooses. That sounds almost as bad as camping to me--but I know two boys who would love it. There was a toy train museum and a ton of stuff to do at the actual railroad. (Carrie, we should take all the boys!)
And in case you want to watch a minute long video of Braden saying, "Tickets, please!" I posted it for you. You are welcome or I am sorry, depending on which camp you fall in.