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Thomas The Tank Engine

A classic storybook engine has chugged it's way into an East Texas train station. Thomas The Tank Engine has come to the Texas State Railroad in Rusk. KLTV 7 went along for the ride where young people who were enamored to meet this real-life character.

"You get to ride on him and you get to see him," said Livia age 6, "even when its your first time to see him."

"The kids love Thomas and they are so excited about this. That's what makes this event so special," said Lori Kastrop with the Texas State Railroad, "Sir Topham Hatt is here as well."

Rusk is one of 45 stops nationwide. A first time event for East Texas.

"We have sold over 7500 at this point and the numbers keep going up at this point," said Lori "People from 7 different states are coming here to East Texas."

Young and old coming for the 30 minute long train ride just to see the tank engine with eyes that really move.

"He goes on a railroad track and I love him so much," said Ryan, Age 6 who loves Thomas The Tank Engine.

Thomas will be in town through this weekend and even again next weekend, in cased you missed it. It's an all day event.... Where other attractions include miniature horses, bouncy tents, and "imagination station" and more.

To purchase tickets: go to and click on the Thomas Tickets link.

Danielle Capper, Reporting.


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