A Day with Thomas – Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum (Not So Wordless Wednesday)

Here in Prince George, we’re pretty lucky.  Sure, the shopping is rotten, but it’s an outdoor wonderland of things to do.  One of the cool things that we don’t do often enough with Norton is take a trip to the Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum.  When I found out that the Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum was having A Day with Thomas, I decided that we had to take Norton.  Besides, he just plain loves trains anyway (as demonstrated by our Train Track Tuesday posts).

The husband and I weren’t sure what to expect with A Day with Thomas.  The Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum has a ton of old trains from various periods in railway history.  Considering that Prince George is a railroad and forestry town, there’s a lot of history for us to appreciate.  Some of the trains are from around the same period as the Really Useful Engines of Sodor.  We found a variety of cuteness.  The trains (and farming and forestry equipment) were labeled and had “faces” put on them.

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Norton is saying hello to Thomas and Annie while a very large and useful truck looks on.

While there were some smaller models of Thomas floating around, I think Norton was pretty impressed by the very large Thomas.  (And the husband was also impressed by what they managed to do with a tarp and some red duct tape.)

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Not only is Thomas (now retired and) happy in this picture, but he’s still a Really Useful Engine! Norton was impressed by that big and happy face!

We also saw some other characters from Thomas and Friends.  A pair of antique passenger cars were named Annie and Clarabel.  Eudora and I sat down in the dusty and worn leather and tweed seats of Clarabel’s passenger compartment.


Eudora wasn’t too sure about this whole sitting thing. She really wanted to run up and down Clarabel’s narrow passenger aisle in the middle of the car!

By the end of our tour of the Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum, Norton was getting pretty uncooperative.  He was enjoying running in and out of the various cars, in spite of the heat.  He was getting tired and uncooperative.  I also knew that he would really enjoy taking a ride on the mini train through the museum.  I tried to tempt Norton with taking a ride, and he was interested.  He decided that he just knew where we would board the train and decided to lead the way… in the total wrong direction.  When I finally caught up with him, I ended up having to throw a kicking and screaming three year old over my shoulder.  He was crying “Ride train!” over and over again… and continued screaming right up until we sat down on the little train.  Then, of course, he understood what I was trying to do (which was, of course, exactly what he wanted to do in the first place) and was all smiles.  He was delighted when the little train made its way over bridges and through tunnels.  He was just amazed by the vintage firetrucks that were housed at the back of the property.

Yay, train!

Yay, train!

The only downside to the train ride was that Norton had such a good time that he didn’t want to get off.  He was slightly mollified when the conductor let him honk the train horn.  Still, though, like many other parents before us, when it was time to leave, Norton was kicking and screaming.  A bit of ice cream took care of that and made his day.  All in all, it was a worthwhile trip.

What kinds of museums does your family like to visit?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. cat @ TOTS says:

    LOVE this! I have always thought about taking our boys to the event in Squamish. Honestly, none of my boys are crazy about trains. I wish they were, I think it would be fun!

    • I didn’t realize you were that close! I’ll have to let you know the next time we’re in that area. 🙂

  2. Erin @ The Mama Experience says:

    My almost 3 year old is a fan of trains too- she would LOVE to see Thomas! Sounds like a fun trip, but I can definitely relate to it being so much fun that they don’t want to leave. Ice cream does fix everything though! 🙂

    • I suspect that if it wasn’t for seeing so many other parents doing the same thing when we were coming in, I’d have felt terrible. I think the museum staff are just used to it at this point!

  3. Jen@BigBinder says:

    Aww!! When my son was little we went to a Thomas event and he was absolutely nuts. Keep these pictures; in just a few short years they will be absolutely precious to you 🙂

  4. My toddler would love this! He calls every train he sees or hears Thomas and I think it’s so cute. We tend to visit natural history museums the most though we did visit a cute little railroad museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming a few months back.

    • He would just die at my house. 🙂 We recently took down some trees between my house and the neighbor’s… and now there’s an even better view of the train that runs through our neighborhood forest. When Norton was tiny, he used to stand up on his bed to look out the window and yell, “Bye bye, train!”

  5. Kareen Liez says:

    Seeing Thomas the Train for real would really be an exciting thing! Your son sure had a great time! Thanks for sharing this with us.

  6. Spit Up is in Style says:

    That looks like so much fun! I can’t believe they had a lifesize Thomas there! We’re not quite at the train age, but I’m sure my daughter would love this when she gets a little older. I’ll have to check and see if they are stopping by me!

    • Unfortunately, it won’t be a stop. This was something that our existing museum did over top of their existing railway pieces.

  7. Melissa Ryan says:

    Aww my son would love to do that. I plan on taking him on a full size train ride this fall when the colors start to change. I can’t wait to see his excitement since he loves trains so much. Not as much as fire trucks, but close haha.

    Thanks for linking up last week at the Tuesday Baby link up. I hope you will join us again this week if you haven’t already.



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