Thomas to retire from Nene Valley Railway for overhaul

Thomas at Nene Valley Railway
Thomas at Nene Valley Railway
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Fans of a popular children’s television steam train have been urged to plan their visit quickly before the locomotive goes in for repairs.

Thomas has been giving rides and pulling carriages at Nene Valley Railway since 1973.

But this summer he will take a break from active duty and will be sent for a routine 10-yearly overhaul, costing £150,000.

Youngsters will have a great chance to see the little blue engine at the station in Wansford during the half-term holidays.

Thomas will be in steam on February 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16 and 17.

Several special events will also take place in the run up to his final journeys before the overhaul on June 29 and 30.

These include Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day events on March 10 and June 16, and Thomas’ Big Adventure on May 12.

Thomas’ overhaul will last until June 2014, when he will return to Nene Valley Railway.

An appeal has been launched to raise money for the repairs on the railway’s website.

A statement there said: “The large sum of money required to overhaul Thomas will take a tremendous amount of effort on behalf of the Nene Valley Railway.”

If you would like to help fund the overhaul, donation forms can be found at all Nene Valley Railway stations or online at www.nvr.org.uk.

They can also be taken over the phone on 01780 784444.