Grab your conductor's cap and train whistle and book your seats -- Thomas the Tank Engine is coming back to Minnesota!

When I was a kid, one of my favorite toy sets was the train set you could build -- the wooden tracks you could arrange in whatever manner you wanted, the trains to push along and all the other toys and gadgets that added to the little world you'd just created.

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I never owned a set myself, but I loved the stores and offices that provided the knee-high tables laid out with seemingly miles and miles of trains and train tracks for kids to play with.

Oftentimes, Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends were included among the trains, to the great pleasure of any kid who grew up watching or reading Thomas & Friends.

Now, Thomas and his friends are coming to Minnesota for kids of all ages to play with! The first two weeks of August, Thomas and Percy will be at the North Shore's Scenic Railroad for rides. Guests will also get to meet Sir Topham Hatt, have fun in the Imagination Station and explore the Railroad Museum.

This is a popular event and reservations are encouraged. Get your tickets and find more details here.

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