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Kentucky Railway Museum employees took a risk this year when they decided to invite Thomas the Tank Engine for a total of four days in July instead of the previous schedule of six.
The event, which usually runs from Friday until Sunday on two consecutive weekends, was only open two days each weekend.
Lynn Dawson, marketing director with the Kentucky Railway Museum, said the idea came about when the museum acquired additional cars, allowing them more train capacity for the busy weekend.
“We thought we could hold down expenses by doing this as well as cut down on the number of volunteers required to help,” Dawson said. “It certainly paid off.”
The number of people attending the event was 13,756, up 1,366 from last year, with the train running on two fewer days. The same schedule will be used next year.
The next major event for the Kentucky Railway Museum will be a visit Sept. 26 from Dora the Explorer. The museum is expecting far fewer people, around 1,000-1,500, for this one-day event.
During Dora’s visit, children can play miniature golf, watch a magic show, jump in a bounce house and get Dora and Friends temporary tattoos.
“The main difference between this event and Thomas the Train is that the train ride is much longer,” Dawson said.
The train ride is more than an hour long with a brief stop in Boston. Three trips are scheduled for that day at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.
Tickets are $18 per person and children younger than 2 get in free. For more information, call (800) 272-0152.