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Drayton Manor is the home of Thomas Land, the first Thomas & Friends based theme park in Europe. It was opened on 6 March 2008.
In 2009, HiT Entertainment opened an exhibition with some original models from the television series because of the switch to CGI animation. They added small plastic parts between the rolling stock and the engines so that the buffers would not be damaged.
Discover Thomas and Friends exhibition
- Toby (stolen in December 2010/early 2011)
- Harvey (Returned to HiT Entertainment in 2012)
- Horrid Lorries (faceless)
- The Post Van
- A dark red car
- A green car
- A blue tractor
- A rusty tractor
- Two boats
- A canal boat
- Toad (faceless)
- Six trucks
- Three red trucks (some with fish, one with bricks and books)
- One blue truck
- Two turquoise trucks
- Thomas' old truck
- Three red and cream express coaches
- Two green and cream express coaches
- Three milk tankers
- Eight tar tankers
- Two flatbeds, including one with the Great Waterton water wheel
- The Breakdown Train
- One brake van
- Four mail coaches
- One raspberry syrup tanker
- One cream tanker
- Three ice cream vans
- The circus trucks (in storage)
- Funfair trucks (in storage)
- Two balloon trucks (in storage)
- Flora's Tram Coach (covered in tarpaulins and in storage)
- A truck full of cans
Humans and Animals
- Stephen Hatt
- Jem Cole
- Tom Tipper
- Alicia Botti
- Farmer McColl
- The Duchess of Boxford
- The Storyteller
- Dusty Miller
- The Great Waterton butcher
- Three workmen
- Several holidaymakers
- Two stationmasters
- A farmer
- Katie the sheepdog
- The Bull
- Some cows
- Some sheep
- Some cats
- Some hens
- A dog
- Great Waterton
- The Fishing Village
- The Yard
- Dryaw station
- Great Waterton station
- Great Waterton's clock tower
- Great Waterton's tower
- Great Waterton's water wheel
- Signal box
- Ben's Books
- Neptune Refreshments
- Waterton Butchers
- Bluff's Cove station
- Toby's shed/Elizabeth's shed
- The Viaduct
- The Windmill
- Castle Loch
- Rolf's Castle
- The Ruined Castle
A steam-outline narrow gauge railway runs from Knapford station to Tidmouth Hault. It also includes Dryaw and Tidmouth Sheds, where stationary models of Edward, Henry, Gordon, Toby and Rosie are kept. Inside is Harold's Heli-Tours. When Thomas Land was opened, the line was run by Thomas and Percy, using Annie and Clarabel and the red coaches. On July 13th, 2009, Rosie was added to the line. There are also several sidings, with one holding a full-size, sleeping model of James.
The other rides are listed below:
- Thomas, Rosie And Percy Engine Tour
- Troublesome Trucks Runaway Coaster
- Jeremy's Flying Academy
- Terence's Driving School
- Diesel's Locomotion Mayhem - includes Diesel, Bert, Mavis, Rusty, Salty and Dennis
- Crazy Bertie Bus
- Lady's Carousel
- Sodor's Classic Cars - formerly the Robinson's Land Veteran Cars and Winston referring to them as the "Sodor Cars"
- Harold's Heli-Tours at Tidmouth Sheds - with Edward, Henry, Gordon, Toby and Rosie
- Cranky's Tower Drop
- Emily's Indoor Play Area
- Spencer's Outdoor Play Area
- Rockin' Bulstrode
- Blue Mountain Engines - includes Skarloey, Rheneas, Sir Handel, Peter Sam and Merrick
- Winston's Whistle Stop Tour
- Flynn's Fire Rescue
- Captain's Sea Adventure
- Toby's Tram Express
- James and the Red Balloon (opening 1st April, 2017)
- In 2014, the park became a filming location for Nativity 3: Dude, Where's my Donkey? Percy with his face removed and Knapford station made a cameo as well.
- In 2015, the Discover Thomas & Friends exhibition layout was filmed for the 70 Years of Friendship documentary.
- Thomas gained a CGI face in autumn 2014.
- In 2015, Percy and Rosie gained CGI faces.
- The Exhibition storage area includes models of grey and brown cargo vans, a cattle van, a jam tanker, a truck full of tinned cans, Sodor circus vent vans, balloon trucks and Flora's tram coach with a tarpaulin. They even have Edward's happy, clenched and tired face casts.
- Originally, 'Arry was to have been involved in Diesel's Locomotion Mayhem, but was instead replaced by Dennis.
- According to the 2015 map of Drayton Manor, Diesel's Locomotion Mayhem is named Diesel's Locomotive Mayhem.
- Terence's Driving School was originally located at the front of the park, but it was relocated to Farmer McColl's Farm in late 2011/January 2012 from where the Blue Mountain Engines ride now resides. Two monuments were in both places until Blue Mountain Engines was re-designed for the expansion in 2015.
- Rheneas is depicted as a saddle tank engine in the Blue Mountain Engines ride.
- One of the other cranes from TUGS is on display.
- Thomas, Edward and Toby have fake face masks with eyes on them.
- Some of the models have damaged or missing parts, such as:
- Thomas is missing his lamp and lamp irons.
- Thomas did not have coal in his coal bunker between 2009 and 2011.
- Edward is missing his right lamp iron, brake pipe and whistle.
- Toby was missing his headlamp.
- Harvey is missing his hook.
- Bulgy is missing his front bumper.
- Terence's plough is broken.
- Stepney's front coupling came off in 2014.
- Stepney's chassis wheels were swapped with black wheels.
- The Maithwaite Station replica presently serves as a staff/dressing room; a railway line (fitted between the Blue Mountain Quarry tunnel and another "faux" tunnel) was added in 2017 to tie-into a "Thomas Land story" for the new James and the Red Balloon ride.
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