The well-known train “character” and several of his friends will be taking up residence in the park in a new area to be known as Thomas Town, which is being created at a cost of US$2.5m.

Thomas will be joined by passenger carriages Annie and Clarabelle (each capable of carrying 30 guests at a time) in a brand new play area themed on Thomas and his friends and designed to entertain children of all ages, as well as offering them a train ride through Thomas’ mythical home on the Island of Sodor.

The new area, set to open at the start of the 2008 season, is being developed in conjunction with HIT Entertainment, which owns the property rights to a wide range of world renowned children’s characters and is currently working on a number of Thomas themed attractions.