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This article is about the British theme park. You may be looking for the US theme park or the Japanese theme park.

Drayton Manor is the home of Thomas Land, the first Thomas & Friends based theme park in the United Kingdom. Thomas Land was opened there on 15 March 2008.

In 2009, HiT Entertainment opened an exhibition with some original models from the television series because of the switch to CGI in 2009. They added small plastic parts between the rolling stock and the engines so that the buffers would not be damaged.

Rides

Train rides

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. In 2009, Rosie was added to the line. There are also several sidings, with one holding a full-size, sleeping model of James (now has a surprised face and moved to a different position for James and the Red Balloon ride).

Other rides

Discover Thomas & Friends Exhibition

Engines

  • Thomas
  • Edward (Removed in early 2020 for restoration however has not returned from which either because of the covid 19 virus or Molly taking up his line on the layout and if Edward was running on the line a collision would take place between Molly's coaches and Edward damaging both models)
  • Toby (Stolen in 2011)[1]
  • Stepney (Put in storage due to broken motor in December 2018)
  • Harvey (Returned to HiT Entertainment in 2011)
  • Molly (Previously at Nitrogen Studios)
  • Rosie
  • Hank
  • Daisy
  • Class 40
  • Mighty Mac

Vehicles

Rolling stock

Humans and Animals

Areas

Buildings

Trivia

  • Originally, 'Arry and Derek were to be involved in Diesel's Locomotion Mayhem, but they were instead replaced by Dennis and Rusty respectively.
  • The Rosie train ride strangely has a fourth boiler band added behind her rear dome.
  • Terence's Driving School was originally located at the front of the park, but it was relocated to Farmer McColl's Farm in March, April or May 2011 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.
  • Rusty is depicted as a BR Class 08 in the Diesel's Locomotion Mayhem ride.
  • In 2014, the park became a filming location for Nativity 3: Dude, Where's my Donkey? Percy with his face removed along with Knapford station made a cameo as well.
  • The Thomas train ride gained a CGI face in autumn 2014.
    • In 2015, the Percy and Rosie train rides also gained CGI faces.
    • Sometime during 2019, the Rosie train ride was updated to her red livery, she gained rivets and a gold headlamp. Her makeup was also removed, but left her freckles faded. The stationary model of Rosie from Harold's Heli-Tours was also repainted red as well.
    • In 2014, Edward, Henry, Gordon and Rosie swapped sheds and have the wrong whistle sounds, except Toby, because he is in the right shed still and still has his original bell sound, because he has a bell, although Gordon and Rosie had the wrong whistle sounds and swapped sheds before Edward and Henry did. Edward has Henry's whistle sound, Henry has Edward's whistle sound, Gordon has Rosie's whistle sound and Rosie has Gordon's whistle sound at Tidmouth Sheds. However, Edward’s normal whistle sound can be heard when the Thomas Anthem still plays and when Every Cloud has a Sliver Lining still plays there. Henry’s normal whistle sound can be heard when Sir Topham Hatt and Every Cloud Has a Sliver Lining still plays there. Gordon’s normal whistle sound can be heard when Every Cloud has a Sliver Lining still plays there. Rosie's normal whistle sound can also be heard when Every Cloud Has a Sliver Lining still plays there.
    • Mavis, Bert, Salty, Dennis and Rusty incorrectly share Diesel’s horn sound with Diesel on the Diesel’s Locomotive Mayhem ride. However, Mavis’ horn sound from Calling All Engines! can be heard when Every Cloud Has a Sliver Lining still plays there.
  • According to the 2015 map of Drayton Manor, Diesel's Locomotion Mayhem is renamed Diesel's Locomotive Mayhem.
  • In 2015, the Discover Thomas & Friends exhibition layout was filmed for the 70 Years of Friendship documentary.
  • 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.
  • One of the other cranes from TUGS is or was on display.
  • Thomas, Edward and Toby have replica face masks with eyes on them.
  • Edward's neutral face was on his television series model in 2009 when he first arrived, only to be replaced by a replica smiling face expression.
  • In 2011, Toby's television series model was stolen.
  • Toby's grinning face was on his television series model in 2009, when he first arrived, only to be replaced by a replica face.
  • One of Thomas' alternate happy faces was on his television series model in 2009, when he first arrived, only to be replaced with a replica face until early 2020 where he got given back one of his alternate happy faces.
  • Harvey, Bulgy and several rolling stock have been removed from the exhibit.
  • Multiple Models such as Stepney, Trevor and other pieces of rolling stock have been put into storage under the layout, some due to damage done to the models or there being no space for the models on the layout. This has been confirmed by various employees
  • Thomas was temporarily taken off the layout in early 2020 to be restored.
    • Edward was also removed in early 2020 for restoration however the model hasn't returned since most likely due to the coronavirus pandemic
  • Drayton Manor has come into criticism over the years for its poor handling of, and damage to, the models. They have unfortunately refused to provide a response for this. As such, the damages are as follows:
    • Thomas is missing his lamp irons. He was also missing his tail lamp, but it has been put back on him since August 2020.
    • Thomas, Edward and Toby's screen-used faces have been replaced with replicas.
    • Thomas did not have coal in his coal bunker between 2009 and 2011.
    • Edward was missing his right lamp iron, brake pipe, backhead, tender axle boxes, and whistle.
    • Toby was missing his headlamp and his cab roof was facing backwards.
    • Harvey was missing his hook.
    • Bulgy was missing his front bumper and his left side (viewer's right) had been cracked.
    • Terence's plough is broken and his stack has snapped off, but were both repaired and glued in around 2019.
    • Stepney's front coupling came off in 2014.
    • Thomas' boiler bands have been bleached white due to sun damage.
    • All of the engines' original chassis and wheels were replaced with replicas.
    • Edward's eyebrows rubbed off circa 2015.
    • Thomas' eyebrows have been rubbed off.
    • Rosie is missing her whistle when the exhibition opened and the back of her left rod broke off in 2017.
    • Rosie was temporarily taken off the layout in early 2020 to be restored.
    • Thomas and Rosie have chips and scrapes in their paintwork.
    • One of Thomas' splashers is loose.
    • The draw bridge from Great Watertown Station had a bent rail, which has since been fixed.
    • One of the green express coaches had one of its buffers broken off.
    • Two of the mail vans had some of their buffers broken off.
    • Class 40's face mask was being held together by black tak but fell of in June 2021. It was put back on at the end of the month, albeit lower than it should be.
    • Daisy's rear side is cracked and her rear buffer is missing
    • Cranky’s right pupil has rubbed off.
    • Hank's front left handrail is broken off.
    • Molly is missing her brake pipe and lamp irons because they have been placed on Thomas.
    • Cranky's left eye is rolled back.
    • Daisy is missing one of her front buffers.
    • Toad's model was faceless from 2009-early 2020 when he was given one of his happy faces, which he is currently wearing.
    • Toad is missing his GW lettering, his number and his lamps.
    • Tiger Moth's rotor is scratched as of June 2021.
    • At one stage, Harvey's face fell off.
  • The models are displayed in the state of their last use in filming of the twelfth series and some others. This is why some of the characters have their happy, smiling and content faces:
    • Toby had his grinning face when he first arrived and was put on display.
    • Thomas had one of his alternate happy faces when he first arrived and was put on display. Another one of his alternative happy faces was put back on him in early 2020.
    • Harvey had his happy face when he was on display.
    • Stepney had his chuckling face when he was on display.
    • Bulgy had his happy face when he was on display at Drayton Manor until early 2020 when it was replaced by his smiling face.
    • Trevor had his happy face when he was on display.
    • Elizabeth had her smiling face when she was on display until early 2020 when it was replaced by her grumpy face.
    • Bulstrode had his shocked face when he was on display from 2009 to early 2020 when it was replaced by his unused happy face.
    • Class 40 has his sad face.
    • George has his furious face.
  • On 15 December 2020, a toilet block in a section of Thomas Land caught fire. There was no damage to the park outside of the toilet block.

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