Drayton Manor's Thomas Land welcomes new Thomas ride

£750,000 Winston Whistle Stop Tour offers passengers guided monorail tour.
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A Thomas and Friends themed ride, Winston's Whistle Stop Tour has arrived at Drayton Manor's Thomas Land.

And a host of celebrities turned out to welcome the new ride, including Thomas and Friends storyteller, Mark Moraghan, This Morning's Alison Hammond and Danielle Lloyd.

The popular show's character The Fat Controller also attended to officially wlecome his track inspection vehicle.

The Tour takes passengers on a guided monorail tour around a themed track, offering a birds eye view of the multi-million pound Thomas Land atraction.

The £750,000 ride commemorates the fifth anniversary of Europe's Thomas Land - home to Thomas the Tank Engine train ride, Troublesome Trucks Runaway Coaster, Cranky the Crane Drop Tower and Emily's indoor play area.

The attraction also boasts the world's largest dedicated Thomas and Friends shop.

Colin Bryan, CEO and group MD at Drayton Manor Theme Park and Hotel, said: "It's an amazing honour for Drayton Manor to be home to Thomas Land and introducing a new character ride, Winston's Whistle Stop Tour, is the perfect way to mark its fifth anniversary at our park.

"Thomas and Friends has a magical quality that entertains the young and young at heart, and has done so for over six decades so it's fantastic that for the past five years we've been a part of that."

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