America’s first Thomas the Tank Engine theme park opening this weekend


The grand opening of Thomas Land is this weekend. (Edaville USA / Associated Press)

Every wanted to take a ride on Thomas the Tank Engine? 

The beloved children’s series is coming to life with the opening the nation’s first Thomas the Tank Engine-themed amusement park in Massachusetts this weekend.

Thomas Land is scheduled to open to the public Saturday on 11 acres of the Edaville USA Railroad in Carver.

It features 11 rides based on the popular television show, including a 20-minute train ride on Thomas himself; a spin on Harold the Helicopter; and a Cranky Crane tower drop.

The United Kingdom and Japan have Thomas Lands that draw millions of visitors per year but the U.S. version is the largest by acreage. 

The park, which has been under construction for a year, will hold a grand opening celebration through the weekend. 

Edaville USA is an active 250-acre cranberry farm famous in the region for its annual Cranberry Festival and Christmastime Festival of Lights.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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