Photograph of children's books donated to B&O Railroad Museum for Thomas the Tank Engine's 75th Birthday

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Thomas the Tank Engine has been chugging his way through the hearts of train enthusiasts for 75 years and from the looks of it, he doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon! Last week, the B&O Railroad museum celebrated Thomas’s birthday by throwing him a party in their backyard pavilion that was fit for a train.  

There were plenty of Thomas themed games and activities for everyone to enjoy.  

Our team attended the celebration for our favorite big blue engine and presented Thomas and the B&O railroad museum a special gift. We donated some train books to B&O’s Junior Junction Library to help inspire the minds of young engineers and train enthusiasts alike.  We also donated to B&O a model toy Maglev train that can be seen zooming around in the roundhouse.

Northeast Maglev is excited to have been a part of the celebration for Thomas the Tank Engine and we’re looking forward to working with our friends at the B&O Railroad Museum more this summer!

On your next visit to the B&O museum make sure you snag a picture with our toy maglev train and take some time to read up on the future of transportation in the Junior Junction Library. 

Plan your visit today! 

You can now find the following books in the Junior Junction Library:

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

The Polar Express is a classic children’s book that explores one boy’s mysterious journey to the North Pole on Christmas Eve! Explore the wonders of the holidays and trains while reading about his magical adventures.

The Goodnight Train by June Sobel

Stop counting sheep and start counting trains! The Goodnight Train is the perfect bedtime read for sleepy children. Hold onto your pillowcase as you travel by train through the countryside, over hills, and through tunnels until your little one is fast asleep.

The Potty Train by David Hochman

The Potty Train is the perfect book for potty training and will have you and your little one screaming chugga chugga poo poo on the way to the potty! 

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

The Little Engine That Could tells the story of a train that breaks down while trying to deliver toys to the town’s children. Cheer along the little blue engine as it tries to get the toys over the hill.

Trains: A Complete History by Philip Steele

If you are interested in learning the history of the trains that shaped our nation, this two-in-one book is perfect for train enthusiasts of all ages! It includes press-out model train pieces for you to build and collect.

Diesel the Naughty Engine by Reverend W. Awdry

Diesel the naughty engine is constantly getting into trouble! Find out if he continues to play tricks on other engines or if he comes to Thomas’s rescue!

Chugga Chugga Choo-Choo by Kevin Lewis 

There is no better time to tell a train story that rhymes! Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo tells the story of a father and son’s adventures while transporting cargo and rhyming along the way!

Curious George Takes a Train by Margaret & HA Rey

Get on board with Curious George as he learns all about how trains work!

Thomas the Train Book Box Set by Dr. Seuss 

This Thomas & Friends book set features 4 mini Thomas the Train stories: Go Train, Go!; Stop, Train, Stop!; A Crack in the Track!; and Blue Train, Green Train. This set also includes a Thomas & friends lunch box – Perfect for any Thomas the Train lovers!

Wind-up Train Book by Gill Doherty

If your child thrives with interactive learning, this illustrated train book is a perfect fit! Wind-up Train Book features 3 individual stories with embedded tracks and a wind-up train toy for your child to use while following along with the adventures!

My Big Train Book by Roger Priddy 

Steam engines to passenger trains and freight trains to high-speed trains, this book has it all! My Big Train Book is the perfect read for train lovers big and small!

Now more than ever, Northeast Maglev believes that by working together we can do big things for our community. We are looking forward to continuing to partner with community groups throughout the region! Keep track of what we’re up to by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.