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Thomas Land entrance

Drayton Manor has officially opened the new Blue Mountain Engines attraction, which is the latest addition to the park's popular Thomas Land children's area.

Blue Mountain Engines, which was originally scheduled to open to the public on May 28, 2011, is a Zamperla Junior Regatta ride, and features four themed carriages based on characters from the Thomas & Friends universe. It has replaced Terrance's Driving School, which has been moved to an area near Farmer McColl's Farm.

Able to hold up to 32 riders at a time, including 16 adults, Blue Mountain Engines is the first new addition to Thomas Land since the area opened in March 2008. The four carriages are themed around Sir Handle, Skarloey, Rheneas and Peter Sam, all of whom feature in Thomas & Friends storylines working on the Skarloey Railway.

The new ride was unveiled by eight-year-old Jasmine Dowd, who underwent a kidney transplant a year ago. The young fan was accompanied by Thomas & Friends character Thin Thin Controller, pictured below:

Blue Mountain Engines opening
Image © Drayton Manor

Earlier this summer, Drayton Manor opened Ben 10: Ultimate Mission, the first rollercoaster in Europe to be based on the popular Cartoon Network show. It also debuted Marvin the Martian in the 3rd Dimension in its 4D theatre, replacing Happy Feet 4D.

You can keep up to date with the latest confirmed and rumored opening dates for new attractions through Theme Park Tourist's "New Attraction Watch" section, and by signing up for our weekly newsletter.

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