After working the LCCA booth this weekend at Locomotion Weekend here in Pittsburgh, I have no doubt that Thomas is responsible for keeping an interest in trains alive for the young folks. We had Thomas, Percy and a handful of cars as well as a trolley and LC Scout set. What drew the kids to the table was Thomas. When the kids were there Thomas was king for most. They had fun changing his face as well as trying different cars on him.
Whether you like to believe it or not Thomas is responsible for at least getting the young folks to notice trains to start, it's up to us to help keep them interested.