A popular children’s TV character is set to steam through Colne Valley.

Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends will be stationed at Colne Valley Railway Museum throughout the next two weekends as visitors get the chance to get up close with their heroes.

There will be plenty on offer including a ride on Thomas himself, or on another popular character from the series, Daisy.

Providing the weather is dry, passengers may also get the chance to ride in a goods train that is pulled along by Mavis the diesel.

Sir Topham Hatt, otherwise known as the Fat Controller will be on hand to meet and greet visitors, while also ensuring the entire event runs as smoothly as possible.

Along with train rides, there will be other activities taking place at the museum such as a visit to the signal box and a model railway display set.

Children will get the chance to visit the imagination station where they can take part in games, do some colouring or even get themselves a temporary tattoo.

The buffet carriages will be serving hot and cold food throughout the day, although visitors are warned this will be busiest around lunchtime hours.

Anyone wishing to take their own food will be able to take some time out in the picnic area, while there is also a woodland walk for those looking to take in the wonders of nature. The gift shop will be full of Thomas souvenirs and toys so that the kids will have something to remember their day out meeting their heroes.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate with entry for adults costing £16, while anyone under 14 can enter for £10.

Family and senior tickets are also available and there is a discount on tickets purchased in advance.

Thomas and friends will be at the museum this weekend and next, with the first train setting off a 10.15am each day.

For more information, contact 01787 461174.