I didn't actually tell Xander who he was going to see, just that he had to meet someone very special. Bless him, even when we got there and sat in the cafe with the Thomas tablecloths and flags and posters he didn't click. Then we went outside to find this guy all ready to open up the railway:
Suddenly the penny began dropping. Then I told him to look down the track towards the sheds: Yup, penny well and truely dropped now!
We got to have a ride on Thomas to the next station, which was so exciting, especially when he 'peep-peep'd'!
Once we got back, Xander got to give Thomas a drink of water and got given a certificate by the Fat Controller to say he'd been a helpful engineer today!
He also had a look in the cab to see how Thomas worked:
After lunch it started to rain, so we went inside and got Xander's face painted. He's never had his face painted before so I did have to assist by holding his head in a vice-like grip, but it turned out fab: