In the past few months or so, the Heritage Railway Association have been
at loggerheads with HIT Entertainment with regard to new rules and conditions that have to be adhered to in order for their
railways to run Days Out With Thomas Events.
A "reluctant" audit on all Days Out With Thomas events
across the UK in the last year saw nine railways losing their liscences to hold the events, with more pulling out on account
of the uncertainty of decent returns and difficulties with HIT Entertainment, choosing instead to have a series of Family
Fun Weekends in place of the traditional Thomas Days. The Heritage Railway press, Steam Railway Magazine
in particular, have been strongly against the moves made by the rights holders and are pushing for action to be taken.
An official Government Petition has been put forward to try and ammend
the copyright laws, and try for changes which would put them more into the favour of both the Heritage Railways affected as
well as that of the public interest in the United Kingdom.
We here at Sodor Island would like to ask as many UK citizens as possible to sign
the petition in order to help keep a regular Thomas / Heritage Railway fixture alive for years and future generations
This message is only applicable to United Kingdom citizens. You cannot
sign the petition if you are outwith British soil.