An Aberdeen boy received a special birthday surprise.
Liam McIntyre, who stays in Bridge of Don, was sent birthday wishes from Thomas & Friends when Toy giant Mattel gave him his very own TrackMaster Turbo Jungle Jump Set.
Liam, who has just turned 14, suffers from severe autism, and appeared in the Evening Express last month over his encyclopedic knowledge of the cheeky blue train.
His doting grandmother, Margaret McKenzie, who is 70, said: “We are all just thrilled beyond words that Mattel took the time to send such a lovely, thoughtful gift to Liam.
“I haven’t stopped crying and am just overwhelmed with happiness, as is Liam, who is simply over the moon to not only get a message from Thomas & Friends, but to also get a train set.”
Bucksburn Academy pupil Liam was left speechless when Margaret handed his gift to him.
“He didn’t believe me at first when I told him Thomas & Friends had sent it to him,” she said. “He just kept saying over and over again, ‘Are you sure’?”
Liam’s passion for Thomas expanded from TV and books when he decided to build his own bespoke train collection after he realised the makers of Thomas toys hadn’t quite thought of everything.
“I noticed Oliver, Donald and Douglas were not in the mini range, so I decided to make my own ones,” said Liam.
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“I really like making trains and I also enjoy making up my own stories. I don’t have my trains on a track because I don’t have room in my bedroom, so I keep them in my baskets and on a table instead.”
Liam’s imagination knows no bounds. He has also created his very own train, Andrew the happy brown steam train from Wales.
A Mattel spokesman said: “It was wonderful to learn about Liam’s love of Thomas The Tank Engine and how he has been inspired to create his own stories featuring Thomas.
“As the maker of Thomas & Friends toys, Mattel was delighted to add to Liam’s collection with his very own TrackMaster Turbo Jungle Jump Set.”