Hello and welcome back to our continuing coverage of this 35th annual Pinball Expo.

While Wednesday features the kick-off Bumper Blast party, Thursday is the first full day of events and, as in previous years, that begins at 9am when the buses arrive to transport Expo attendees to the Stern Pinball factory tour.

Expo attendees wait for the buses to arrive

The first bus arrives for the Stern Pinball factory tour

The Stern Pinball factory is located in Elk Grove Village, which is around 30 minutes by bus south of the Pinball Expo hotel in Wheeling.

More buses arrive and take tour guests to the Elk Grove Village factory

We will be back later today with pictures from that factory tour, before we launch into our extensive coverage of all the seminars at Pinball Expo 2019.