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A Day Out With Thomas

Coming To A City Near You!

Strasburg Railroad
Ronks, PA
May 15-18
June 19-22
September 11-12
B & O Railroad Museum
Baltimore, MD
June 27-29
July 10-12
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Upcoming Events

The Henry Ford Museum – Greenfield Village
Derborn, MI
April 25-26
May 2-3 & 8-10
Strasburg Railroad
Ronks, PA
May 15-18
June 19-22
September 11-14
October 30-31
November 1
Essex Steam Train
Essex, CT *Featuring Percy
May 30-31
June 6-7
B & O Railroad Museum
Baltimore, MD
June 27-29
July 10-12
The Delaware River Railroad Excursions
Phillipsburg, NJ
July 10-12 & 17-19
Northwest Railway Museum
Snoqualmie, WA
July 10-12 & 18-19
Illinois Railway Museum
Union, IL *Featuring Percy
July 11-12 & 18-19
Roaring Camp Railroads
Felton, CA
July 24 & 31
August 1-2
October 17 & 24-25 & 31
November 1
North Shore Scenic Railroad
Duluth, MN *Featuring Percy
July 31
August 1-2 & 7-9
Delaware & Ulster Railroad
Arkville, NY
August 7-9 & 14-16
York-Durham Heritage Railway
Uxbridge, ON
August 7-9 & 14-16
Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad
Flint, MI
August 14-16 & 21-23
Tennessee Valley Railroad
Chattanooga, TN *Featuring Percy
August 15-16 & 22-23
Colorado Railroad Museum
Golden, CO
September 12-13 & 19-20 & 26-27
Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad
Boone, IA
September 19-20 & 25-27
North Carolina Transportation Museum
Spencer, NC *Featuring Percy
September 25-27
October 2-4
Austin Steam Train Association at Burnet Community Center
Burnet, TX
September 26-27
West Coast Railway Heritage Park
Squamish, BC
October 17-18 & 24-25
Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park
Cordele, GA
October 24-25 & 31
November 1
Virginia & Truckee Railroad Depot
Virginia City, NV
October 24-25 & 31
November 1
Kentucky Railway Museum
New Haven, KY
October 31
November 1 & 7-8
Southern California Railway Museum
Perris, CA
November 7-8 & 11 & 14-15

Event Information

Come celebrate Thomas’ birthday at Heritage Railways across the country! Select your train time and hop on board for a ride with the #1 Blue Engine. Like any great birthday party – Come early and stay all day! Your ticket gives you unlimited access to play areas, app stations, entertainment, and much more. Follow the tracks to Day Out With Thomas for an event you won’t want to miss!

Plan for Your Day

All aboard! Your tickets are purchased, and your little engineer is ready for a birthday celebration with Thomas!

Some helpful tips before the event:

  • Come prepared to spend the day – There will be lots of activities to keep your children busy
  • Please arrive at the boarding area 15 minutes prior to train departure time. Stroller parking available before you hop on.
  • Food and snack vendors are onsite, but feel free to bring your own lunch!

Event Details

Day Out With Thomas™ is an exciting event that offers families the unique opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine™ and play all day at heritage railroads across the country.

Most Railroads open at 9am so be sure to explore all that the event has to offer. Please check your confirmation email for more details on site times and additional activities.

  • Take a train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine
    • The time on your ticket is the train departure. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior
  • Meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Director of the Sodor Railway
    • Schedules will be posted onsite for photo op times
  • Pick up your DOWT Passport to Adventure to take you around the event
  • Enjoy Storytelling and Entertainment
  • Unlimited Play, Unlimited Fun!
    • Explore the Imagination Station chock full of Thomas activities
    • Play with the Newest Thomas toys and MEGA Bloks in the Play Pod
    • Get creative with arts & crafts
    • Get a temporary tattoo of your child’s favorite engine
  • Day Out With Thomas Gift Shop with Exclusive Items
  • Additional Activities vary per Railroad but may also include:
    • Live Entertainment: Sing-a-longs, magicians, Ask an Engineer Booth
    • Group Activities: Bean Bag Toss, Mini Golf, Hay Bale Maze
    • Additional Experiences: Bubbles, Petting Zoo, Face Paint
    • Inflatable Fun: Bounce Houses and Toby, Nia, or Percy Inflatable photo ops!
    • Museum Components: Heritage Railway Historical Artifacts
    • Experiential Retail: Pick your very own exclusive MINI’s pack


Frequently Asked Questions


When should we arrive for our train ride with Thomas?
Event sites open early, but please arrive at the boarding area 15 minutes prior to train departure time.

Is there assigned seating on the train?
You can pick your seat! Guests can select their preferred train car to ride in.

How long is the train ride?
Approximately 20-25 minutes.

What if there is inclement weather?
Day Out With Thomas events take place rain or shine.

Will Sir Topham Hatt be there?
Yes! Sir Topham Hatt has scheduled meet and greets throughout the day.

Are strollers permitted?
Strollers are permitted on the Day Out With Thomas event site. Before boarding the train, there is a designated “stroller parking” area.

Are pets allowed?
Service dogs are welcomed.

How do I find out about other events?
Start planning your next Thomas & Friends outing by discovering more exciting Thomas events & attractions listed here, including Thomas Land at Edaville Family Theme Park and Thomas Town at Kennywood!


Where can I find the tour schedule and purchase tickets?

Click here for tour dates and tickets for US and Canada locations! Select the railroad location to view train times and purchase tickets for your day out.

Who needs tickets?
Tickets are required for guests ages two and up.

How Many train times are included in the ticket?
Each ticket includes 1 train ride and unlimited access to event activities

What is included in the ticket price?
A ticket for Day Out With Thomas includes the train ride with Thomas, as well as unlimited access to play areas, app stations, entertainment, and much more. Additional activities vary per railroad but may include bounce houses, mini golf, bean bag toss, face painting, and musical entertainment.

Ticket proceeds also support preserving the Great Historical Railroads!

How will I receive my tickets?
If you select the TicketFast option, you can download and print your tickets at home! Otherwise, tickets can be picked up at Will Call the day of the event.

Do you recommend purchasing tickets in advance?
Due to the popularity of Day Out With Thomas, advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. It is common for train times to sell out. When purchasing tickets you will be asked to select a specific date and time for your ride with Thomas. Your ticket is valid only for that date and time.

Are there any refunds?
There will be no refunds or exchanges.