Advance purchase recommended.
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What is Day Out With Thomas™?

Day Out With Thomas™ is a family event that offers aspiring engineers and their families the unique opportunity to take a ride with the classic storybook engine, Thomas the Tank Engine™, at regional heritage railroads across the country.

Who is Thomas the Tank Engine?

Since Thomas the Tank Engine left the depot more than 70 years ago, this Really Useful Engine and his Island of Sodor friends have chugged their way into the hearts of preschoolers and grownups worldwide. Based on The Railway Series of classic stories authored by a father who loved trains and wanted a shared experience with his son, Thomas & Friends™ is a rite of passage that inspires the imagination while teaching life lessons of friendship, exploration and cooperation.

What are the appropriate ages for Day Out With Thomas?

Day Out With Thomas is a family event that welcomes passengers of all ages.

Will Thomas the Tank Engine be there?

Thomas the Tank Engine has traveled all the way from the Island of Sodor and has arrived Right on Time to take a ride with you and your family.

Will Sir Topham Hatt be there?

Yes, Sir Topham Hatt will take time away from his busy schedule as Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor to meet and take pictures with guests.

Where is the event?

80 Wilson Ave., St. Thomas, ON

When is the event?

July 14-15 2018 and July 21-22 2018

When do tickets go on sale?

Tickets go on sale January 22nd 2018

How much are tickets?

Tickets are $25 +HST for everyone aged two years and older

How do I purchase tickets?

Visit or call 1-888-222-6608

Who needs tickets?

Tickets are required for guests ages two and up.

What is included in the ticket price?

A ticket for Day Out With Thomas includes the train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, as well as a variety of Thomas & Friends themed entertainment, including Storytelling and Video Viewing, Temporary Tattoos of Island of Sodor friends, and an Imagination Station with Arts & Crafts and more. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor. "FREE ADMISSION TO THE ELGIN COUNTY RAILWAY MUSEUM IS INCLUDED WITH EACH TICKET!"

How will I receive my tickets?

If purchased three weeks or more in advance of the event, guests will receive their tickets in the mail. Guests that purchase tickets closer to the event date can pick up their tickets at Will Call the day of the event.

Are there any refunds?

There will be no refunds or exchanges.

Do you recommend purchasing tickets in advance?

Due to the popularity of Day Out With Thomas, advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. It is not uncommon for events 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 for the train ride at that specific time. However, please feel free to arrive at the railroad earlier than your train ride time, because there are many other activities your family can enjoy at the event site!

Saturday July 14 and Sunday July 15
Saturday July 21 through the 22nd, 2018
How do I get there?

From Highway 401 Take Exit 186 and proceed southbound on Wellington Road approximately 17 km (10.5 miles) straight through the lights at Highway 3 to the next set of lights at the bottom of the hill which is Sunset Drive/Talbot Hill. Continue through the lights which veers off to the left just after the lights towards Port Stanley. Proceed approximately another 2 1/2 km (1 1/2 miles) to Elm Street and turn left. Turn left again almost immediately at the first set of lights on to Wilson Avenue. Parking for ‘Day Out With Thomas’ will be in the lot on your right hand side just after turning the corner.

Is there parking available on site?

Yes, there is parking adjacent to the site.

Is there an additional cost for parking?

No, parking is included.

What times do trains depart?

Trains depart each day every 45 minutes starting at 8:45 am with the last train departing at 5:00 pm.

When should we arrive for our train ride with Thomas?

It is recommended that guests arrive at the event at least one hour before their scheduled departure. Feel free to come as early as you’d like to enjoy all of the other activities before your train ride!

Is there assigned seating on the train?

Tickets are assigned by time. Guests must be together during boarding if they wish to sit together on the train.

How long is the train ride?

25 minutes round trip.

Are you limited to just one train ride?

There is one train ride per ticket.

What if there is inclement weather?

Day Out With Thomas events take place rain or shine.

Are cameras allowed?

Absolutely! Guests are encouraged to capture their Day Out With Thomas memories for their photo albums and to share online. Don’t forget to tag your photos with the hashtag #DayOutWithThomas!

Will there be food available?

Yes. There will be a variety of different foods available on site for purchase.

Are strollers permitted?

Day Out With Thomas is a family event that welcomes guests of all ages. There is even a designated area for "stroller parking" during the train ride.

Is the event handicap accessible?


Are pets allowed?

No pets are allowed at Day Out With Thomas.

Is there available lodging in the area?

The Four Points by Sheraton in nearby London, offers an exclusive Day Out With Thomas™ Package.

How do I find out about other events?

You can find the complete Day Out With Thomas 2017 schedule by visiting For information on other Thomas & Friends experiences, please visit and click on “Events.”