England’s most excellent steam railway experience, the East Lancashire Railway, is calling all little engineers to join Thomas the Tank Engine for a full day out unlike any other.

With rides behind Thomas and unlimited travel on steam and diesel trains along 12 miles of track through the stunning Irwell Valley there’s so much for families to do. They can meet The Fat Controller, see performances by Rusty and Dusty, Sodor’s cheeky station sweepers and watch re-enactments of classic Thomas stories. There will also be Thomas themed activities in the Imagination Station including table top games, colouring and Thomas films, along with magic shows, circus workshops and face painting.

Thomas will be visiting on various dates in October (6th, 7th). The Fat Controller’s opening ceremony will take place at 09:45 on each of these days, and activities will finish at 16:00. The event is great for any weather and is fully wheelchair accessible.

Day Out With ThomasTM takes place across the length of the railway and tickets can be purchased online at http://www.dayoutwiththomas.co.uk/ or from Bury, Heywood, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall station on the day. Visitors that already have their tickets can start their day out from any of the above stations. For information on how to get there as well as car parking, visit the dedicated Getting Here page on the East Lancashire Railway’s website.

The Bury Metrolink Tram Station is located just three minutes’ walk away from Bury Bolton Street Station and takes just 30 minutes on the tram from Manchester City Centre. For full information and to book your steam-fuelled adventure, visit http://www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk.


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