Everyone’s favourite little blue engine, Thomas the Tank Engine, is to make its return to the East Lancashire Railway tracks for the May bank holiday weekend.

The Day Out With Thomas sees young engineers and their families ride in carriages pulled by a life-sized Thomas the Tank Engine, a real steam engine, enjoying a 30-minute trip through the picturesque Irwell valley.

Fans will get the chance to say hello to Sir Topham Hatt, before Thomas takes them on an adventure from Bury to the beautiful Ramsbottom station.

And the fun continues across the road at Bury Transport Museum with live entertainment throughout the day, including sing-a-longs with Sodor’s cheeky station sweepers Rusty & Dusty, funfair rides, a magician, balloon modelling, face painting and arts and crafts.

Final tickets are still available for the experience, which will take place on 30 April and 1-2 May.

Lorna Massey, Sales & Events Manager at East Lancashire Railway, commented, “We are delighted to welcome back Thomas the Tank Engine to the ELR’s tracks over the early May bank holiday weekend. As one of our most popular experiences, the Day Out With Thomas™ is a key fixture on the ELR’s calendar.

Thomas is a much-loved childhood character for people of all generations, so the event always brings as much joy to children as it does to parents and grandparents.

As well as taking a trip through Lancashire riding behind  Thomas the Tank Engine, visitors will also meet Sodor station sweepers Rusty & Dusty and Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy a host of activities offboard, so the experience will be a fun day out for all the family.”

Advanced tickets are recommended and tickets are priced at £66 for a family of four (two adults and two children) and £44.40 for one adult and two children (booking fees apply).

To buy tickets or for more information please click here.


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