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Day Out with Thomas

Dates for this event

  • 5th August 2017,
  • 6th August 2017,
  • 7th October 2017,
  • 8th October 2017
Take a ride behind Thomas
Meet the Fat Controller

All aboard for a Day Out With Thomas!

Meet Thomas the Tank Engine™ and his friends, who are waiting to greet you at the East Lancashire Railway!

This fun filled day out for all the family includes:

  • Rides on Thomas
  • Meeting The Fat Controller and friends
  • Performances by Rusty and Dusty, Sodor's cheeky station sweepers 
  • Unlimited Travel on Steam and Diesel trains
  • Thomas Themed Activities in the Imagination Station, including, Tabletop Games, Colouring, Thomas Films
  • Re-enactments of classic Thomas stories
  • Magic Shows
  • Circus Workshops
  • Face Painting

The Fat Controller's Opening Ceremony will take place at 9:45am each day. Activities will finish at 4pm and the Fat Controller will close the event at 3:45pm. 

Tickets and Prices

Adult £18.50
Child (2 - 17) £10.50
Child under 2 FREE
Family (2 Adults & 3 Children) £47.50

Getting Here

The Day Out with Thomas event takes place across the length of the railway and tickets can be purchased 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.

Bury's Metrolink Tram Station is located just a few minutes walk away from our Bury Bolton Street Station and is an ideal way to get to the event from areas across Greater Manchester. With fantastic off-peak travel rates and Park and Ride facilities available throughout the city, travelling by tram is a great value, stress free way to get to the East Lancashire Railway. Find out more by downloading the Network Map or visiting

For more information on how to reach the East Lancashire Railway visit our "Getting Here" page.

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Our visitors say…

  • A day out with Thomas at the East Lancashire Railway was a fantastic day for young children especially if they are fans of Thomas. Just going on the steam trains was a good experience.

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