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Day Out with Thomas

Dates for this event

  • 7th August 2021,
  • 8th August 2021,
  • 2nd October 2021,
  • 3rd October 2021
Fat Controller and Family
Kids riding the train
Rusty and Dusty


They’re two, they’re four, they’re six, they’re eight…

Calling all little engineers! Join Thomas, the number one blue engine, at the East Lancashire Railway for a train ride unlike any other in 2021.

What’s Included:

Your experience starts at the timed entry on your ticket. You can arrive up to 45 minutes in advance. Arrive at Bury Bolton Street Station (postcode: BL9 0EY) and once you have gained admission, the excitement builds as you walk to the platform.

Sir Topham Hat will be meeting and greeting guests as Thomas leads his carriages into the station for boarding. Once the train is ready to depart, Thomas takes the train for a 45 minute round trip along the scenic journey through Burrs Country Park and Summerseat, to arrive at the beautiful station at Ramsbottom. After a short stop, Thomas remains at the north end of the train as one of our heritage diesel locomotives returns the train to Bury.

Upon arrival into Bury Station, guests can then make the short walk to the nearby Bury Transport Museum complex where ticketholders can access additional entertainment including:

  • Performances by Rusty and Dusty, Sodor’s cheeky station sweepers - These two cheeky members of station staff will be meeting, greeting, singing and dancing throughout the weekend, so head over to the Bury Transport Museum and say hello!
  • Thomas-themed stories and activities in the Imagination Station
  • Socially distanced entertainment including Magic Shows

Please note: Due to the uncertainty of restrictions, changes may be necessary to this event. Customers will be contacted by e-mail with details of any changes.


Length of Thomas ride?

45 minutes round trip, boarding at Bury to Ramsbottom and return with Thomas leading at the north end and a heritage diesel at the south end of the train.

Are the Thomas rides unlimited?

No, guests must pre-book their tickets and travel on the train advertised. Guests can arrive up to 45 minutes prior to the entry time to make the most of their experience on the station.

Opening and Closing time of each event:

Once the Thomas ride has finished, guests can explore the nearby Bury Transport Museum complex for additional entertainment.

What tickets are available?

Tickets are available for either a Table for 2 (£38.50) or a Table for 4 (£66).


Please note that tickets must be purchased in advance either online or over the phone, They cannot be purchased in advance at any of our stations though they can be purchased on the day of the event itself.

Table for 2 £38.50 Book Now
Table for 4 £66 Book Now

How to get to the East Lancashire Railway

The East Lancashire Railway is easily accessible with major road links, including the M66, M60, M62 and M6, nearby. The postcode is BL9 0EY.

Our visitors say…

  • My little boy absolutely loves trains and Thomas! You can ride steam and diesel engines, join in with lots of different activities and take a trip on Thomas! It was a very enjoyable day out and my 2 year old didn’t stop smiling!

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