Day Out with Thomas

Take a trip on Sodor’s number one tank engine and meet the Fat Controller himself on this spectacular day out with Thomas. It’s all aboard the famous blue steam train for a magical ride on Thomas the Tank Engine at the ELR.

The steam team’s number one blue engine – Thomas himself – is waiting for you on the East Lancashire Railway, for one great big adventure.

Your Day Out With Thomas on the ELR starts with the timed entry on your ticket – join us at our Bury Bolton Street Station up to 45 minutes in advance. That’s just enough time to build up lots of excitement!

You’ll meet Sir Topham Hatt at the station, say hello to Thomas on the platform and then climb aboard a carriage. Thomas will pull your train through the amazing countryside on a fun-filled journey to our Ramsbottom station.

After a quick break here, one of our dazzling diesel trains will pull you and Thomas back to Bury Bolton Street, where the doors to Bury Transport Museum are open for you.

Here you’ll find loads more Thomas-themed activities, including stories, activities and hilarious performances by Rusty and Dusty – Sodor’s cheeky station sweepers. They’ll be singing, dancing and entertaining throughout the day. Please note a Day Out With Thomas ticket is needed for entry into the Bury Transport Museum.

We even have socially distanced Magic Shows for the whole family to enjoy, all included with your ticket. So book yours today and join us for a Day Out With Thomas, one of our most popular steam days out!

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Please note tickets must be purchased in advance online or by phone, tickets cannot be purchased in advance at any of our stations. Depending on availability, any remaining tickets can be purchased at stations on the day of the event.

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Are tickets available to purchase on the day?

No. Admission and travel on these days is only possible on the date stated on your pre-booked ticket. To gain admission, please bring your advance purchase ticket with you on the day.


Where can I park?

Chargeable parking is available in Bury.

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Why not start your journey at Heywood? Parking is free and the new Whistlestop Café at Heywood Station will be open serving drinks and an impressive selection of cakes. There are regular shuttles from Heywood to Bury Station and back, ensuring you will have no problem reaching the main event.

Will other trains be available to travel on?

Yes. There will be other trains to ride on in addition to your journey riding behind Thomas The Tank Engine. This makes it possible to explore the full route of the East Lancashire Railway, between Heywood and Rawtenstall. Travel is included within your Day Out With Thomas ticket. These services include:

  • Additional steam-hauled train, operating between Bury and Rawtenstall
  • Scenic diesel railcar running between Bury and Heywood. Either start your day at Heywood and take the train to Bury, or if you start your day at Bury, board the heritage diesel train for a return journey to Heywood and be sure to visit the new Whistlestop Café.
How long is the Thomas ride?

Up to 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. Upon arrival into Ramsbottom, please remain on the train as it is planned to reverse and return to Bury. Photos with Thomas will be available to Bury Station.

Are the Thomas rides unlimited?

No, guests must travel on the ‘Thomas’ train as advertised on their pre-booked ticket. Guests can arrive up to 30 minutes prior to departure where Sir Topham Hatt will be on platforms 3 and 4. Also, look out for the Troublesome Trucks!

Is there additional entertainment?

Yes. A short walk from Bury Station takes you to the Bury Transport Museum and courtyard. Show your Day Out With Thomas pre-booked ticket for admission to enjoy the additional activities on offer.

Are there refreshments available to purchase?

Drinks and snacks will be available at Heywood, Bury Station and Bury Transport Museum. Trackside and Bufferstops Pubs will also be open.

What time does the event open and close?

The Day Out With Thomas event opens its doors at 9am and finishes at approximately 5pm.

What time is the last entry to Bury Transport Museum?

Last entry is 4:30pm. Bury Transport Museum will close at 5pm.