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.

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!


7th & 8th Aug 2021,
2nd & 3rd Oct 2021

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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.

Table for 2


Table for 4

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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.

What time does the event open and close?

The Day out With Thomas event opens its doors at 9am and finished at approximately 4pm.

What tickets are available?

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