Day Out With Thomas

September 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Day Out With Thomas™?
Day Out With Thomas™ is a family event that offers aspiring engineers and their families the unique opportunity to take a ride with the classic storybook engine, Thomas the Tank Engine™ at regional heritage railroads across the country.

Who is Thomas the Tank Engine?
Since Thomas the Tank Engine left the depot more than 75 years ago, this Really Useful Engine and his Island of Sodor friends have chugged their way into the hearts of preschoolers and grownups worldwide. Based on The Railway Series of classic stories authored by a father who loved trains and wanted a shared experience with his son, Thomas & Friends™ is a rite of passage that inspires the imagination while teaching the life lessons of friendship, exploration and cooperation.

What are the appropriate ages for Day Out With Thomas?
Day Out With Thomas is a family event that welcomes passengers of all ages.

Where is the event?
The event is located at 225 10th Street in Boone, Iowa.

When is the event?
September 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15, 2024

When do tickets go on sale?
When tickets go on sale, they may be purchased at — phone sales are not available

How much are tickets?
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How do I purchase tickets?
When tickets go on sale, they may be purchased at — phone sales are not available

Who needs tickets?
Tickets are required for guests ages one and up.

What is included in the ticket price?
A ticket for Day Out With Thomas includes: a ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine, storytelling and video viewing, temporary tattoos of Island of Sodor friends, an Imagination Station with arts & crafts, a trolley ride, museum admission and more. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor.

Are there any refunds?
There will be no refunds or exchanges.

Will Thomas the Tank Engine be there?
Thomas the Tank Engine has traveled all the way from the Island of Sodor and has arrived Right on Time to take a ride with you and your family.

Will Sir Topham Hatt be there?
Yes, Sir Topham Hatt will take time away from his busy schedule as Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor to meet and take pictures with guests.

Do you recommend purchasing tickets in advance?
Due to the popularity of Day Out With Thomas, advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. It is not uncommon for events to sell out. When purchasing tickets you will be asked to select a specific date and time for your ride with Thomas. Your ticket is valid only for that date and time.

Day of Event Information (Departure times, etc.)

What times do trains depart?
Thomas The Tank Engine departs every hour on the hour. Please keep in mind that activities begin to shut down after the last train of the day departs.
Friday: 12 PM through 5 PM
Saturday: 9 AM through 5 PM
Sunday: 10 AM through 4 PM

When should we arrive for our train ride with Thomas?
It is recommended that guests arrive at the event at least one hour before their scheduled departure. Sir Topham Hatt will not allow Thomas to wait for late arrivals.

Is there assigned seating on the train?
Tickets are assigned by time.

How long is the train ride?
The ride is approximately 25 minutes in length (round trip). The length of the ride is dictated by the company that owns Day Out With Thomas. They have determined that smaller children have a tendency to become fussy on rides longer than 25 minutes.

Are you limited to just one train ride?
There is one train ride per ticket.

Is there parking available on site?
A limited amount of on-site parking is available. Street parking is also available.

Is there an additional cost for parking?
There is no additional cost for parking.

What if there is inclement weather?
Day Out With Thomas events take place rain or shine.

Are cameras allowed?
Absolutely! Guests are encouraged to capture their Day Out With Thomas memories for their photo album.

Will there be food available?
Food is not included in the cost of admission, but a variety of food vendors are located on-site.

Are strollers permitted?
Day Out With Thomas is a family event that welcomes guests of all ages. There is even a designated area for “stroller parking” and car seats during the train ride.

Is the train ADA accessible?
Call (515) 432-4249 to confirm availability.

Are pets allowed?
No pets are allowed at Day Out With Thomas.