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A day out with Thomas the Tank Engine - by Mrsbrazzer

Posted by Mrsbrazzer on 10 September 2014 at 20:47



Where better to take a train mad toddler than on a day out with his favourite engine? Being greeted by the Fat Controller, taking a ride on Thomas, watching the other engines run up and down on the track and meeting Bertie the Bus made for a very happy little boy!



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Where better to take a train mad toddler than on a day out with his favourite engine? Being greeted by the Fat Controller, taking a ride on Thomas, watching the other engines run up and down on the track and meeting Bertie the Bus made for a very happy little boy!

The East Lancashire Railway, which runs from my home town of Rawtenstall to Bury in Greater Manchester, is the regular host to A Day out with Thomas.

My sister and I took Sam along to a recent event as an early birthday present and it's safe to say he loved it!

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A day out with Thomas the Tank Engine - by Mrsbrazzer - August 3 (2) minib.jpg

What happens at A day out with Thomas?

We found the online information about this a little bit sketchy as we had originally planned to just take Sam to the platform at Rawtenstall station to look at the engines. After enquiring with the station we were told that the Thomas engine actually only ran along a small stretch of track in Bury because he wasn't strong enough to pull big carriages.

So, we changed our plans and headed over to Bury station. After buying our tickets (on these special days you must pay for A Day out with Thomas ticket even if you are just planning to travel on one of the normal steam trains - there is no access to the platform without a ticket), we headed onto the platform where Sam was greeted with a big crowd and some familiar engines.

We headed off to have a ride on Thomas - you can do this as many times as you want throughout the day. The short journey (about 5 minutes there and back) takes you past a number of other engines and is interactive with children being encouraged to shout "come on Thomas" to get him back to the station. Children are also given a certificate with their name on and signed by the Fat Controller to confirm that they have met Thomas.

We then watched Diesel ride up and down the line whilst we were having our lunch - children get a free sandwich, drink and snack.


After this, Sam got a temporary Diesel tattoo which he still talks about now!

We then headed over the road to Bury Transport Museum where Bertie the Bus was parked for the day. Entry to the Museum is included in the ticket price of the day.

Sam absolutely loved meeting Thomas and we would definitely attend a future event whilst he is still train obsessed!

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Top tips

We found that the queue to ride on Thomas was big when a steam train arrived in from one of the other stations so to prevent queueing, wait until these passengers have had their turn!

We bought our tickets on the day but Nick Jr do have an offer on if you buy tickets in advance.


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