Advance purchase recommended.
Ticket sales are final. Events are rain or shine.
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 70 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 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.

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.

Where is the event?

Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock, NC.

When is the event?

June 8 through June 17, 2018, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

When do tickets go on sale?

Early February.

How much are tickets?

$45 for Adults, age 13 and older; $30 for children, age 3 and older; Free for children, age 2 and younger.

How do I purchase tickets?

Tickets may be purchased in advance on-line at, or by calling our toll-free Ticket Order Line at 877-TWEETSIE (877-893- 3874).

Who needs tickets?

Tickets are required for guest ages three and up.

What is included in the ticket price?

Your Tweetsie Railroad Day Out With Thomas™ ticket is valid for park admission and includes one train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, as well as a variety of Thomas & Friends themed entertainment, including Storytelling, Video Viewing, Temporary Tattoos of Island of Sodor friends, an Imagination Station, and more. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor.

How will I receive my tickets?

If purchased ten days or more in advance of the event, guests will receive their tickets in the mail. Guests that purchase tickets closer to the event date can pick up their tickets at Will Call the day of the event.

Are there any refunds?

There will be no refunds or exchanges.

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 for park admission only for that date and for the train ride at that specific time. However, please feel free to arrive at the railroad earlier than your train ride time, because there are many other activities your family can enjoy here at Tweetsie Railroad's Wild West Theme Park!

How do I get there?

Tweetsie Railroad is located on NC Highway 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina. For specific directions from your location visit

Is there parking available on site?

Yes, plenty of parking is available on site.

Is there an additional cost for parking?

No, parking is free at Tweetsie Railroad.

What times do trains depart?
                  9:30 a.m.      11:30 a.m.      1:30 p.m.      3:30 p.m.
                  10:00 a.m.     12:00 p.m.      2:00 p.m.      4:00 p.m.
                  10:30 a.m.     12:30 p.m.      2:30 p.m.      4:30 p.m.
                  11:00 p.m.     1:00 p.m.       3:00 p.m.      5:00 p.m.
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. Feel free to come as early as you’d like to enjoy all of the other activities before your train ride!

Is there assigned seating on the train?

Tickets are assigned by time. Guests must be together during boarding if they wish to sit together on the train.

How long is the train ride?

The ride is a 3-mile loop that incorporates live entertainment along the route. It is approximately 20 minutes.

Are you limited to just one train ride?

There is one train ride per ticket.

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 albums and to share online. Don’t forget to tag your photos with the hashtag #DayOutWithThomas and #TweetsieRR!

Will there be food available?

Yes, Tweetsie Railroad has a variety of food venues that include pizza, ice-cream, popcorn, salads, hotdogs, pretzels, cotton candy, fudge and more.

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" during the train ride. Strollers and wagons are available for rent at the Photo Depot on Main Street ($10 per day). Guests are encouraged to bring their own stroller. There is a limited supply and they are rented on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved in advance.

Is the event handicap accessible?

Yes. Sections of the park are level; however, due to mountain terrain, there are some hills. There is a bus that runs regularly from the Tweetsie Palace up to Miner’s Mountain. Both the Wild West Train (second car) and Mouse Mine Train are accessible for standard-sized wheelchairs. All show and food venues are accessible to guests with special needs. Wheelchairs are available for rent at the Photo Depot on Main Street ($10 per day). Guests are encouraged to bring their own wheelchair. The park has a limited supply and they are rented on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved in advance. Please note: the park does not have electric wheelchairs or electric convenience vehicles (ECV) for rent.

Are pets allowed?

Yes, pets are allowed at Day Out With Thomas. Pets must remain on a leash and attended at all times. Pets are not allowed on the train, on rides, in the Deer Park Zoo, the bus, or on the Chair Lift. Please have a member of your party look after your pet while you ride the train and other rides. Pets are also prohibited in food service areas, unless they are Registered Service Animals.

Is there available lodging in the area?

If you plan to stay overnight, make reservations early. For information on area lodging contact:, 800-852- 9506 or, 877-750- 4636.

How do I find out about other events?

You can find the complete Day Out With Thomas 2018 schedule by visiting For information on other Thomas & Friends experiences, please visit and click on “Events.”