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Day Out With Thomas!

Essex Steam Train and Riverboat
One Railroad Avenue / P.O. Box 452
Essex, CT, 06426
United States
Phone: 866.468.7630 for tickets
Fax: (860) 767-0104
Season and/or holiday: 
The event has already taken a place at this date: 
Sun, 05/04/2014
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets are for specific departure times
2-3 years
4-5 years
6-8 years
9-12 years
Essex Steam Train sponsors A Day Out with Thomas (the Tank Engine) Meet Sir Topham Hatt. 25 minute ride.

Who is Thomas the Tank Engine?

Since Thomas the Tank Engine left the depot more than 65 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?

Thomas the Tank Engine will be visiting the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat at 25 Plains Road, Essex, CT 06426.

When is the event?
Day Out With Thomas is being held on three weekends in 2014: April 19, April 26-27, and May 3-4. The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please note that you need to purchase tickets for a specific departure time.

When do tickets go on sale?

Tickets will go on sale Friday, January 24, 2014.

How much are tickets?

Tickets are $23.00 (Ages 2 and up)

How do I purchase tickets?

Tickets are available by clicking on the icon on the Day Out With Thomas main page or by calling Ticketweb at (866) 468-7630.

Who needs tickets?

Tickets are required for guests ages two and up.

What is included in the ticket price?

A ticket for Day Out With Thomas includes the train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, as well as a variety of Thomas & Friends themed entertainment, including Storytelling and Video Viewing, Temporary Tattoos of Island of Sodor friends, and an Imagination Station with Arts & Crafts 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 three weeks 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.
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.


What times do trains depart?

Trains depart on 45 minute intervals, from 9:00 a.m. through 3:45 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.

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 Thomas train ride is approximately 25 minutes.

Are you limited to just one train ride?

There is one train ride per ticket.

How do I get to there?

  • I-95 South: Exit 69 to Route 9 North to Exit 3; Follow DOWT signs to 55 Bokum Road
  • I-95 North: Exit 65; Left off ramp onto Route 153 North; Follow DOWT signs to 55 Bokum Road.
  • Route 9 South: Exit 3; Straight off ramp and follow DOWT signs to 55 Bokum Road.
  • Handicapped Parking: Entrance at 25 Plains Road (Route 153)

Alternately, use Google Maps

Is there parking available on site?

Due to the popularity of Thomas the Tank Engine, some remote lots and shuttle buses will be in use. Handicapped parking will be available on site.

Is there an additional cost for parking?

No, parking and shuttle bus is included.

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?

Yes, a variety of food is available for purchase onsite.

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.

Is the event handicap accessible?

The train is not handicap accessible. Most of the event grounds are dirt gravel, however some of the attractions are handicap accessible. Please call Essex Steam Train directly in regards to accessibility at 800-377-3987.

Are pets allowed?

No pets are allowed at Day Out With Thomas.

Is there available lodging in the area?

You can find information about nearby restaurants and lodging, and other tourist attractions here

How do I find out about other events?

You can find the complete Day Out With Thomas 2014 schedule by clicking

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