Thursday, June 7, 2012

Day Out With Thomas comes to Strasburg Rail Road this June!




Thomas the Tank Engine™ to visit Strasburg Rail Road

June 16-24, 2012

Help Thomas the Tank Engine™ find the clues and solve the mystery! Our favorite No. 1 engine is set to roll into Strasburg Rail Road for the Day Out with Thomas™: Mystery On The Rails Tour 2012. All little engineers and their families are invited to take a ride on Thomas and participate in fun Thomas-themed activities. The event, which takes place June 16-24, 2012, will be hosted by Strasburg Rail Road and presented by HIT Entertainment and sponsored by MEGA Brands, a leading toy company.

For 67 years, children have been captivated by the courageous adventures of Thomas and his engine friends. Pulling out of the station for its 17th consecutive ride on the rails, the Day Out With Thomas: Mystery on the Rails Tour 2012 will visit more than 45 cities in the United States and Canada. Day Out With Thomas is the only place for families to take a ride with a 15-ton replica of everybody’s favorite No. 1 engine, Thomas the Tank Engine, and enjoy Thomas-themed activities at the Imagination Station, including stamps, temporary tattoos and hands-on arts and crafts. Each year the tour grows, traveling to new destinations, adding new activities and welcoming new visitors.

Thomas the Tank Engine, star of Thomas & Friends™, on PBS KIDS® and Sprout® kicks off his Day Out With Thomas: Mystery On The Rails Tour 2012 in March and is expected to welcome more than one million passengers through November. During Day Out With Thomas, children will ride with Thomas against scenic backdrops while discovering some mysterious surprises! Day Out With Thomas 2012 activities include:

  • A 22-minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine
  • Games and activities featuring a mystery element
  • The opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt™, Controller of the Railway
  • A Thomas & Friends Imagination Station; featuring stamps temporary tattoos, hands-on arts & crafts, train tables, and coloring sheets
  • Commemorative activities, merchandise and giveaways including a special reveal poster previewing new engines and a new destination from the upcoming 2012 Thomas & Friends feature, “Blue Mountain Mystery”
  • Storytelling and video viewing

The tour provides a unique, interactive family experience at every station, offering a variety of entertaining activities that reflect the local flavor of each stop. At Strasburg Rail Road activities will include: kids can enjoy operating a hand-powered Pump Car, riding on the Cagney, a miniature steam train, and "steer" the pint-sized Cranky Cars around a track.

The 22-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine will depart every 30 minutes, rain or shine, with departure times varying daily, check for the complete schedule. Tickets for the Day Out With Thomas: Mystery On The Rails Tour 2012 are $19 plus tax for ages two and up.

Tickets are on sale now by calling toll-free 866.468.7630 or logging onto For more information and directions, contact Strasburg Rail Road at 717-687-7522 or

About Strasburg Rail Road
As one of Pennsylvania’s leading tourist attractions, the Strasburg Rail Road plays host to approximately 400,000 travelers each year. With its reputation as a top family-friendly destination and its larger-than-life steam locomotives, the Strasburg Rail Road is also known as America’s oldest short-line railroad, dating back to 1832. The 45-minute train ride departs daily from Strasburg station. Passengers can choose to ride Coach, First-Class, Open Air or the Dining Car. Plus, ride on the miniature Cagney steam train, the authentic Pump Car, or take a behind-the-scenes tour to see steam engines being built, restored and refurbished. For more information on the Strasburg Rail Road or to purchase tickets, please visit, or call 717.687.7522. Find us on Facebook at and Twitter @StrasburgRR.

Party of 5 will be attending Day Out With Thomas in a few weeks and we CANNOT wait to report back and tell you how it was! The kids are SUPER excited!!

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