Thomas steams into Tweetsie June 3-12

Article Published: May. 26, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Thomas steams into Tweetsie June 3-12

Thomas the Tank Engine steams into Tweetsie Railroad June 3.

Photo by Jeff Eason

It's "Steamies" versus "Diesels," and the famous No.1 engine is right on track!

Thomas the Tank Engine is set to roll into Tweetsie Railroad for the Day Out With Thomas: Leader of the Track Tour 2011.

All little engineers are invited to cheer him on and take a ride with Thomas. The event, which takes place June 3-12, will be hosted by Tweetsie Railroad and presented by HIT Entertainment and sponsored by MEGA Brands, a leading toy company.

For 66 years, children have been captivated by the courageous adventures of Thomas and his engine friends. Pulling out of the station for its 16th consecutive ride on the rails, the Day Out With Thomas:

Leader of the Track Tour 2011 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 Thomas the Tank Engine and enjoy Thomas-themed activities at the Imagination Station, including stamps and temporary tattoos.

Each year, the tour grows, traveling to new destinations, adding new activities and welcoming new visitors.

During the Day Out With Thomas, children will ride with Thomas and help him win the race against the diesel engines - if only in their imaginations. Day Out with Thomas 2011 activities include:

A 25-minute (approximate) ride with Thomas the Tank EngineThe opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the RailwayThomas & Friends Imagination Station, featuring stamps, temporary tattoos and coloring sheetsCommemorative activities, merchandise and giveaways to celebrate the 2011 Thomas & Friends DVD movie, "Day of the Diesels" (Sept. 2011, Lionsgate)A video viewing area that shows how steam engines work differently from diesel enginesDiesel engine tattoosA special giveaway character wheel showcasing Steamie and Diesel engines from the world of "Thomas & Friends"
Tweetsie Railroad activities will include amusement park rides for all ages, live entertainment including the Tweetsie Palace Saloon Show, Tweetsie's Magical Extravaganza, mascot characters Hopper and Porter's popular children's show and much more.

The 25-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine will depart every 30 minutes, rain or shine, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on both Saturdays (park open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Sundays through Fridays (park open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

Tickets for the Day Out With Thomas: Leader of the Track Tour 2011 are $34 for adults and $22 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free.

Tickets are on sale now and available by logging onto or calling toll free 877-TWEETSIE. Print at home tickets and Golden Rail Season Passes are available online.
For more information on Thomas, visit

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