Thomas the Tank Engine on track for Tweetsie

Article Published: May. 20, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Thomas the Tank Engine on track for Tweetsie

Thomas the Tank Engine rolls into Tweetsie Railroad June 4-13.

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All aboard for the best birthday party ever!

Thomas the Tank Engine is set to roll into Tweetsie Railroad for the Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2010. All Thomas fans are invited to come spend the day with their favorite No. 1 engine and celebrate his 65th birthday.

The event, which takes place June 4-13, will be hosted by Tweetsie Railroad and presented by HIT Entertainment and sponsored by MEGA Brands, a leading toy company.

For 65 years, children have been captivated by the courageous adventures of Thomas and his engine friends. Pulling out of the station for its 15th consecutive ride on the rails, the Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2010 will visit more than 45 cities in the United States and Canada.

And Blowing Rock is one of them, where families can 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. In addition, to celebrate Thomas' 65th birthday, fans will be invited to check out a mini-museum highlighting special moments and events over the years, make birthday cards for Thomas, and participate in other fun activities.

Thomas the Tank Engine, star of Thomas & Friends, on PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS Sprout, kicked off his Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2010 in March and is expected to welcome more than one million passengers through December.

During the Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2010, children will ride with Thomas up steep hills, around deep, blue lakes, and help him rescue his engine friends-if only in their imaginations. Day Out with Thomas 2010 activities include:

? A 25-minute (approximate) ride with Thomas the Tank Engine
? The opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway
? A Thomas & Friends Imagination Station; featuring stamps, temporary tattoos, and hands on activities
? A special display at every DOWT location celebrating 65 years of Thomas the Tank Engine
? 2010 commemorative merchandise and giveaways, including a mini-view finder giveaway that tells the story of Thomas' upcoming adventure, Misty Island Rescue

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 approximately 25-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine will depart every 30 minutes, rain or shine, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on both Saturdays (park opens 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Sundays through Fridays (park opens 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Tickets for the Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2010 are $32 for adults and $22 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free.

Tickers are on sale now and available by logging onto or calling toll free 1-877-TWEETSIE. Print-at-home tickets are available online at
For more information, visit

Tweetsie Railroad is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains on U.S. 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock.

About Thomas & Friends
Thomas the Tank Engine was created by a father for his son nearly 65 years ago and today is enjoyed by families in more than 185 territories and in 30 languages. The No. 1 blue engine and his friends invite children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. Children embark on adventures with their engine friends while experiencing timeless life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation.

Thomas & Friends makes tracks to great destinations on PBS KIDS, PBS KIDS Sprout and with downloadable episodes available through iTunes. For more information about the world of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, visit

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