What is Day Out With Thomas™?
Day Out With Thomas is a family event that offers children and their grownups the opportunity to ride with classic storybook friend Thomas the Tank Engine™ at heritage railroads
nationwide. Parents, grandparents and siblings join their aspiring engineers
in the fun. The Day Out With Thomas experience will engineer miles of smiles
for the whole family and introduce a new generation to the timeless excitement
Who is Thomas the Tank Engine?
Since Thomas the Tank Engine
left the depot more than 60 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?
This years Day Out with Thomas event will be held in Connersville Indiana on the Whitewater Valley Railroad. See our Special Event Directions
page on this site for additional information.
When will Thomas The Tank Engine ™ be visiting the Whitewater Valley Railroad?
Six days this spring: June 15,16,17 & 22,23,24 2012 the Day Out With Thomas event comes to the downtown Connersville Station of the Whitewater Valley Railroad. He will prove that he is a really useful engine running trips about every 45 minutes. A break in the middle of each day will allow people to get a picture with him.
How Much Are Tickets?
New $30 All Day Pass is NOW AVAILABLE. Single ride Thomas tickets are still
just $18 (children under 2 years are free, provided they do not occupy a
seat on the train). TicketWeb charges a $3.65 fee for purchasing online or
$4.00 fee by phone. When purchasing single ride tickets, you will be asked
to select a specific time and day for your ride. Tickets are not refundable
or exchangeable. The trains will run rain or shine.
How do I purchase Tickets and When will I receive them?
Tickets for this event can be purchased online by clicking the TicketWeb icon or by calling 1-866-468-7630. The TicketWeb folks are helping us this year with the sale and distribution of the tickets.
Who needs tickets?
Tickets are required for guests ages two and up.
What included in the ticket price?
Tickets include 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 Chairman of the Railway on the Island of Sodor. The ticket does not include the Caboose Train which requires an additional ticket purchase.
Are discount tickets available?
Use the discount code wvweb11 before June 1st to get $2 off your ticket purchase.
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 Chairman 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.
Any chance I can buy tickets at the Event?
If all tickets sell out, we hope to be able to operate an additional train or two at the end of the day, but due to the history of other events, these also sell out very quickly. The best idea is to purchase your tickets for the Thomas Train in advance. The Caboose Train tickets will be sold at the event, so this might provide for a second train ride opportunity.
What is the Caboose Train?
The Caboose Train is a special train that will run approximately every other time that the Thomas train runs. The ride will be slightly under 1 hour and will even pass the Thomas train in the South Connersville yard. It will travel south and allow for views of the Whitewater River before returning to the station. Caboose train tickets will be sold at the event. Available at our Will Call Booth
Are there any special safety rules we should follow at the DOWT event?
What Other Activities Will There Be?
There will be temporary tattoos, music, storytelling, a video theater, various displays, miniature trains, and you'll be able to watch Thomas The Tank Engine pull into and out of the depot each trip. A longer trip on our special Caboose Train will also be available.
Will there be Thomas The Tank Engine memorabilia available?
Yes, there will be an enormous array of Thomas merchandise for sale. This includes clothing, videos, books and obviously replica trains. We will likely have many items that are rarely seen for sale.
What is the Whitewater Valley Railroad?
The Whitewater Valley Railroad is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to historic railroad preservation. Events like the Day Out With Thomas provide funds that will be used to restore equipment. Nearly all of the people who you see running the trains and working at the event are volunteer members of the organization. Ask them about what they do as you have a chance to meet some of them at the event. Caboose Train crews might even have time to explain how our locomotives work.
Does the Whitewater Valley Railroad run other trains?
Yes, our scheduled trains normally leave the Connersville depot at 12:01 on a 16 mile trip to Metamora, Indiana
. These trains lay over a few hours and return to the depot late in the afternoon. See Whitewater Valley Railroads Excursions page
for details on these trips, dinner trains, and other special event trains.
Do heavy freight trains also run on the tracks used by Thomas?
No, these tracks are now owned and operated by the museum for our demonstration railroad. They are located on the former towpath of the Whitewater Canal. If you ride the Caboose Train you will be able to see portions of the former canal bed alongside the tracks. The Caboose Train is the only other train that you will likely see in operation during the event.
Where do the proceeds from this event go?
Any proceeds beyond the costs associated with the event itself remain in Connersville and will be used to further the mission of the non-profit Whitewater Valley Railroad. Please visit our special projects page
that highlights where the poceeds from past events have helped to strengthen our railroad. We appreciate your support and thank you for coming out and visiting with this.
DAY OF EVENT INFORMATION
What times do trains depart?
Trains will depart every 45 minutes during the event, so each guest will have the opportunity to take a ride behind Thomas. Train rides are by reservation (your train ride time is reserved when you purchase tickets). The rides are 25-30 minutes in length.
When should we arrive for our train ride with Thomas?
You should plan to arrive 60 minutes before your scheduled train. This should provide enough time to park and see how the area is set up. If you have to pick up your tickets from the WILL CALL area, a little more time might be needed. If you get to the event earlier yet, you might find that a Caboose Train ride is in order so that younger visitors will have at least ridden a train right away. Indiana is NOW on Eastern Daylight Savings Time.
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?
Our Day Out With Thomas train ride lasts between 25-30 minutes and will travel round trip 4 miles.
Are you limited to just one train ride?
Each Day Out with Thomas ticket is good only for the time selected during the purchase.
Where is the Grand Central Depot in Downtown Connersville?
The Grand Central Depot is located just along Grand Avenue in Connersville between 4th
Street and 5th
Street. It is behind the Fayette County Courthouse. See our Special Event Directions
page on this site for additional information.
Where is parking and how much does it cost?
Public parking lots near the event grounds are charged a fee but are not connected to our event. Free parking is available at the Connersville High School parking lot on the west side of town off of IN 44. Frequent shuttle buses run (1 about every 10-15 mintues) between the event grounds and the High School Parking lot.
What if there is inclement weather?
The 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, we will have sandwiches, healthy snacks, drinks and other treats (not as healthy) for sale on the grounds and covered areas to allow guests to eat in the shade.
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 Day Out With Thomas event grounds are fully accessible to persons with disabilities, although some limitations apply for our train rides. As the rides use historic railroad coaches, limited doorway widths and steep step wells are sometimes a problem. Some cars have better accommodations than others and our train crew volunteers are always pleased to lend assistance when boarding and leaving the train (provided oversize devices are not required during the trip). Please notify the ticket office or train crew prior to boarding, so we may best meet your needs.
Are pets allowed?
No pets are allowed at Day Out With Thomas.
Are Overnight Accomodations available in Connersville or Richmond, Indiana?
How do I find out about other events?
You can find the complete Day Out With Thomas 2012 schedule by clicking on on the Day Out With Thomas