What is Day Out With Thomas?

Day Out With Thomas is a family event that offers aspiring engineers and their families the unique opportunity to take a ride with the classic storybook engine, Thomas the Tank Engine™, at regional heritage railroads across the country.

Who is Thomas the Tank Engine?

Since Thomas the Tank Engine left the depot more than 70 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 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.

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.


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 is the event?

The event will be held on 2 weekends in June, June 15-17th & June 22-24th.

When do tickets go on sale?

On Sale Now

How much are tickets?

Single Ride Thomas tickets are just $20 ages 2 and up. (children under 2 years are free, provided they do not occupy a seat on the train). Limited $38 All Day Pass is also available which includes unlimited rides behind Thomas for day of issue. When purchasing single ride tickets, you will be asked to select a specific time and day for your ride. Both ticket options include all event activities except for the extra fare Caboose Train. TicketWeb charges services fees for use of their service. Tickets are not refundable or exchangeable. The trains will run rain or shine.

How do I purchase tickets?

Tickets for this event can be purchased online by clicking the TicketWeb icon or by calling 1-866-468-7630. 

Who needs tickets?

Tickets are required for guests ages two and up.

What is 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.

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.

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.

Are you limited to just one train ride?

Each Day Out with Thomas ticket is good only for the time selected during the purchase, unless you purchase and ALL DAY pass.

Are there any refunds?

There will be no refunds or exchanges.

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 for the train ride at that specific time. However, please feel free to arrive at the railroad earlier than your train ride time, because there are many other activities your family can enjoy at the event site!

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 Day Out With Thomas in advance. The Caboose Train tickets will be sold at the event, so this might provide for a second train ride opportunity.


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 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?

There is one train ride per ticket.

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 albums and to share online. Don't forget to tag your photos with the hashtag #DayOutWithThomas!

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.

Is there available lodging in the area?

There are a number of Hotels, Motels, and Bed & Breakfast locations in Connersville and Richmond, Indiana. For information we suggest you contact:
Connersville -Fayette County Chamber of Commerce - Tourism/Lodging
Richmond Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau
Franklin County / Metamora Visitors Site
Richmond Chamber of Commerce: 765-962-1511 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Rush County Chamber

How do I find out about other events?

You can find the complete Day Out With Thomas schedule by visiting For information on other Thomas & Friends experiences, please visit and click on Events.