A Day Out With Thomas At The East Lancashire Railway

Disclosure - We received tickets to a Day Out With Thomas. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are our own. 

Close up of Thomas the tank Engine at East Lancashire Railway
If you have fans of the Number One blue engine then a Day Out with Thomas is a must. We visited Thomas at The East Lancashire Railway, Bury Station. 
When we arrived we found parking quite easily near by and you could hear the Thomas theme tune playing in the distance, followed by puffs of smoke.

Thomas the tank Engine at East Lancashire Railway
We had little J's pram with us and it was a little bit of a struggle to get down to the platform as there were three flights of steps but we managed it okay and it was definitely worth it because as soon as we arrived at the bottom of stairs there was Thomas staring right at us. Little J clapped his hands and off we went for a closer look.

We joined the queue to have a train ride on a Thomas. It wasn't very long before we were on. We left the pram in the buggy park and boarded Thomas.

Man holding a baby and a young boy standing on board a carriage
woman holding a baby and a young boy standing on board a carriage
His carriages were standing only and we managed to get a spot right next to the side so we were able to wave to the mums, dads and kids waiting on the platform.

a toddler leaning over the side to look at train tracks
a toddler leaning over the side to look at train tracks
Both big J and little J really enjoyed the ride along the tracks and  a member of staff in our carriage handed out personalised certificates which was lovely surprise and big J got a lollipop too.

a red engine on train tracks
engine on train tracks
a green train on train tracks
As you ride to the next station there are lots of trains to see on the way.

station master holding a microphone
Once we reached the end of the track there was a man on the ground talking about the station, A Day Out With Thomas and events that happen at The East Lancashire Railway and then it was time to head back up to the station.

We went in the carriage which was made out like a little souvenir shop selling lots of Thomas merchandise and other little souvenirs. Big J bought some highlighter pens and little J got a lovely  Tshirt saying I had a day out with Thomas. They also got a flag each. It was reasonably priced and cost £9 for all 4 items. 

a family saying hello to the Fat controller
a family saying hello to the Fat controller
Then we were so lucky to meet the Fat Controller who was making sure all the trains were behaving in the station and leaving on time.

a woman and boy sat in board a train
Next it was lunch time so we boarded another train and we were able to eat our packed lunch on it. There were places to eat at the station but I had brought sandwiches with us. The train took us all the way to Ramsbottom and the journey was included in the price of the Thomas ticket.

Ramsbottom station
Ramsbottom station
Ramsbottom station
Ramsbottom station
A steam engine
When we arrived we were greeted by The Station Master who told us all about the troublesome trucks who had been a little naughty over the weekend but he brought them in to the station to see us. 

Then a steam train came in and you were able to board the train and have a look round. 
Just outside the Ramsbottom station was a car boot sale. We couldn't resist a little peek and there were lots of people selling Thomas goodies. Once we had finished we headed back to Bury.
What You Need To Know 

Your one-time entry fee gets you access to all of the events and activities. 

There are lots of things to see and do:

Rides behind Thomas - Thomas really moves! The Little Blue Engine will be steaming along his own private section of track and hauling passengers at regular intervals throughout the weekend. 

He sets off every 20 minutes or so, so don't worry about missing out! Trips on Thomas are included in your event ticket, take as many as you want!

Meeting the Fat Controller and friends - The number one engine will be joined by The Fat Controller himself, as well as Daisy.

Performances by Rusty and Dusty, Sodor’s cheeky station sweepers - These two cheeky members of station staff will be meeting, greeting, singing and dancing throughout the weekend, so head over to say hello!

Unlimited Travel on steam and diesel trains - Explore the entire 12 mile line without paying a penny more, your event ticket lets you ride any of the trains, all day!

Thomas themed activities including tabletop games, colouring and Thomas films - No need to pay to enter, your event ticket gets you full access! Pick up a temporary tattoo, create a masterpiece and more!

Re-enactments of classic Thomas stories - See those mischievous trucks causing trouble up at Ramsbottom Station.

Magic Shows - As if your day out wasn't magical enough already, enjoy a fantastic magic show, no additional payment necessary!

Circus Workshops - Brush up on your circus skills as you learn the basics of juggling, plate spinning and more!

Face Painting - It's not a proper day out until you get your face painted, all covered by your event ticket.

The Fat Controller’s opening ceremony will take place at 9:45am each day. Activities will finish at 4pm.

We had such an amazing day and I would definitely love to go again. Thomas makes many appearances across the UK throughout the year so you will catch him at a station near you, just check his schedule. 



  1. That looks like a great day out, both of my kids would love that, I'll have to look out for similar events nearer to us.

  2. My eldest went with her minder when she was younger but they should totally go back together now that she's older and would definitely enjoy it :)

  3. OMG- my eldest would absolutely love this. I have to check out if Thomas comes near me.

  4. So glad you had a nice time. We took our son to a local thomas day when he was tiny but i think he was too young to properly enjoy it. Might have to go again. x

  5. Looks like you guys had such a great time, what a fun looking activity, I don't have kids yet, but I'd surely love to take my nieces and nephews here...can someone say best aunty ever?

  6. Oh my word, that looks like my son's idea of heavon. My husband seems to be turning him into a train spotter much to my disgust! What is it about boys and trains?!

  7. Looks lovely! I love trains, and journeys so this looks very exciting. I can imagine how excited all the children get. I'd love to know if Thomas comes down south!

  8. Even though mine are girls we have been on a couple of steam train rides and there is something rather special about them and if they are Thomas it's even better!


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