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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 68 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?
Day Out with Thomas 2019 will be held at the Grapevine Vintage Railroad in historic downtown Grapevine (705 S. Main Street, Grapevine, TX  76051).

When is the event?
April 5-7 & 12-14, 2019

When do tickets go on sale? 
Toll free 1-866-468-7630.  Tickets are on sale now!

How much are tickets?
Tickets are $25 each, but if you purchase 20 or more the price is reduced.

How do I purchase tickets?
Tickets can be purchased online through TicketWeb or by phoning toll free 1-866-468-7630.

Who needs tickets?

Tickets are required for guests ages 24 months and up.

What is included in the ticket price?
A ticket for Day Out With Thomas includes 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 Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor.  Live interactive stage entertainment will be featured throughout each event day as well as magic shows, a huge model train layout, Sandbox Fun Dig!, deluxe petting zoo, and more.

How will I receive my tickets?
If purchased three weeks or more in advance of the event, guests have the option to receive their tickets in the mail. Guests that purchase tickets closer to the event date have the option to print their tickets at home or guests 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 Controller 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.


What times do trains depart?
Trains depart Fridays at: 10:15am, 11:15am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm & 2:15pm
Trains depart Saturdays & Sundays at: 9:15am, 10:15am, 11:15am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm, 5:15pm, & 6:15pm

When should we arrive for our train ride with Thomas?
It is recommended that guests arrive at the event at least one hour before their scheduled departure.

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? 
25 minutes. 

Are you limited to just one train ride?
There is one train ride per ticket.

How do I get to there? 
Thomas will roll into the station at the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 705 S. Main St., Grapevine, TX 76051.

Is there parking available on site?
Parking is located at the Grapevine Public Library, 1201 Municipal Way, downtown Grapevine. Parking is also available at the parking garage adjacent to the event site.  Parking is free.  Shuttle service will not be provided due to parking garage access. Look for the Day Out With Thomas parking signs. 

Is there an additional cost for parking?

There is no additional cost for parking in Day Out with Thomas lots.  A fee may apply for the parking garage.  

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 album.  Use #DayOutWithThomas when posting your family pix!

Will there be food available?
Food vendors with treats for children and adults will be onsite each day of the event.

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?

Are pets allowed?
No pets are allowed at Day Out With Thomas. Service animals only.

Is there available lodging in the area?
There are numerous hotels in the area.  For lodging information, visit the Hotels and Packages page.

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