Day Out With Thomas FAQ

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 65 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 is at the Boothbay Railway Village, 586 Wiscasset Road, Route 27, Boothbay, Me. You can find driving directions here, on our webpage or call us at 207 633-4727 for assistance.

When is the event?
August 8, 9 & 10 and August 15, 16 & 17

When do tickets go on sale?
On Sale now!

How much are tickets?
Tickets are $19 for regular seating and $24 for First Class for all guests two years and older. First Class offers single seats in the Victorian splendor of a recently restored historic coach with a mahogany interior and plush seats. You also get preferred boarding and unboarding and lastly you will receive a special gift from the Boothbay Railway Village.

How do I purchase tickets?
Tickets are available by clicking on the icon on the Day Out With Thomas main page or by calling Ticketweb at 866.468.7630. Tickets will also be available for onsite purchase in person only at the museum.

Who needs tickets?
Tickets are required for guests ages two 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. The museum also has one of the finest antique auto exhibits, an exceptional model railroad exhibit, barrel train rides and a historic village to experience.

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 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?
9:15am, 9:50am, 10:25am, 11:00am, 11:35am, 12:10pm, 12:45pm, 1:20pm, 1:55pm, 2:30pm, 3:05pm, 3:40pm.

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. First Class ticket holders will be boarded first.

How long is the train ride?
Approximately 20 minutes.

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

How do I get to there?
The Boothbay Railway Village is located in beautiful mid-coast Maine on Route 27 South towards Boothbay Harbor Maine. Driving directions are on our website.

Is there parking available on site?
Yes, parking is provided either in the museum parking lot or at an adjacent lot within easy walking distance.

Is there an additional cost for parking?
No, all parking is free of charge.

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.

Will there be food available?
Yes, there will be food concessions available.

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?
There is accommodation for one wheelchair per train, please call ahead for any special needs so that we may accommodate.

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

Is there available lodging in the area?
he area has many fine lodging facilities but summer is a busy time so make prior arrangements if possible.

How do I find out about other events?
You can find the complete Day Out With Thomas 2014 schedule by clicking on