All aboard for the best party ever! Thomas the Tank Engine™ is set to roll into Grapevine for the Day Out With Thomas™: The Leader of the Track Tour 2011. All Thomas fans are invited to come spend the day with their favorite No. 1 engine and celebrate a day of fun-filled activities. The event, which takes place March 25-27 & April 1-3, 2011, will be hosted by Museum of the American Railroad & the Grapevine Vintage Railroad and presented by HIT Entertainment and sponsored by MEGA Brands, a leading toy company.

Thomas the Tank Engine, star of Thomas & Friends™, on PBS KIDS® and PBS KIDS SproutSM kicked off his Day Out With Thomas: The Leader of the Track Tour 2011 in March and is expected to welcome more than one million passengers through December. During the Day Out With Thomas: The Leader of the Track Tour 2011, children will ride with Thomas up steep hills, around deep, blue lakes, and help him rescue his engine friends—if only in their imaginations. Day Out with Thomas 2011 activities include:

  • A 25-minute (approximate) ride with Thomas the Tank Engine
  • The opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt™, Controller of the Railway
  • A Thomas & Friends Imagination Station; featuring stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts and crafts activities and coloring sheets.
  • Storytelling, video viewing and live music as well as bounce houses, a petting zoo, a huge sandbox, arts & crafts and more!
  • 2011 commemorative merchandise and giveaways, including a mini-view finder giveaway that tells the story of Thomas’ upcoming adventure, Misty Island Rescue

The tour provides a unique, interactive family experience at every station, offering a variety of entertaining activities that reflect the local flavor of each stop. At the Grapevine Vintage Railroad activities will include: a real model train layout, bounce houses, live stage entertainment, arts & crafts, a petting zoo, a huge sandbox, and more!

The 25-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine will depart every 50 minutes, rain or shine, with departure times at 9:00 am through 5:20pm daily. Tickets for the Day Out With Thomas: The Leader of the Track Tour 2011 are $18 plus tax for ages two and up.

Tickets are on sale now by calling toll-free 866.468.7630 or logging onto For more information and directions contact the Museum of the American Railroad at 214-428-0101 or

For general information or to find a Day Out With Thomas: The Leader of the Track Tour 2011 event near you, visit

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  1. We went to the "Event" on Saturday 02/04/2011, and it was quite disappointing. They have it commercialized to a point where all they are interested is getting as many people through the process as quick as possible. You cannot approach Thomas, or take pictures with him. Only their professional photographers charging about $10/print are allowed to take pictures with Thomas, and that too in 11 seconds or less. The train ride was a 20 minute affair with a scratchy Boom box playing Thomas music. Thomas's driver looked like he was at a funeral, not even a wave at the kids. Same for the conductor who was a bit more amicable but looked ready to fall down and die.
    So after spending $65 on 3 tickets, and about $100 on overpriced food, and souvenirs we were quite disappointed. And the final touch, the Thomas projection flashlight that we picked up on Saturday, quit working on Sunday. I guess we will spend our money somewhere else next year.

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