Thomas the Tank Engine is set to roll into Chattanooga for the Day Out With Thomas: Leader of the Track Tour 2011. All little engineers are invited to cheer him on and take a ride with Thomas. The event, which takes place May 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22, will be hosted by the Tennessee Valley Railroad and presented by HIT Entertainment and sponsored by MEGA Brands, a toy company.
Pulling out of the station for its 16th consecutive ride on the rails, the Day Out With Thomas: Leader of the Track Tour 2011 will visit more than 45 cities in the United States and Canada. Day Out With Thomas includes a ride with a 15-ton replica of Thomas the Tank Engine and enjoy Thomas-themed activities at the Imagination Station, including stamps, temporary tattoos and hands-on arts and crafts.
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 & crafts activities and coloring sheets.
· Commemorative activities, merchandise and giveaways to celebrate the 2011 Thomas & Friends DVD movie “Day of the Diesels” (Sept. 2011, Lionsgate), including:
o A video viewing area that shows how steam engines work differently from diesel engines
o Diesel engine tattoos
o A special giveaway character wheel showcasing Steamie and Diesel engines from the world of Thomas & Friends
· Storytelling, video viewing and live music
At the Tennessee Valley Railroad activities will include: magic shows, miniature golf, crane demonstrations, blacksmithing and more.
The approximately 25-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine will depart every 45 minutes, rain or shine, with departure times at 9 a.m. through 5:30 pm daily. Tickets for the Day Out With Thomas: Leader of the Track Tour 2011 are $19 plus tax for ages two and up.
Tickets are on sale now by calling toll-free 866.468-7630 or logging onto http://events.hitentertainment.com For more information and directions contact the Tennessee Valley Railroad at 894-8028 or www.tvrail.com.