Thomas The Tank Engine To Visit Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

Friday, March 22, 2013 - by Robert Pettway
Thomas the Tank Engine is getting ready to ride off the pages of the beloved storybooks and into the hearts of little fans.  Little girls and boys will soon have the opportunity to meet Thomas the Tank Engine in person!  Our favorite No. 1 engine is set to roll into Chattanooga, Tennessee for the Day Out with Thomas: Go Go Thomas Tour 2013.  All little engineers and their families are invited to take a ride on Thomas and participate in fun Thomas-themed activities.  The event, which takes place April 27 and 28 and May 4, 5 and 11, will be hosted by the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and presented by HIT Entertainment.
 
For 68 years, children have been captivated by the courageous adventures of Thomas and his engine friends.  Pulling out of the station for its 18th consecutive ride on the rails, the Day Out With Thomas: Go Go Thomas Tour 2013 will visit more than 40 cities in the United States and Canada.  Day Out With Thomas is the only place for families to take a ride with a 15-ton replica of everybody’s favorite No. 1 engine, Thomas the Tank Engine, and enjoy Thomas-themed activities at the Imagination Station, including stamps, temporary tattoos and hands-on arts and crafts.  Each year the tour grows, traveling to new destinations, adding new activities and welcoming new visitors.
 
Thomas the Tank Engine, star of Thomas & Friends, on PBS KIDS and Sprout kicks off his Day Out With Thomas: Go Go Thomas Tour 2013 in March and is expected to welcome more than one million passengers through November.  During Day Out With Thomas, children will ride with Thomas against scenic backdrops while discovering some mysterious surprises. Day Out With Thomas 2013 activities include:
 
·        A 25-minute (approximate) ride with Thomas the Tank Engine
·        Games and activities featuring a mystery element
·        The opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway
·        A Thomas & Friends Imagination Station; featuring stamps temporary tattoos, hands-on arts &  crafts, train tables, and coloring sheets
·        Storytelling, video viewing and live music
 
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 Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum 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 hourly, rain or shine, with departure times at 9:00 am through 5:30 or 6:30 pm each day of the event.  Tickets for the Day Out With Thomas: Go Go Thomas Tour 2013 range from $14 to $20 plus tax for ages two and up.
 
Tickets are on sale now by calling toll-free 866 468-7630 or logging onto www.ticketweb.com/thomas.html.  For more information and directions, contact the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum at 423 894-8028 or www.tvrail.com.
 
For general information or to find a Day Out With Thomas: Go Go Thomas Tour 2013 event near you, visit www.thomasandfriends.com/dowt

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