Thomas The Tank Engine Heads To Chattanooga In Late April/May

Monday, March 20, 2017

Thomas the Tank Engine is inviting little engineers to join him for a day of family fun at Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017. The number one Engine pulls into the Tennessee Valley Railway Museum, 4119 Cromwell Road, on April 22, 23, 29, 30, May 6, and 7.

The event sells out quickly, so it is recommended parties get preferred date and times in advance," officials said.  "Day Out with Thomas is a fun-filled event that provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas, as well as participate in Thomas and Friends themed activities."  

The tour, now in its 22nd year, will make 42 stops across the U.S. and Canada, and is expected to welcome nearly one million passengers in 2017.  For 3 back-to-back weekends, little engineers and their families are invited to take a 25-minute ride on their favorite engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway, and enjoy a day of Thomas and Friends fun. 

In celebration of this year’s theme, Day Out With Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017 will feature an array of friendship-inspired activities. Attendees will be able to participate in events that encourage and celebrate friendship including photo opportunities, crafts, and a fun activity that invites kids to collect passport stamps throughout the day to receive a trio of Day Out With Thomas friendship bracelets. The 2017 tour theme is in line with this year’s Thomas and Friends global brand campaign, ‘Set Friendship in Motion’ - a campaign that ties together content, social integrations, and event activations across the entire Thomas and Friends franchise to highlight the importance of first friendships and the development of key friendship skills in toddlers.

Thomas the Tank Engine rides depart every hour, rain or shine. Departure times begin at 9 a.m. through 6:30 pm each Saturday and 11 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. each Sunday of the event.  Tickets for Day Out with Thomas start at $21 plus tax for ages two and up.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.ticketweb.com/dowt, or by calling toll-free 866-468-7630.  For more information and directions, contact the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum at 423-894-828 or www.tvrail.com.




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