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Frequently Asked Questions

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 grown ups 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.

Day Out With Thomas is a family event that welcomes passengers of all ages.

Thomas the Tank Engine will be visiting the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat. Parking for the event can be found at 55 Bokum Road, Essex, CT. FREE shuttle train and bus transportation from 8:15 am till 6:00pm from parking to event site.

Day Out With Thomas is being held on three weekends in 2017:

  •      April 22-23
  •      April 29-30
  •      May 6-7. The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now for all 2017 departures. Please note: you need to purchase tickets for a specific departure time.

Tickets are required for guests ages two and up.

Tickets are $24.00 (Ages 2 and up). Groups of 20 or more can purchase tickets for $20 per person.

Due to the popularity of Day Out With Thomas, advance ticket purchase is encouraged. We expect all dates and departures to sell out in advance. 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.

Tickets are available by clicking on the Buy Tickets icon on the Day Out With Thomas main page, by calling Ticketweb at 866 -468-7630 or purchasing at the ticket window on the day of the event.  Advance purchase of tickets is highly recommended to avoid sell-out.

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.

There will be no refunds or exchanges.

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 get to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor, Percy the Small Green Engine, and to enjoy unlimited kid-friendly amusement rides.

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.

This year, Percy is coming along to keep Thomas company. While Thomas pulls our passenger cars, Percy will be available for photos, will tell a story, and interact with visitors.

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.

Trains depart on 45-minute intervals, from 9:00 a.m. through 5:15 p.m.

We recommend arriving at least an hour before your scheduled ride with Thomas. Early arrival will give you a comfortable amount of time to park and take the shuttle if needed. Shuttle operates 8:15 am till 6:00 pm. There are many things to do during your visit including unlimited carnival rides, petting zoo, entertainment, play areas, video area, and more. We also have a selection of food & beverages so come as early as you’d like and share the day with your family.

Tickets are assigned by time. Guests must be together during boarding if they wish to sit together on the train.

The Thomas train ride is approximately 25 minutes.

Yes. There is one train ride per ticket.

Please note: Our regular entrance is blocked with carnival rides, attractions, activities, etc.

Set your GPS to arrive at 55 Bokum Road, Essex, CT. When you start seeing Day Out with Thomas signage, follow those signs over your GPS, and we’ll help you to park smoothly. We have free shuttles and buses to make your arrival comfortable.

  • Handicapped Parking: Handicap parking is only available at our 15 Plains Road, Essex (Route 153) location. You must have your blue placard in your window (or an appropriate plate) before you arrive to access handicap parking.
  • I-95 South: Exit 69 to Route 9 North to Exit 3; Left off ramp, follow DOWT signs to 55 Bokum Road, Essex.
  • I-95 North: Exit 65; Left off ramp onto Route 153 North; Follow DOWT signs to 55 Bokum Road, Essex.
  • Route 9 South: Exit 3; Straight off ramp and follow DOWT signs to 55 Bokum Road, Essex.

Alternately, use Google Maps

The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat provides ample FREE PARKING for the Day Out With Thomas Event at 55 Bokum Road, Essex, CT. When you start seeing Day Out with Thomas signage, follow those signs over your GPS, and we’ll help you to park smoothly. We have free shuttles and buses to make your arrival comfortable.

  •   Handicap parking is only available at our 15 Plains Road, Essex (Route 153) location.

No additional cost at 55 Bokum Road, Essex, CT. Parking is FREE.

Day Out With Thomas events takes place rain or shine. Please dress accordingly.

Absolutely! Guests are encouraged to capture their Day Out With Thomas memories for their photo album. If you post photos to social media, our official hashtag is #essexsteamtrain

Yes, a variety of food is available for purchase onsite.

The train is not handicap accessible. Most of the event grounds are dirt and gravel. Some of the attractions are handicap accessible. Please call Essex Steam Train directly in regards to accessibility at 800-377-3987.

No. Pets are not allowed at Day Out With Thomas.

You can find information about nearby restaurants and lodging, and other tourist attractions here.

You will soon find the complete Day Out With Thomas 2018 schedule by clicking here.