Thomas the Tank Engine™ to visit The Illinois Railway Museum

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Union, ILThomas 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 have the opportunity to meet Thomas the Tank Engine in person during the Day Out with Thomas™: Go Go Thomas Tour 2013 on August 16, 17, 18, 24 & 25, 2013 at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Illinois.

The event is presented by HIT Entertainment and sponsored by MEGA Brands, Inc.

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 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 20-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 sheet
  • Storytelling, video viewing and live music and much more.

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 Illinois Railway Museum activities will include: Magic Shows, Mini-Golf, Clowns, Operating Model Railroad, Inflatable Bouncy Castle and other Train Rides on our demonstration railroad.

The approximately 20-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine will depart every 30 minutes, rain or shine, with departure times at 9:00 am through 4:00 pm each day of the event.  Tickets for the Day Out With Thomas: Go Go Thomas Tour 2013 are $19 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 Illinois Railway Museum at 815-923-4000 or visit our web site at

For general information or to find a Day Out With Thomas: Go Go Thomas Tour 2013 event near you, visit

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