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.
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.
Due to the popularity of Day Out With Thomas, advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. It is not uncommon for events to sell out. 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.
What times do trains depart?
The approximately 25-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine will depart every 45 minutes, rain or shine, with departure times at 10:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Fridays, 9:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Saturdays, and 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sundays.
How long is the train ride?
The train ride is about 3 miles long and takes about 25 minutes.
How do I get to there?
The N.C. Transportation museum is conveniently located just minutes from I-85 in Spencer, N.C., about an hour's drive from Charlotte, Greensboro, or Winston Salem. From I-85, take Exit 79 and follow the brown Historic Sites directional signs. You can also take North Carolina's Amtrak train to get to the event. Feel free to visit www.bytrain.org
for more information on train ride schedules and pricing.
Is there parking available on site?
There is parking available on site, with no charge. Additional parking is available across the street, however, this is not museum property and there may be a parking fee.
Will there be food available?
Approximately ten food vendors will be on site, mostly area civic groups with very reasonable prices. The museum has three picnic shelters, or if you prefer, you are permitted to leave the site and return during the day. There are a few nice restaurants in Spencer, and Salisbury has an excellent selection.
Is the event handicap accessible?
The train has a wheelchair lift. If you have specific requests, simply ask a staff person who will do their best to accommodate your needs.
Is there available lodging in the area?
There are a variety of hotels and bed and breakfast establishments nearby in Salisbury, just a few miles from the museum. For more information on lodging, please visit the Rowan Convention and Visitor's Bureau
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