Day Out With Thomas at the N.C. Transportation Museum

Release date: 9/1/2012

Thomas the Tank Engine™ to visit the N.C. Transportation Museum
Sept 21-23, 28-30
Spencer, NC (August 6)—Help Thomas the Tank Engine™ find the clues and solve the mystery! Our favorite No. 1 engine is set to roll into Spencer, N.C. for the Day Out with Thomas™: Mystery On The Rails Tour 2012. 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 Sept. 21-23, 28-30, will be hosted by the N.C. Transportation Museum and presented by HIT Entertainment and sponsored by MEGA Brands, a leading toy company.
For 67 years, children have been captivated by the courageous adventures of Thomas and his engine friends. Pulling out of the station for its 17th consecutive ride on the rails, the Day Out With Thomas: Mystery on the Rails Tour 2012 will visit more than 45 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: Mystery On The Rails Tour 2012 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 2012 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
·        Commemorative activities, merchandise and giveaways including a special reveal poster previewing new engines and a new destination from the upcoming 2012 Thomas & Friends feature, “Blue Mountain Mystery”
·        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 N.C. Transportation Museum, activities will include: Live music from Mr. Billy, Magician Todd Short, model railroad layouts, bubbles and sidewalk chalk, a hay bale maze, miniature golf, Imagination Station and Temporary Tattoos. 
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 am through 3:45 pm Fridays, 9:15 am to 5:15 pm Saturdays and 9:15 am to 4:30 Sundays. Tickets for the Day Out With Thomas: Mystery On The Rails Tour 2012 are $22 Fridays and $24 weekends 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 N.C. Transportation Museum at 704-636-2889 or visit online at
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About the N.C. Transportation Museum
The N.C. Transportation Museum, located in historic Spencer Shops, the former Southern Railway repair facility is located just five minutes off I-85 at Exit 79 in Spencer, N.C., and about an hour from Charlotte, Greensboro or Winston-Salem. The museum is part of the Division of Historic Sites and the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
About Thomas & Friends™
Thomas the Tank Engine was created by a father for his son over 65 years ago and today is enjoyed by families in more than 185 territories and in 30 languages. The #1 blue engine and his friendsinvite children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. Children embark on adventures with their engine friends while experiencing timeless life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation.  Thomas & Friends makes tracks to great destinations on PBS KIDS®, Sprout®and with downloadable episodes available through iTunes. For more information about the world of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends,please visit Follow Thomas on Facebook at and Twitter @TrueBlueEngine.
About HIT Entertainment
HIT Entertainment is one of the world's leading independent children's entertainment producers and rights-owners. HIT's portfolio includes properties, such as Thomas & Friends™, Barney™, Bob the Builder™, Fireman Sam™, Angelina Ballerina™, Mike the Knight™, Pingu™ and Rainbow Magic™. Launched in 1989, HIT’s lines of business span television and video production, content distribution, publishing, consumer products licensing and live events and has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan.  HIT is a part-owner of US-based preschool channel, Sprout®. For more information, visit
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