Day Out With Thomas™: The Color Tour at N.C. Transportation Museum 2023

Get ready to embark on a vibrant journey with everyone’s favorite #1 blue engine, Thomas the Tank Engine! In an exciting first, Thomas & Friends is set to dazzle visitors with “Day Out With Thomas™: The Color Tour” at the N.C. Transportation Museum. Mark your calendars for this extraordinary event, taking place on September 22-24 and September 29 – October 1, 2023.

Fall in North Carolina wouldn’t be the same without a visit to the N.C. Transportation Museum. This year’s Day out With Thomas event is planned to be even bigger!

A Day Out With Thomas NC Transportation Museum Dad and son on a bench

The Color Tour for the Day Out With Thomas™ Details

A Colorful Twist on a Classic Event

Day Out with Thomas™, a cherished family event hosted at Heritage Railways and museums nationwide, offers an unforgettable experience for all ages. Each ticket grants you access to an interactive train ride featuring the life-sized Thomas the Tank Engine, alongside a day filled with exciting activities.

Guests can relish live entertainment, seize photo opportunities with Sir Topham Hatt, engage in lawn games, and explore the pop-up gift shop for exclusive Thomas merchandise. For those seeking a bit more adventure, there are options to indulge in Breakfast with Sir Topham Hatt or take a thrilling train ride with Percy.

This year, Day Out With Thomas™ is highlighting the theme of color. Prepare for a spectrum of family-friendly activities, games, arts, and crafts, all centered around vibrant hues. Even Thomas himself will join in the fun, adorned with colorful paint splats. The event promises joy for everyone, making it the perfect occasion to create cherished memories with loved ones.

A Timeless Tradition

A Day Out With Thomas NC Transportation Museum Dad and son in a train car

Kelly Alexander, Executive Director of the N.C. Transportation Museum, expressed her excitement, saying, “Day Out With Thomas™ is our longest-running event and continues to bring new and returning families out to the museum year after year. We’re excited to bring Thomas, Percy, and Sir Topham Hatt back to Spencer for a fun and colorful celebration this year.”

A Day Out With Thomas Ticket Information

Tickets for this exceptional Day Out With Thomas™ experience can be purchased at the North Carolina Transportation Museum’s website!.

Prices are $20 on Fridays and $22 on weekends for ages 1 and up (additional service charges and fees may apply). It is strongly recommended to secure your tickets in advance, as walk-up sales will be limited, with no guarantee of availability.

Members will enjoy a $2 discount per Day Out with Thomas™ event ticket; however, this discount does not apply to “All Day Passes.” Event tickets encompass all on-site activities and one train ride with Thomas. For an added thrill, Percy train tickets are available at an extra $8 on Fridays or $10 on weekends. Please note that Percy Train tickets can only be purchased as an add-on after securing your Day Out With Thomas™ ticket and are limited in availability.

On Fridays, visitors have the option to purchase an “All Day Pass” for unlimited rides aboard the Thomas train, priced at $32. For an extra $8, the Percy train can be added to the Thomas Train “All Day Pass,” allowing unlimited rides on the Percy Train, but this is exclusively available on Fridays, subject to seating availability. Unlimited ride passes are limited and must be purchased in advance; no walk-up purchases will be accommodated.

A Day Out With Thomas NC Transportation Museum Mom, Dad and son next to a train car

Contact Information

For further details and directions, please contact the N.C. Transportation Museum at 704-636-2889. For ticket sales, reach out to TICKETWEB at 1-866-468-7630 (operating hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. EDT, 7 days a week) or visit WWW.NCTRANSPORTATIONMUSEUM.ORG/DAY-OUT-WITH-THOMAS.

For any ticketing inquiries, you can email

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About N.C. Transportation Museum

The N.C. Transportation Museum is situated at One Samuel Spencer Dr., Spencer, N.C., with a mailing address at 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer, N.C. 28159. Operating hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday; the museum remains closed on Mondays. Regular admission prices range from $4 to $6 depending on age, and these prices double when a train ride is added. For further information about the site, please call (704) 636-2889. The N.C. Transportation Museum operates under the Division of State Historic Sites within the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

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