Thomas the Tank Engine is seen as just as much of a rock star among preschoolers as The Beatles among teens in the 1960s, said Donald Tallman, the executive director of the Colorado Railroad Museum.
“Thomas is multigenerational,” Tallman …
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For more information about Day Out With Thomas, or to purchase tickets, visit www.coloradorailroadmuseum.org/thomas.
“Thomas is multigenerational,” Tallman said. “He connects families in a very special way.”
Thomas the Tank Engine is making his annual return to the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden on June 24 and 25, July 1 and 2 and July 8 and 9.
A train ride ticket is required for all attendees age 2 and older. General admission is not available during Day Out With Thomas dates. Tickets cost $20 each during off-peak ride times, 8:30-9:15 a.m. and 1:45-4:45 p.m. Tickets for peak ride times, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., cost $25 each.
A train ride lasts 20 minutes. Thomas partners with the railroad museum’s Locomotive No. 491 to pull the 1928 Denver & Rio Grande Western Steam Locomotive around the railyard. And now, Tallman added, Thomas even talks and greets riders as he pulls into the depot.
A ticket includes access to museum exhibits and model trains, and special Day Out With Thomas activities, which include a petting zoo, temporary tattoos, the Imagination Station, sing-a-longs, bean bag toss, hula hoops, bubbles, ladder golf and a magic show. Attendees will also have an opportunity to meet the character Sir Topham Hatt.
It is recommended to plan a two-hour visit to enjoy all the Thomas activities, Tallman said.
A wide range of food vendors will be available for lunch, snack or dessert purchases. Families may also bring a picnic lunch but there are no lockers or storage facilities onsite. Both alcohol and cooking are prohibited.
The museum opens at 8 a.m. Activities will shut down at 5 p.m. and the grounds will close by 6 p.m. Riders should plan on arriving at least one hour before their train departs, as it is sometimes difficult to reschedule a missed train ride. Families may stay afterward for as long as they would like to enjoy the activities.
It’s one thing for children to see Thomas in a picture book or play with a small-scale model toy of him, Tallman said.
“But to see him in person and ride behind a full-size Thomas is a really special experience for families,” he added.
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