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Beloved Thomas the Tank Engine replica is back travelling through Greater Manchester next month

The legend returns.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 15th April 2024

Everyone’s favourite little blue engine is once again making a long-awaited return to Greater Manchester next month.

And tickets are now on sale and already selling fast.

After delighting little Mancs and families throughout the region during countless successful events over the past couple of years, East Lancashire Railway (ELR) has announced that the Thomas the Tank Engine replica train is back by popular demand, and will return to its tracks this Early May Bank Holiday weekend.

In case you aren’t too familiar with the beloved Day Out With Thomas experience, it’s said to be “a train ride like no other”.

Families will have the chance to hop onboard the replica of the cult-classic blue train character when he returns in a couple of weeks time for a 45-minute trip through the Greater Manchester countryside.


The journey begins at Bury Train Station, where you’ll be greeted by The Fat Controller, meet Sir Topham Hatt, say hello to Thomas on the platform, and then climb aboard a carriage, all before Thomas makes a final stop at the beautiful Ramsbottom station. 

The doors to Bury Transport Museum will also be open across the weekend and will be hosting loads of fun free activities.


There’ll be Thomas-themed stories, and engaging and interactive activities to make the most of, as well as amusing performances by Sodor’s mischievous station sweepers, Rusty and Dusty, who’ll be entertaining with singing, dancing, and laughter all day long.

Not only that, but you can also expect fun fair rides, face painting, balloon art, and so much more.

“As well as taking a trip through Lancashire on Thomas, visitors will also meet Sodor’s Rusty and Dusty and Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy a host of activities offboard, so the experience will be a fun day out for all the family.”

The ‘Day Out With Thomas’ experience is said to be “a train ride like no other” / Credit: ELR

“We’re thrilled to announce the return of Thomas the Tank Engine,” commented ELR’s Chairman, Mike Kelly, ahead of Thomas’ return next month.

“Day Out With Thomas events hold a special place in ELR’s calendar and remain one of our most beloved experiences, as Thomas is cherished by people of all ages and this makes the event a source of joy, not just for children, but also for parents, grandparents, and our volunteers.”

Day Out With Thomas tickets are now on sale for all events throughout this year, including the Early May Bank Holiday weekend – with prices starting at £13.70 for kids, and £22.70 for adults.

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