July 21-23 & 28-30
Day Out With Thomas™ is a family event that offers aspiring engineers and their families the unique opportunity to take a ride with the classic storybook engine, Thomas the Tank Engine™ at regional heritage railroads across the country. Here at Conway Scenic Railroad, this is our largest summer event, and every July we welcome thousands of young families who combine a visit with Thomas with the wealth of other activities and attractions in beautiful Mt. Washington Valley.
Percy will be returning to Conway Scenic Railroad’s Day Out With Thomas again this year. View the Percy Fact Sheet for details on how Percy will contribute to the fun of Day Out With Thomas!
There will be two special, “Autism-Friendly” trains this year, departing at 3:30 on both Sundays of the event. Our climate-controlled cars’ windows close and will be reserved for families with children on the spectrum to ensure an environment that’s as quiet as possible. The crossings will be manually flagged to reduce the amount of times that the engine has to blow its whistle. Each child will receive a Junior Engineer’s Certificate, as well as coloring sheets and crayons from Imagination Station. “Frodo the Walking Tank,” a large Sulcata Tortoise, also will be onboard to mingle quietly with the passengers. Because these are the last trains of the day, passengers can disembark at their leisure.
We’re surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest and all the recreational opportunities that it offers, and hugely popular family attractions such as Story Land are just minutes away. The North Conway area also boasts a wonderful variety of lodging and dining options, along with tax-free shopping. It’s no wonder we’re one of the most popular destinations in New England, and we hope that your summer plans include visiting Thomas and his friends while they’re here!
Most of your questions about the event should be answered below, but please don’t hesitate to email us or call us at 800-232-5251 if you need additional information, or have any special requests. Event tickets are $20 for ages two and up on both Fridays, and on Saturday and Sunday with 9:00AM, 2:00PM, and 3:00PM Thomas departures. A ride any day with Percy is an additional $8.00. Be sure to read all that’s included in your ticket price, and plan to allow enough time during your visit to enjoy everything there is to do here!
How do I purchase tickets? Tickets are available online through TicketWeb or by calling 866-468-7630 (service fees apply). They also can be purchased directly from Conway Scenic Railroad and picked up on the day of the event with no fees involved.
What’s included in the ticket price? A ticket for Day Out With Thomas includes the train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, as well as a variety of Thomas & Friends themed entertainment, including Storytelling and Video Viewing, live music, plus unlimited motorcar rides, engine tours, mini golf, bouncy houses, and an awesome Imagination Station that’s organized and staffed by the Mt. Washington Valley Children’s Museum. Here there are Thomas play stations, face painting, entertainment, temporary tattoos, and more, including “Frodo the Tank,” a 75-pound tortoise that free roams the area! Guests will also have the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor. The average length of stay for past guests has been 3.5 hours, so please plan accordingly.
DAY OF EVENT INFORMATION
Is there parking available on site? There is limited parking on the Railroad property itself, but there should be good availability within the surrounding village. TRAFFIC TIP: parallel to Route 16/302, coming from the south, is the “North/South Road:” turn right at the light at Burger King, then turn left at the second light across from Paris Farmers Union. You are now on the North-South Road. Proceed straight through the round-about, and you will be in North Conway Village in about five minutes, with no more lights, and little traffic. All three of the parking lot options below are within easy walking distance of the railroad, with Depot Road being the furthest. As you enter the Village, be sure to look for individual parking spaces, which should be readily available, especially early in the day. Main Street through North Conway (Route 16/302) is to your immediate left coming down the North-South Road.
- Depot Street Parking: take the first right after Artist Falls Road, which is the first of the Village streets. You will see the “Thomas Parking” sign.
- Seavey Street Parking: proceed past Artist Falls, Depot, and Grove. Turn left and look for Decades Restaurant on the right. Our “Thomas Parking” sign will be visible. You may park here from 9:00AM until 4:00PM.
- River Road Parking: continue past Seavey and turn left onto Kearsarge Street. At the light, right onto Main Street, then left at the light immediately past the Eastern Slope Inn onto River Road. Our “Thomas Parking” sign will be on your left. Park anywhere in this lot. You have two options to access the Railroad: (1) for those with strollers or who have difficulty walking, the tunnel would be best. This will bring you to Main Street, and the Railroad is about 1/2 block to your right, or (2) there is a steep access road at the far end of the lot that can also be used as a pedestrian walkway and is the quickest route to the Railroad yard.
Will there be food available? Yes. Our friends at Sugar Shakers with their Nick & Benny’s American Grill have a wonderful selection of tasty and healthy offerings, ranging from hot dogs and hamburgers to chicken pita sandwiches and tomato salads. There’s also an ice cream, slushy and beverage concession next to Imagination Station. Nick & Benny’s is directly across from the entertainment area, so grab lunch and listen to our live entertainment!