Thomas the Tank Engine rolling into Rusk

Posted by Ellen Krafve - bio | email

Released by Lori Pennington with the Texas State Railroad:

Rusk, TX - Thomas the Tank EngineTM is coming to save the day!  Thomas, the beloved and courageous storybook engine, is set to roll into the Texas State Railroad Rusk Depot for the Day Out With ThomasTM 2009: The Hero of the Rails Tour, presented by HIT Entertainment, a worldwide leader in children's entertainment, and sponsored by The LEGO Group.  This fun-filled event offers preschoolers and their families the opportunity to take a ride with a 15-ton replica of Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & FriendsTM series. Children will ride along with their favorite hero on his latest adventure.  The tour, now in its 14th year, will make stops in more than 40 US cities and is expected to welcome more than one million passengers in 2009.    

WHO: Thomas the Tank Engine

  • WHAT: A 30-minute (approximate) ride with Thomas the Tank Engine
  • An opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of The Railway
  • Activities for the whole family, including arts & crafts, storytelling, video viewing, live music, hay rides, bounce houses, petting zoo, gold dig, and a bubble station
  • Exclusive commemorative merchandise including a 2009 Day Out With Thomas passenger car, as well as a t-shirts, engineer caps, pennants, and more

WHEN: October 16, 17, 18 and 23, 24, 25, 2009

TIME: 10:00am, 10:45am, 11:30am, 12:15pm, 1:00pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm &  3:15pm - additional 4:00pm on Saturdays

WHERE: Texas State Railroad Rusk Depot, Park Road 76, US Hwy 84 West, Rusk, TX 75785

Tickets for Day Out With Thomas 2009: The Hero of the Rails Tour are on sale now and available by calling Ticketweb toll-free 866-468-7630, or by visiting or Ticket prices are $18 for ages 2 and up (service charges and fee may apply).

For more information and directions contact the Texas State Railroad by calling 1-888-987-2461 or visiting  For information on Thomas & Friends, visit