Day Out With Thomas™ 2009 Comes to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad to Save the Day!

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Day Out With Thomas is a family event that offers children and their grownups the opportunity to ride with classic storybook friend Thomas the Tank Engine™ at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City, NC. Parents, grandparents and siblings join their aspiring engineers in the fun. The Day Out With Thomas experience will engineer miles of smiles for the whole family and introduce a new generation to the timeless excitement of railroading.

Thomas the Tank Engine™ is coming to save the day! Thomas, the beloved and courageous storybook engine, is set to roll into the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for the Day Out With Thomas™ 2009: The Hero of the Rails Tour, presented by HIT Entertainment, a worldwide leader in children's entertainment. 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 & Friends™ 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 25-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, bouncy train, sandblast area, bubble center, and petting zoo.

  • Exclusive commemorative merchandise including a 2009 Day Out With Thomas

passenger car, as well as a t-shirts, engineer caps, pennants, and more

When: July 24-July 28 & July 30-August 2

TIME: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays 10:00am, 10:45am, 11:30am, 12:15pm, 1:00pm, 1:45pm, & 2:45pm. Saturdays 9:15am, 10:00am, 10:45am, 11:30am, 12:15pm, 1:00pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, & 3:30pm. Sundays 9:15am, 10:00am, 10:45am, 11:30am, 12:15pm, 1:00pm, 1:45pm, & 2:45pm.

Where: 226 Everett St. Bryson City, NC 28713

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
Ticket Web Thomas or http://www.gsmr.com. Ticket prices are $18 for ages 2 and up (service charges and fee may apply).

For more information and directions, contact the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad at 1-800-872-4681 or http://www.gsmr.com. For information on Thomas & Friends, visit http://www.thomasandfriends.com
Contact: For more media information: Dan Klores Communications
On-site: Michelle Brown

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