Special Alert




All Aboard For Day Out With Thomas™: The Celebration Tour 2015 April 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19

Published: 3/19/2015
GRAPEVINE, TEXAS (March 17, 2015) - On April 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19, hop aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad for Day Out With ThomasTM. Train fans of all ages will cheer as Thomas the Tank EngineTM steams across the country this year, celebrating 70 years of friendship. All aboard the Best Friends Express for an unprecedented year of Thomas-themed programs and activations as the #1 blue engine celebrates friendship with fans around the world.

This fun-filled event provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas as well as participate in Thomas & Friends® themed activities. Little engineers and their families are invited to take a 25-minute ride on their favorite engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt®, Controller of the Railway and enjoy arts and crafts, train tables, petting zoo, storytelling, live music and more.

Since Thomas the Tank Engine left the depot 70 years ago, this useful engine and his Island of Sodor friends have chugged their way into the hearts of preschoolers and grownups worldwide. Based on The Railway Series of classic stories, Thomas & Friends® is a rite of passage that inspires the imagination while teaching the life lessons of friendship, exploration and cooperation. Day Out with Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015 will be hosted by the Museum of the American Railroad, the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, presented by HIT Entertainment and sponsored by MEGA Brands and all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels.

Details for Day Out With Thomas:

What: Day Out With ThomasTM
When: April 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19
Time: Trains depart every 45 minutes beginning at 9 a.m. The last train departs at
5:15 p.m. on Fridays and 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Where: Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 705 S. Main St., Grapevine
Tickets: On Friday, April 10 and 17, tickets are $18 per person ages 12 months and up. On Saturday, April 11 and 18, and Sunday, April 12 and 19, tickets are $22 per person ages 12 months and up during peak times (9:45 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.) and $20 per person ages 12 months and up during non-peak times. Children under 12 months may ride free but must sit in a parent's lap. Advanced purchase is highly recommended due to the popularity of this event. Tickets can be purchased from www.TicketWeb.com/DOWT or by calling 866-468-7630.

About the Museum of the American Railroad & the Grapevine Vintage Railroad
Day Out with Thomas is a collaboration between the Museum of the American Railroad and the Grapevine Vintage Railroad in Historic Downtown Grapevine, Texas. Proceeds from the event go toward historic rail preservation. The event introduces a new generation of train enthusiasts to rail travel and the importance of rail preservation. For more information, visit www.HistoricTrains.org.

About Thomas & Friends®
Thomas the Tank Engine was created by a father for his son 70 years ago and today is enjoyed by families in more than 185 territories and in 30 languages. The #1 blue engine and his friends invite children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. Children embark on adventures with their engine friends while experiencing timeless life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation. Thomas & Friends® makes tracks to great destinations on PBS KIDS®, Sprout® and with downloadable episodes available through iTunes. For more information about the world of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, please visit www.thomasandfriends.com. Follow Thomas on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thomasandfriends and Twitter @TrueBlueEngine.

About HIT Entertainment
HIT Entertainment is one of the world's leading preschool entertainment companies, specializing in building powerful brands based on engaging stories. HIT Entertainment's world-class portfolio includes Thomas & Friends®, Mike the KnightTM, Fireman Sam®, Bob the Builder, Barney®, Angelina Ballerina®, Pingu® and Rainbow Magic®.

HIT Entertainment excels at creating and building globally successful brands which capture the hearts and imaginations of preschoolers and their families. This is achieved through exceptional storytelling in multiple formats, enhanced by creating high quality character-based products and experiences with best-in-class partners. HIT Entertainment's lines of business span television and home entertainment production, content distribution, digital media, publishing, consumer products and live events and attractions. HIT Entertainment, a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc., has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. For more information, visit www.hitentertainment.com.

For more information about experiencing Day Out With ThomasTM, call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-457-6338 or 817-410-3185 or visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com.