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Thomas the Tank Engine™ pulls into Nashville and Middle Tennessee

Commemorating 60 Years of Thomas & Friends™

June 1, 2005 O&AN Staff Reports   Comments

All aboard to celebrate 60 years of Thomas & Friends. It’s an anniversary party every day, as Thomas the Tank Engine rolls into Nashville and Middle Tennessee for Day Out With Thomas 2005: The Celebration Tour. This fun-filled family event offers preschoolers and their families the opportunity to take a 25-minute (approximate) ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, and is sure to engineer miles of smiles for every guest. Thomas & Friends will be making tracks to great destinations across America , and this stop will be hosted by Tennessee Central Railway Museum www.tcry.org, at 220 Willow St in Nashville , Tenn. 37210-2159 , Sept 3-4 and 10-11, 2005.

2005 marks the 60th Anniversary of the introduction of The Railway Series, the classic storybooks of Thomas & Friends. In honor of this milestone, Thomas the Tank Engine is chugging around the country to celebrate with all of his friends! Parents, grandparents and siblings join their aspiring young engineers in sharing the Day Out With Thomas 2005: The Celebration Tour experience. This limited-engagement, one-year-only experience features a variety of Thomas & Friends-themed entertainment for the entire family, including:

  • Meet and take a photo with Sir Topham Hatt™
  • Imagination Station featuring hands-on arts and crafts activities
  • Storytelling, video viewing and live music
  • Many more 60th Anniversary events!

The tour provides a unique, interactive family experience at every station, offering a variety of entertaining activities that reflect the local flavor of each stop. At the Tennessee Central Railway Museum activities will include inflatable play venues, a petting zoo, tours of a restored caboose, live musical entertainment, Thomas Gift Shop, an operating N scale model railroad, clowns, temporary tattoos and photo opportunities with Thomas.

The 25-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, will depart every hour on the hour, rain or shine, between 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily. This event is expected to sell out, so advance purchase is recommended to ensure a choice of dates and times. Tickets for a Day Out With Thomas 2005: The Celebration Tour are $16 for ages two and up. Tickets are on sale now and are available by calling toll-free 866.468.7630, logging onto www.tcry.org, or by visiting Ticketweb at www.ticketweb.com/thomas. For more information and directions contact Tennessee Central Railway Museum at 615.244.9001 or go to www.tcry.org.

Day Out With Thomas 2005: The Celebration Tour will visit nearly 40 heritage railroads nationwide in 2005, with more than one million visitors expected – all invited to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine. For general information or to find a Day Out With Thomas 2005: The Celebration Tour heritage railroad event near you, visit www.thomasandfriends.com.

Day Out With Thomas is presented by HIT Entertainment, www.hitentertainment.com.

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