Thomas The Train, The Tank Engine: 2014 Schedule And Dates

Thomas The Train, also affectionately known as Thomas the tank engine, has been a pop culture icon since the late 1970s with the TV series Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. The television series, written and produced by Britt Allcroft, is actually based off the The Railway Series of books written by Englishmen Wilbert Awdry and his son in the 1940s. Thomas himself is based from a real steam locomotive design, the E2 Class, an 0-6-0T ("T" referred to tank) wheel arrangement conceived by Lawson Billinton of the early 20th century.  Included below is a listing of where the train can be seen in 2014.

Black Hills Central Railroad 2-6-2T #104 has an excursion near Hill City, South Dakota on October 10, 2012.

While the history of Thomas the train is interesting, this section looks to highlight the "real life" tank engine which is featured at tourist railroads during special events all across the US during the summertime operating season. Thomas the tank engine is actually featured worldwide at various tourist railroads and museums to allow visitors, especially kids of course, to view and sometimes ride behind replica versions of the locomotive. Thomas the train himself in this regard is licensed by HiT Entertainment, which acquired Allcroft's company (Britt Allcroft Company PLC), and has become an explosively popular draw wherever he goes, especially here in the United States.

(Check out the links below to find out where Thomas will be operating.)

Alabama

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Florida

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New York

North Carolina

Ohio

Oklahoma

Pennsylvania

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Washington

Wisconsin

Canada

Many tourist railroads and museums see their peak visitor numbers annually if they have Thomas the tank engine booked and scheduled (officially known as the "Day Out With Thomas") to make a visit on a particular date or weekend. Listed below are the revised for 2014 scheduled dates Thomas the train is to make an appearance at tourist railroads and railroad museums in the United States. Lastly, it should be noted that there is only one operating Thomas the tank engine used for the "Day Out With Thomas" events. It operates exclusively at the North Carolina Transportation Museum, on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (also in North Carolina), and on the Essex Steam Train in Connecticut. The engine is not a E2 Class, as none survive, but modeled to look like so.

There are also four other replica locomotives meant to look like Thomas the train, two of which are standard gauge and two others of which are narrow gauge. To make these replicas appear to be operational they usually have a diesel or steam locomotive pushing them along and use the operating locomotive's air compressor to operate Thomas' whistle.

A Day Out With Thomas 2014 Schedule And Train Rides

Alabama 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

Heart of Dixie RR Museum (Calera): March 28-30, April 5-6

Alaska 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

No Events Known.

Arizona 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

No Events Known.

Arkansas 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

No Events Known.

California 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

Roaring Camp Railroads (Felton): July 25-27, August 1-3

Orange Empire Railway Museum (Perris): November 8-9, 11, 15-16

Colorado 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

Colorado Railroad Museum (Golden): September 13-14, 20-21, 27-28

Connecticut 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

Essex Steam Train (Essex): April 19, 26-27, May 3-4

Delaware 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

No Events Known.

Florida 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

Florida Railroad Museum (Tampa):  March 15-16, 22-23

Gold Coast Railroad Museum (Miami): March 1-2, 8-9

Georgia 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

SAM Shortline Railway (Cordele): October 17-19, 25-26

Hawaii 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

No Events Known.

Idaho 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

No Events Known.

Illinois 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

Illinois Railway Museum (Union): August 16-17, 23-24

Indiana 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

Whitewater Valley Railroad (Connersville): June 20-22, 27-29

Iowa 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

Boone & Scenic Valley Railway (Boone): September 13-14, 19-21

Kansas 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

Midland Railway (Baldwin City): May 30-June 1, and June 6-8

Sierra Railroad 4-6-0 #3 pulls a consist through rural Jamestown, California during September of 1964. The author notes the movement was part of filming the pilot episode of the western "The Big Valley," which ran from 1965 through 1969.

Kentucky 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

Kentucky Railway Museum (New Haven): June 7-8, 14-15

Louisiana 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

No events known.

Maine 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

Boothbay Railway Village (Boothbay): August 8-10, 15-17

Maryland 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum (Baltimore): April 25-27 and May 2-4

Massachusetts 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

Edaville, USA (Carver): June 14-15, June 20-23, August 30-August 31, September 1, September 6-7

Michigan 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

Huckleberry Railroad (Flint): August 15-17, 22-24

Minnesota 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

North Coast Scenic Railroad (Duluth): August 2-3, 9-10

Mississippi 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

No events known.

Missouri 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

No events known.

Montana 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

No events known.

Nebraska 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

No events known.

Nevada 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

No events known.

New Hampshire 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

Conway Scenic Railway (North Conway): July 11-13, 18-20

New Jersey 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

Delaware River Railroad Excursions/New York Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society (Phillipsburg): July 11-13, 18-20

New Mexico 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

No events known.

New York 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

No events known.

North Carolina 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

North Carolina Transportation Museum (Spencer): September 26-28, October 3-5

North Dakota 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

No events known.

Ohio 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (Peninsula): May 17-18, May 23-25, August 21-24

Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad (Lebanon):  September 5-7, 12-14

Oklahoma 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

Oklahoma Railway Museum (Oklahoma City): September 26-28, October 3-5

Oregon 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

No events known.

Pennsylvania 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

Strasburg Railroad (Strasburg): June 14-22, September 13-21, November 21-23

Rhode Island 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

No events known.

South Carolina 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

No events known.

South Dakota 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

No events known.

Tennessee 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

Tennessee Central Railway Museum (Nashville): August 30-31, September 6-7

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (Chattanooga):  April 26-27, May 3-4, and May 10

Texas 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

Austin Steam Train (Burnet): September 27-28

Grapevine Railroad (Grapevine): March 28-30, April 4-6

Utah 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

Heber Valley Railroad: May 24-27

Vermont 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

No events known.

Virginia 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

No events known.

Washington 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

Northwest Railway Museum (Snoqualmie): July 11-13, 19-20

West Virginia 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

No events known.


Southern Pacific #4449 steams along southbound outside of Madras, Oregon on October 21, 2012.

Wisconsin 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

National Railroad Museum (Green Bay): June 11-15

Wyoming 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

No events known.

Canadian 2014 Thomas The Train Rides

Elgin County Railway Museum (St. Thomas, Ontario):  July 18-20, 25-27

Heritage Park Historical Village (Calgary, Alberta):  May 3-4, May 9-10

Prairie Dog Central Railway (Winnipeg, Manitoba):  August 16-17, August 23-24

For more information about Thomas The Train, and his friends, please visit his official website by clicking here.

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