"Day Out With Thomas" Train Rides In Washington (2023)

Published: May 1, 2023

By: Adam Burns

"Day Out With Thomas" is a popular family-friendly event that takes place at various museums and heritage railroads throughout the country.  These popular venues can also be found in other locations around the world, including Canada and Europe.

The event provides an opportunity for children and families to enjoy a fun-filled day out with their favorite steam engine, Thomas the Tank Engine.  Thomas's visit at each location usually lasts for several days or an entire weekend, allowing families to choose a convenient date for their visit. During the event, visitors can enjoy a wide range of activities and attractions, including train rides, storytelling, live music, magic shows, and more.

One of the main attractions is, of course, the chance to take a ride on a real steam engine (although sometimes these are replicas). The train ride is usually around 20-30 minutes long and provides a unique and exciting experience for children and adults alike.  The length of the ride, and the actual festivities offered, varies depending on location.

In addition to the train ride, "Day Out With Thomas" events offer a variety of other activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy. There are often interactive storytelling sessions where children can learn about the adventures of Thomas and his friends, as well as live music performances, magic shows, and more.

One of the most popular attractions is the opportunity to meet and take photos with the beloved steam engine himself. Children can pose for pictures with Thomas and his friends, and even get a chance to climb aboard the train and explore the inside of the engine.

"Day Out With Thomas" events also often feature a variety of vendors selling merchandise related to the show, including toys, books, clothing, and more. This provides an opportunity for families to take home a souvenir of their special day out with Thomas.

Overall, "Day Out With Thomas" events are a fun and engaging experience for children and families. It provides a unique opportunity to explore the world of Thomas the Tank Engine, and to create lasting memories that will be treasured for years to come. Whether you are a fan of the show or simply looking for a fun day out with your family, "Day Out With Thomas" is an experience that is sure to delight and entertain.

Northwest Railway Museum

(Snoqualmie): The Northwest Railway Museum, based in Snoqualmie, looks to preserve the area's railroad history and in doing so also hosts an excursion train between May and October.  They host "A Day Out With Thomas" during July.

2023 Dates

  • July 7 - July 9
  • July 14 - July 16
  • July 22 - July 23

The Northwest Railway Museum is located in the historic town of Snoqualmie, Washington, approximately 30 miles east of Seattle. The museum is dedicated to preserving the history of railroading in the Pacific Northwest, and is a popular attraction for locals and tourists alike.

The museum is home to a variety of historic railcars, numerous preserved steam locomotives, and other artifacts, many of which have been restored to their original condition.  They even have a steam engine that has been restored to operation, Northern Pacific 0-6-0 #924 which was originally built in 1899 by the Roger Locomotive Works.

Visitors can explore the museum's exhibits and learn about the role that railroads played in shaping the history of the Pacific Northwest. One of the main attractions is the train rides that operate on a regular basis.

The museum operates a scenic railway excursion that takes passengers on a journey through the beautiful Snoqualmie Valley. The train ride is a popular activity for families and provides a unique opportunity to see the area's natural beauty from a different perspective.

In addition to the train ride, the museum also offers a variety of educational programs and events. These include workshops on historic preservation and restoration, as well as special events like the annual Railroad Days celebration, which features live music, food vendors, and other attractions.


The museum is home to a number of historic buildings that have been preserved and restored, including the Snoqualmie Depot, which was built in 1890 and served as a stop on the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway (Northern Pacific Railway). The depot now serves as the museum's visitor center and is home to a gift shop, a bookstore, and other exhibits.

The Northwest Railway Museum is a popular attraction for visitors to Snoqualmie and the surrounding areas. Whether you are a railroad enthusiast or simply looking for a fun and educational activity for your family, the museum offers a unique and engaging experience that is sure to delight and entertain.

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