Thomas the Tank Engine™ is Pulling into The Henry Ford + Tickets are on Sale NOW

Thomas the Train

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Calling All Thomas the Train™ Fans and Locomotive Lovers

Greenfield Village is bringing the Island of Sodor right to Dearborn, Michigan. Tickets are on sale now for this springtime adventure the entire family will love.

Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, Sir Topham Hatt™ and more during A Day Out With Thomas™.

The special Day Out With Thomas™ event is a yearly tradition at Greenfield Village that brings plenty of visitors. It runs over the course of three weekends, at the end of April and into early May. The family will enjoy magic shows, storytelling, play areas, and live music.

Fun fact. Greenfield Village happens to be the only place in the country where Thomas runs as a full steam engine.

2020 Dates at The Henry Ford

Day Out With Thomas™

April 25-26, May 2-3, and May 8-10, 2020

Five Reasons You Should Jump on Board the Day Out With Thomas™


The Train Ride. While waiting for Thomas to pull into the station, you’ll feel like you are right in an episode of the series. There is lots of excitement as you listen for Thomas’ whistle and watch for his steam  After declaring all aboard, be sure to wave as you depart the station! The approximately 20-minute ride tours all around picturesque Greenfield Village. Each child is awarded a certificate as an “Official Junior Engineer.”

Thomas The Train Station


Photo-ops with Thomas. Don’t miss your opportunity for a photo-op with Thomas. There are professional photographers taking pictures for purchase, but you are also welcome to use your own camera. In addition, you can get great pics during Thomas’ other trips around Greenfield Village. Follow the sounds of his whistle and look for his steam.


Meet Sir Topham Hatt. Directly across from Smiths Creek Train Depot, you’ll find Sir Topham Hatt (Director of the Railway). Snag a picture. Times for a meet-and-greet are posted at the entrance to his indoor area.

Sir Topham Hatt


Imagination Station. Inside the Imagination Station you’ll find an array of activities for kids including temporary tattoos, iPad station, train tables, kids playhouses and the gift shop. The gift shop features souvenirs, toys, clothing, and the popular Thomas balloon. Pick up a “Passport to Adventures” as you visit the different stations and get a stamp. Hand in your completed passport for a free gift at the Imagination Station.

Thomas The Train Event


Touring Greenfield Village. Your Thomas the Train™ ticket also includes admission to Greenfield Village. Train enthusiasts will want to see the vintage trains and train engines at the Railroad Junction. While older children will appreciate the historic buildings, there are also plenty of activities for the younger kids. Find a construction site-themed playground, carnival games and parachute, carousel, bubble stations, live music, and magic shows.

Day out with Thomas

7 Tips From a Parent

Keep in mind these tips for the Day Out With Thomas™.

Day Out with Thomas

  1. Purchase tickets in advance. Train rides are every 30 minutes, but many of the morning times sell out.
  2. Arrive at Smiths Creek Depot about 15 minutes before your scheduled train ride. The depot is about a 15-20 minute walk from most parking areas. You can’t miss the most exciting part of the day – as Thomas pulls into the station.
  3. There is open seating on each of the five open-sided cars. Seating is first-come, first-served.
  4. Dress for the weather, rain or shine. No refunds or exchanges for ticket purchases.
  5. Bring a stroller or wagon for little ones who may get tired of walking. Find the designated stroller parking area before departing for the train ride.
  6. Immediately following the train ride, head to the other side of the Smiths Creek Depot if you want a picture with Thomas. He is only there for a limited time before his next ride.
  7. Pack lunch or snacks to bring with you, as food options are limited.

Day out with Thomas

How Do I get Tickets?

Advance tickets are available for purchase online and through the Call Center at 313-982-6001. Due to the popularity of Day Out With Thomas™, an advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.

Extend the fun. Arrive early for a special breakfast and a visit from Sir Topham Hatt. Families can purchase the  Railroader’s Breakfast that includes pancakes and sausage, along with a railroad-themed storytelling. Afterward, take a special 9:00 AM ride with Thomas the Tank Engine™.

The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village
20900 Oakwood Boulevard
Dearborn, MI 48124
(313) 982-6001 | FACEBOOK

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