Family Fun At Strasburg Railroad's #DayOutWithThomas #sponsored

I received tickets to Day Out with Thomas at Strasburg Railroad for review.  All opinions are my own.

Both of my girls love Thomas the Tank Engine.  They have watched Thomas & Friends on PBS a gazillion times (no exaggeration) and I can probably sing the theme song in my sleep.  We have a train table with a small take-along set that I found thrifting that gets played with on a daily basis.  And we have been to Day Out with Thomas at the B&O Railroad in Baltimore with my oldest.  

This past weekend we made our first trip as a family of four to see Thomas and Percy at Strasburg Railroad in Ronks, PA for Day Out With Thomas.

Strasburg Railroad

Our train ride time was 10:45 AM so we arrived at a little before 10 to find parking and take in the layout before our ride.  Parking is free and if you can't find a space in the paved lot, there are plenty of spaces in the field adjacent to the station (it's a short walk but we found out an umbrella stroller doesn't handle the field very well).  

Day Out with Thomas, Strasburg Railroad

Thomas departs every half hour during the designated times.  While he's pulled into the station for his breaks, you can get your photo taken with him (either before or after your ride).  They have photographers who will take your photo and you can take your own {Percy is an add-on to your ticket and a shorter 12 minute ride}. 

Thomas the Train
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My girls were so excited to see Thomas up close!  He moves his eyes and mouth and he even talks when pulling in and out of the station.  I loved seeing their eyes light up when they saw him!

There is a designated area with a digital clock so you know when they are boarding for your train time.  I suggest you get in line about 15 minutes before your ticket time if you want to be at the front part of the line and choose your train car.  We sat in one of the front trains.  The ride on Thomas was about 20 minutes with scenic views of farms nearby.

Strasburg Railroad, train snow plow
Strasburg Railroad Snow Plow

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A conductor visits everyone on the train during your ride.  It was different than we were used to at B&O RR; the conductor does not punch your ticket or give you a certificate on the ride {you need to see Sir Topham Hat to get your Junior Engineer certificate}.  But they are friendly and spend time talking with you.

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The train cars are very detailed and the seats are comfortable.  You can also adjust your seat to flip sides so that you don't have to sit going backwards.  The windows are open to let air flow through; thankfully it wasn't a super hot day.

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After our Thomas ride, we decided to do a couple of activities to let the girls stretch their legs a bit.  There are large white tents with an Imagination Station (train tables play area, video viewing etc), Thomas mini power wheels, coloring, musical entertainment, souvenir shopping, temporary tatoos, area to visit with Sir Topham Hat, and food {you can also pack your own picnic lunch}.

Strasburg Railroad

We found Platform 9 and 3/4 when we were walking over to the tents!  
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Sir Topham hat was in a closed off area next to the souvenir shop and we almost missed it.  We hit it at a great time where there was hardly a line.  Both girls were happy to see him {yay for no tears!} and AK gave him a high five.

Sir Topham Hat, Thomas the Train, Strasburg Railroad

The mini Thomas train power wheels were a big hit!  My girls would have stayed and ridden them forever, but it was pretty hot under the tent.

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Some of the other activities were outdoors like the kid-powered crank cars and Pint-sized Pufferbelly train ride.  The girls loved these too!

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An added bonus to our day was a train ride with Percy.  They loved him just as much as Thomas!  It was probably a good thing that this ride was shorter, since my girls were starting to get tired and cranky as the day went on.  {The crowd was also getting larger since it was a holiday weekend, so maneuvering with cranky little ones was getting more difficult.}

Percy, trains, Strasburg Railroad

The cost of your ticket is well worth all the included activities.  You can also save money as a family by bringing your own lunch for a picnic {we brought our own food since my youngest has food allergies}.  We had a lot of fun at Strasburg Railroad and my girls are already asking to go back when Thomas returns in November {18-20}

Tickets for Day Out with Thomas: Ready, Set, Go Tour. are on sale now and available by visiting www.ticketweb.com/dowt or www.strasburgrailroad.com/train-schedule/events/day-out-with-thomas

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