Thomas the Tank Engine and friends will be visiting two heritage railways in Essex during the second half of 2018.

Thomas fans can enjoy a ride on a real steam engine, meet the Fat Controller and take part in themed activities such as face painting and storytelling.

If you know someone who’d love this day out, here’s when and where you’ll be able to see the UK’s favourite Really Useful Engine:

East Anglian Railway Museum, Wakes Colne

October

On Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October, it’s time for a Spooky Day Out with Thomas.

Take a train ride behind Thomas, and look out for his friends Daisy, Percy and Toad. Complete your Passport To Adventures and Junior Engineer Certificate, watch re-enactments of classic Thomas stories, and enjoy Thomas-themed crafts, games and DVDs. Fancy dress is encouraged.

December

Book ticket for a Festive Day Out with Thomas this Christmas on Sun 9th, Sat 15th, Sun 16th, Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd December.

Get stuck in to lots of festive fun with Thomas. The Fat Controller will be on hand to make sure that Thomas is being a really useful engine while Rusty and Dusty, Sodor’s Station Sweepers, will be causing mischief.

Children will also get the chance to meet Santa in his Grotto.

Tickets for all events cost £14 for adults, £10 for kids ages 2 to 15 years, family ticket £44, and under 2s go FREE.

Visit www.earm.co.uk for more information and to book.

Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham

September

On the 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th September 2018, Thomas and friends will be pulling into Colne Valley Railway for their second round of visits to the station this year.

Thomas will spend most of the day taking visitors for rides in his express coaches. His friend Daisy will also be taking families for rides. If the weather is good you might be able to catch a ride behind Mavis in the goods train on the miniature railway.

At the fun Imagination Station children will have the chance to take part in several activities, including temporary tattoos, colouring, children’s games, play trains.

The Fat Controller will be on hand to greet guests, and everyone is welcome to explore the garden and large indoor model railways, signal box and other displays.

Advanced tickets cost £14 for adults, £10 for children aged 2 to 14 years, seniors £12 and £44 for a family of two adults and two children. Children under 2 go FREE. Tickets purchased on the day will cost more.

Visit www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk for more information and to book.