The health and well-being of our guests, volunteers, employees and partners continues to be our first priority. After careful consideration, the Illinois Railway Museum has decided that it will not be possible to hold Day Out With Thomas events in 2020. The museum is continuing to monitor Illinois state guidance as it affects our ability to welcome visitors back to our site, on even a restricted scale. However, it is now clear that we could not realistically hope to safely host the large numbers of visitors attracted by Thomas to the site within the next couple of months.
If you already hold tickets for the event, no action is necessary. Ticketweb will begin issuing refunds to the card that was used to buy the tickets within the next week.
It is a great sadness to us that this will be the first time in many years that we have not been able to host this event and we hope that you will be able to join us for Day Out With Thomas events in 2021. Thank you for your understanding during these uncertain times.
The inability to open to our visitors is obviously a substantial cost to the Illinois Railway Museum and we would be most grateful if you feel able to make a donation in support of our continued operations at: https://www.irm.org/donation/general-fund
The Illinois Railway Museum is pleased to announce our Day Out With Thomas™ 2020 event. The new dates of the event are:
- Saturday, July 11th, 2020
- Sunday, July 12th, 2020
- Saturday, July 18th, 2020
- Sunday, July 19th, 2020
The Ticket price is TBA. All riders of the train with Thomas the Tank Engine™ who have passed their second birthday must have a ticket. Day Out With Thomas™ tickets include one train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine for the trip specified on the Day Out With Thomas ticket, unlimited rides on streetcars; all entertainment (live music, magic shows, etc.); and access to all Museum exhibits on the date specified on the ticket. Food, snacks and beverages will be available at several locations around the Museum grounds. Continuing in 2020: You can ride on a train behind Percy. The ticket price for the Percy train is an additional amount TBA. All riders of the train with Percy who have passed their second birthday must have a ticket. Percy tickets include one train ride with Percy for the trip specified on the ticket. Activities during the Day Out With Thomas event:
- 20-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine™
- 20-minute train ride with Percy (additional ticket required)
- Meet Sir Topham Hatt™
- Magic Shows
- Garden model railroad display
- Live Music
- Thomas & Friends™ Storytelling and Video Viewing
- Thomas & Friends Playtable
- Thomas & Friends Coloring
- Temporary Tattoos of Island of Sodor Friends
Our parking is free and plentiful, and the parking lot will open at 7:30am every day. The gate will open at 9:00am.
NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES - except in case of event cancellation, ALL ticket sales are final.
TICKETS ARE NOT REPLACEABLE IF LOST!