Day Out with Thomas Train Ride - Play & Stay All Day!
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Activities Include:

Live Entertainment

Group Activities: Bean Bag Toss, Mini Golf, Hay Bale Maze, Inflatable Games

Additional Experiences: Bubbles, Tattoos, Crafts, Coloring Sheet

Inflatable Fun: Character Inflatable photo ops!

Museum Components: Heritage Railway Historical Artifacts

Please note: On October 7-9, 2022, special Day Out With Thomas™ event pricing applies for all museum visitors including members, and ASTC reciprocal benefits will not apply. For more information and ticketing, please visit

Due to the effects of Hurricane Ian, our second Day Out With Thomas™ event weekend was rescheduled from September 30-October 2. All ticketholders from that weekend were automatically rescheduled for October 7-9 on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday based on the original ticket day at the same ride time(s). Visitors who need to exchange for another day or time or who need a refund for the rescheduled weekend must contact Ticketweb at 866-468-7630 no later than 5PM on Thursday, October 6, 2022 to be rescheduled or refunded. No refunds or exchanges will be processed after that time and no refunds or exchanges can be processed for the prior weekend of September 23-25 which was not affected by weather.

Thank you for your continued support!

Ride, Play & Stay All Day!

September 23-25 & October 7-October 9

Peep Peep – Get ready for a full day of fun! Thomas the Tank Engine is rolling into Spencer, NC on September 23-25 and October 7 – October 9 for a day of BIG dreams and even BIGGER smiles. Jump on board Thomas for an interactive train ride, pick up your Dream Pass, and head to the Play Pod or say Hello to Sir Topham Hatt. For the little engineers who want a little more excitement, check out the Dream Big Corner for photos ops, lawn games & more. And don’t forget to head to the gift shop for toys and swag!


The event at the N.C. Transportation Museum includes Thomas and Percy train rides, pictures with Sir Topham Hatt, hay bale maze, tattoos, balloon artist, photo ops, character inflatables, giant lawn games, music show, model train layouts, food vendors, picnic shelters, a large gift shop, plus three exhibit buildings featuring North Carolina’s transportation history with rail cars, antique automobiles, and a Wright Brothers flyer replica.

Breakfast with Sir Topham Hatt

Start your day out with a pancake breakfast (pancakes, sausage, a fruit cup and juice) onboard a stationary train car. For $12 per person (plus tax and ticket fee) you will get breakfast and a chance to meet and get your picture taken with Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway (picture sold separately). Everyone must have a ticket to board the breakfast train cars. Seating is limited.

For questions regarding tickets please contact the call center
at: 1-866-468-7630. Hours are 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST/7 days a week.

Or email the museum at

NCTM Stay & Play Packages

Overnight Stay & Play Package

The deadline to book the Overnight Packages for Day Out With Thomas™ for the opening weekend September 23 – 25, 2022 will be September 20, 2022 at 4 p.m. or while supplies last. The deadline to book for the second weekend September 30 – October 2 will be September 27, 2022 at 4 p.m. or while supplies last.

You can earn complimentary Day Out with Thomas™ tickets by booking your overnight stay in a participating Rowan County Lodging property. Pay careful attention to the new process, as well as the terms and conditions prior to booking your lodging.

Book your overnight stay in Rowan County during the date you are attending Day Out with Thomas™ at the N.C. Transportation Museum and receive:

1 Night Stay

2 free Day Out with Thomas™ and Percy combo tickets (while supplies last) OR a $45 gift certificate to the museum gift shop

2 Night Stay

4 free Day Out with Thomas™ and Percy combo tickets (while supplies last) OR a $90 gift certificate the museum gift shop

Questions regarding Overnight Stay & Play Package? Contact the Rowan County Tourism office at 1-800-332-2343, 704-638-3100, or visit their website.