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

!! Important Weather Statement !! [Click Here]

With the probability of severe weather remnants from Hurricane Ian and the State of Emergency declared by Governor Roy Cooper, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Day Out With Thomas™ events scheduled for this weekend (Sept. 30-Oct. 2) at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer.

We have rescheduled the events for Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 9. All ticketholders will be contacted by Ticketweb at the email address provided on your ticket order. Ticketholders will automatically be rescheduled for the same day and times corresponding to the original tickets. Friday, September 30 will be rescheduled to Friday, October 7 at the same times. Saturday, October 1 will be rescheduled for Saturday, October 8 at the same times. Sunday, October 2 will be rescheduled for Sunday, October 9 at the same times. Ticketholders who are unable to attend on the new date and times should contact Ticketweb at 866-468-7630 for rescheduling or a full refund.

Any refunds will be issued to the credit card used to make the purchase. Please allow up to five business days for the refund to post to your account.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding as we consider the safety of our guests. We hope to see you next weekend!

Please note: With the postponement of the Day Out With Thomas™ event September 30-October 2, the N.C. Transportation Museum will return to normal admission hours and prices on those days (Friday-Saturday 9AM until 5PM and Sunday 12PM until 5PM.) We will not be operating train rides on those days in the interest of safety during the predicted tropical storm. We will be rescheduling the Day Out With Thomas™ event for October 7-9, 2022. On October 7-9, 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 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.