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‘Pop’ on board a train ride adventure with Thomas & Friends! Day Out With Thomas: Bubble Tour is heading to the NSW Rail Museum with loads of bubble-themed games and activities!

Enjoy live entertainment, mini-train rides, an exclusive gift shop, photo ops, scavenger hunts and so much more. Take a steam train ride with Donald or Toby the railmotor from Sodor Station, and spend the day creating memories for the whole family.

What your ticket includes

'MUSEUM ONLY' ticket:

  • Meet Thomas - climb into the driver's cab and toot his whistle.

  • Take a short ride with Toby the Railmotor.

  • Meet Sir Topham Hatt alongside Thomas.

  • Unlimited mini-train rides.

  • Unlimited jumping castle rides - three castles to cater for different age groups.

  • Professional face painting - inside the museum.

  • Imagination Station - enter a colouring competition and play Thomas games.

  • Storyteller - enjoy a Thomas story amongst the trains in the Great Train Hall.


  • All of the above 'museum only' ticket inclusions, plus . . .

  • 30-minute steam train ride hauled by 'Donald' from Thirlmere to Buxton and return.

Both tickets include ALL DAY entry to the NSW Rail Museum where kids of all ages can explore the biggest display of heritage trains in Australia!

30, 31 August
1, 6, 7, 8 September
Direct from the Island of Sodor, Thomas & Friends return to the NSW Rail Museum for six days of bubbly family fun!
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Food and drink options

A variety of food options will be available from a range of vendors. Self-serve BBQ facilities are also available on a first come, first served basis.

You’re also welcome to pack a picnic – don’t forget a rug!

Steam train ride timetable

Steam train rides with Donald depart Sodor (Thirlmere) Station at:

9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.00pm, 2.00pm, 3.00pm

Total trip duration 30-minutes.

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Terms and conditions
  • All tickets are for entry to the NSW Rail Museum from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

  • 'Museum only' includes all the Thomas activities, except a steam train ride.

  • Please be sure of your availability before you book as there are NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES offered.

  • Complimentary carer tickets are not available for this event. Approved carers may purchase a Concession ticket.

  • Children under 2 are admitted FREE but must sit on adults lap during train ride.

  • The NSW Rail Museum reserves the right to change locomotive power without notice, however will endeavour to notify customers of this change should the need arise for operational reasons.

  • See link to full Terms & Conditions at bottom of page.


Autism friendly Day Out With Thomas

We recommend visitors with sensory processing differences use the time between 9.00am and 10.30am to enjoy the activities within the museum grounds when crowds and queuing are at their lowest.


These activities include visiting Thomas’s cab, mini train rides, jumping castles, Imagination Station and face painting.

Parents and carers of children and visitors with autism or with sensory processing differences can enjoy:

  • Option to wear a badge to help event staff recognise when extra assistance may be required.

  • A quiet space in a less busy and less noisy area of the museum grounds.

  • Additional resources such as a social story and day planner will be sent to registered guests prior to the event to help you prepare and plan for your Day Out With Thomas.


Additional support is provided on Friday Event Days:

  • All sounds turned off inside the museum between 9.00am and 10.30am.

  • Ability to request a quiet space inside the train during your train ride with Donald (please contact us with your booking details so we can ensure you're allocated accordingly).


Day Out With Thomas Social Story

Social stories are short descriptions of real life situations that help people on the autism spectrum and people with disabilities understand what they might expect and what to do at a specific event.


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