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Holidaying from the Island of Sodor, everybody’s favourite blue tank engine, his buddy James, Driver Dan and Shunter Charlie are pulling into Puffing Billy Railway for three very special weekends of Day Out With ThomasTM in March.

Swapping shunting trucks and hauling freight for a front-and-centre spot at the Lakeside Visitor Centre, Thomas will be parked and photo ready this season, giving all the little engineers a chance to meet and spend the day with the little blue loco.

Just as famous and known for his firm but friendly manner, Sir Topham Hatt, will join Thomas to meet fans and tell stories of the cheeky but really useful engine, while another member of the steam team, James the Red Engine, is warmed up and ready to rumble down the track for a memorable train journey between Emerald (Lakeside station) and Cockatoo.

Photo opportunities with Thomas and Sir Topham Hatt outside Puffing Billy's Visitor Centre
Photo opportunities with Thomas and Sir Topham Hatt outside Puffing Billy Railway's Visitor Centre
  • Event Dates

    4, 5, 18, 19, 25, 26


    Lakeside Visitor Centre | Emerald Lake Road, Emerald

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No person will be allowed to sit on the carriage sill during Day Out With ThomasTM.

Dine in at the Lakeside Visitor Centre

CLASSIC BEEF BURGER - 180g of char grilled beef with cos lettuce, dill pickles, white onion and American cheese, topped with burger sauce and ketchup, served with fries.

Set on the picturesque grounds of the Emerald Lake Park, overlooking Lake Treganowan is the Lakeside Visitor Centre's family-friendly Railway Café.

Offering a relaxed indoor and outdoor setting surrounded by green rainforest trees and lush ferns, the menu features some of the best seasonal produce and supplies in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges region.


Don't forget to share your photos with us by using @puffingbillyrailway and tagging #dayoutwiththomas

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