Days Out with Thomas™ 2 and 3 July 2011
Baxter © Richard Salmon

Thomas © WSR Plc

Sir Topham Hatt © Keith Long

Thomas © Kevin Weston

Thomas © Kevin Weston

Daisy © Kevin Weston

Bill © Alan Grieve

Thomas © Andy Spencer

The Fat Controller needs your help...
Sir Topham Hatt, the Fat Controller, needs your help at Minehead Station on Saturday 2 July and Sunday 3 July. Travel down in a train behind one of Thomas's friends, from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead.
Buy your ticket in advance to reserve your seats on the morning trains. Look out for things on the way down; there will be extra staff on the train to answer your questions and point things out in between you doing your Day Out with Thomas colouring activities. On the way you will pass the engine works at Williton and you will see one of the Friends shunting trucks at Minehead.
Thomas and his Friends will be at Minehead. Sir Topham will be there to make sure that all engines are being really useful and he needs your help to keep the trains running on time. Daisy the Diesel and many others will be there. There will be lots of things to do and watch, including free face painting, games and video shows.
Refreshments will be served in Mrs Kyndley's tea room, there will be free rides behind Thomas or one of his friends and you can watch engines being turned on the turntable. The Troublesome Trucks will be being shunted. The Buffer Stop Shop will be open throughout the weekend.
Some of the things you can see and do...
· Come and meet Thomas, his Friends and Sir Topham Hatt, the Fat Controller, each day at Minehead from 10.30am.
· Lots of locomotives to see.
· Come and stand in the driving cab.
· Fergus will be shunting at Minehead Update 23 June 2011: It now seems unlikely that Fergus will be able to attend because some planned maintenance has taken longer than expected.
· Captain Baxter will be shunting at Minehead.
· Look out for Thomas, Henry, Daisy, Mavis's cousin Maud and many others.
· Trains pulled by the Big Engines.
· Mrs Kyndley's Tea Shop.
· Short train rides with Thomas or one of his friends.
· The "Imagination Station" with free face painting, arts and crafts and DVD.
· Free vintage bus rides through Minehead from 10.30am to 5pm.
· The Buffer Stop gift shop with lots of Thomas souvenirs.
· Free parking at Bishops Lydeard Station.
· A great family day out.
·  All the above highlights, and the information below, are believed correct as at 23 June 2011, detailed in good faith and subject to availability.
A special guest...
On 23 June 2001, another locomotive has been added to the list for the Thomas weekend. It will be Captain Baxter from the Bluebell Railway. This small 0-4-0T engine features in Rev W Awdry's book "Stepney the Bluebell Engine". During the Thomas Weekend the 1877-built Captain Baxter will spend his time at Minehead shunting the yard. Built by Fletcher Jennings & Co at Whitehaven, the loco spent its entire working life at a Dorking quarry until rescued for preservation by the Bluebell Railway.
On 23 June news reached us that it now seems unlikely that another special guest Fergus will be able to attend because some planned maintenance has taken longer than expected.
Train Timetables...
» Saturday 2 July 2011 and Sunday 3 July 2011
Advance bookings are essential. You may return from Minehead on any train.
Getting to Bishops Lydeard by bus...
First Bus operate bus services between Taunton and Bishops Lydeard Railway Station. Please see First Bus website or ring First Bus on 0845 602 0156.
Please note the prices differ depending on which train you wish to travel to Minehead.
If you opt to travel on the 9.30am, 10.25am or 11.10am from Bishops Lydeard:
A return trip from Bishops Lydeard is £19.50 per Adult, £9.50 per Child (2-15) and Seniors are £17.50. A Family Ticket is £48.00.
If you opt to travel on the 11.50am or later departures from Bishops Lydeard:
A return trip is £18.00 per Adult, £9.00 per Child (2-15) and Seniors are £16.20. A Family Ticket is £46.00.
You can visit the attractions on Minehead station and a platform ticket is available only on the day. An Adult Platform Ticket is £7.50, a Child Platform Ticket is £4.00 and children under two are free. All Thomas entertainment is included as well as a ride behind Thomas!
How to Book...
Online bookings are now available:
·  Saturday 2 July 9.30am - Gordon's Train
·  Saturday 2 July 10.25am - Henry's Train
·  Saturday 2 July 11.10am - Somerset Coast Express
·  Saturday 2 July 11.50am - The Diesel Train
·  Saturday 2 July - any afternoon train
·  Sunday 3 July 9.30am - Gordon's Train
·  Sunday 3 July 10.25am - Henry's Train
·  Sunday 3 July 11.10am - Somerset Coast Express
·  Sunday 3 July 11.50am - The Diesel Train
·  Sunday 3 July 2011 - any afternoon train
· or by telephone, using your Credit Card. Please ring 01643 704996, 9am-5pm Monday-Friday
A Great Family Day Out
Thomas © Aaron Manley

Thomas © Alan Meade


23 Jun 2011
Captain Baxter will be attending
23 Jun 2011
Fergus unlikely to be attending
27 May 2011
Percy will not be attending
28 Apr 2011
Online tickets announced
25 Apr 2011
Visit of Fergus announced
22 Apr 2011
Timetables and prices published
9 March 2011
Outline details published...
The details and pictures on this page are provided for information only. Please see the Official WSR website for further information.
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