A Day Out With Thomas and Friends at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre got the thumbs up from our young Thomas The Tank Engine fan and the whole family enjoyed a brilliant day out in the sunshine.
Safely back at the station we walked through the vintage Quainton Road Station and over a bridge to find Percy. You can also go on a ride in Percy’s carriages, so we boarded the open top carriage ready for a second steam engine ride. Percy takes the same straight line route as Thomas and the tracks are parallel, giving you a brilliant view of Thomas as Percy races home to the station. It was amazing to puff along next to Thomas and watch his wheels turning and steam puffing.
After all that excitement we walked around the corner and found Mavis waiting in the sidings. We had only expected to see Thomas, so to have two steam engine rides and see three engines was brilliant!
After stopping for more photographs we walked over to the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre Museum. We discovered a treasure trove of railway history and memorabilia, steam engines, carriages, vintage signs, as well as bikes and perambulators. The Thomas theme continued into the Museum as they played Thomas music and they were also showing a Thomas film in one of the carriages!
We made our way back to the Visitor’s Centre and sat in the sunshine to have some lunch whilst enjoying a Thomas Sing-A-Long on the platform as Thomas was refuelled. Inside the Visitor’s Centre we joined the queue outside the Fat Controller’s Office. The Imagination Station was next to the queue, so children can colour or play whilst a dutiful adult holds their place in the line. You can take your own photos of the Fat Controller and there’s no extra charge.
The Imagination Station had Junior Engineers Certificates to colour in, as well as badges to make and you could also get a Thomas temporary tattoo. Again, there was no extra charge for these activities as it was all included in the entry fee.
Next on the list was the miniature railway ride, so we walked up to the Vale of Aylesbury Model Engineering Society which is only a couple of minutes walk from the Visitor’s Centre. There was quite a queue for the miniature railway ride but it was something everyone really wanted to do. Again, the cost of ride is included in the entry fee, so there wasn’t anything extra to pay and the ride was worth the wait.
We slowly made our way back to the Visitor’s Centre and enjoyed an ice cream whilst listening to another Thomas Sing-A-Long from a distance. I had hoped to have another ride on Thomas but the queue was fairly long and Mr 2 needed a sleep – time to head home.
We had an amazing day and we would definitely recommend it to Thomas and Friends enthusiasts, young and old.
TOP TIPS FOR A VISIT TO A DAY OUT WITH THOMAS AT BUCKINGHAMSHIRE RAILWAY CENTRE
- Book your Day Out With Thomas in advance for discounted tickets.
- Take a picnic and on a sunny day you can eat in the shade at the Vale of Aylesbury Model Engineering Society, next to the miniature railway.
- Take more than one adult if you can, so one can queue whilst the other entertains the children. None of the activities can be booked so you just have to join the queue and wait.
- For more information visit the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre website.
- Visit the Day Out With Thomas website for information on events across the country.
We visited in September 2017, all information is correct at the time of publishing.