Day Out With Thomas

Date: 27th to 29th Oct -


Thomas visits the Dean Forest Railway again in 2017 on 2nd & 3rd December.

Tickets for December are available to book online here.

Thomas @DFR from nutshell on Vimeo.

Sir Topham says "Your ticket covers the whole day and there is nothing else to pay!"

Doors open at 9:30 and as long as Sir Topham Hatt, the Fat Controller is able to wake up Thomas, we can start a fun packed day (Its very difficult to keep a young engine like Thomas under control!)

But will Sir Topham be able to keep control?

There is so much to see and do, and Sir Topham insists that it’s all included in your great value ticket - there's nothing else to pay!

Activities include:

  • Unlimited travel on the steam train to Parkend.
  • Story-telling trip all the way to Lydney Junction in Daisy the Diesel
  • Rides in Toad the brake van pulled by Thomas - Look out for Sir Topham Hatt!  You might even get a trip behind Diesel too!
  • Devious Diesel and the Troublesome Trucks will be providing entertainment.
  • Face painting, Bouncy Castles and Competition Quiz with prizes.
  • The Imagination Station – with colouring pages, story telling, table-top toys and regular magic shows.
  • Day Out With Thomas Certificate for all children riding behind Thomas.

Please note: Thomas does not pull passenger trains as he is involved in giving visitors rides at Norchard Station in Toad, the guard's Brakevan.

Norchard Station opens at 9:30 and closes at approximately 16:30.

We regret that dogs (except Guide Dogs) are not permitted at this event.

(exact details of entertainment subject to availability and change - see Service Disclaimer*)

'Sir Topham Hatt, the Fat Controller' will keep 'Thomas', 'Troublesome Trucks' and devious 'Diesel's' shunting in order! Thomas says he always enjoys visiting the Dean Forest Railway and he will be up to his usual tricks this year and is looking forward to meeting you on the platform at Norchard station. If you are really good he will give you a ride in 'Toad' the brakevan.


As well as brake van rides on Thomas, your tickets cover you for unlimited travel on the big steam train and Daisy the Diesel.

Steam train rides are running the full length of the line, visiting all the stations along the line

Steam trains from Norchard to Lydney Junction leave at 10:00, 11:35, 13:15 and 14:55. Steam trains from Norchard to Parkend leave at 10:42, 12:10, 13:50 and 15:30.

If you are coming to see Thomas and travelling to Lydney on the big railway from Gloucester or Newport directions, catch trains to Norchard from our Lydney Junction station which is close to the main line station. Departures from Lydney Junction are at 10:20, 11:55, 13:35 and 15:15.


Daisy the Diesel will be running down the line from Norchard Station for popular story-telling trips to Parkend. Daisy returns to Norchard so you can catch a steam train or ride in Toad the Brakevan at Norchard.

Daisy sets off for Parkend at 10:20, 11:55, 13:35 and 15:15, and leaves Parkend to return to Norchard at 11:35, 13:15, 14:55 and 15:50.

Three rides and a host of activities all included in the one entrance price. Nothing more to pay!!

*Service Disclaimer:
The Dean Forest Railway Company Limited strives to offer the services and facilities offered as advertised, but cannot be accountable for unforeseen circumstances.
We reserve the right to alter or cancel services and facilities advertised and accept no responsibility as a consequence of any changes.


Ticket Prices


On the day/Online through
Dean Forest Railway Website

Online through
Day Out With Thomas website









†A booking fee (maximum £5) applies when purchasing tickets online. Please click here for details.




Day Out With Thomas may be subject to special conditions applying on the day.

No concessions or discounts apply on 'Day Out With Thomas'.

Please note that entry to the event at Norchard is by ticket only

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