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2018 Events

Note about our September event

Pre-booking for this event has now closed.

Limited tickets will be available for both days for the 3.30pm train (subject to availability). These tickets will be sold at the welcome tent at Bo’ness station on a first come first served basis.  The event is open 10am-5pm so even if your return train journey to Birkhill is at 3.30pm you can join us much earlier to enjoy the fun!

Thomas and friends will be at Bo’ness on 12 & 13 May,  28 & 29 July and 8 & 9 September. Tickets must be pre-booked online here.

The event is open 10am-5pm and you can book a ticket for your steam train journey at any point during that time subject to availability. So even if your  return train journey to Birkhill is at 2.30pm or 3.30pm you can join us much earlier to enjoy the fun. Download a programme here.


The fare for anyone age 2 or over is £14.00 per person and must be pre-booked (booking charge applies). There are likely to be no tickets available on the day.

Under 2s are free but will not be entitled to a seat, please be aware that every seat in your coach could be sold out so we appreciate your co-operation with this.

All entertainment and rides are covered by your ticket!

Please note; visitors cannot access the site at Bo’ness and Birkhill without a pre-booked Day Out With Thomas ticket on these dates, this includes the station platform, visitor trail, fairground rides, Station Buffet and other facilities which are part of the event.

This is a Premium Fare event which means discount vouchers including Tesco vouchers, complimentary tickets, Annual membership cards & vouchers and other discount passes are not valid.DOWT logo 2013



Look what’s included in your ticket!

  • A return journey on a steam train to Birkhill Station
  • Fairground ride and inflatable* at Bo’ness & Birkhill
  • Entertainers in undercover marquee at Bo’ness & Birkhill, magic and puppetry guaranteed to get the whole family laughing
  • Competition and lots of hands on fun interactive displays in our undercover Museum of Scottish Railways.
  • The Fat Controller keeping his engines in order, help him give one of them a drink of water and help Thomas find his whistle
  • Watch out for the Troublesome Trucks rushing past you!
  • Miniature railway ride at Bo’ness
  • Temporary tattoos and face painting at Birkhill
  • The Imagination Station – Thomas & Friends DVD screenings, colouring pages and table-top toys at Bo’ness
  • Climb on board Percy and Thomas and meet their drivers – don’t forget your camera!
  • Day Out With Thomas Certificate, Passport & sticker for all children to remember their wonderful day with us
  • Thomas and Friends make a special appearance on our Model Railway
  • There’s plenty of free car parking both at Bo’ness Station and in the surrounding streets, but please make sure you arrive at least 20 minutes before your train is due to leave

Download May 2018 event programme here  to plan your day. If you have booked tickets for the 2.30pm or 3.30pm it is advisable to enjoy all there is to do at Bo’ness before you take your train ride to Birkhill as some things may be unavailable when you get back to Bo’ness following your return train journey from Birkhill.

*Exact details of entertainment subject to availability and change.



Will Thomas be there?

Thomas likes to sit in the platform rather than pulling your train as he thinks more of you can see his footplate then. He has asked one of his best friends to do the job of pulling your train to Birkhill. He’ll toot you when you pass.

Can I bring my dog? We regret that dogs (except Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs) are not permitted at this event.

Do I have to book in advance?
Yes, you can book your tickets (when available) online here

Under 2s are free but will not be entitled to a seat, please be aware that every seat in your coach could be sold out so we appreciate your co-operation with this.


I’ve pre-booked, when will I get my tickets?

Tickets will be sent to you within 5-7 working days of your booking being placed.

However tickets should always reach you at least 7 days before the event unless they are being collected from the railway. Where tickets are booked within 14 days of an event and are being posted, tickets should reach you at least 2 days before an event.

What else can we do?

  • Visit our gift shop at Bo’ness Station
  • Enjoy a picnic at our dedicated picnic areas
  • Treat yourself to a meal in the Station Buffet – can get quite busy so please bear with us!
  • Take the time to explore Bo’ness’ historic buildings and unique shops

How do we get to you?
We are about 40 minutes drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow. See map here.

Car Parking

We have a large free car park but it does fill up quickly. If our car park is full you can find free parking at Seaview Place car park (along the road which runs alongside the foreshore and turn left at roundabout) EH51 0AP, Register Street car park (along the foreshore, behind The Post Office) EH51 9HA Union Street car park (along the foreshore, opposite The Post Office) and also Lidl, 2 Links Road, EH51 9AW.

Pushchairs, prams and buggies

Space on our trains is very limited so we offer a free buggy park* at Bo’ness Station where you can leave your pushchair, pram or buggy while you travel to Birkhill and back. Alternatively access to and from the event site is permitted throughout the day (please ensure you carry your Day Out With Thomas event ticket with you at all times) should you prefer to leave your pushchair, pram or buggy in your car. If you intend to get off the train and enjoy the activities and entertainment at Birkhill you will not have your pushchair, pram or buggy until you get back to Bo’ness. If you have any queries please see event staff on the day.

* PLEASE NOTE: Buggy Park is unsupervised and items are left at owner’s risk. SRPS accepts no liability for any loss of items on the day.

Do you have facilities for disabled visitors?
There is good disabled access to the station, the Station Buffet, the entertainment and the trains, and plenty of dedicated disabled parking. Disabled spaces are reserved at both stations, and Bo’ness Station has a disabled toilet. All trains are equipped with ramps for easy wheelchair access. Wheelchair users should call Quaytickets on 0843 208 1840 to book their tickets.  Our disabled carriage is Carriage B.

Is Thomas at your railway all the time?
We are open for much of the year (see here for our Prices & Timetables) and run a steam and diesel service. However we are pleased to say that 2018 dates for Day Out With Thomas are Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May, Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th July and Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th September. At other times Thomas can be found being a really useful engine at other railways. You can find out where by visiting for games, videos, news and information about Thomas and his friends.

Exact details of entertainment subject to availability and change.