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Day Out With Thomas

2nd December 2017 - 3rd December 2017



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 17:00.

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 from Norchard (large free car park here!) to Parkend.

Trains from Norchard to Parkend leave at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00*. Trains from Parkend to Norchard leave at 10:35, 11:35, 12:35, 13:35, 14:35, 15:35 and 16:35* (*this later service does not run during the October and December events).


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

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.

Daisy sets off for Lydney at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30 and 15:30*, and leaves Lydney Junction to return to Norchard at 10:55, 11:55, 12:55, 13:55, 14:55 and 15:55* (*this later service does not run during the October and December events).

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


  • For the Family
  • Heritage


Dean Forest Railway
Forest Road
GL15 4ET
01594 845840

O/S Ref: SO 629 043


From A48 Gloucester to Chepstow road, take B4234 from Lydney to Parkend. Dean Forest Railway is on your left after approximately 2 miles.

Note The above directions are to our main centre at Norchard Station. Similarly the marker on the map is at Norchard.

Enter your start address:

  • Lydney


Dean Forest Railway

A 8.5 mile trip through the medieval forest to Parkend with steam and some heritage diesel train services. Free parking, cafeteria, museum and gift shop at Norchard station. Pay once - ride all day!

Attraction in or near Lydney