WIN Tickets to Thomas And Friends Train Ride #Giveaway

All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to join him and his best friend Percy for a day of engaging activities and fun adventures at Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019. Children are invited to spend the day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine and Percy pull into The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat on April 20, 27-28 and May 4-5 , 2019. Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019 is presented by Mattel.

This fun-filled event offers children and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine and pose for photos on-site with his best friend Percy, stars of the popular Thomas & Friends™ series. In addition, they will meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including toy play, photo ops, and much more.  The tour, now in its 24th year, will make 37 stops across the U.S. and Canada and is expected to welcome nearly one million passengers in 2019.

WHO:                   Thomas the Tank Engine and Percy


Try a Hobo Lunch on the Train

If your family is like mine, you have at least one kid that loves the train. We do train rides at every chance, with our favorite being the Strasburg Railroad in PA. While we love the train, sometimes you want to switch it up a little or add a little something to it. The hobo lunch is perfect way to bring the authentic feel of an old-time train ride without having to hop between moving cars or robbing the passengers while on horseback. 🙂

hobo lunchThe hobo lunch is available at the Strasburg Rail Road and includes your choice of Cheese Steak, Pulled Pork, sandwich or hot dog as your main dish. Each comes with potato chips, cookie, baked beans, and your choice of lemonade or iced tea. The real treat is the way each is served. The main dish, chips and cookie are all wrapped up in a knapsack and served off of a stick, the baked beans are dished out of a hot kettle, and the beverages are all served out of jars. The serving style is hobo all the way but the quality is far from it. The sandwiches are the main dishes and the baked beans are sweet and tangy, the chips light and crunchy, the cookie is a home-made treat. As icing on the cake, you get to bring home the knapsack as a keep-sake of your hobo lunch.

Strasburg Railroad- have some family fun!

(So says Little Man-) TRAINS RULE!

Little Man and a “Red Cap” friend, who is there to answer questions, help out, and make your day that much better 🙂

During our trip to Pennsylvania we went to a very cool destination. The Strasburg Railroad. Out in Lancaster, PA, located on Route 741, there is wonderful railroad station. Many train fanatics say it is the best in the USA for visitors and one of the most fantastic places left where you can actually ride in the old steam engines. This train station is large, restored and maintained beautifully, and you can feel the love that the conductors and employees have for their jobs. They are also AMAZING and so sweet to the kids.

With a Conductor- came to punch our tickets, stayed for a funny-face photo, LOL

While we were there, there was a school group on a filed trip as well as a retirement village out and about, taking some time to relax and enjoy the trains. They also have a great train museum. The Strasburg Railroad has a small town feel, and indeed, it is in the heart of Lancaster PA, which you know we love and visit yearly at least. However, the massive-ness of the trains can be breathtaking- and when the kids hear the first blow of the whistle they will go nuts! The train we rode on was “James” according to Little Man. Who knows, as long as he had a blast does it matter? You guys know that this is the home of Thomas, right? Starting in June, you can take a ride in Thomas the Tank Engine with A Day Out With Thomas.