The very useful engine completed his annual visit to the Northwest Railway Museum on July 17, 2011 and by all accounts it was a successful and happy time for thousands of children. Live music, motor car rides, historical artifacts, and model trains were just a few of the many things to see and do at Day Out With Thomas 2011 in Snoqualmie, Washington.
This event marked the tenth annual visit of Thomas the Tank Engine and more than 16,026 people greeted him at the Snoqualmie Depot. They rode to Snoqualmie Falls on a twenty-minute excursion and enjoyed a variety of activities on the Depot lawn. Musical performances included Nancy Stewart, Eric Ode, Casper Baby Pants, and Brian Vogan and his Good Buddies who all performed to an enthusuastic crowd of children and adults.
A pool of 137 volunteers and 9 staff supported the event with awesome support from the City of Snoqualmie and the local business community. The Snoqualmie Valley Middle School provided off site parking too. And the Museum is grateful for the support and accommodation of the local residential community whose community was visited by nearly 3,000 people per day.
Day Out With Thomas 2011 was a successful event and proceeds are supporting the Northwest Railway Museum and the new Railway History Center. Day Out With Thomas 2012 is tentatively planned for July 2012 and tickets will be available to members beginning in March 2012.
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(Top) Sam from Shoreline assembed a lengthy and colorful train on the wooden railway train tables while visiting Day Out With Thomas.
(Video) Scenes from all six days of Day Out With Thomas 2011 with short clips from Eric Ode ("Barn Cat"), Casper Baby Pants ("Run Baby Run"), and Brian Vogan and his Good Buddies ("Pirate Song").