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Thomas the Tank Engine returning to East Lancashire Railway

THE East Lancashire Railway (ELR) has confirmed that everyone’s favourite blue engine, Thomas the Tank Engine, will return to its tracks this summer.

For four dates in August and October, young engineers and their families will once again be able to enjoy the popular Day Out With Thomas experience at ELR during which the heritage locomotive will take them on a 45-minute round trip through Burrs Country Park and Summerseat.

Visitors will embark on their journey at Bury, where guests will be greeted by The Fat Controller, before Thomas makes a final stop at Ramsbottom station.

The experience continues off-board, with performances from Sodor’s cheeky station sweepers Rusty and Dusty at Bury Transport Museum and Thomas-themed activities in the Imagination Station.

ELR chairman Mike Kelly, said: “It’s an understatement to say we are more than delighted that Thomas & Friends will be returning to the ELR in August and October. I remember sitting down with my children and now grandchildren to read Thomas & Friends stories and watch them on TV.”