Adirondack Scenic Railroad Day Out With Thomas
Thoms the Tank Engine came to Utica NY to the Adirondack Scenic Railroad

About the Event

The Children's Museum of Utica, NY

The Utica area 2004 A Day out With Thomas, sponsored by the Adirondack Scenic Railway, will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday June 18, 19, 20, and 25, 26, and 27, 2004 from 9AM to 5PM. The main event is a ride aboard an Adirondack Scenic Railway train pulled by Thomas the Tank Engine. A host of other events in and around Union Station in Utica, NY and the adjacent Utica Children’s Museum will make for a fun-filled day for all fans of Thomas and Friends. The museum is handicapped accessible and fully air conditioned for your convenience and comfort.

Entertainment on the museum's second floor area will be provided by Smiley the Clown and Magician Jim Oakey. The Lego Users of Central New York (LUCNY) will be setting up and operating a 12 foot by 40 foot display of Lego Trains in Utica, NY, during the Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine event. The layout will be housed inside the Children’s Museum on the third floor. Come and see an entire city built entirely of Lego® Brand building toys and watch the Lego trains speed along the various parts of the layout.

Ticket price for the Day Out With Thomas event is $14.00 for ages one and up. Advance purchase tickets required by calling 866-468-3401 or online at TicketWeb. All train tickets are reserve seating for the time you selected and shown on your ticket. If your train ride is late in the afternoon, plan to arrive one to two hours early to see and enjoy all the other events and activites. Because the LUCNY train exhibit will be housed inside the Utica Children’s Museum, the display will remain in place and in operation during the week between the Thomas event, June 21 thru 24. During that time, normal museum admission of $4.00 per child or adult will be charged for all visitors.

Note that if you are only coming to see the LUCNY Lego display or the entertainment in the musuem during the days of the Thomas event, you need only pay normal $4.00 museum admission. Parking is free any time. Also, on permanent exhibit at the Childrens Musuem is an old Alco Diesel switcher locomotive and a retired Santa Fe Super-Chief style streamliner dining car.

Other Details at the following websites:
Thomas the Tank Engine
Adirondack Scenic Railway
Lego Users of Central New York


Above: Thomas arrived in Utica at Union Station, courtesy of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad

A Utica Fire Dept. truck parked outside museum

Coloring tables are enjoyed by kids of all ages

A young man enjoys third floor trains

Youngsters had fun designing their own lego creations from the museum's & CNY's lego table

Magician Ray Amendelore of Amendolare Magic Productions had kids & adults alike intrigued

DJ Pat Putrello entertained the crowds on our 2nd floor stage area w/a Big Apple music system

Smiley the Clown & Friends performed to overflow crowds with their clown act & balloon making

Kids enjoyed our Int'l Hall of Fame for Bicycling, Rowing, Canoeing, Kayaking exhibits

Above: Adults & kids took a break while watching videos. Right: a youngster enjoying the museum's 1st floor PlayStation

Above: popular tatoo station; Right - dancing to the music


2003: The Adirondack Scenic Railroad hosted a fantastic children's event on June 20-22 (Fri.-Sun.) and June 27-29 (Fri.-Sun.) at a Day Out With Thomas™.  Each day, Utica's Union Station & the Children's Museum was transformed into fun-filled destinations with many things to do for families and Thomas enthusiasts. Ticket holders took a train ride on a full-size Adirondack Scenic passenger coach with Thomas pulling the train. Nine Adirondack Scenic Railroad trains per day operated hourly from  9am to 5pm, with nearly 20,000 people enjoying the rides.

The Children's Museum, open from 9:30am to 4:30pm the six Thomas days, saw nearly 12,000 people come through the doors. Events that took place in the Children's Museum included: 1st floor, children under 5 years of age enjoyed our life-size wooden train while listening to songs on a Big Apple musical system. 2nd floor stage area, children of all ages enjoyed storytelling on the hour (10am to 4pm) & live entertainment on the half hour (10:30am to 3:30pm). Live entertainment included D-Jay Pat Putrello, Smiley the Clown & Friends, Amendolare Magic Productions, and various musical acts. 3rd floor, children of all ages were able to color pictures and get washable tatooes, enjoy videos, and interact with exhibit by CNY Lego Users.

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