Day Out with Thomas

Experience New Zealand's only Day Out with Thomas - featuring The Fat Controller

Next Event: TBC


Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in Auckland we sadly have to announce the CANCELLATION of our Day Out with Thomas weekend scheduled for the 6th and 7th of November 2021.

Visitors who have pre-booked will shortly be contacted and will be refunded fully over the next couple of weeks. Please be patient as we work through the high number of bookings.

The safety and experience of our visitors is our top priority, and the Day Out with Thomas can only take place in Alert Level One where there are few restrictions on large events. This lockdown has also put us several weeks behind on our winter maintenance programme which includes work on our carriages and locomotives used for the Day Out with Thomas.

We are extremely disappointed to once again be unable to run the Day Out with Thomas, and are working hard to adapt the Day Out with Thomas experience so that we can bring Thomas back in 2022. In the meantime, we are continuing to work on bringing you smaller scale events and other family fun activities here at the Glenbrook Vintage Railway.

We will update you here and on Facebook first as soon as we know when the next Day Out with Thomas event can be held.


This is a fabulous event for the little "Thomas" fans (and the family too!)
Join Thomas & FriendsTM to enjoy train rides and take part in many Thomas-themed activities, most of which are free when you purchase the Event Pass.
Thomas the Tank Engine will be offering rides in his trucks. His friends Rusty and Terence will be there. And of course the Fat Controller will be in charge for the day.

What's On

Face painting, storytelling, bouncy castle and other fun activities will be available free with your Event Pass.

A wide range of Thomas & FriendsTM merchandise will be on sale, with hot and cold food and drinks available to purchase onsite.

Two trains, one diesel and one steam, will be operating 12km trips over the Glenbrook Vintage Railway Line to Fernleigh and return, departing at 30-minute intervals. The first train departs at 9.30am, with the last train departing at 4pm.

The site is open from 9am - 4pm. Scheduled train times are below and you will receive an information handout upon entry. We recommend that you allow 3 hours for your "Day Out With Thomas".


All tickets can be purchased at the event by cash or card.

Event Pass
Includes Steam or Diesel Train Trip (55 minutes return), Thomas Ride, and Children's Entertainment.
Adult $25
Child $10 (2 years to 14 years)
Family $70 (up to 2 adults and 4 of your own children)
Children under 2 years old ride free
Note: Your Event Pass gives each ticket holder one ride and also includes all children's entertainment (face painting, bouncy castle, and other activities within the Imagination Station area). With no Event Pass, children's entertainment will be at the marked prices.

Thomas Ride
A short trundle up and down the siding.
$5 per person, or free upon showing your event pass.
Children under 2 years old ride free

Face Painting
$5 per person or free upon showing your event pass.

Train Trip Timetable

Departure times may vary from those shown due to operational requirements.

Diesel Train
Departs Glenbrook Station

Steam Train
Departs Glenbrook Station

0930 (returns 1025)

1030 (returns 1125)

1130 (returns 1225)

1230 (returns 1325)

1330 (returns 1425)

1430 (returns 1525)

1530 (returns 1625)

1000 (returns 1055)

1100 (returns 1155)

1200 (returns 1255)

1300 (returns 1355)

1400 (returns 1455)

1500 (returns 1555)

1600 (returns 1655)


Parking is available on-site at Glenbrook Station (the main event site).
Please ensure you park your car at least 30 minutes prior to your train departure time.
Unfortunately there are no public transport options as trains do not run to Waiuku.

Unfortunately Bulgy the Bus will not be attending this event due to mechanical issues.

Day Out With ThomasTM
Thomas the Tank Engine & FriendsTM
Based on The Railway Series by The Reverend W. Awdry.
┬® 2021 Gullane (Thomas) Limited.
Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, Thomas & Friends and Day Out With Thomas are trademarks of Gullane (Thomas) Limited.