Monday, March 21, 2011

"Day Out With Thomas" at the Heber Valley Railroad

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS: LEADER OF THE TRACK TOUR 2011
COMES TO THE HEBER VALLEY RAILROAD MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Thomas the Tank Engine™ visiting Heber City May 26-30

HEBER CITY, Utah (March 17, 2011) – It’s “Steamies” versus “Diesels” and our favorite No.1 engine is right on track! Thomas the Tank Engine™ is set to roll into Heber City, Utah for the Day Out With Thomas™: Leader of the Track Tour 2011. All little engineers are invited to cheer him on and take a ride with Thomas May 26 through May 30, 2011, will be hosted by the Heber Valley Railroad,  presented by HIT Entertainment and sponsored by MEGA Brands.

For 66 years, children have been captivated by the courageous adventures of Thomas and his engine friends. Pulling out of the station for its 16th consecutive ride on the rails, the Day Out With Thomas: Leader of the Track Tour 2011 will visit more than 45 cities in the United States and Canada. Day Out With Thomas is the only place for families to take a ride with a 15-ton replica of everybody’s favorite No. 1 engine, Thomas the Tank Engine and enjoy Thomas-themed activities.

The arrival of Thomas the Tank Engine, star of Thomas & Friends™, on PBS KIDS® and PBS KIDS SproutSM to Heber City for the Memorial Day weekend has become a popular holiday event attracting more than 20,000 riders in just five days. Day Out with Thomas 2011 activities include:

·        A 25-minute (approximate) ride with Thomas the Tank Engine
·        The opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt™, Controller of the Railway 
·        A Thomas & Friends Imagination Station; featuring stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts & crafts activities and coloring sheets
·        Commemorative activities, merchandise and giveaways to celebrate the 2011 Thomas & Friends DVD movie “Day of the Diesels” (Sept. 2011, Lionsgate), including:
o       A video viewing area that shows how steam engines work differently from diesel engines
o       Diesel engine tattoos
o       A special giveaway character wheel showcasing Steamie and Diesel engines from the world of Thomas & Friends
·        Storytelling and live music by the Pied Piper of Percussion
  
The approximately 25-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine will depart every 45 minutes, rain or shine, with varying departure times each day. Tickets for the Day Out With Thomas: Leader of the Track Tour 2011 are $16-$18 plus tax (service charges may apply) for all passengers ages two and up.

Tickets are on sale now by calling toll-free 800-888-TIXX (8499) or logging onto www.ticketweb.com/dowt.

For more information and directions contact the Heber Valley Railroad at (435) 654-5601 or www.hebervalleyrailroad.org.



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Press Contact: Bethany Hyatt, 801-828-5357, bhyatt@intrepidagency.com

About the Heber Valley Railroad
The Heber Valley Historic Railroad dates back to 1899 when trains served the pioneers who first settled the valley and now operates as non-profit organization. Today, vintage coaches are pulled over this beautiful vista by two 1907 Baldwin steam locomotives and three vintage diesel electric locomotives. Over 95,000 passengers ride the train each year and that number is steadily growing. For more information on the Heber Valley Railroad and their 2011 schedule, visit www.hebervalleyrailroad.org.

Thomas the Tank Engine was created by a father for his son over 65 years ago and today is enjoyed by families in more than 185 territories and in 30 languages.  The #1 blue engine and his friends invite children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. Children embark on adventures with their engine friends while experiencing timeless life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation.  Thomas & Friends makes tracks to great destinations on PBS KIDS®, PBS KIDS SproutSM and with downloadable episodes available through iTunes. For more information about the world of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, please visit www.thomasandfriends.com.


About HIT Entertainment
HIT Entertainment is one of the world's leading independent children's entertainment producers and rights-owners. HIT's portfolio includes properties, such as Barney™, Bob the Builder™, Thomas & Friends™, Pingu™, Fireman Sam™, Angelina Ballerina™ and Rainbow Magic™. HIT represents Chapman Entertainment’s Fifi and the Flowertots™ and Roary the Racing Car™ in North America, as well as Wallace & Gromit™, Shaun the Sheep™, Timmy Time™ and Aardman Classics from Aardman Animations.  HIT also acts as representative for The Wiggles® in the UK. Launched in 1989, HIT’s lines of business span television and video production, content distribution, publishing, consumer products licensing and live events and has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan.  HIT is a part-owner of US-based preschool channel, PBS KIDS SproutSM. For more information, visit www.hitentertainment.com.

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