It’s almost Thomas the Tank Engine time in Medina

Photo by Ginny Kropf: Thomas the Tank Engine sits in the station while passengers board during a previous year’s Day Out With Thomas at Medina Railroad Museum. The legendary engine will be at Medina Railroad Museum for a four-day run this Saturday and Sunday, and then the following weekend, May 26-27.

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 17 May 2023 at 8:21 am

MEDINA – After an absence of two years due to Covid and a shortened run last year, Thomas the Tank Engine will be back at Medina Railroad Museum, beginning this weekend.

This year’s theme, Let’s Get Colorful, will be evident in Thomas’ new paint job and the activities on the grounds of the Medina Railroad Museum.

Thomas first thrilled youngsters and their families at the Medina Railroad Museum in 2005. Annually passengers came from across the United States to ride the train of storybook fame.

Tickets to ride the train also include admission to the Medina Railroad Museum, and give riders the opportunity to earn a Color Badge, say hello to Sir Topham Hat and explore the Color Corner, formerly known as Imagination Station.

Activities this year will include carnival games, two holes of miniature golf, a color corner, play pod, corn hole hopscotch, the game of Sodor 4 (a take on Connect 4),  face painting, coloring, play tables and power wheels.

 The day will also feature live entertainment, a gift tent and food court across the street at the Senior Citizens Center with food trucks, kettle corn, cotton candy and more. Also in the Senior Center will be a baby changing station, nursing area, Thomas books to read and coffee for sale.

Train rides depart every 45 minutes from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some times are sold out, but tickets still remain for other times. Tickets can be purchased by logging on to

Grounds will open at 8 a.m. and remain open until 5 p.m. each day of the event.