Thomas The Tank Engine™ Coming To Saint John, New Brunswick, Summer 2013

March 6

Atlantic Canada’s premier travel company, Ambassatours Gray Line, today announced an exciting new family festival for Saint John, New Brunswick. Day Out with Thomas™: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013 is a fun-filled event that provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas as well as participate in Thomas & Friends™ themed activities.

Thomas is pulling into the station for a larger than life experience at Day Out With Thomas: The GO GO Thomas Tour 2013, visiting Saint John for two back-to-back weekends: August 9-11 and 16-18, 2013.  Seen on the pages of favorite storybooks, in playrooms, and on the television screen, Thomas the Tank Engine™ is adored by little engineers everywhere.

During the Saint John event, little engineers and their families will take a 25-minute ride with NB Southern Railway from Uptown Saint John on their favorite engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt®, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas & Friends themed activities including arts & crafts, storytelling and more.

“The opportunity to ride in a real train pulled by a life-sized Thomas is a memorable and magical experience for children and their families.” said Dennis Campbell, President of Ambassatours Gray Line, “”We are delighted to be working with HIT Entertainment to bring this truly fun-filled family event to Saint John.”

The Saint John Day Out WIth Thomas: The Go-Go Thomas Tour 2013 is expected to welcome 12,000 eager passengers to the region. Saint John is the only location in Atlantic Canada ever selected to host Day Out With Thomas, and one of only four tour locations in the whole country. Ambassatours Gray Line brings Day Out With Thomas to Saint John with support from the City of Saint John, Discover Saint John, the New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, and the NB Southern Railway. The event is presented by HIT Entertainment and sponsored by MEGA Brands, a leading toy company, and all inclusive Hard Rock Hotels.

Thomas the Tank Engine is the long-time television star of Thomas & Friends.  Along with his engine friends, Thomas captivates children in more than 145 countries and 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. To date, 200 million Thomas & Friends books and e-books have been sold and the CG-animated Thomas & Friends series is more popular than ever, rating as one of the top programs for children ages 2 to 5[1].

Tickets for Day Out With Thomas for August in Saint John are available now on For general information on the Day Out With Thomas: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013 visit

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 About Ambassatours Gray Line

Ambassatours Gray Line is the premier motor coach operator in Atlantic Canada with operations in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.  Maintaining a fleet of over 70 highway coaches, mini buses, executive and business class motor coaches and novelty British Routemaster double deckers, Ambassatours is the “company with the kilts” and most recognizable for its “pink buses”. “never enough pink until there is a cure” is the headline of their charitable philanthropic efforts and strong connection to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.  While servicing the charter market throughout Atlantic Canada, Ambassatours Gray Line enjoys first billing as the major service provider of shore excursions tours and program services to all major cruise lines coming to our ports. Ambassatours Gray Line has been offering tours in the region since 1987 from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and, since 2010, from Saint John, New Brunswick.

 About Thomas & Friends™

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 life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation.  Thomas & Friends makes tracks to great destinations on PBS KIDS®, Sprout®and with downloadable episodes available through iTunes. For more information, please visit Follow Thomas on Facebook at and Twitter @TrueBlueEngine.

About HIT Entertainment

HIT Entertainment is one of the world’s leading children’s entertainment producers and rights owners. HIT Entertainment is a division of Fisher-Price.  HIT’s portfolio includes properties, such as Thomas & Friends, Barney®, Bob the Builder®, Fireman Sam®, Angelina Ballerina®, Mike the Knight™, Pingu® and Rainbow Magic®. Launched in 1989, HIT’s lines of business span television and video production, content distribution, publishing, consumer products licensing, digital media, and live events and has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. For more information, visit

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Ambassatours Gray Line President, Dennis Campbell


[1]  Nielsen: Live + 7-day playback, based on ratings per coverage area in August, September, October and November 2012


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