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Thomas the Tank Engine™ to Visit the WCRA Heritage Park June 1 - 3 & 8 - 10

Vancouver, B.C. &endash; Peep! Peep! Thomas the Tank Engine is set to roll into Squamish for the Day Out With Thomas 2007: All Aboard Tour. The event, which takes place June 1 - 3 and 8 - 10, will be hosted by the West Coast Railway Association (WCRA), www.wcra.org, at 39645 Government Road in Squamish.

For more than six decades, children have been captivated by the tales of Thomas the Tank Engine. Pulling out of the station for its 12th consecutive ride on the rails, the Day Out With Thomas 2007: All Aboard Tour will visit 45 cities in the United States and Canada. Presented by HIT Entertainment, Day Out With Thomas is the only place for families to take a ride with a 15-ton replica of everybody's favorite #1 engine, Thomas the Tank Engine, and enjoy Thomas-themed activities at the Imagination Station, including stamps, temporary tattoos and hands-on arts and crafts. Each year the tour grows, traveling to new destinations, adding new activities and welcoming new visitors.

Thomas the Tank Engine, star of Thomas & Friends™, on PBS KIDS® and PBS KIDS SproutSM will be kicking off his Day Out With Thomas 2007: All Aboard Tour in March and is expected to welcome more than 1 million passengers through December. This limited-engagement experience features a variety of Thomas & Friends-themed entertainment for the entire family, including:

A 25-minute (approximate) ride with Thomas the Tank Engine

The opportunity to meet and take a photo with Sir Topham Hatt™, Controller of the Railway

A Thomas & Friends Imagination Station; featuring stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts and crafts activities and coloring sheets.

Storytelling, video viewing and live music

The tour provides a unique, interactive family experience at every station, offering a variety of entertaining activities that reflect the local flavor of each stop. At the WCRA Heritage Park, activities will include clowns on every ride, bouncy castles, arts & crafts, toy train play area, etc.

The approximately 25-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine will depart every hour , rain or shine, between 9:00 AM & 5:00 PM daily. Tickets for the Day Out With Thomas 2007: All Aboard Tour are $18 for ages one and up.

Tickets are on sale now and are available by logging onto www.ticketweb.ca. or calling 888-222-6608 For more information and directions contact the WCRA at 604-681-4403 or visit www.wcra.org.

For general information or to find a Day Out With Thomas 2007: All Aboard Tour event near you, visit www.thomasandfriends.com.

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For high-resolution downloadable artwork or additional information please go to www.hitnewsonline.com, select U.S. media and then Day Out With Thomas 2007: All Aboard Tour.


About WCRA

The West Coast Railway Association (WCRA) is a non-profit society incorporated in 1961 under the Societies Act of British Columbia, and is a registered charity. Its goal is the Preservation of British Columbia's Railway Heritage. It is one of the larger non profit societies in the province, having over 1,500 active members who restore, preserve and maintain vintage railcars as well as administer and volunteer in the Association's activities.


About Thomas & Friends

Thomas & Friends invites children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. Thomas the Tank Engine was created by a father for his son more than 60 years ago. Today, families in more than 145 countries enjoy fun and adventure with their engine friends while experiencing timeless life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation.  Thomas & Friends is making tracks to great destinations on PBS KIDS® and PBS KIDS SproutSM. For more information about the world of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, please visit www.thomasandfriends.com.


About HIT Entertainment

HIT Entertainment, owned by private equity investment group Apax Partners since June 2005, is one of the world's leading independent children's entertainment producers and rights-owners. HIT's portfolio includes internationally renowned children's properties, such as Bob the Builder™, Barney™, Thomas & Friends, Pingu™, Rubbadubbers™ and Angelina Ballerina™. HIT acts as a representative for The Wiggles® in the UK, US and Canada and as worldwide representative for The Jim Henson Company's library of classic family brands, including Fraggle Rock™. HIT also owns the Guinness World Records™ publishing and television property and Fireman Sam™, a joint venture with S4C. Launched in 1989, HIT's lines of business span television and video production (including studios in the US and the UK), publishing, consumer products licensing and live events. With a catalog of more than 1,000 hours of young children's programming, HIT sells its shows to more than 240 countries worldwide, in more than 40 different languages and has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. In 2005, the Company joined Comcast Corporation, PBS and Sesame Workshop to launch PBS KIDS SproutSM, a 24-hour digital cable channel and VOD service for preschoolers. For more information, visit www.hitentertainment.com.