Thomas is leaving Sodor behind and is choo-chooing his way to Kirklees .

Thomas and Friends will visit the Kirklees Light Railway this summer.

As well as Thomas, visitors can expect to see Emily, Percy, Toby and Mavis too.

The popular narrow gauge railway, at Clayton West , will welcome the Really Useful Engines from Sodor on 21-22 July and 18-19 August.

A spokesperson for KLR said: “Visitors will have the opportunity to meet all the engines, the real-life Fat Controller plus some Troublesome Trucks.

“There will be donkey rides, face painting by the amazing artists at ArtiFaces, hi-jinx with Rusty and Dusty the platform sweepers and plenty of Thomas-themed activities in the Imagination Station - all this plus access to the fantastic new play area at Clayton West Station.

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“Thomas will only pull the first train of the day at 10am. After he completes his journey, he will stay at Clayton West Station to give his fans - both young and old - the opportunity to have a short ride, take part in some activities with him and to take a selfie or three.”

KLR advise that advance booking is strongly advised due to the popularity of the specials, although tickets will be available on the day for some of the later services.

Adult tickets cost £13, concessions £12 and tickets for children aged two to 16 cost £11. Children under two go free.

Family tickets are also available - £46 for two adults and two children; £51.50 for two adults and three children.

To book, visit www.dayoutwiththomas.co.uk/kirklees .

The Kirklees Light Railway opened to the public in October 1991 and runs along the old track bed of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway’s Clayton West Branch Line.

The 15-inch narrow gauge line runs for almost three and-a-half miles through the South Pennine foothills from Clayton West to Shelley.

And it’s one of our borough’s top tourist attractions - it welcomes 60,000 visitors per year, on average and the 2018 season will run until Christmas Eve.