CHILDREN'S favourite Thomas the Tank Engine returns to the Watercress Line this summer.

The heritage railway will play host to Thomas and his friends from August 3 to 11 with a day of fun, activities and entertainment for all the family.

The sweeping duo Rusty and Dusty will return to Day Out With Thomas, bringing a whole lot of mischief with their cheeky storytelling and magic performances.

Visitors can meet Thomas and enjoy unlimited trips behind the famous engine as well as the Watercress Line’s home fleet and miniature railway.

Plus, the Fat Controller will be poised to greet everyone and ready for photo opportunities.

Families can make a day of it with a host of food options and the hugely popular vintage fairground rides, Dobbies and chair-o-planes, at Ropley Station.

Tickets are on sale now at