New train to replace Thomas at Drusillas

It's full steam ahead for Drusillas and its new train following the departure of the popular Thomas ride.

Friday, 10th March 2017, 10:14 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:05 am
Safari Express train arrives at Drusillas SUS-171003-100447001
Safari Express train arrives at Drusillas SUS-171003-100447001

The new Safari Express will open on March 31. Undertaking an epic journey of its own, the Safari Express arrived at the park after travelling more than 400 miles by lorry from the Metallbau-Emmein factory in Germany. The 3.5 tonnes bespoke safari engine was hoisted onto its tracks by a huge mechanical crane earlier this month.

Part of the Go Safari! project, the Safari Express is just one of three exciting new attractions coming to the Park. Joining the train will be the Hippopotobus and the Flying Cheetahs (due to open in June).

Laurence Smith, managing director at Drusillas, said, “We are very excited about the arrival of the Safari Express; the first of three new rides for 2017.

“Although Drusillas Park is a zoo first and foremost, leisure aspects have been part of the Drusillas mix throughout our 90 year history and we are confident that Go Safari! will be another great addition. The project represents a million pound investment for the park and is our biggest undertaking to date.”