Explore the Rails is an interactive and STEM-based Thomas and Friends themed exhibit touring different US and Canadian children's museums. Visitors have the chance to explore Thomas' cab, learn about Thomas and Friends' history, and role-play as railway staff. Television series models of Thomas, Emily and Diesel are currently on display at the exhibit.
- Climb inside Thomas' cab to explore his inner workings
- Remove and replace parts to fix Percy's wobbly wheel, buffers, funnel and lamp
- Fill Percy with coal and water so he can deliver the mail
- Suit up as the conductor and sell tickets to ride the train
- Load and sort luggage and freight into train cars
- Explore the history of Thomas and Friends through books, television series clips including clips from Shining Time Station episodes, and toys.
- Plan and build navigation routes to favorite destinations on the gigantic Wooden Railway replica of the Island of Sodor
- The Shining Time Station clips were from the episodes Does it Bite?, He Loves Me He Loves Me Not, and Mr. Conductor's Movie. They also contain clips from The Sad Story of Henry and Tender Engines from their respective Shining Time Station premiere episodes.
- The television series clips were from the episodes Thomas and Gordon, Henry and the Elephant, Emily's Rubbish, Wayward Winston, Thomas' Shortcut, and Not So Slow Coaches.