Tour Texas by Train

For a soothing tour through the state of Texas, why not go on a train? Trains are a fantastic way to loosen up and let someone else deliver you to your destination without the headache of flying. Plus, you can take in the extensive variety of scenery as you go across the state, something almost impossible to do by car or airplane.

There are two distinctive trains that operate in Texas that can be fun for the whole family. One is called the Texas State Railroad and travels through east Texas from Rusk to Palestine. The passenger train is pulled by either a restored steam engine or an antique Alco cab diesel. The stations at each end of the line have managed to hold on to their 1800's style look and feel, adding to the authenticity of the journey. The territory covered is picturesque and provides kids a chance to see what historic train travel and accommodation was like.

The other unique railroad in Texas is the Austin Steam Train. This train is intended more for excursions than travel to a destination, but it’s just as enjoyable nonetheless. Passengers can select from three levels of luxury — coaches, which are open-window train cars, excursion cars that have heat and A/C, and finally, lounge cars, which are climate-controlled and have snacks available as well. Once again, it's a excellent teaching encounter for the kids, and adults will have a good time remembering the smell and sounds of the trains they grew up with.

If you want to add another layer of fun to your train trip, plan to go on Halloween or Christmas. There are special train rides and events that occur for the duration of these two holidays. The Halloween excursion involves a kid's costume judging contest, a lot of candy handed out, and ghost stories in the darkened cars. At Christmas, the train travels to the town of Burnet, where all of the residents are dressed in outfits and the city is appropriately decorated to look like Bethlehem during the time of Christ's birth. There are even domestic farm animals like goats, chickens, and cows, roaming the streets for extra authenticity.

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