Popular Texas Trains

For a soothing tour through the state of Texas, why not take a train? Trains are an excellent way to loosen up and let someone else deliver you to your vacation spot without the trouble of flying. Plus, you can take in the extensive variety of surroundings as you cross the state, something almost impossible to do by car or airplane.

There are two unique trains that operate in Texas that can be fun for the whole family. One is known as the Texas State Railroad and passes through east Texas from Rusk to Palestine. The passenger train is pulled by either a restored steam engine or an old Alco cab diesel. The stations at both ends of the line have managed to hold on to their 1800's style look and feel, adding to the authenticity of the trip. The territory covered is picturesque and offers children a opportunity 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 offered also. Once again, it's a excellent teaching encounter for the children, and adults will have a good time recalling the smell and sounds of the trains they grew up with.

If you want to add one more layer of excitement to your train trip, plan to go on Halloween or Christmas. There are unique train rides and events that occur during these two holidays. The Halloween tour consists of a kid's costume judging contest, a lot of candy handed out, and ghost stories in the darkened cars. At Christmas, the train goes to the town of Burnet, where all of the residents are dressed in outfits and the city is properly adorned to resemble Bethlehem during the time of Christ's birth. There are even domestic farm animals like goats, chickens, and cows, roaming the streets for additional authenticity.

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