Popular Texas Trains

For a relaxing tour through the state of Texas, why not take a train? Trains are a great way to loosen up and let someone else deliver you to your vacation spot without the headache of flying. Plus, you can take in the extensive variety of surroundings as you travel across the state, something practically impossible to do by car or airplane.

There are two special trains that run in Texas that can be enjoyable for the whole family. One is known as 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 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 journey. The territory covered is beautiful and provides kids a opportunity to see what historic train travel and lodging was like.

The other distinctive 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 entertaining nonetheless. Passengers can choose 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 fantastic teaching encounter for the children, and adults will have a good time remembering the smell and sounds of the trains they grew up with.

If you want to add one more layer of fun to your train trip, plan to go on Halloween or Christmas. There are unique train rides and events that happen during these two holidays. The Halloween excursion includes 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 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 additional authenticity.

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