Tour Texas by Train

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

There are two distinctive trains that operate in Texas that can be fun for the entire 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 aged 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 wilderness covered is picturesque and provides youngsters a opportunity to see what historic train travel and lodging was like.

The other unique railroad in Texas is the Austin Steam Train. This train is designed 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 fantastic 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 include another level of fun to your train trip, plan to go on Halloween or Christmas. There are special train rides and events that happen during these two holidays. The Halloween tour includes a kid's costume judging contest, plenty 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 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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