Texas Train Tours for the Whole Family

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

There are two distinctive trains that operate in Texas that can be enjoyable for the entire 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 refurbished steam engine or an old Alco cab diesel. The stations at each end of the line have managed to hold on to their 1800's fashion look and feel, adding to the authenticity of the journey. The wilderness covered is picturesque and provides children a chance to see what historic train travel and accommodation was like.

The other exclusive 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 available as well. Once again, it's a excellent teaching experience 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 level of fun to your train trip, plan to go on Halloween or Christmas. There are exclusive train rides and events that happen for the duration of these two holidays. The Halloween tour involves a kid's costume judging contest, plenty 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 appropriately 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 added authenticity.

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