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Texas Train Tours for the Whole Family

For a soothing tour through the state of Texas, why not go on a train? Trains are a good way to take it easy and let someone else deliver you to your vacation spot without the hassle of flying. Plus, you can take in the extensive assortment of surroundings as you cross the state, something nearly impossible to do by car or airplane.

There are two unique trains that run in Texas that can be fun 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 refurbished 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 wilderness covered is picturesque and offers youngsters a opportunity to see what old-time train travel and accommodation 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 enjoyable 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 good teaching experience for the kids, and adults will have a good time recalling the smell and sounds of the trains they grew up with.

If you want to add an additional level of excitement 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 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 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 additional authenticity.

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