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 fantastic way to unwind and let someone else deliver you to your destination without the trouble of flying. Plus, you can take in the extensive selection of scenery as you cross the state, something practically impossible to do by car or airplane.

There are two unique 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 fashion look and feel, adding to the authenticity of the trip. The wilderness covered is picturesque and offers children a opportunity to see what old-time train travel and lodging was like.

The other exclusive 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 pick 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 fun, too, recalling the smell and sounds of the trains they grew up with.

If you want to add another level of fun to your train trip, plan to go on Halloween or Christmas. There are special train rides and events that happen for the duration of 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 resemble Bethlehem during the time of Christ's birth. There are even domestic farm animals like goats, chickens, and cows, roaming the streets for extra authenticity.

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