Tour Texas by Train

For a calming tour through the state of Texas, why not take a train? Trains are a great way to unwind and let somebody else deliver you to your destination without the headache of flying. Plus, you can take in the wide variety of scenery as you travel across the state, something almost impossible to do by car or airplane.

There are two unique trains that operate in Texas that can be entertaining for the whole 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 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 trip. The wilderness covered is picturesque and offers children a chance 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 designed more for excursions than travel to a destination, but it’s just as entertaining 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 as well. Once again, it's a excellent teaching encounter for the kids, 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 exclusive train rides and events that happen for the duration of these two holidays. The Halloween excursion consists of 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 properly decorated 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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