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Texas Train Tours for the Whole Family

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

There are two unique trains that operate in Texas that can be enjoyable 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 antique 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 trip. The wilderness covered is beautiful and provides children a opportunity to see what old-time 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 fun 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 also. Once again, it's a excellent teaching encounter 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 include one more layer 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 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 festively 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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