Tour Texas by Train

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 extensive selection of scenery as you travel across the state, something nearly impossible to do by car or airplane.

There are two special trains that run in Texas that can be entertaining for the whole family. One is called 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 aged 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 territory covered is picturesque and provides children 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 as well. Once again, it's a great teaching encounter for the children, and adults will have fun, too, remembering the smell and sounds of the trains they grew up with.

If you want to include an additional level of fun to your train trip, plan to go on Halloween or Christmas. There are unique train rides and events that occur for the duration of 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 travels to the town of Burnet, where all of the residents are dressed in outfits and the city is appropriately 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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