Adventure seekers that want to sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery, yet experience a bit of the Old West Texas culture, can choose between several fascinating trips by rail. Although Texas was not originally a major part of the intercontinental train system in the United States, it quickly became one due to the major demand for cattle within the nation, as well as the rising need for transportation of goods and people within the region. A number of these historic railways still exist; and fortunately a number of historic organizations have come together to keep rail cars still traveling along these lines to entertain and inform visitors.
The Amazing Austin Steam Train
Originally built as a narrow gauge railroad, passenger trips on The Amazing Austin Steam Train through the beautiful Blackland Prairie occur year round. Depending on the time of the year, trips begin in the tiny community of Cedar Park, and they will travel to either Bertram or Burnet, which are both located just east of Inks Lake. On weekends, a Wild West show begins in Burnet as soon as the train pulls into the destination to give visitors the experience of an authentic showdown. Special holiday excursions are available, and exclusive Midnight Flyer trips are scheduled regularly.
Get on Board the Grapevine Vintage Railroad
Just outside of Fort Worth, Texas is one of the most authentic Texas train experiences one could desire. Travel in vintage passenger cars from the 20s and 30s and get pulled by one of two locomotives. The oldest is lovingly dubbed as “Puffy” and is circa 1896, while the other option is a vintage diesel from 1953. This railroad operation offers several trip options that include a trip to the legendary Fort Worth Stockyards, the Trinity River Route, and both take a tour of Texas’ historic Cow Town. Specialty rides are offered year round including train robbery reenactments, birthday celebrations and chartered tours.
Hop on the Historic Jefferson Railway
Ambiance and intrigue are always on board the Jefferson Railway. This railway service offers traditional daytime trips through the East Texas piney woods and travels along the bayou where legends claim the Boggy Creek Monster, a.k.a. Bigfoot, wanders. However, holidays are a specialty of the folks at this railroad, and they take rail car trips to the next level in honor of most of them. The administrators plan dozens of seasonally appropriate, exhilarating trips, and these excursions are nothing short of outstanding. This railway is pet friendly, and well-behaved four-legged friends are welcome to come on-board.
Explore the majestic Lone Star State by traditional rail car journeys, and enjoy some of the Old West experiences the same way early settlers did. Enjoying an outing on the rails brings people closer to the past and allows them to have a unique experience that is not nly adventurous, but also historical in nature.