Texas is one of the largest and one of the most beautiful states in
America. Texas is marked by several different types of geography, making
train travel an enjoyable, interesting and historical activity.
There are the interior lowlands in Texas, which include the North Central
Plains, where the National Park, Lake Meredith National Recreation Area is
located. There are the Great Plains, which include the cities of Austin,
Odessa, Midland and
Amarillo. The Great Plains are rolling hills made of
shrub and grassland. The Palo Duro Canyon and Caprock Canyon State Parks
are located in the Great Plains. Traveling by train in this region is not
only relaxing but also filled with spectacular views.
When aiming to travel by train in Texas, there are many options to
choose from. The Texas State Railroad is a historic passenger train
that runs through East Texas.
The geography the railroad covers
consists of pine woods where there is abundant wildlife, binoculars
and cameras are encouraged. This is a great trip for the children to
get to experience the beauty of Texas wildlife.
Both steam and diesel engine train excursions are available. The
depots served by this train are located in Palestine and Rusk. They
still maintain their original 19th century charm and coupled with
hospitality southern style, an excursion on the Texas State Railroad
can only prove to be an enjoyable adventure.
When you travel by train in Texas, it's always a good idea to research
which railroad would best suit you and your family's idea of a fun
vacation. Not only does Texas have to offer their State Railroad, but
there is the Austin Steam Train to choose from as well. Here you have
a choice of three different types of cars to ride in. The coach cars,
which are the simplest and least expensive fares, have no heat or air
conditioning in them. The excursion cars, the moderate one of the
three, has both air conditioning and heat, while the lounge cars are
the most luxurious with heat, air conditioning and snacks.
These trains are historic. One is pulled by a 1960 Alco Diesel
Electric engine, and there is also a 1916 steam engine which has been
restored. When you travel by train in Texas you can sign up for one of
the big events the trains offer. There is a Halloween event in
October, the Halloween Bertram Flyer for Kids. There is an onboard
Halloween costume contest, candy to be trick or treated, and the
telling of ghost stories. Another popular event is the Main Street
Bethlehem, a Christmas attraction meant to mimic the sights and sounds
of Bethlehem 2,000 years ago. There is plenty of time to eat dinner
and shop, and then the town of Burnet becomes a mini Bethlehem with
people dressed in period costumes and chickens, goats and even cattle
roaming the streets.
Or, you could travel by train in Texas via Amtrak, which offers a
service called The Texas Eagle. Amtrak offers sleeper cars, coaches,
lounges, and dining cars. The Heartland Flyer runs from Fort Worth to
Oklahoma City and runs two trains daily.
Whichever track you choose to travel,
Texas is filled with such
beautiful scenery and wildlife; you may find yourself wanting to ride
Added February, 2009
Amtrak's Texas Eagle, photo courtesy