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Train Travel in Texas - Enjoy a Historical Train Ride

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By Wendy Pan

 

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.

 

 

Texas State Railroad

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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 them all.

 

Added February, 2009

 

 

 

Amtrak's Texas Eagle, photo courtesy Railpix

 

About the Author: Wendy Pan is an accomplished niche website developer and author. 

 

Article Source: Ezine Articles

 

Compiled and edited by Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated October, 2012.

 

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