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Texas Railroad Lovers’ Road Trip Through the Hill Country

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If you love locomotives, can’t get enough cabooses, and rave for railroads, you need to take this trip through the Texas Hill Country. From train rides to spooky, abandoned tunnels, you can experience railroads in the Texas Hill Country in a new way. Don’t miss this Texas railroad lover’s road trip through the Hill Country.

Hill Country Flyer Train

Austin Steam Train Association's Train Travels Most Weekends

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Ride the rails on a restored diesel train with the Austin Steam Train Association. Train rides occur regularly on weekends, though tickets tend to sell out quickly. If you don’t know which ride to take, opt for the six-hour Hill Country Flyer. It takes two hours each way with a two-hour lunch break between. This ride gives you the chance to travel as people once did in the 1950s or 1960s. Don’t miss this opportunity to take a ride into history.

Old Tunnel State Park

An Old Railroad Tunnel Has Turned into a Bat Cave

Photo: Facebook/Old Tunnel State Park – Texas Parks and Wildlife

Visiting Old Tunnel State Park gives you a rare chance to see a Texas railroad tunnel. Due to the gently sloping landscape of the Hill Country, train tunnels are not very common. The train that ran to Fredericksburg once ran through this tunnel, but over time, many rail lines were decommissioned, including this one. Today, millions of bats make their homes in this tunnel from May through October. Try to visit when you can watch a bat flight. Seeing millions of creatures flying out of the tunnel at sunset will be a memory you will cherish for life whether you include yourself among railroad buffs or not.

Texas Transportation Museum

Texas Transportation Museum has exhibits on Texas railroad history

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Explore a variety of types of transportation people have used through history, including trains at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio. Your $10 admission gets you into the museum and it gets you a train ride around the property. Visit here if you have young budding railroad buffs because this museum has exhibits for the entire family.

New Braunfels Railroad Museum

New Braunfels Railroad Museum
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