Who here has been on a vintage train ride?? Did you know we have one in the heart of the Metroplex? The Grapevine Vintage Railroad takes passengers back in time each weekend. Puffing down the track at a leisurely pace to the Ft. Worth Stockyards and back, everyone enjoys the full day experience. It is a perfect family outing.
The Grapevine Vintage Railroad has 2 historic locomotives, Puffy (a 1896 steam engine) and Vinny (a 1953 diesel engine) and 6 beautifully restored Victorian coaches. During the summer, the GVRR offers the Trinity River Run on Fridays, along with their regular Saturday & Sunday runs to the Fort Worth Stockyards. The Friday trips are only one hour long, perfectly timed for those little ones. During the rest of the year, you can enjoy a longer day ride – a great way to spend a fall day!
The beginning of the ride is through Grapevine. We found it charming that folks were so friendly. At every crossing everyone in their cars waved at the adorable little hands waving at them.
You have two options on most rides – The open air coaches, one of which includes a snack bar that features popcorn, candy, and bottled drinks. Or you can choose to sit in the air conditioned coach. This one is much cooler, but you loose the sounds and smells of the train ride (maybe you want that?). During the fall, the open air coaches are the best – there is always a cool breeze and you get to experience everything up close.
Kids love a ride on the train – this is the mesmerized view you will look at the majority of the ride, no matter what the age. The trip down to the Stockyards and back really makes for a great family outing.