“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” ~ Will Rogers
There’s nothing quite as reminescent as the whistle of a train, and it’s quite easy to fool yourself into thinking you hear one as you walk along Downtown Historic Grapevine, with it’s renovated buildings, boutique shops and small town charm. But since 1993, the sound of the train whistle in Grapevine has been a part of the allure to this iconic Texas town!
Know Before You Go
Bring a small blanket during cold weather.
Concessions accept cash and credit cards.
During the ride, you can purchase a photograph of your group aboard the train.
Group rates are available for 12 or more.
Plan plenty of time before your trip to walk around downtown Grapevine, visit the shops and unique stores, such as Vetro Glassblowing and the Grapevine Blacksmith Shop.
The train gift shop has shirts, toys and other commemorative items.
Concessions are sold on the train, including popcorn, candy, sodas and water. Food and drinks cannot be brought onto the train.
The Grapevine Vintage Railroad has 2 train engines that pull the Victorian coaches; the 1896 steam locomotive, Puffy, and Vinny, the 1953 diesel engine.
Touring Class tickets offer these amazing windows, which are removed during the summer to allow open-air seating. There is no air conditioning on the touring class, but they are heated during the winter months.
First Class has temperature controlled cars with padded seats, great for longer excursions! After a full day trip of exploring both Grapevine and the Stockyards, the seats are a wonderful place for a nap on the way home, where the sound of the tracks can easily lull you to sleep!
Day Out With Thomas is fun for youngest children, and the entire family! Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets!
The train cars are all decorated for their annual Christmas events, such as the North Pole Express and December Wine Trains.
The North Pole Express is a magical experience for children of all ages! The train runs along the rail to the sounds of Christmas carols, and is greeted by Santa at the North Pole! Visitors to the North Pole leave the train and enjoy a “Snow Milk” drink with Santa in a keepsake mug, and get a photo with Santa himself!
Tickets sell out fast for the North Pole Express, and go on sale during the summer!
Grapevine is known as the Christmas Capital of Texas, and all of Downtown Historic Grapevine is decorated for the holidays! Click HERE for more to do during the Christmas season!
Operating most Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year, the Grapevine Historic Train takes guest on a fun-filled ride from Grapevine to the Historic Stockyards. Once in the stockyards, you have about an hour and 45 minutes to tour and/or grab something to eat. For more of things to do in The Stockyards, click HERE.
More to do in Historic Downtown Grapevine
There are several dining options, but our favorite is Esparanza’s Restaurante Mexicano, housed in a late 1800’s home, but the big patio is the preferred dining location!
Big Fish Seafood Grill and Bar is another favorite, with a cute setting in one of the old buildings. Don’t miss the fish tacos!
The Grapevine Blacksmith Shop gives visitors a chance to watch a real blacksmith shop as artist Will Frary heats the billows and hammers unique pieces, and some small pieces for sale. Lessons are available. Click HERE to visit their website.
Grapevine Vintage Railroad
705 S. Main St. Grapevine
Click HERE to visit their website
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