National Train Day at the Historic Jefferson Railway

 

 

Celebrate National Train Day aboard the Historic Jefferson Railway

 

On May 7, 2011, the 4th Annual National Train Day will be a coast-to-coast celebration. Don’t miss out on your chance to ride an authentic steam train at the Historic Jefferson Railway. In celebration of Mother’s Day, mothers receive a 10% discount when accompanied by their children.

Amtrak will supply Jr. Conductor hats and attendees can register for a free round-trip aboard an Amtrak train.

The Historic Jefferson Railway recreates the Golden Era of Steam railroading with day trains each Saturday at 2:30 and 4:30 through Labor Day weekend. Steam hissing, whistle blowing and pistons chuggin, Old Engine #7 will take you on a scenic trip along the Big Cypress Bayou. As you roll through the history laden Piney Woods, you’ll view a Confederate Powder Magazine and traverse the site of one of the oldest, historical towns in Texas.

The train rolls right by the home of the Boggy Creek monster as depicted in the feature horror movie, “Boggy Creek”, filmed in Jefferson and Uncertain. The movie is loosely based on the old Big Foot or Sasquatch legends, says Brian T. Jaynes, director and producer.

The Winter schedule will run until school is out in June. Saturday evening features the infamous Ghost Train at 9:00 which carries you deep into the dark woods along the Bayou, sharing tales that will make you reach for your loved ones! Historic Jefferson Railway is very proud to have been nominated as one of the Best Excursion Railroad Theme Trains for its Ghost Train by the readers of Cowcatcher magazine for the First Annual 2009 Gold Rail Awards.

Start the evening with free Jefferson Ghost Stories at the historic “haunted” train depot. Our story-teller will keep you at the edge of your seat as we tell stories about famous and not-so-famous Ghosts of Jefferson and Northeast Texas each Saturday evening at 8:00.

The Railway has become a part of the thriving community of Jefferson sponsoring major events throughout the year that bring over 20,000 visitors to Jefferson. Patrons look forward all year to the Terror on the Bayou Fright Train, Trammel’s Trace Rendezvous, Rail of Lights Christmas & New Year’s Train and Diamond Don’s National Vintage Motocross.

The train was built in 1964 for Six Guns Territory in Florida and moved to Jefferson in 1986. It is a Crown Metals reproduction of the 1870’s American class 4-4-0 steam locomotive christened the Robert E. Lee and known as Engine #7. The open car coach seats still carry the custom medallions cast into them designed especially for the Six Guns amusement park.

May 6 and 7, 2011
Adults $12, plus sales tax. Children under 6 FREE
Active Military & Seniors receive 10% discount
Mothers receive a 10% discount when accompanied by their children

Friday
Depot opens at 9:00 am
9:30, 11:30, 1:30
Fireside Ghost Stories at 8:00 pm
Ghost Train at 9:00 pm

Saturday
Depot opens at 10:00 am
Train departs at 12:30, 2:30 & 5:30
Fireside Ghost Stories at 8:00 pm
Ghost Train at 9:00 pm

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