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Jefferson Train Days

May 7th, 2014 by carriagehouse

The Jay Gould Rail Car "Atalanta"

ALL ABOARD for Jefferson Train Days, May 17th and 18th.  Tickets are now available online at www.JeffersonTrainDays.com or call 866-398-2038. One boarding pass admits you to four destinations. You will want to get your tickets early as seating is limited on the train.

Ride the Historic Jefferson Railway and experience The Lonely West Traveling Gun Show, including cowboys, guns and a train robbery.  Visit the R.D. Moses model train layout at the Jefferson Historical Society and Museum.  Tour the resplendent business car, Atalanta, that belonged to the rail baron, Jay Gould. See the model train show, layouts and vendors at the Jefferson Transportation Center.

Hear the sounds of yesterday at the Whistle Toot where more than thirty whistles will sound off.  Patrons can blow the whistles and whistle enthusiasts can bring their own. There will be educational clinics for model railroaders, too.  Come out for the day or for the weekend. There is a lot for the family to do in Jefferson Texas.

Jefferson Civil War Days

April 10th, 2014 by carriagehouse

Civil War
The Great Locomotive Chase – The Andrews Raid & Naval Battle of Port Jefferson

The Historic Jefferson Railway captures the spirit of the Civil War during Pilgrimage & Civil War Weekend in Jefferson, May 3 and 4, 2014, by recreating the battle of the Great Locomotive Chase with soldiers, sailors and Marines from the North and South.  The living history camps along the Big Cypress Bayou come alive as the cannons fire and the battle rages to gain possession of the train.  The gripping tale of The Andrews Raid is the Civil War’s most fascinating railroad story.

The Great Locomotive Chase and Naval Battle of Port Jefferson will be held on Saturday, May 3, with trains departing from the Historic Jefferson Railway in downtown Jefferson at 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 7:00 and Sunday, May 4 at 11:30.  Ticket price is $15 Adults; $12 Children under 12; 10% senior and active military discount.  Lap children under 4, free.   A portion of each ticket will be donated to the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.  We will have ticket sales online within the next few days, or call Melissa for reservations. 903-742-2041.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Friday is a day of learning for school groups, sponsored by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, to draw attention to the history and romance of the Civil War way of life.  The Living History Camps will demonstrate Camp Life and Military Activities and includes a train ride aboard the Historic Jefferson Railway as the story of The Andrews Raid unfolds alongside the Big Cypress Bayou.  See a gunboat with real live cannon fire.

Price for Living History is $3 per student; train ride is $5 per student.  School groups – reserve now.  Call Melissa for reservations. 903-742-2041.

On Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4, 2014 The Naval Battle of Port Jefferson joins the skirmish as a replica ironclad gunboat, the Virginia, fires from cannons on the banks of the Big Cypress Bayou River.  This is the largest naval civil war re-enactment west of the Mississippi and will be represented by US Naval Landing Party, Western Gulf Squadron, as well as a contingent of SeaScouts from Baytown, Texas.
See a Civil War Naval Unit that shows a seldom seen side of the Civil War.  Naval Forces were a pivotal part of the war.  As Naval Living Historians, the Squadron shows the true side of Naval and Marine life on both sides of the war, demonstrating how they dressed, lived and fought during the war.
Famous campaigns were planned and conducted for the primary purpose of capturing or destroying railroad lines of value to the enemy. On the morning of April 12, 1862, the most famous locomotive of the Civil War, the General, was hijacked by the Union civilian spy, James J. Andrews, and his men. After a nail-biting eight hours and 87 miles, the Southerners captured the General, James Andrews and several of his men.
The Merrimack was a Union cruiser, captured by the South in Norfolk Virginia, and renamed the Virginia.  The Jefferson Battle that Never Was will feature the Virginia, fighting from the banks of the river, while the Navy landing party, Marines and soldiers fight to capture the train.
Experience a true civil war naval battle aboard the Historic Jefferson Railway, the only venue available to see this re-enactment.  Reminiscent of the landing parties that aided the regular land forces, from both above and below the Mason-Dixon Line, it will be a unique experience.  Keep your seat on the train as the battle takes place on both sides of the track and from the gunboat in the river.
Take a step back in time as the Historic Jefferson Railway takes you on an excursion that circles the Piney Woods along the scenic Big Cypress Bayou.  You’ll view a Confederate Powder Magazine from the Civil War era and remains of many sites from the 1800′s still visible along the track.  The train will stop about half-way for the Naval Battle of Port Jefferson.  The antique train is a restored gas-powered Plymouth Locomotive built in 1964.  The open-canopied observation cars provide an excellent view of this exciting event along the river.

Navy Battle re-enactors can camp free at Diamond Don RV Park with lots of space, trees and plenty of amenities for re-enactors, including water, hay, split wood, restrooms and showers.  Lunch on Saturday and Sunday will also be provided to the re-enactors.  Transportation will be available from the RV Park to other events in town. Limited RV sites with water and electric are available to re-enactors in the Navy Battle at no charge. First come, first served.  Call Melissa for reservations. 903-742-2041.

See all of the Jefferson Civil War activities at www.JeffersonCivilWarDays.com The Historic Jefferson Railway train rides and battle have been arranged so that you can participate in the other major events in Jefferson, too.

2014 Historic Jefferson Railway Schedule

February 4th, 2014 by carriagehouse

Historic Jefferson Railway

2014 Calendar of Events 

Dates, Events and Pricing are subject to change at any time. 

Events may be cancelled or rescheduled due to weather or maintenance

 Enjoy a narrated day excursion or evening Gator Ghost Train running along the Big Cypress Bayou. 

See historic remains from the 1800′s, native wildlife and hear the history of Jefferson.

Every train includes a stop at the Alligator Observation Pit – you’ll get a chance to feed them, too.

 Spring Schedule Runs Every Saturday March 8, 2014 through June 7, 2014 

Depot opens at noon

2:30 and 4:30 Narrated Historical Day Tours

7:00 Free Ghost Stories in the depot

8:00 Gator Ghost Train

Summer Schedule Runs Every Weekend June 13, 2014 through August 30, 2014 

Depot opens at noon

2:30 and 4:30 Saturday Narrated Historical Day Tours

7:00 Friday and Saturday Free Ghost Stories in the depot

8:00 Friday and Saturday Gator Ghost Train

Open Air Coach

Adults $12; Children under 12, $10; Lap Children are free

Active Military & Senior 65+ receive 10% discount.

All Fares, plus tax.

(Schedule and pricing may be adjusted for special events)

Enclosed Coach

Adults $15; Children under 12, $12; Lap Children are free

Active Military & Senior 65+ receive 10% discount.

All Fares, plus tax.

(Schedule and pricing may be adjusted for special events)

March 15, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day Express

Saturday Narrated Historical Day Tours:  2:30 and 4:30

Saturday Free Ghost Stories at the depot at 7:00

Saturday, Gator Ghost Train at 8:00

Celebrate the Green aboard the St. Patrick’s Day Express, an antique narrow-gauge train running along the scenic Big Cypress Bayou.  The historic depot will be decked out in green.

April 10-13, 2014

Diamond Don’s 12th Annual AHRMA National Vintage Motocross

National Vintage Motocross which includes Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday,  Cross Country and Trials on Friday,Vintage Motocross on Saturday with Post-Vintage on Sunday.  The weekend will be full of motocross legends.  Come out and see Gary Bailey, Marty Tripes, Brad Lackey, Danny LaPorte, Chuck Sun, Steve Wise, Trampas Parker, Billy Liles, and Trey Jorski, Guy Cooper and Jim Gibson.

www.DiamondDon.com

April 19, 2014

Easter Egg Express

Saturday Narrated Historical Day Tours:  2:30 and 4:30

No Gator Ghost Train

Come ride the Easter Egg Express, an antique narrow-gauge train running along the scenic Big Cypress Bayou.

May 2, 2014

Civil War Living History and The Great Locomotive Chase/The Andrews Raid Re-enactment

Complete with a gunboat and cannons

Special pricing for school and youth groups, $5 per person.

Train departs from Diamond Don RV Park

Friday Narrated Historical Day Tours: 9:30, 11:30, 1:30

May 3-4, 2014

Special Schedule for Jefferson’s Civil War Weekend

The Great Locomotive Chase – The Andrews Raid Re-enactment

Naval Battle of Port Jefferson.  Complete with a gunboat and cannons

Saturday Narrated Historical Day Tours:  11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 6:30

Sunday Narrated Day Tour:  11:30

Come ride an antique narrow-gauge train and experience the story of The Andrews Raid, the Civil War’s most gripping railroad story.  Come see the living history camps along the river, and the soldiers from the North and South re-enacting the Great Locomotive Chase and the Naval Battle of Port Jefferson, complete with cannons and gunboat – the largest naval civil war re-enactment west of the Mississippi.

www.JeffersonCivilWarDays.com

May 10, 2014

Mother’s Day Express

Saturday Narrated Historical Day Tours:  2:30 and 4:30

Saturday Free Ghost Stories at the depot at 7:00

Saturday, Gator Ghost Train at 8:00

Mothers receive a 10% discount when accompanied by their children.

May 17-18, 2014

Jefferson Train Days

Saturday Narrated Historical Day Tours:  12:30, 2:30 and 4:30

Sunday Narrated Historical Day Tours: 1:30 and 3:00

Additional Runs may be added depending on attendance

Jefferson’s 3rd Annual Train Days includes 4 Destinations, One Boarding Pass.  Jefferson Historical Museum and the Texas Pacific Train Depot & R.D. Moses train layout; Historic Jefferson Railway; Jay Gould “Atalanta” business car; and Model Train Displays at the Jefferson Transportation Center.

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www.JeffersonTrainDays.com

June 6-8, 2014

3rd Annual Route 49 Biker Rally

Live music, Diamond Don’s infamous BBQ for pre-registered guests, Poker Run, Biker Games and more – to be held at the Diamond Don RV Park (Cypress Bayou RV Park).

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www.route49motorclothes.com

June 13,2014

Friday the 13th aboard

Friday evening, Gator Ghost Train at 8:00

Free Ghost Stories at the depot at 7:00

Have a haunting good time aboard our special Friday the 13th train ride through the eerie woods along the Big Cypress Bayou.  Is the tale of the Bigfoot sightings along the railroad track fact or fiction?  What else awaits you in the dark and scary woods?  You’ll have to ride the train to find out!  Includes a stop at the Alligator Observation Pit.  You’ll get a chance to feed them, too.

June 14, 2014

Father’s Day Express

Saturday Narrated Historical Day Tours:  2:30 and 4:30

Saturday Free Ghost Stories at the depot at 7:00

Saturday evenings, Gator Ghost Train at 8:00

Fathers receive a 10% discount when accompanied by their children.

July 5, 2014

4th of July Celebration & Fireworks

Saturday Narrated Historical Day Tours:  2:30 and 4:30

Saturday Free Ghost Stories at the depot at 8:00

Saturday evening, Gator Ghost Train at 9:00

The Historic Jefferson Railway will offer a special July 4th weekend with a celebration of flags along the Big Cypress Bayou as the history of Independence Day unfolds in the Narrated Historical Day Tours.  Come see the Support Our Troops display thathonors the United States Military. For our evening train, we will have a fireworks show.   (Note: we will be closed on Friday, July 4, so that we don’t conflict with City of Jefferson activities).

July 26, 2014

National Day of the Cowboy

Saturday Cowboy Trains:  12:30, 1:30, 2:30

Saturday Free Ghost Stories at the depot at 7:00

Saturday evenings, Gator Ghost Train at 8:00

Historic Jefferson Railway recognizes pioneering men and women, known as cowboys, who helped establish America’s frontiers.  The cowboy and his horse are central characters in history.  Enjoy the rough and ready cowboys of the Lonely West Traveling Gun Show complete with gunfights and a train robbery.

August 29 & 30, 2014

Labor Day Celebration at Historic Jefferson Railway

Saturday Narrated Historical Day Tours:  2:30 and 4:30

Friday and Saturday Free Ghost Stories at the depot at 7:00

Friday & Saturday evenings, Gator Ghost Train at 8:00

Celebrate Labor Day at The Historic Jefferson Railway.  Come see the Support Our Troops display that honors the United States Military. Active Military personnel ride free.

October 4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 31, 2014

Runaway Fright Train & Halloween Festival

The Runaway Fright Train will feature “Nightmare on Christmas Street”.  As you ride through the dark woods, you’ll feel the spirits reaching out for you. The scenes and haunters along the track will keep you at the edge of your seat and give you a laugh now and then, too.  This Halloween Theater on wheels is professionally directed by East Texas Performing Arts and is appropriate for all ages.  Halloween Festival has free activities, with train ticket purchase, that include mini-maze, mini-haunted house, children’s crafts and games.

November 27-29, December 4-7, 11-14, 18-21, 2014

Rail of Lights Christmas Train

Make this a Christmas to remember aboard the Rail of Lights Christmas Train.  The unforgettable ride aboard an antique narrow-gauge train departs on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Thanksgiving through December 22.  (Closed December 1).  Passengers will enjoy lighted vignettes along the Cypress Bayou River as they hear The Christmas Story Around the World.  December 25-29 & 31, 2014

Rail of Lights New Year’s Train

Blast into the New Year aboard the Rail of Lights New Year’s Train. Passengers will enjoy lighted vignettes along the Cypress Bayou River as they hear the tale of New Year’s traditions, customs and superstitions from Around the Globe. Each of the trains will feature beverages, noisemakers and a simulation of the New Year’s Eve Ball dropping in Times Square followed by a fantastic fireworks show.

Historic Jefferson Railway

New Year’s Eve Train in Historic Jefferson Texas

December 22nd, 2011 by carriagehouse

Robert E Lee

 Rail of Lights New Year’s Train – Jefferson, Texas


Blast into the New Year aboard the Rail of Lights New Year’s Train in Jefferson, Texas. The unforgettable ride on an old-fashioned steam train departs December 30th at 7 and 8 and on December 31st, New Year’s Eve, at 8:30, 9:30 and 11:30. Passengers will enjoy lighted scenes along the Cypress Bayou River as they hear the tale of New Year’s traditions, customs and superstitions.

The patrons will receive New Year’s hats and noisemakers. Each train will include a simulation of the New Year’s Eve Ball dropping in Times Square followed by a fantastic fire works show.

Hear about the unique New Year’s customs across the United States, including stories of the Good Luck Dragon in Oriental, North Carolina; Christkindl Market in Akron, Ohio; the Live Toy Soldier drum and light show in Bellevue, Washington; and Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

Children and adults alike will be awed by the historic railroad depot decked out with gingerbread house theme. The wonderful narrated tour will also give our patrons an opportunity to sing some of their favorite New Year’s songs as they discover the joy of New Years along the river.

Plan to stay the weekend in the Cypress Bayou RV Park, just one mile from Jefferson, and watch all of the fireworks as the train comes through the park. Ask about our holiday get-away pricing of $15 per night.

Ticket Prices: First Class $21; Coach Class: Adults $16.50; Lap children under 4 are free. First Class is offered in a beautiful historic, enclosed coach. If you are riding Coach Class, be sure to dress warmly and bring a blanket as you will be riding in open cars. Seats are limited, so purchase your tickets early.

Tickets are available by phone, on-line at www.jeffersonrailway.com and in person during business hours at the Historic Jefferson Railway Depot at 400 E. Austin, Jefferson Texas. Call 866-398-2038 or visit our website for ticket information.

Jefferson is nestled deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas and seems frozen in time. It is a charming town and an elegant reminder of a bygone era. The downtown area will be aglow with lights and greenery during the holiday season. There are over a hundred buildings in the city with historical markers. Many historic homes offer bed and breakfast accommodations. Dozens of other historic buildings house museums, craft and antique shops and restaurants.

New Year’s is a holiday celebrated around the World. You’ll want to make Jefferson and the New Year’s Train a part of your annual holiday festivities.

Rail of Lights Christmas and New Year’s Train Day Trips in Jefferson, Texas

November 25th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Christmas Rail of Lights

Take to the Rails during the Daylight

Rail of Lights Christmas & New Year’s Train – Jefferson, Texas

In addition to the traditional evening trains, Historic Jefferson Railway has added a few day runs so that patrons can experience the beautiful ride along the Cypress Bayou River.

Day runs will be available on December 9, 12, 13 and 14 at 1:30 p.m.  No reservations necessary – there will be plenty of room available.

Tickets are now on sale for the evening trains.  As seating is limited, get your tickets early.  Make this a holiday to remember aboard the Rail of Lights Christmas Train in Jefferson, Texas.  The unforgettable ride aboard an old-fashioned steam train departs each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Thanksgiving through December 24. Passengers will enjoy lighted scenes along the Cypress Bayou River as they hear about “Christmas Traditions Around the Globe”.

Also, ring in the New Year with the Rail of Lights New Year’s Train running on December 30 and 31st. This ride will feature the dropping of the ball in Times Square, complete with beverages, noisemakers and a fantastic fire works show on every train ride.

Spend the weekend in Jefferson and stay in the Cypress Bayou RV Park, just one mile from Jefferson.  You can see lights on the river during the Christmas Trains and watch the New Year’s fireworks as the train comes through the park.  Ask about our special holiday get-away pricing of $15 per night.

The excursions will take you by a life-size nativity scene, the German Markets, Jerusalem and the Angel Tree.  Glimpse Christmas trees simply decorated reminiscent of the bare-limbed sourwood of the Appalachian Christmas Tree.   View scenes representing Toyland, Alaska, San Francisco, China, Australia, New Orleans,  and the Arizona Hopi Indian nation.

Enjoy an authentic life-sized 90-year old Christmas card as well as the Support Our Troops display featuring a post card sent by soldiers during World War II, and other favorites: the aluminum tree, reminiscent of the 1960’s; a whimsical Teddy Bear tree; and Charlie Brown’s forlorn little Christmas tree.

The decorated historic railroad depot captures the holiday spirit. The narrated tour on the day train will be a combination of Jefferson history and description of our Christmas scenes.

During the evening, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus before boarding the train for the wonderful narrated tour, accompanied by a local vocalist, who will give patrons an opportunity to sing some of their favorite Christmas Carols as they create unique Christmas memories riding along the river.

Ticket Prices:  Day train First Class $16.50; Coach Class $13.00.  Evening Trains:  First Class $21; Coach Class: $14.75 – $16.50. Lap children under 4 are free.

First Class is offered in a beautiful historic, heated, enclosed coach. If you are riding Coach Class, be sure to dress warmly and bring a blanket, as you will be riding in open cars. Seating is limited on the evening trains so purchase your tickets early.  The easiest way to get tickets is to order online at www.RailofLights.com.

Jefferson is nestled deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas. It seems frozen in time and is an elegant reminder of a bygone era. The downtown area will be aglow with lights and greenery during the holiday season. You will want to make Jefferson and the Christmas Train a tradition for your whole family.

Labor Day Steam Train

August 29th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Labor Day Celebration at Historic Jefferson Railway

September 3, 2011

Come out for a Labor Day Celebration at the Historic Jefferson Railway on September 3, 2011, and ride on an authentic Steam Train along the Cypress Bayou River in Jefferson, Texas. Celebrate Labor Day with a picnic of hot dogs and chips and a free prize from the Treasure Chest.  Come see the Support Our Troops display that honors the United States Military. Active Military personnel ride free.

Bigfoot (also known in these parts as the Boggy Creek monster) has been sighted running along the railroad tracks as the sun begins to set.  Is the tale of the Bigfoot sightings fact or fiction?

The Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy website says  “Jerry Hestand, Mark Porter and Charles DeVore investigated a number of cases in Marion County from reliable trustworthy people in or near these remote bottomlands.  It is their assessment that it seems highly likely that events have been reported accurately”.

The train rolls right by the home of the Boggy Creek monster as depicted in the upcoming 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.

So, are the sightings real or a spoof to enhance your rider experience?  You’ll have to ride the train to find out!

The Historic Jefferson Railway recreates the Golden Era of Steam railroading with narrated day trains on Saturday at 2:30 and 4:30.  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.

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

Then climb aboard the legendary Ghost Train at 9:00.  The Ghost Train carries you deep into the dark woods along the Bayou.  The narrator shares legends of Jefferson and East Texas ghosts and a story or two that will make you reach for your loved ones! Historic Jefferson Railway was 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.

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

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.  The open car coach seats still carry the custom medallions cast into them designed especially for the Six Guns amusement park.

Historic Jefferson Railway is located at 400 E. Austin in Downtown Jefferson, Texas.  For information on pricing, schedule and events, please visit www.JeffersonRailway.com or call 866-398-2038.

 September 3, 2011

Open air coach $12, plus tax

Children under 6 FREE

10% discount to Seniors

Active Military ride free

 Come join us for Ghost Stories at the depot. 

And IT’S FREE!

 Saturday

Depot opens at noon

Narrated Day Train departs at 2:30 and 4:30

FREE Ghost Stories at 8:00
Ghost Train departs at 9:00

Texas & Pacific Railroad Returning to Jefferson

August 18th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Ghost Train

Photo by Sam Wilson

Please join us for a festive evening and ride the Historic Jefferson Railway train to support The Texas & Pacific Railroad returning to Jefferson. Donations accepted toward cost of bringing the R.D. Moses T&P Railroad layout to the Jefferson Historic Museum. Silent Auction. Raffle.

When: Friday, August 26, 2011
Where: Historic Jefferson Railway, 400 E. Austin; Jefferson, TX 75657. 866-398-2038
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

See additional details below. Also visit YouTube: RD Moses’ HO scale Texas & Pacific Railway.

Can’t join us on the 26th? You can mail your tax deductible donation to “Jefferson Historical Society & Museum Train Account” at
Historic Jefferson Museum
223 West Austin
Jefferson, TX 75657.

If you would like to have your name on a permanent plaque in the T&P station building, the following donations will qualify:
Rail Baron – $5000
Superintendent – $2000
Yardmaster – $1000
Conductor – $500
Engineer – $250
Fireman – $100
Switchman – $50
Any donation is welcome and will be put to good use. Thank you so much for your consideration.

For additional information, contact Jefferson Historic Museum, 903-665-2775, or Jefferson Cypress Bayou Model Train Club, President Roy Richie, 903-665-9900.

Clown Week at the Historic Jefferson Railway

July 27th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Clowns, Carnival, Bigfoot and Trains – Great Summer Fun

Ghost Train

Photo by Sam Wilson

 Kids driving you crazy?  Bring them out to the Historic Jefferson Railway to celebrate National Clown Week on August 5 and 6, 2011.  Come aboard an authentic Steam Train taking you along the Cypress Bayou River in Jefferson, Texas.  The Circus Clowns will keep everyone busy with crafts and a backyard carnival – and prizes for all.

 Jefferson is a great “one-tank” getaway, nestled deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas and seems frozen in time.  There are over a hundred buildings in the city with historical markers. Many historic homes offer bed and breakfast accommodations.  Dozens of other historic buildings house museums, craft and antique shops and restaurants. Come for the day or spend the weekend.

The day train will depart at 2:30 and 4:30 on Saturday.  Participate in craft and carnival activities before and after each train.

On Friday and Saturday evenings, the carnival and crafts will run from 7:00 – 8:00.  Listen to Jefferson Ghost Stories at 8:00, the jump on the infamous Ghost Train at 9:00.

Looking for a place to hang out in your RV, camper or tent?  Be sure to check out the Cypress Bayou RV Park, just one mile from Jefferson on the Big Cypress Bayou.  Secluded RV sites with electric and water surrounded by beautiful wooded acreage.  Observe the abundant wildlife and enjoy fishing and boating, as well as hiking and mountain biking on groomed trails.  The train runs through the RV Park passing several historic sites and artifacts of Jefferson’s bygone era.

Bigfoot (also known in these parts as the Boggy Creek monster) has been sighted running along the railroad tracks as the sun begins to set.  Is the tale of the Bigfoot sightings fact or fiction?

The Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy website says  “Jerry Hestand, Mark Porter and Charles DeVore investigated a number of cases in Marion County from reliable trustworthy people in or near these remote bottomlands.  It is their assessment that it seems highly likely that events have been reported accurately”.

The train rolls right by the home of the Boggy Creek monster as depicted in the upcoming 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.

So, are the sightings real or a spoof to enhance your rider experience?  You’ll have to ride the train to find out!

The Historic Jefferson Railway recreates the Golden Era of Steam railroading with narrated day trains.  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.

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

Then climb aboard the legendary Ghost Train at 9:00.  The Ghost Train carries you deep into the dark woods along the Bayou.  The narrator shares legends of Jefferson and East Texas ghosts and a story or two that will make you reach for your loved ones! Historic Jefferson Railway was 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.

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

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.  The open car coach seats still carry the custom medallions cast into them designed especially for the Six Guns amusement park.

Historic Jefferson Railway is located at 400 E. Austin in Downtown Jefferson, Texas.  For information on pricing, schedule and events, please visit www.JeffersonRailway.com or call 866-398-2038 or visit the Carriage House Things to Do in Jefferson page

 August 5 and 6, 2011

Open air coach $12, plus tax

Children under 6 FREE

10% discount to Active Military & Seniors

 Come join us for Crafts, Carnival and Ghost Stories at the depot. 

 And IT’S FREE!

 Friday

Depot opens at 6:00

Free Crafts and Carnival at 7:00

Free Ghost Stories at 8:00

Ghost Train departs at 9:00

 Saturday

Depot opens at noon

Narrated Day Train departs at 2:30 and 4:30

Free Carnival and Crafts from 1:30 – 5:30 and 7:00 – 8:00

Free Ghost Stories at 8:00
Ghost Train departs at 9:00

Celebrate Flag Day Aboard Jefferons’ Historic Railway

June 1st, 2011 by carriagehouse

Ghost Train

Photo by Sam Wilson

In celebration of Flag Day, the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 and inspired by three decades of state and local celebrations, The Historic Jefferson Railway will offer a special Flag Day Weekend, June 10 and 11, 2011. Every rider will receive a free Flag Day gift and active Military Personnel can ride free.

Looking for a place close to town to camp or bring your RV? Come stay at the Cypress Bayou RV Park, just one mile from Jefferson, adjacent to the Cypress Bayou River. The park offers secluded tent camping and RV sites with water and electric surrounded by beautiful wooded acreage. Observe the abundant wildlife and enjoy great fishing and boating, as well as hiking and mountain biking on groomed trails.

We will have a celebration of flags at the historic train depot and along the track as the history of Flag Day unfolds in our narrated day tours. Come see the “Support Our Troops” display that honors the United States Military.

Climb aboard as the Railway recreates the Golden Era of steam railroading. With whistles blowing and pistons chugging, the live steam, narrow gauge railroad transports its passengers back to the 1800’s on a scenic narrated tour along the Big Cypress Bayou, rolling through the history laden Piney Woods.

You can view a Confederate Powder Magazine along the five-mile tour as well as the historical ruins of the Clark and Boice Sawmill and the first iron foundry in East Texas.

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

Then climb aboard the legendary Ghost Train at 9:00. The Ghost Train carries you deep into the dark woods along the Bayou. The narrator shares legends of Jefferson and East Texas ghosts and a story or two that will make you reach for your loved ones! Historic Jefferson Railway was 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.

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. Riders look forward all year to Terror on the Bayou Fright Train, Rail of Lights Christmas & New Year’s Train as well as Diamond Don’s Riverport National Vintage Motocross and the Trammel’s Trace Rendezvous.

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.

Historic Jefferson Railway is located at 400 E. Austin in Downtown Jefferson, Texas. For information on pricing, schedule and events, please visit http://www.jeffersonrailway.com/or call 866-398-2038.

Open air coach $12, plus tax
Children under 6 FREE
Active Military ride free during Flag Day Weekend
10% discount to Seniors

Come join us for Ghost Stories at the depot.
And IT’S FREE!

Friday
Depot opens at 6:00
FREE Ghost Stories at 8:00
Ghost Train departs at 9:00

Saturday
Depot opens at noon
Narrated Day Train departs at 2:30 and 4:30
FREE Ghost Stories at 8:00
Ghost Train departs at 9:00

Historic Jefferson Railway Engineer for a Day

May 16th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Engineer for a Day

There are so many really cool and fun things to do in Jefferson Texas.  It is sometimes hard to pick one thing to focus on in this blog.   One of the most interesting things that I think we do here in Jefferson each month is the “Engineer for a Day” program at the Historic Jefferson Railway.

This weekend long program is designed for the true Steam Train enthusiast.  Saturday morning, all of the students learn the mechanics of driving a narrow gauge steam train including locomotive principles, operation of a steam train and of course safe operation of a train.  After the morning’s classroom work, everyone heads out to the Robert E. Lee and fires up the engines.  The rest of the weekend is spent actually operating the steam train.  Everyone gets to experience all four positions on the steam train.  One student will be the Engineer, one will be the Fireman, another the Brakeman, and one will be the Switchman.  Then everyone will rotate until they have been through all four positions and have experienced all of the operations of the train.

If you are interested in this program, please call the Historic Jefferson Railway at (866) 398-2038.  The Carriage House Bed and Breakfast offers discounts to any one participating in the Engineer for a Day program.  So please call us at 903-665-9511 to book your room for the weekend.

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