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All aboard the Austin Steam Train, a journey that harkens back to the golden age of rail travel, offering passengers the unique experience of traveling on a historic train through Texas’ picturesque Hill Country. Their wine train package adds to the nostalgia and enhances the experience with an extra dash of sophistication.

History

The Austin Steam Train Association, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2022, is a non-profit, volunteer-led organization that has been meticulously restoring and operating historic trains since 1992. The trains used on the Hill Country Flyer route are categorically vintage, providing an authentic historical experience.

How to Get There

The train departs from the Cedar Park Depot located at 401 E. Whitestone Blvd, Cedar Park, Texas. If you’re flying into Austin, it’s only a 30-minute car ride from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

List of Attractions

  • Austin Steam Train: Hop on this journey for a fantastic view of the Texas Hill Country.
  • Wine Train: Sample local wines and indulge in a winemaker-led tasting on-board. Disembark at Burnet for a visit to the Wedding Oak Winery.
  • Hill Country Flyer: A 66-mile round trip excursion through the scenic Texas Hill Country, pausing for a picnic lunch at Burnet.

Ticket Information

Ticket prices for the various offerings can be found on the Austin Steam Train’s official website. A standard Austin Steam Train ride ranges from $24 to $48, while the Wine Train package – including tasting and winery tour – is priced at $75. Always book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Tips for Visiting

  • Arrive early to ensure a smooth boarding process and to take photos before departure.
  • If you’re choosing the Wine Train package, consider arranging a designated driver for after the event.
  • The trains are often vintage temperature-controlled cars, so dress according to the weather.
  • Remember to bring your ID for the Wine Train, as passengers must be 21 or over to partake in wine tasting.

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