Last Updated on February 10, 2024

Who doesn’t love a train ride?

Memories of riding the train with my grandparents to Cleveland to watch the Indians play ball are forever etched in my memory. The clickety-clack of the wheels along the track, the sound of the whistle and the scenery along the way made for a magical experience.

Train lovers like me can take a step back in time on Grapevine (TX) Vintage Railroad’s excursions on vintage locomotives and 1920s-era coaches.

For more than 30 years, the Grapevine Vintage Railroad has delighted visitors looking for an authentic rail experience, and as it launches its 2024 season opener on February 17, 2024, there’s more fun and entertainment in store for passengers.

Exciting new additions this year include additional snack and beverage options in select coaches along with Texas-themed live entertainment and other themed voyages. In addition, this summer will bring an all-new wine train.

Passengers will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of excursions throughout the season:

The Cotton Belt Route begins in Grapevine’s Historic Main Street District at the Cotton Belt Depot. Passengers will be taken on a trip through six different cities in Tarrant County before ending in the Fort Worth Historic Stockyards. Once there, riders can explore the area before re-boarding the train and returning to Grapevine.

The Stockyards Trinity River Excursion is a 45-minute train trip departing from the Historic Stockyards Station in Fort Worth. The excursion crosses the West Fork of the Trinity River, passes Montgomery Plaza, and travels through Trinity Park before returning to the Stockyards.

The Grapevine Bear Creek Short Line excursion starts in Historic Grapevine. Passengers will then ride along the rails on the historic Cotton Belt Route through four Tarrant County communities.

These rides also offer live entertainment!

While on board, enjoy the Great Grapevine Train Heist. Meet the one and only Ms. Rosé, the owner of the Cotton Belt Hotel. She’ll be on board protecting riders from any hijinks that may happen along the way. Keep an eye out for mischievous train robbers like Mustang Jones, who just might be up to no good.

Grapevine Train Depot.
Grapevine Train Depot. Photo courtesy of Grapevine CVB.

The Grapevine Vintage Railroad also offers numerous special events throughout the year, including holiday-themed rides. Some are specifically for adults and others are family-friendly.

  • Sweetheart Wine Train – Wednesday, February 14 (21+)
  • Kiss Me I’m Irish – Friday, March 15 (21+)
  • Easter Bunny Express – Sunday, March 31
  • Jazz Wine Train – Fridays April 12, 19 and 26
  • Mother’s Day Special – Sunday, May 12
  • Memorial Day Weekend – Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27
  • Exciting New Wine Excursion – Friday, June 7 (21+. More details coming at a later date!)
  • Father’s Day Special – Sunday, June 16
  • Summer Wine Train – Friday, July 26 (21+)
  • Labor Day Weekend – Saturday, September 7 – Monday, September 9
  • Day Out with Thomas – Fridays – Sundays, October 11 – 13 & 18 – 20
  • Witches’ Brew Train – Friday, October 25 (21+)
  • Trick ‘r Treat Trains – Sunday, October 27

It’s an “all-aboard” call for a whole lot of fun with family, friends or your special someone.

Author

  • Noreen Kompanik

    Noreen Kompanik is a retired registered nurse, legal nurse consultant and military spouse turned travel writer. She launched her travel writing career in 2014 and has over 1,000 published articles in a variety of digital and print publications.