Take a Historic Journey Aboard the Austin & Texas Central Railroad!
Owned and operated by the Austin Steam Train Association
Take a step back in time as you step on board our vintage passengers cars for a relaxing journey to the past. Our seasonal schedule offers options throughout the year. Enjoy the 66 mile round trip on our popular Hill Country Flyer, which includes a 2 and a half hour layover in Burnet for lunch and the ever-entertaining Burnet Gunfighters Association wild west shootout! Or hop on board the Bertram Flyer or the new Capital City Express for our shorter 3 hour adventure. Remember to check our Special Rides for not-to-be-missed theme adventures from our annual Day Out With Thomas (returning to Burnet in September 2014) to our always popular Murder Mystery and Wine Tasting rides. And for our youngest fans, the North Pole Flyer pulls into town in late November. We run primarily on the weekend, with a few weekday rides available in March, June, July, and August.
Our Alco diesel locomotive, the 442, takes the lead while our Southern Pacific steam locomotive, the 786, is being reassembled right here in our Cedar Park yard. We offer 4 classes of service in our passenger cars, from our P70 standard coach cars to our first-class lounge cars, so choose the class that's right for you.
Some rides do sell out in advance, so reservations are highly recommended. Walk up seats go on sale one and a half hours before each train departure, based on availability. Call 512-477-8468 ext. 2 to book a reservation. The reservation line is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, with extended evening hours until 7:00 pm on Tuesdays, and on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Or book online anytime. All aboard!
- Saturday Aug 30, 2014 to Saturday Nov 22, 2014August 2014 to November 201410:00amSaturday Aug 30, 2014 to Saturday Nov 22, 2014August 2014 to November 2014Hill Country Flyer Fall 2014SHOW 10:00am
The 66 mile round trip aboard the Hill Country Flyer is our original and most popular train ride! The train, pulled by our 1960 Alco diesel locomotive, departs from our Cedar Park depot at 10:00am and travels to Burnet through the Texas Hill Country, crossing the wooden trestle bridge over the S. San Gabriel River and traveling through Short Creek Canyon. Enjoy lunch on your own, a leisurely stroll around the square, and the wild west gunfight during the two and a half hour layover in Burnet. Train returns to Cedar Park, arriving at about 4:00pm. Parties of two may be seated at shared tables for this event. SCHEDULE: Departs 10:00 AM, Returns 4:00 PM
- Friday Aug 23, 2013 to Friday Oct 10, 2014August 2013 to October 20147:00pm to 6:00pmFriday Aug 23, 2013 to Friday Oct 10, 2014August 2013 to October 2014Platform PartySHOW 7:00pm to 6:00pm
A standard platform party is a 2 hour rental of one car (typically the Santa Fe) with an attendant and a trainman. Additional hours are $50 per hour. Additional cars are $75 per car. Build your platform party here. Prices and everything are set, all you have to do is go into Vendini and add a date and you're ready to go! Children's birthday parties include a special gift bag for the birthday child and smaller gift bags for all child guests. Please add NOTES as needed.
- Sunday Oct 12, 2014 to Sunday Oct 19, 2014October 201411:00amSunday Oct 12, 2014 to Sunday Oct 19, 2014October 2014The Pumpkin ExpressSHOW 11:00am
Join us for this new annual tradition! The Pumpkin Express takes you and your family to the sleepy town of Bertram, where we will step off for 30 minutes to pick a pumpkin, enjoy a chat with Farmer Brown, and tour our fully restored 1912 train depot! As passengers pass over the South San Gabriel River you will be served apple cider and enjoy other special on board entertainment. So pack a lunch and jump on board! Tickets for this event are limited. Departs 11:00 AM, Returns 2:00 PM.
- Saturday Oct 25, 2014 to Sunday Oct 26, 2014October 20147:00pm to 3:00pmSaturday Oct 25, 2014 to Sunday Oct 26, 2014October 2014Ghost Train – A Halloween Adventure Murder MysterySHOW 7:00pm to 3:00pm
Journey into the past via the “path not taken” - on the rails of the mysterious. We put the steam in steampunk when a séance turns murderous and we’re left with more questions than answers! You can’t have a happy medium if she’s DEAD! This trip will be a real scream, so climb aboard and don't forget to wear your costume! Your ticket includes entertainment, box dinner, beer, and wine. Guests ages 17 and older only please! ALL SEATS ARE RESERVED AND PRE-ASSIGNED BY THE TICKET AGENT. All trains are pulled by our 1960 Alco diesel locomotive. SCHEDULE: Saturday, Departs 7:00 PM, Returns 10:00 PM, Sunday Departs 3:00 PM, Returns 6:00 PM.
- Sunday Dec 1, 2013 to Sunday Nov 23, 2014December 2013 to November 20143:00pmSunday Dec 1, 2013 to Sunday Nov 23, 2014December 2013 to November 2014Capital City ExpressSHOW 3:00pm
Step on board for our newest route, the Capital City Express! This 60 mile round trip departs from Cedar Park and heads to Austin, providing a leisurely 3 hour trip. This route goes through the McNeil Interlocker, so may provide an opportunity for a meet-up with a Union Pacific freight train. We will pass Plaza Saltillo before our turn on the wye at Austin Junction to head back to Cedar Park. See Austin from a different perspective on board the Capital City Express! Play our CCE BINGO game for prizes on board. This route does not provide a layover, so please plan to be on board for the duration of the trip. All trains are pulled by our 1960 Alco diesel locomotive. Parties of two may be seated at shared tables for this event. SCHEDULE: Departs 3:00 PM, Returns 6:00 PM
- Sunday Nov 9, 2014November 20142:00pmSunday Nov 9, 2014November 2014Veteran's Day Flyer 2014SHOW 2:00pm
Our historic railroad operates vintage passenger cars pulled by our 1960 Alco Engine on three hour journeys to the town of Bertram. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the railroad as we cross highways, span the South San Gabriel River on the wooden trestle bridge, and roll through pastureland. Then step off in Bertram for our 15 minute layover to tour our fully restored 1912 train depot! Veterans and active duty military ride for free, while their guests ride for half price! Call 512-477-8468 ext. 2 to get this discount!