Grapevine Vintage Railroad & Fort Worth Stockyards

Last month we went on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad in Grapevine Texas. The railroad takes you to the Fort Worth Stockyards and then back again. The ride is about an hour and a half each way and you stay at the Stockyards for about an hour and a half as well.

We got to the depot a little bit before it started boarding, just long enough to take a few pictures.

I took a picture of the Grapevine clock tower from the depot.

I took a picture of the Grapevine clock tower from the depot.

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Once we boarded the train we still had a thirty minute wait before it departed. I bought first class tickets so we sat in one of the air-conditioned cars. There are also touring class tickets and those are for the open air cars.

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A beverage and snack service was started right away once the train departed. They had popcorn, chips, candy, soda, and water available. The website also says that there are hot dogs and nachos available but they did not have those when we went.

On the way to the Stockyards there is a train robbery and robbers stop the train and come on board. They had some stickers or something but they just give them to the person at the end of the car and ask them to pass them around. The website also says that they are happy to pose for pictures however they go through so quickly that you don’t even have time ask. These are the picture I was able to get:

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Once the train robbery was over we moved on we continued on and then stopped when we were almost at the Stockyards because we had wait for another train to pass by.

This is the view when we stopped.  We actually also were stopped here on the way back as well.

This is the view when we stopped. We actually also were stopped here on the way back as well.

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Once we were at the Stockyards we decided to find somewhere to eat since all we had was a snack on the train. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from but they all had too long of wait.

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The boys were tired and did not want to walk.

The boys were tired and did not want to walk.

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We tried several restaurants before we finally found one that had no wait. It was The Star Café. We ordered a grilled cheese, a burger, and some chili. The food was good, I have no complaints. Connor was excited because he got to have a bottle of root beer.

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Once were done eating we looked quickly around some of the shops, watched the cattle drive, and then boarded the train to go back.

This was after we ate; the boys were happier.

This was after we ate; the boys were happier.

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The ride back seemed shorter but it wasn’t. They did have us playing a game though. We had to pretend to blow the train’s whistle every time we went through an intersection.

The train ride was nice. I really enjoyed it and so did JT. Connor liked it but he thought it was a little long. He was happy with his snacks though.

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