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Jefferson Railway
400 East Austin
Jefferson, TX 75657
 
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Phone Number:
General: 866-398-2038
 
Jefferson Railway
400 East Austin
Jefferson, TX 75657
 
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2017 Calendar of Events 

Last Revised 1-13-17

 

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 running along the Big Cypress Bayou. 

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

The regularly scheduled day trains include a stop at Diamond Don Gator Pit to view our daily feeding of live alligators with a photo opportunity, too.  (weather permitting). 

 

We will run our Steam Train for most of our special events, as noted below. 

Other weekends, we run our antique gas-powered locomotive

 

Saturday March 4, 2017 through September 2, 2017  

Depot opens at 11:00 am each Saturday

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

  Includes stop at the Diamond Don Gator Pit for alligator feeding (weather permitting)

 

Open Air Coach

Adults $12; children under 6 are free

All Fares, plus tax.

(Schedule and pricing may be adjusted for special events)

 


April 15, 2017

Easter egg Express

Gas Powered Locomotive

  Includes stop at the Diamond Don Gator Pit for alligator feeding (weather permitting)

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

Come ride the Easter Egg Express and participate in an Easter Egg Hunt for children under 12

 

April 20-23, 2017

Diamond Don’s 15th Annual AHRMA International Vintage Motocross

International Vintage Motocross which includes Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday,  Cross Country and Trials on Friday, Vintage Motocross on Saturday with Post-Vintage on Sunday.  100cc Revenge races on Saturday and Sunday.  The weekend will be full of motocross legends from around the world.  Come out and see Brad Lackey, Steve Wise, Trey Jorski, Guy Cooper and event legend Warren Reid.  International legends include Adrian Lappin from Northern Ireland, 9 times Irish Enduro Champion.

www.DiamondDon.com

 

May 5, 2017

Civil War Living History, “Day of Learning”, complete with a gunboat and cannons

9:00 – 2:30 at Diamond Don RV Park

The Great Locomotive Chase/The Andrews Raid, aboard a live steam train

Train departs from Diamond Don RV Park

Friday Narrated Historical Day Tours: 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, and 12:30

Additional trains may be added depending on demand

www.JeffersonCivilWarDays.com


 

May 6-7, 2017

Target Jefferson – A Red River Campaign Objective and Civil War Re-Enactment

Hosted by Blue Gray Alliance, Cleburne’s Division

Sponsored by Historic Jefferson Railway and Diamond Don RV Park

Saturday 2:00 Battle Re-Enactment

Sunday 1:00 Battle Re-Enactment

Jefferson was the shipping port to the Mississippi.  Event includes horse drawn artillery, large cannons, gunboat, steam train, weapons demonstrations, trades and suttlers.  Everyone Welcome – spectators, civilian and military re-enactors.

www.JeffersonCivilWarDays.com

www.cleburnes-divison.com

 

May 6-7, 2017

Special Train Schedule for Jefferson’s Civil War Weekend

The Great Locomotive Chase – The Andrews Raid

SPECIAL – STEAM TRAIN

Trains depart from downtown Jefferson depot

Saturday Narrated Historical Train Day Tours, scouting probes & skirmishes:  11:30, 2:00, 3:30 & 5:00

Sunday Narrated Historical Train Day Tours, scouting probes & skirmishes:  & Naval Battle:  11:30 and 1:00

Come ride a live steam train and experience the story of The Andrews Raid, the Civil War’s most gripping railroad story.  See the living history camps along the river, and the soldiers from the North and South in scouting probes & skirmishes, complete with cannons and gunboat.  Keep your seat on the train as the battle rages around you.

 

May 13, 2017

Mother’s Day Express

  Includes stop at the Diamond Don Gator Pit for alligator feeding (weather permitting)

SPECIAL – STEAM TRAIN

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

Mothers receive a 10% discount when accompanied by their children. Come ride an antique STEAM TRAIN. 

 

May 20 & 21, 2017

Jefferson Train Days & Model Train Show

SPECIAL – STEAM TRAIN

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

Sunday Narrated Historical Day Tours: 12:30 and 2:00

Jefferson’s 6th Annual Train Days & Model Train Show.  Enjoy rough and ready cowboys, from Lonely West Gun Show, aboard a live steam train, complete with cannon, gunfights and a train robbery, on every train.  Combo Tickets available online for all four destinations:  Jefferson Train Show, T&P Model Train Depot, Jay Gould Car and Historic Jefferson Railway.  Tickets available at each venue during event weekend.

info@jeffersonrailway.com

www.JeffersonTrainDays.com

 

May 21, 2017

Sunday Social and Shoot-Out

Jefferson Train Days & Model Train Show

12:00-2:30

Come join an old fashioned Sunday Social at the General Store on Austin Street in downtown Jefferson.  Purchase a root beer float, nostalgic candy and one-of-a-kind souvenirs.   Gunfights in the street; strolling musicians, Riverport Ambassadors in period dress and a band make this an event you will want to see.  There will be plenty of time to participate in the Jefferson Train Days & Model Train Show.  Combo Tickets available online for all four destinations:  Jefferson Train Show, T&P Model Train Depot, Jay Gould Car and Historic Jefferson Railway.  Tickets available at each venue during event weekend.

info@jeffersonrailway.com

www.JeffersonTrainDays.com


 

May 27, 2017

SPECIAL – STEAM TRAIN

  Includes stop at the Diamond Don Gator Pit for alligator feeding (weather permitting)

Memorial Day Celebration at Historic Jefferson Railway

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

Celebrate Memorial Day at the Historic Jefferson Railway aboard a live steam train as we begin our summer season.  Come see the Support Our Troops display that honors the United States Military.  Active Military personnel ride free. 

 

June 10, 2017

Flag Day

Gas Powered Locomotive

  Includes stop at the Diamond Don Gator Pit for alligator feeding (weather permitting)

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

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 with a celebration of Flags along the Big Cypress Bayou.  Come see the Support Our Troops display that honors the United States Military.  Active Military personnel ride free. 

 

June 17, 2017

Father’s Day Express

  Includes stop at the Diamond Don Gator Pit for alligator feeding (weather permitting)

SPECIAL – STEAM TRAIN  

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

Fathers receive a 10% discount when accompanied by their children. Come ride an antique STEAM TRAIN. 

 

July 1, 2, 3, 4, 2017

4th of July Celebration & Fireworks

  Day trains Include stop at the Diamond Don Gator Pit for alligator feeding (weather permitting)

SPECIAL – STEAM TRAIN WEEKEND

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

 Tuesday - Narrated Historical Day Tours:  12:30, 2:30

 Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 9:00 pm ride with Fireworks.

The Historic Jefferson Railway will offer a special July 4th weekend, aboard a live steam train, 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 that honors the United States Military. For our evening trains, we will have a fireworks show and a cannon firing a dramatic “dragons breath”.   (Note: we will be closed on the evening of July 4, so that we don’t conflict with City of Jefferson activities).

 

September 2, 2017

SPECIAL – STEAM TRAIN

  Includes stop at the Diamond Don Gator Pit for alligator feeding (weather permitting)

Labor Day Celebration at Historic Jefferson Railway

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

Celebrate Labor Day at the Historic Jefferson Railway aboard a live steam train as we end our summer season.  Come see the Support Our Troops display that honors the United States Military. Active Military personnel ride free. 

 

September 28-30 & October 1

33rd Lake O’ Pines Norton Owners Association Rallye and Bike Show

The rallye draws more than 300 people displaying over 150 of the finest vintage motorcycles anywhere in the country.  Join us at Diamond Don's Motorsports & RV Park which is just one mile outside of Jefferson, Texas.  Participate in Friday's Field Events, display your bike in Saturday's bike show and ride in the Rolling Concours.  Come enjoy a weekend full of great entertainment and fun.

http://www.ntnoa.org

Dennis@ntnoa.org

214-402-1436

 

October 7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28, 2017 (gas-powered locomotive)

Runaway Fright Train

As you ride through the dark woods, you’ll feel the spirits reaching out for you. The scenes and haunters along the track will give you a startle and a laugh now and then, too.  This Halloween Theater on wheels features Nightmare on the Bayou and is appropriate for ages 2-92.  This event is more like a Halloween Play than a Haunted House.  Family-friendly.  Movie, children’s crafts and games inside the depot.  Concessions and Halloween products available.   

 

November 23-25 & 30, December 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 21-24, 2017 (closed November 26)

STEAM TRAIN

Rail of Lights Christmas Train

Make this a Christmas to remember aboard the Rail of Lights Christmas Train – a live steam train.  The unforgettable ride aboard an antique narrow-gauge steam train departs on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Thanksgiving through December 23.  (Closed November 26).  Passengers will enjoy lighted vignettes along the Cypress Bayou River as they hear the story of the Spirit of Christmas.   

 

December 28-31, 2017

STEAM TRAIN

Rail of Lights New Year’s Train

Blast into the New Year aboard the Rail of Lights New Year’s Train, a live steam 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 and a cannon firing dramatic “dragons breath”. 

 

 

  

2017 Calendar of Events 

Last Revised 1-13-17

 

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 running along the Big Cypress Bayou. 

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

The regularly scheduled day trains include a stop at Diamond Don Gator Pit to view our daily feeding of live alligators with a photo opportunity, too.  (weather permitting). 

 

We will run our Steam Train for most of our special events, as noted below. 

Other weekends, we run our antique gas-powered locomotive

 

Saturday March 4, 2017 through September 2, 2017  

Depot opens at 11:00 am each Saturday

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

  Includes stop at the Diamond Don Gator Pit for alligator feeding (weather permitting)

 

Open Air Coach

Adults $12; children under 6 are free

All Fares, plus tax.

(Schedule and pricing may be adjusted for special events)

 


April 15, 2017

Easter egg Express

Gas Powered Locomotive

  Includes stop at the Diamond Don Gator Pit for alligator feeding (weather permitting)

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

Come ride the Easter Egg Express and participate in an Easter Egg Hunt for children under 12

 

April 20-23, 2017

Diamond Don’s 15th Annual AHRMA International Vintage Motocross

International Vintage Motocross which includes Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday,  Cross Country and Trials on Friday, Vintage Motocross on Saturday with Post-Vintage on Sunday.  100cc Revenge races on Saturday and Sunday.  The weekend will be full of motocross legends from around the world.  Come out and see Brad Lackey, Steve Wise, Trey Jorski, Guy Cooper and event legend Warren Reid.  International legends include Adrian Lappin from Northern Ireland, 9 times Irish Enduro Champion.

www.DiamondDon.com

 

May 5, 2017

Civil War Living History, “Day of Learning”, complete with a gunboat and cannons

9:00 – 2:30 at Diamond Don RV Park

The Great Locomotive Chase/The Andrews Raid, aboard a live steam train

Train departs from Diamond Don RV Park

Friday Narrated Historical Day Tours: 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, and 12:30

Additional trains may be added depending on demand

www.JeffersonCivilWarDays.com


 

May 6-7, 2017

Target Jefferson – A Red River Campaign Objective and Civil War Re-Enactment

Hosted by Blue Gray Alliance, Cleburne’s Division

Sponsored by Historic Jefferson Railway and Diamond Don RV Park

Saturday 2:00 Battle Re-Enactment

Sunday 1:00 Battle Re-Enactment

Jefferson was the shipping port to the Mississippi.  Event includes horse drawn artillery, large cannons, gunboat, steam train, weapons demonstrations, trades and suttlers.  Everyone Welcome – spectators, civilian and military re-enactors.

www.JeffersonCivilWarDays.com

www.cleburnes-divison.com

 

May 6-7, 2017

Special Train Schedule for Jefferson’s Civil War Weekend

The Great Locomotive Chase – The Andrews Raid

SPECIAL – STEAM TRAIN

Trains depart from downtown Jefferson depot

Saturday Narrated Historical Train Day Tours, scouting probes & skirmishes:  11:30, 2:00, 3:30 & 5:00

Sunday Narrated Historical Train Day Tours, scouting probes & skirmishes:  & Naval Battle:  11:30 and 1:00

Come ride a live steam train and experience the story of The Andrews Raid, the Civil War’s most gripping railroad story.  See the living history camps along the river, and the soldiers from the North and South in scouting probes & skirmishes, complete with cannons and gunboat.  Keep your seat on the train as the battle rages around you.

 

May 13, 2017

Mother’s Day Express

  Includes stop at the Diamond Don Gator Pit for alligator feeding (weather permitting)

SPECIAL – STEAM TRAIN

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

Mothers receive a 10% discount when accompanied by their children. Come ride an antique STEAM TRAIN. 

 

May 20 & 21, 2017

Jefferson Train Days & Model Train Show

SPECIAL – STEAM TRAIN

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

Sunday Narrated Historical Day Tours: 12:30 and 2:00

Jefferson’s 6th Annual Train Days & Model Train Show.  Enjoy rough and ready cowboys, from Lonely West Gun Show, aboard a live steam train, complete with cannon, gunfights and a train robbery, on every train.  Combo Tickets available online for all four destinations:  Jefferson Train Show, T&P Model Train Depot, Jay Gould Car and Historic Jefferson Railway.  Tickets available at each venue during event weekend.

info@jeffersonrailway.com

www.JeffersonTrainDays.com

 

May 21, 2017

Sunday Social and Shoot-Out

Jefferson Train Days & Model Train Show

12:00-2:30

Come join an old fashioned Sunday Social at the General Store on Austin Street in downtown Jefferson.  Purchase a root beer float, nostalgic candy and one-of-a-kind souvenirs.   Gunfights in the street; strolling musicians, Riverport Ambassadors in period dress and a band make this an event you will want to see.  There will be plenty of time to participate in the Jefferson Train Days & Model Train Show.  Combo Tickets available online for all four destinations:  Jefferson Train Show, T&P Model Train Depot, Jay Gould Car and Historic Jefferson Railway.  Tickets available at each venue during event weekend.

info@jeffersonrailway.com

www.JeffersonTrainDays.com


 

May 27, 2017

SPECIAL – STEAM TRAIN

  Includes stop at the Diamond Don Gator Pit for alligator feeding (weather permitting)

Memorial Day Celebration at Historic Jefferson Railway

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

Celebrate Memorial Day at the Historic Jefferson Railway aboard a live steam train as we begin our summer season.  Come see the Support Our Troops display that honors the United States Military.  Active Military personnel ride free. 

 

June 10, 2017

Flag Day

Gas Powered Locomotive

  Includes stop at the Diamond Don Gator Pit for alligator feeding (weather permitting)

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

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 with a celebration of Flags along the Big Cypress Bayou.  Come see the Support Our Troops display that honors the United States Military.  Active Military personnel ride free. 

 

June 17, 2017

Father’s Day Express

  Includes stop at the Diamond Don Gator Pit for alligator feeding (weather permitting)

SPECIAL – STEAM TRAIN  

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

Fathers receive a 10% discount when accompanied by their children. Come ride an antique STEAM TRAIN. 

 

July 1, 2, 3, 4, 2017

4th of July Celebration & Fireworks

  Day trains Include stop at the Diamond Don Gator Pit for alligator feeding (weather permitting)

SPECIAL – STEAM TRAIN WEEKEND

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

 Tuesday - Narrated Historical Day Tours:  12:30, 2:30

 Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 9:00 pm ride with Fireworks.

The Historic Jefferson Railway will offer a special July 4th weekend, aboard a live steam train, 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 that honors the United States Military. For our evening trains, we will have a fireworks show and a cannon firing a dramatic “dragons breath”.   (Note: we will be closed on the evening of July 4, so that we don’t conflict with City of Jefferson activities).

 

September 2, 2017

SPECIAL – STEAM TRAIN

  Includes stop at the Diamond Don Gator Pit for alligator feeding (weather permitting)

Labor Day Celebration at Historic Jefferson Railway

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

Celebrate Labor Day at the Historic Jefferson Railway aboard a live steam train as we end our summer season.  Come see the Support Our Troops display that honors the United States Military. Active Military personnel ride free. 

 

September 28-30 & October 1

33rd Lake O’ Pines Norton Owners Association Rallye and Bike Show

The rallye draws more than 300 people displaying over 150 of the finest vintage motorcycles anywhere in the country.  Join us at Diamond Don's Motorsports & RV Park which is just one mile outside of Jefferson, Texas.  Participate in Friday's Field Events, display your bike in Saturday's bike show and ride in the Rolling Concours.  Come enjoy a weekend full of great entertainment and fun.

http://www.ntnoa.org

Dennis@ntnoa.org

214-402-1436

 

October 7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28, 2017 (gas-powered locomotive)

Runaway Fright Train

As you ride through the dark woods, you’ll feel the spirits reaching out for you. The scenes and haunters along the track will give you a startle and a laugh now and then, too.  This Halloween Theater on wheels features Nightmare on the Bayou and is appropriate for ages 2-92.  This event is more like a Halloween Play than a Haunted House.  Family-friendly.  Movie, children’s crafts and games inside the depot.  Concessions and Halloween products available.   

 

November 23-25 & 30, December 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 21-24, 2017 (closed November 26)

STEAM TRAIN

Rail of Lights Christmas Train

Make this a Christmas to remember aboard the Rail of Lights Christmas Train – a live steam train.  The unforgettable ride aboard an antique narrow-gauge steam train departs on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Thanksgiving through December 23.  (Closed November 26).  Passengers will enjoy lighted vignettes along the Cypress Bayou River as they hear the story of the Spirit of Christmas.   

 

December 28-31, 2017

STEAM TRAIN

Rail of Lights New Year’s Train

Blast into the New Year aboard the Rail of Lights New Year’s Train, a live steam 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 and a cannon firing dramatic “dragons breath”. 

 

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We are a pet friendly business.
We welcome well behaved pets on our trains.

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We welcome well behaved pets on our trains.

Historic Jefferson Railway ♦ 400 E. Austin ♦ Jefferson, Texas 75657 ♦ 866-398-2038


Historic Jefferson Railway ♦ 400 E. Austin ♦ Jefferson, Texas 75657 ♦ 866-398-2038