Trains, Ghosts and Bigfoot Sightings
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Kids driving you crazy? Bring them out for a ride on an antique narrow-gauge train. The trip takes you along the Big Cypress Bayou River in Jefferson, Texas and lasts about 40 minutes. The Historic Jefferson Railway is open each Saturday with narrated day trains and their infamous evening Ghost Train on Friday and Saturday evenings.

The Plymouth Locomotive is gas-powered and was built in 1964. The open car coach seats still carry the custom medallions cast into them designed especially for the Six Guns amusement park in Florida.

On the narrated day trains, you’ll view a Confederate Powder Magazine from the Civil War era and traverse the site of one of the oldest towns in Texas. As you roll through the Piney Woods, hear the history of Jefferson and the story of the remains of many sites from the 1880’s still visible along the track.

Get out of the heat and come listen to free Ghost Stories on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 in the air-conditioned train depot. Then climb aboard the legendary Ghost Train at 9:00. The Ghost Train carries you deep into the dark woods along the Bayou. The storyteller shares legends of Jefferson and East Texas ghosts. Historic Jefferson Railway was nominated as one of the Best Excursion Railroad Theme Trains for its Ghost Train by the readers of Cowcatcher magazine for the First Annual Gold Rail Awards.

Make it a full train weekend in Jefferson by including a visit to the R.D. Moses T & P Model Railroad Museum and touring Jay Gould’s “Atalanta” private railroad car. Bring the RV or tent camp at the Diamond Don & Cypress Bayou RV Park, just one mile from downtown Jefferson. Sites available along the Big Cypress Bayou.

Bigfoot (also known in these parts as the Boggy Creek monster) has been sighted running along the railroad tracks as the sun begins to set. Is the tale of the Bigfoot sightings fact or fiction?

The Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy website says “Jerry Hestand, Mark Porter and Charles DeVore investigated a number of cases in Marion County from reliable trustworthy people in or near these remote bottomlands. It is their assessment that it seems highly likely that events have been reported accurately”.

The train rolls right by the home of the Boggy Creek monster as depicted in the horror movie, “Boggy Creek”, filmed in Jefferson and Uncertain. The movie is loosely based on the old Big Foot or Sasquatch legends, says Brian T. Jaynes, director and producer.

So, are the sightings real or a spoof to enhance your rider experience? You’ll have to ride the train to find out!

The Railway is a part of the thriving community of Jefferson sponsoring major events throughout the year. Visitors look forward all year to Terror on the Bayou Fright Train, Rail of Lights Christmas & New Year’s Train, Diamond Don’s Riverport National Vintage Motocross, Trammel’s Trace Rendezvous, The Great Locomotive Chase & Civil War Living History as well as its newest event, Route 49 Biker Rally.

Historic Jefferson Railway is located at 400 E. Austin in Downtown Jefferson, Texas. For information on pricing, schedule and events, please visit or call 866-398-2038.

Summer Schedule Runs Every Weekend through September 1, 2012

(Schedule and pricing may be adjusted for special events)

Friday & Saturday Evenings

FREE Ghost Stories at 8:00

Ghost Train at 9:00

Saturday Narrated Day Tours: 2:30 and 4:30

$12.00 plus tax. Children under 6 are free. Seniors 62+ and active military receive 10% discount

September 14-15, 2012

Trammel’s Trace pre-1840’s Rendezvous

Weekends in October

Terror on the Bayou Halloween Festival

Runaway Fright Train

Screamin’ Creepy Corn Maze

CarnEvil of the Damned Haunted House

Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve

Rail of Lights Christmas and New Year’s Trains
4009 Old Denton Rd, Carrollton, TX, 75010 |

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