I’ve been on the Austin Steam Train before!
Read about the Hill Country Flyer here.
Thanks to VodkaGirlATX, Brian and I were able to go on the Moonlight and Mimosas Austin Steam Train! The 2.5-hour round-trip train ride left Cedar Park at 7pm so we could enjoy the beautiful Texas sunset.
With our tickets, we were able to enjoy a boxed dinner and four (!) mimosas. Shoutout to the bartender – those mimosas were no joke! Thanks to Dripping Springs Vodka, we were also able to add a dash of delicious vodka to our drinks.
The Austin Steam Train itself is beautiful. We were in the Nambe car – so retro and comfortable. According to the Austin Steam Train Association,
The Nambe is a rare example of the streamlined stainless steel passenger cars manufactured by the Budd Company in 1937 for the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe railroad. The car initially served on the Super Chief line between Chicago and Los Angeles, and after World War II, operated on various lines, including the Texas Chief between Galveston and Chicago. It is fitting that the car is returning to Texas after being out of service for several decades.
Originally part of the eight-car 1370 series, it is only one of two in existence, and the only one with its interior features and finishes intact. The car exemplifies streamlined design of the 1930s, both on the exterior and the interior, and has a remarkably high degree of integrity
I even took a champagne cork to remember the occasion!
Overall, it was a fun adventure. If you’re looking for something new to do with your family (they have children-themed rides, like the Princess Flyer, Day out with Thomas [the train], and the North Pole Flyer) or you’re looking for a unique date idea, I highly recommend the Austin Steam Train. Check out their website to find a ride that fits you!