We finally booked a trip riding an old fashioned antique steam train and I am here to tell you all about it! First off let me say I can't promise if this is experience is for everyone, but if you are into vintage and reminiscing the past, you would most likely enjoy it.
The train station is located in City of Cedar Park and for this particular ride our destination was City of Brunet which is an hour away with car but with the train took us two hours each way. We booked the most luxurious locomotive they had a beautiful 1949 built with an open lounge and 5 compartments called "Rippling Stream", it was an Ault-Only first class lounge and allowed pets with promise to be kept in a carry-on during the trip. We had a guest service during our ride and provided with variety of soft drink beverages and snacks during the ride.
When we arrived at Burnet we were greeted by actors dressed in cowboy attires and before our departure they performed a theatre piece which was wonderful. The train station in Burnet was just a couple streets away from the downtown which from a quick glance looked like it had 2 restaurants and couple antique shops and a courthouse. Lucky for us they had an open market that day with vendors selling handmade items under a canopy on the side of the street, from the market we bought some homemade cookies for the ride back home.
As for the lunch we tried the "Trailblazer Grille" Restaurant it was an all American cuisine and we really liked everything we ordered. I got catfish with coleslaw and side of a sweet potato fries.
If you end up going on a ride, definitely let me know how you liked it.
Here is their website for more information: https://www.austinsteamtrain.org