Hop Aboard! 18 Historic Train Excursions Punch Your Ticket for a Wild West Railroad Adventure

historical-trains-by-stuart-rosebrookThe mystique of the Western railroads have been a part of my life since childhood—from my father’s boyhood tales of traveling the Super Chief to the railroad music of Johnny Cash

, from regular visits to Los Angeles’s Union Station and Griffith Park’s Travel Town to my first ride on the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in 1976.

 

The sight, smell and sounds of a locomotive and the haunting echo of a train whistle have become a strong part of my identity as a native-born Westerner. Over the years, I have enjoyed excursions with my family on Amtrak, the Durango & Silverton and the Grand Canyon Railway. Still, I am always ready to take another trip into the past. Whatever type of historic Western railway adventure you are planning—a family day trip or a steampunk rally—these great railroads are ready to take you on an adventure of a lifetime throughout the year. Pack your bags, climb aboard and take a trip into yesteryear!

Click on the image and watch the slideshow of 18 historic Western railway adventures.

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Stuart Rosebrook

As senior editor of True West Magazine, Stuart Rosebrook oversees all editorial covering Old West travel, firearms and books. He has a Ph.D in U.S. History from Arizona State University, and he owns a multimedia communications business, Quo Vadis Communications, based in Iowa City, Iowa.