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May 20, 2017






Get All Fired Up for Memorial Day Weekend  

Get all fired up for Memorial Day and bring the family to ride on an antique narrow-gauge live steam train along the Big Cypress Bayou in Jefferson, Texas.  Come for lunch, a free movie and a train ride.  Enjoy the excellent view of the ride along the river in the open-canopied observation cars.   


Historic Jefferson Railway is offering special Memorial Day pricing of $12, plus tax for adults; $10 children 6-12; children under 6 free; and Family-Pak pricing of $35 for parents and their children.  The depot opens at 11:00 on Saturday, May 27.  Lunch and a movie available from noon until 4:00.  Concessions include hot dogs and nachos with prices ranging from $1.50 to $2.50.  


Bring your RV and stay at Diamond Don RV Park just a short one mile from Jefferson, on the Big Cypress Bayou, and stay close to the action.  Beautiful wooded sites with lots of wildlife. Many of the RV sites have views of the Big Cypress Bayou.  Free WIFI, showers, rest rooms and dump station. Launch your kayak or canoe right from the park.  Enjoy fishing off the banks of the river.   


The Railway recreates the Golden Era of railroading with narrated historical day trains on Saturday at 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30.  Each train rides includes a stop at Diamond Don Gator Pit for feeding of the alligators.  Includes photo opportunity with a baby alligator.  As you roll through the history laden Piney Woods, you’ll view a Confederate Powder Magazine and traverse the site of one of the oldest, historical towns in Texas, with historical ruins from the 1800’s. 


Learn about the unique ecology of the area and hear a tale or two about Bigfoot.   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 upcoming 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.    The Railway is a part of the thriving community of Jefferson sponsoring major events throughout the year that bring over 20,000 visitors to Jefferson. 


Patrons look forward all year to Runaway Fright Train, Rail of Lights Christmas & New Year’s Train, Diamond Don’s Riverport National Vintage Motocross, The Great Locomotive Chase & Battle of Port Jefferson, and Jefferson Train Days. Shop, dine, stay in Historic Jefferson – you will be glad you did!   Historic Jefferson Railway is located at 400 E. Austin in Downtown Jefferson, Texas.  For information on pricing, schedule and special events, please visit www.JeffersonRailway.com and www.DiamondDonRVPark.com or call 866-398-2038.  


Saturday May 27, 2017 Depot opens at 11:00 Lunch and a free movie 12:00-4:00 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 Narrated Day Train Special Memorial Day Pricing $12, plus tax, adults $10, plus tax, children 6-12 Children under 6 free $35 Family Pak (parents and their children) Hot dogs & nachos available, $1.50-$2.50   UPCOMING EVENTS: Each train ride includes a stop at the gator pit for alligator feeding.  Includes photo opportunity with a baby alligator.   


June 10, 2017 Flag Day Gas-Powered Antique Train Saturday Narrated Historical Day Tours:  12:30, 2:30 and 4:30; $12 plus tax; children under 6 are free. 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  


June 17, 2017 Father’s Day Express SPECIAL – STEAM TRAIN  Saturday Narrated Historical Day Tours:  12:30, 2:30 and 4:30.  $15 plus tax; children under 6 are free 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 SPECIAL – STEAM TRAIN WEEKEND Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - Narrated Historical Day Tours:  12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 Monday - Narrated Historical Day Tours:  12:30 and 2:30 Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 9 pm ride with Fireworks. $15 plus tax; children under 6 are free 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 Labor Day Celebration at Historic Jefferson Railway Saturday Narrated Historical Day Tours:  12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 $15 plus tax; children under 6 are free 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.