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Panhandle Historic Preservation Alliance
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Veterans Memorial Railroad

Veterans Memorial Railroad started in 2001 when a group of local people who were interested in both railroading and community service banded together to build a park riding train. Once the Liberty County Board of County Commissioners gave their permission to use a large area of the Veterans Memorial Park, construction got underway. The railroad opened for runs in December 2002.

There is no public money used in building or operating the railroad. Funding has come from club activities such as rummage sales, railroad tie sales, cook-outs, and memorabilia sales, as well as loans from club members. In addition, the railroad has become a popular activity for birthday parties and family reunions.

The three trains used in the events are antique park trains  replicating a diesel engine, steam replica, and an actual coal-fired steam locomotive. These events introduce trains to many children and adults who have never been exposed to trains other than model trains. The scenes for both Halloween and Christmas depict popular themes and reflect the artistic endeavors of the volunteers who help design and construct them.   

The volunteer crew is now getting the "Ghost Train" ready for kids of all ages. Trains will run on October 20, 21, 27, 28, and 31. The coal-fired steam train will be featured on October 21 and 28. Tickets will be available for purchase on-line soon. Non-steam rides are $8.00 per person; steam train rides are $12.00 per person. Kids up to age 2 ride free.  

Depot:
Veterans Memorial Park
10561 N.W. Theo Jacobs
Way (CR 12), Bristol
850-643-5491 or 850-
643-6646

Website: veteransmemorialrailroad.org