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“Not measure up to other vintage railroads in Central/East Texas”

Grapevine Vintage Railroad
Ranked #12 of 62 things to do in Grapevine
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Owner description: The Grapevine Vintage Railroad travels along the historic Cotton Belt Route between Grapevine and the Fort Worth Stockyards. The Railroad is serviced by two vintage locomotives which include "Puffy" the 1896 Steam locomotive and oldest continously operating steam engine in the South, and a 1953 GP-7 diesel locomotive. Passengers enjoy riding in authentic 1920s and 1930s Victorian - style coaches as they take a step back in time and experience train travel as it was in the glory days of the expanding West. Pull into the Fort Worth Stockyards Station and you'll be right in the middle of the Stockyards National Historic District where the Old West comes alive. Have fun at this outstanding retail and entertainment district.
Longview, Texas
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Not measure up to other vintage railroads in Central/East Texas”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

While this place may be worth visiting if that's the only vintage railroad you can get to, but after experiencing several of them in Central/East Texas I should say that this one will give you quite a limited experience for quite a price. In my opinion Jefferson, TX railroad experience is both superior in quality and price (but is certainly less conveniently located).

Visited December 2013
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Lubbock, Texas
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“Great Family Outing”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

We have done the Thomas the Train rides for the past three years and it is always a great experience for the kids. My son loves it even though he is getting at the age where he is starting to outgrow Thomas. We have also done the Polar Express train ride and getting to visit with Santa and Mrs Claus is always the highlight of the trip. The entire boarding area is decorated for the holidays and really helps to put guests in the holiday spirit. We have also done the round trip to the Fort Worth Stockyards and we have also done the Trinity River Run through Fort Worth. My son really enjoys the train rides every time we ride. My only complaint is the parking. When major events are going on there is not enough parking. We try to do a train ride atleast once a year.

Visited April 2014
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Thank ethansmom06
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GrapevineCVBRep, Public Relations Manager at Grapevine Vintage Railroad, responded to this review, 16 July 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to provide this feedback. We appreciate it very much.
We are glad to hear your family enjoys Day Out With Thomas, North Pole Express and the regularly scheduled Grapevine Vintage Railroad excursions.
We appreciate your feedback regarding parking. This year, we have added additional parking areas and complimentary shuttle to and from these lots for events such as Day Out With Thomas and North Pole Express. We will continue to work to enhance our riders experience all the way around.
Thank you again and we hope to welcome you back to Grapevine soon!
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Hong Kong, China
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“Choo Choo!”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

If you are in Grapevine with kids, don't miss the "historic" train. It is fun and who doesn't like trains?

Visited July 2014
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GrapevineCVBRep, Public Relations Manager at Grapevine Vintage Railroad, responded to this review, 14 July 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to provide this feedback. We appreciate it very much.
We agree, trains are pretty awesome! Thank you again and we hope to welcome you back to Grapevine soon!
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“Save your money”
Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

We took out of town guests here to experience the "train robbery", stockyards, etc. We departed @ 1:00 pm, didn't arrive (after multiple stops to wait for other trains), until 3:10 pm... We had to re-board at 4:05 pm. We literally had enough time to shovel in food and race back. Part of our party and guests refused to ride it back and ended up taking a cab hours later & still beat us back to the station... We purchased first class tickets because summers in July here are brutal and we wanted air conditioning. Unfortunately, we were sat right in front of the huge air duct which was blowing @ 64 degrees. After multiple complaints of the cold from other people riding the train they stated they couldn't turn the air up. It's not worth the money with the minimal amount of time you get in the stockyards. Just drive so you don't feel rushed.

Visited July 2014
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GrapevineCVBRep, Public Relations Manager at Grapevine Vintage Railroad, responded to this review, 7 July 2014
Thank you for your feedback. We apologize that your experience on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad (GVRR) was not as expected.
The US Federal Railroad Association sets and regulates the schedule for all rail systems, including the GVRR. We do abide by this schedule and do our best to work around it. Attraction railroads such as the GVRR, must give the right away to cargo rails and commuter rails. Schedules for these trains are not always on time. Unfortunately, this is not something we can control or anticipate as they vary from day to day. Because of these delays, the stay over time in the Stockyards can be cut short.
As for the air conditioning, the First-Class GVRR Victorian coaches' air conditioning unit is almost as old as the coaches themselves. Due to the model and age of the unit, they can be temperamental. To avoid having no air at all, the units are kept at a constant temperature.
We do hope that you will visit us again soon and perhaps take a ride on one of the "Fun Trains" which are just about an hour long and take a different route from the Fort Worth Stockyard train. Thank you again for your feedback.
Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any other questions.
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“WORST EVER !!!!”
Reviewed 29 June 2014 via mobile

Our group of 40 set up reservations at least a month early. We also spoke personally with the Director Michael so that our group would be seated together. Imagine our surprise when we arrived and found our group scattered apart over three separate cars!!! The staff were rude and completely uncaring. No effort was made to rectify their mistake. It ruined the day!!! Don't spend or waste your tourist dollars on this farce!!!

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GrapevineCVBRep, Public Relations Manager at Grapevine Vintage Railroad, responded to this review, 30 June 2014
Thank you for your feedback. We apologize that your groups experience on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad (GVRR) was not as expected.
Our train manager has reached out to the organizer of your group to resolve and explain the issue. Due to a software upgrade and a glitch in the new report, the seat assignments did not transfer over to the system our staff uses in the depot. This is not something they could see on their end; therefore, were unable to resolve it.
We have discussed a solution with your group's organizer and hope to welcome you back aboard the GVRR soon. Again, thank you for your feedback. We apologize for the computer glitch. We will make every effort to ensure that it does not happen again.
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