Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Cotton Belt Route?
The Cotton Belt Route is a one and a half hour trip from the Grapevine Depot on Main Street to the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. It boards at the Grapevine Depot at 12:30 p.m. and departs at 1:00 p.m. The train arrives at the Stockyards at approximately 2:30 p.m. The return trip to Grapevine re-boards at 4:05 p.m. following the cattle drive, leaves at 4:15 p.m. and returns to Grapevine at approximately 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. that evening.
What is the Fort Worth Stockyards Trinity River Ride?
The Fort Worth Stockyards Trinity River Ride is a one hour mini-excursion that leaves from the Fort Worth Stockyards and goes to south Fort Worth and back. It boards in the Fort Worth Stockyards at approximately 2:30, departs at approximately 2:45 and returns at approximately 3:45. During the trip, the train crosses both channels of the Trinity River, goes through Trinity Park and stops in the switchyard at 8th Avenue before returning to the Stockyards.
What type of locomotive engine is pulling the Grapevine Vintage Railroad Train?
We have two locomotives available. "Puffy," is currently out of service until it has completed its 15-year inspection. The 1953 diesel locomotive, "Vinny," is used for the regularly scheduled weekly service.
What is the Grapevine Fun Train?
The Grapevine Fun Train is a one hour mini-excursion that leaves from the Grapevine Depot and returns to the Grapevine Depot. This ride is on Saturday mornings throughout the year. The train leaves the Depot at 10 a.m., travels west towards Colleyville, then reverses back, arriving at the Grapevine Depot at 11 a.m.
What days does the train run?
The train runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday between Memorial Day weekend (May) and Labor Day weekend (September) as well as most major holidays. From February until Memorial Day weekend and after Labor Day weekend up until Thanksgiving, the train only runs on Saturday and Sunday. Please be aware that during the year, special events may alter this schedule. The train does not run in January due to annually scheduled maintenance. Please check the current schedule for availability.
Are the seats on the train assigned?
All passengers will receive an assigned coach and seat number prior to boarding the train on the day of your trip. The "Grapevine Fun Run" is open seating in any coach. All seating is bench style with two (2) passengers per bench.
What are the differences between Touring and First Class seating?
The First Class coaches include air conditioning and Victorian-style, upholstered seating. Touring class coaches provide open-air travel with vintage wooden-backed, bench-style seating. Although there are ceiling fans, the touring coaches are not air conditioned. During the winter months, these coaches are enclosed with non-opening glass windows that are removed in the spring. All coaches are heated during the winter months.
Why are times “approximate”? Do I get a refund if the train is late?
The Grapevine Vintage Railroad makes every attempt to adhere to the posted schedules. However, the Grapevine Vintage Railroad cannot guarantee arrival times due shared rail traffic with freight trains and Amtrak. Delays maybe caused by excessive rail traffic or emergency track maintenance. The GVRR is considered an excursion train and essentially a guest on the tracks and other railroads get higher priority with the dispatcher. Therefore, the Grapevine Vintage Railroad is unable to offer refunds or compensation due to delays. On rare occasions, delays can be an hour or longer. Due to the TEXRail commuter rail construction that began in March of 2017, GVRR anticipates increased delays until construction is completed. The GVRR or its staff is unable to anticipate when the construction delays may occur.
I missed the train. What is your refund policy?
Tickets are non-refundable. If you missed the train, please contact the train staff to reschedule for a different day. Refunds and reschedules are not offered if you miss the return trip in Fort Worth at 4:05.
Is food available on the train? Can I bring snacks or my own beverages?
Outside food and drinks are not allowed on the train. However, snack bars are located on board that sell a variety of food and drinks including bottled water, sodas, popcorn, hot dogs, candy, cookies and chips. All items are $1 to $2. The snack bars accept cash or credit cards.
What if I have special dietary needs due to a medical condition?
Special consideration is given to those with dietary restrictions due to medical circumstances such as diabetes and food allergies. If you have a special diet due to allergies or for a medical condition, you may bring your own food.
Can I bring formula for my infant?
Yes. The train staff will not have a way to keep formula cool or heat it up, however.
Does the train offer any alcoholic beverages?
No. (Except on special event excursions such as the Jazz Wine Train)
Are restrooms located on the train? Is there a baby changing station available?
There are several restrooms on the train. A baby changing station is located in the restroom of coach 206. However, due to periodic maintenance, 206 may not be running every day. Please note that restrooms on the train are not wheelchair accessible.
Can I bring my stroller on the train?
For the Cotton Belt Route trip from Grapevine to the Fort Worth Stockyards Stockyards, train staff will assist with loading, storing and unloading of strollers during the ride. For the Trinity River Run, strollers are stored in the ticket booth in the Stockyards and picked up at the conclusion of the ride. GVRR is not responsible for any damaged or lost strollers.
Can my child sit in his or her stroller while on board the train?
For safety reasons, children must ride in a seat or on the lap of a parent.
Is the train accessible for passengers using a wheelchair or requiring special assistance?
Yes, both depots have wheelchair lifts. The train can accommodate up to four wheelchairs per trip. Wheelchair accessible restrooms are available near the Grapevine Train Depot and in the Stockyards Station. The first class coaches and on board restrooms are not wheelchair accessible. When purchasing your tickets online, please answer the questions concerning wheelchairs and service animals.
What is the best train ride for small children?
The Grapevine Fun Train or the Fort Worth Stockyards Trinity River Train, are one-hour round trip rides and are a great option for infants and young children.
What discounts do you offer?
Military discounts are available to our armed service men and women and their families. Please contact the Depot to reserve tickets with a military discount.
Can I walk between coaches during the ride?
Passengers can move between coaches during the ride to access the restrooms (located in the First Class Cars) or the snackbar (located in the Touring Class Cars). Passengers are asked to remain seated at all other times. . Please be aware that the end platforms are off limits to passengers at all times and that passengers may not stand in the vestibules (area between coaches) while the train is moving.
Are pets allowed on the train?
No. Only service animals assisting the handicapped are allowed on the train. Accommodations for service animals are limited to the touring coaches. If you need to bring a service animal aboard, when purchasing tickets please answer the questions concerning service animals.
Are smoking accommodations available?
The entire train is non-smoking.
What is the address of the Cotton Belt Depot?
705 S. Main St. Grapevine Texas 76051
What time does the ticket office open in Grapevine?
The ticket office is located inside the Cotton Belt Depot and opens at 11 a.m. on the days the train is running. Tickets can also be purchased in advance online at www.gvrr.com up until midnight the night before the trip or by phone at 817-410-3185 (between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.). Tickets may only be purchased in person at the station the day of the trip. We cannot hold tickets by phone or online the day of departure.
What time does the train board in Grapevine? What is the departure time?
The train begins boarding at 12:30 p.m. and the train departs promptly at 1 p.m. Please be aware that once the train starts moving, it cannot stop for late passengers. All passengers should be on board at least 15 minutes before departure. Ticket sales stop 5 minutes before the train departs.
Where does the train board in Grapevine?
Boarding takes place on the west side of Main Street at the temporary platforms, across from the Cotton Belt Depot building. These temporary platforms will be utilized until construction is complete on the TEXRail commuter rail. During this construction period, please take notice of any posted signage regarding temporary changes in boarding instructions.
Where can I park in Grapevine to ride the train?
Free parking is available in front of the Cotton Belt Depot, across Main Street near Tower 16, or on Dallas Road across from the Grapevine Police Station.
Is the Grapevine Train Depot within walking distance to Historic Downtown Grapevine?
Yes, it is an easy walk to all the shopping and restaurants on Main Street in Historic Downtown Grapevine.
How much time will I have in the Stockyards?
Passengers have approximately one and a half hours to explore the Fort Worth Stockyards.
Will I get to see the Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive?
The Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive takes place 7 days a week at both 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. weather permitting. The train will begin boarding at 4:05 immediately following the cattle drive allowing time for passengers returning to Grapevine to see it before the train departs.
What time does the train depart the Stockyards?
The train departs at 4:15 sharp. We cannot hold the train for anyone and the train cannot stop once it begins moving. Please make sure you are back on board at least 10 minutes before the train departs.
Is there a gift shop to purchase souvenirs?
Train souvenirs may be purchased in the Grapevine Depot, open Saturday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Grapevine souvenirs may be purchased at the Visitor Information Center, located across the street from the Grapevine Depot, during regular business hours. The Grapevine Visitor Information Center is located at 636 S. Main St.
Where is the Stockyard ticket office?
The Stockyard Ticket office is located inside the Stockyards Station near the center of the building by the train tracks. The address is: 130 E. Exchange Ave, Fort Worth 76106.
Where can I park in the Stockyards to ride the train?
Guests can park in any marked public parking lot in the Stockyards area. Paid parking is typically $7.00
What time does the Stockyards ticket booth open?
The ticket booth opens at 1 p.m. and tickets are sold up until 2:40 p.m. (Approximately 5 minutes before the train departs.) The ticket booth is open until 4:15 p.m., when the train returns to Grapevine.
What time is boarding for the Trinity River Ride? When does it depart and return?
Boarding for the Trinity River Train Excursion is approximately 2:30 p.m. The train will depart approximately 2:45 p.m. and the one-hour trip will return at approximately 3:45 p.m.. Due to increased freight traffic and rail construction in 2017, delays and/or cancellations may occur without notice.
Will I be able to view the Cattle Drive if I ride the Trinity River Run?
Yes, unless the trip is delayed.
Can I ride from the Stockyards to Grapevine and back?
You cannot ride from the Stockyards to Grapevine and back in the same day. It is possible to book a reverse run on different days where you leave the Stockyards, stay the night in Grapevine and return the following day on the 1 p.m. train. Please remember that the train does not run Monday through Friday except for holiday weekends. Visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com for hotel information or call train sales staff at 817-410-3185 for more information on Grapevine’s wonderful selection of hotels.
Can I buy a ticket in the Stockyards to go one way to Grapevine?
Yes, one-way tickets can be purchased from the Fort Worth Stockyards to Grapevine pending availability. Passengers riding one way are responsible for any return transportation to the Fort Worth Stockyards.
Groups, Special Events and Other Information: How many people are required to receive the “Group Rate” on a train?
Twelve or more people in a party qualify for the group rate only on the 1:00 p.m. excursion. Groups must be booked in advanced and cannot be sold as walk-ups to receive the "Group Rate". Please call 817-410-3579 for more information about group rates, or to make a reservation.
Is the caboose available for rental? How many passengers can it hold?
The caboose holds 12 people and is available for parties only in the Cotton Belt station. The caboose is no longer used on regular service excursions, and is stationary at its location in Grapevine. For more information about booking the caboose, please call 817-410-3579.
Is it possible to ride in the cab of the locomotive?
Cab rides are not available at this time.
Are communications devices restricted to use while on the train?
Use of cell phone devices and/or wifi is allowed while the train is in operation or motion. You are not required to put a phone in "airplane" mode. However for safety purposes, two-way radio communication devices that can receive or transmit via open radio frequency channels are not permitted on the train. Use of such devices during a train excursion or while the train is in operation may result in removal from the train.
When is Day Out With Thomas™?
Day Out With Thomas occurs in the Spring for 2 weekends, usually March or April. Please visit www.gvrr.com for more information and pricing.
When is the North Pole Express™?
The North Pole Express runs during the Christmas season. Please visit www.gvrr.com for more information and pricing.