A murder mystery event set on a train can be an exciting way to spend a few hours. In Texas, there are several options for thrill-seeking riders, with murder mystery train rides departing from a number of cities. Several of the below options leave from a number of different locations, so call ahead for exact departures.
Austin Steam Train
The Austin Steam Train was built in the 1920s with full service until the 1960s. Now, the rail is used for specialty events out of Cedar Park, including several murder mystery events throughout the year. The mystery rides involve themes such as Ghostbusters and the Wild West, with prices ranging from $50 to $75 a rider (as of March 2010) and discounts for visitors under 21. Rides typically include food and drink, and there are some age restrictions for children.
Austin Steam Train Association 401 E. Whitestone Blvd. Cedar Park, TX 78613 512-477-8468
Grapevine Vintage Railroad
The Grapevine Vintage Railroad in Fort Worth travels between the Grapevine and Fort Worth stockyards, known as the Cotton Belt. The rail has special holiday murder mystery events, surrounding days such as the Fourth of July and Halloween. Customers can also hire some lines for private use, and groups have been known to host their own murder mystery evenings for corporate or birthday events.The rides are family-friendly and appropriate for older children, and prices start at $10, with rides lasting approximately two to five hours.
Grapevine Vintage Railroad One Liberty Park Plaza Grapevine, TX 76051 817-481-1522
Texas State Railroad
The Texas State Railroad occasionally runs mystery rides to complement its season of novelty events. The rail has been known to host murder mystery evenings with a national company, Murder Mystery Weekend, Inc. These events are in the evening and not appropriate for children. The rail also hosts Wild West, Halloween and bandit themed events, which some older children may be able to handle. Tickets average $40 to $45, with discounts for children 11 and under. Trains depart from various locations.
Texas State Railroad PO Box 166 Rusk, TX 75785 903-683-2561
Erica Morris has six years of journalism experience, working for publications in New York, London and South Florida. She has served as associate editor for a Jewish lifestyle magazine in Florida for the past two years, and worked as both a news and features writer for a number of weekly newspapers.