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[ARCHIVED] Longview to Mineola Sidetrack on September 24th

Mineola depot and train tracks

Mineola Train Sign

All aboard for a fun and affordable train adventure through the East Texas piney woods. Visit Longview and Mineola invite you to board the Amtrak train in Longview on Saturday morning, September 24th, to enjoy the Ironhorse Festival in downtown Mineola. Amtrak tickets between the two cities start as low as $6 each way for adults, and children ages 2-12 are half price when purchased with an adult ticket. 

The self-guided trip starts at 8:28 a.m.* with a westbound train ride from the Historic Longview Depot and arrives in Mineola at approximately 9:25 a.m.* Greeters will be available at both depots to welcome your arrival and give local advice. 

In Mineola, participants can explore downtown, grab lunch at local eateries, ride on a mini-train, browse unique shops, watch a matinee movie, or visit the Mineola Historical Museum. Plus, Saturday, September 24th is the Ironhorse Festival, which is a free event from 10 am to 6 pm with a car show, entertainment, multiple vendors and special activities.

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The eastbound train departs from Mineola at 5:15 pm* and arrives in Longview at 6:15 pm.* Back in Longview, you can head downtown to eat dinner, grab an ice cream, coffee, or beer, or try your hand at axe throwing. 

To participate, please follow both steps.

Step 1: Buy your train tickets directly through Amtrak.com. Enter round trip travel from Longview (LVW) to Mineola (MIN). https://www.amtrak.com/home

Step 2: Please also register with Visit Longview / Visit Mineola to let us know you are coming. Registered participants will be entered for a chance to win welcome gifts! Register here: 

For more information, contact Visit Longview at 903-758-3521 or Mineola at 903-569-6183. 

Can’t make it Saturday, September 24th? Amtrak provides daily round trip service between Longview and Mineola. Book your trip and enjoy both cities any day of the year. 

*All departure and arrival times are subject to change based on Amtrak availability. Please be aware that your schedule may need to be flexible as Amtrak may be delayed arriving. Download the Amtrak app to track train arrival and departure estimates on day of travel.

People boarding Amtrak train in Mineola, TX

Downtown Mineola Info:
Cowburners BBQ and Tap Room, 109 N. Johnston https://www.facebook.com/CowBurnersBBQ
Kitchen Hardware & Deli, 119 E. Broad St
La Waffalata and East Texas Burger Company, 124 E. Broad St
The Line, 124 S. Line St
Val’s Italian, 130 E. Broad St.
Sugarbakers, 119 W. Broad St.
Bryan’s Cheesecakes, 120 N. Johnston
Grandma Cleda’s Sweet Shop, 118 E. Broad
Mineola Fudge Bakery and Coffee Shop, 114 E. Broad
RNA Tavern, 108 S. Johnston
Iron Horse Bar and Spirits, 115 E. Commerce

Downtown Longview Info:
Historic Longview Depot, 905 Pacific Avenue Longview Train Depot - 905 Pacific Ave. | Longview, TX
VisitLongviewTexas.com Visit Longview Marketplace, 119 W. Tyler
Silver Grizzly Espresso, 100 W. Tyler St. Silver Grizzly Espresso
Wild Honey Creamery, 108 E. Tyler St. wild honey creamery
Books and Barrel’s, 206 N. Center Book Store + Wine Bar | Longview, TX | Books & Barrels

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