Monday, May 14, 2012

2012 Frontier Forts Days and Train Ride

On May 12, a nice-sized group of us rode the train from Grapevine to the Fort Worth Stockyards. They were having an event showing the heritage of the stockyards, and several forts from all over represented their history as well.

Puffy the steam engine wasn't available, so we got Vinny the vintage diesel engine. We rode first class in a Victorian-style coach (hooray for ceiling fans and air conditioning), and it was quite an enjoyable ride. We had plenty of time to chat, relax, and watch the world zip by.

Once at the stockyards, we pretty much expected to blend in with all the other costumers and reenactors at the event, but to our surprise we were very popular!

Not only did many non-costumed attendees want to take photos with us (and even chase us down the street taking photos as we wandered around), but many of the reenactors wanted to know what group we were and talk clothing with us.

It was a very nice time, getting to meet so many people enthusiastic about history and the various groups from around Texas.

There were many booths and displays...

and one of our members managed to talk some nice gentlemen into letting her pose with a gun or two!

and err... I guess she really had a fun time checking out all the artillery and guns on display!

Okay, so we got positively silly we had such a great time posing for photos!

If you've never been to the Stockyards train station, it's a very neat location. The tracks stop under this giant roof, where lots of shops and restaurants are also nestled.

You feel like you're underground. The lighting is almost dreamlike, and wandering around the cobblestone walkways makes you feel like exploring for hours.

Unfortunately, we couldn't keep exploring. It was time to board the train and head back.

It was an amazing day!

To see more photos, visit these Flickr links here and here.


  1. What great photos! I'm still so bummed that I couldn't make it. :( You guys look like you had a great time, and everyone looks so fabulous! :D

  2. I wish you could have gone too, Megan! Thanks so much for the reply, and hopefully next time perhaps! :)