Zube Park & Houston Live Steamers Miniature Train Ride!
Zube Park (pronounced ‘Zoo-Bee’) is truly special for one reason. That is the once a month free miniature train ride available for everyone to experience.
Pictured above is the entrance to the playground, paved hiking trails and the 6 soccer fields. Clean restrooms are provided as well as a concession building open for scheduled games. This main part of Zube Park is open year round.
There is a paved trail that meanders through this section of the park. Some picnic tables are available for use as well as BBQ pits. Exercise equipment is also provided at various points with descriptions as to how to use it properly. Playgrounds and a splash pad keep kids happily entertained.
Now for the exciting part! Every 3rd Saturday of each month from 9AM to 1PM March through November, weather permitting, the Houston Area Live Steamers provides free rides on 1/8th scale Cypress Creek and Southern Railroad miniature trains.
There is a separate entrance to this part of the park with parking provided for the train rides. Little Cypress Creek separates this part of the park from the soccer fields and other amenities.
Several picnic tables plus a gazebo are provided. The picnic area closes 1 hour after the last train runs according to a posted sign.
Permanent structures on site provide shelter for the train components. Members of HALS (the Houston Area Live Steamers) obviously spend much time in this part of the park working on their train engines, cars, the tracks and small scale buildings along the tracks.
When the monthly train rides are provided free tickets are issued on site. HALS is set up as a 501(c)3 charity. It takes much dedication and work on the part of members to operate and maintain this venture for the public to enjoy. It also obviously costs money so donations are always appreciated. Souvenir sales also help to fund these free train rides.
Several trains are operating at one time and each rail journey takes only about 15 minutes. So wait time prior to riding is minimized. There is no limit to the number of rides one can take. A new ticket is required each time in order to board.
The train ride takes passengers through open spaces as well as forested areas.
Miniature bridges and buildings have been built in places near the train tracks.
As you can see in the photo above there are also elevated tracks for smaller model trains. On the day of our visit they were not being operated. Click here to find out information about the public day runs. The video below shows them in use.
My husband and I really enjoyed visiting Zube Park on the 3rd Saturday last month. We had toured the other part of the park earlier and made it a point to come back for this experience. We found out that there are plans to lay even more track in the future.
To make sure that the trains will be operating prior to making the trip you can call this status line number. It is 888-767-7660.
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