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The Zilker Eagle mini-train is back on the rails

The highly anticipated mini-train at Zilker Park will reopen this week after four years of renovations.

A blue locomotive engine trailing rainbow cars filled with waving people in the back on the tracks.

And yes, adults can also ride the train.

Photo courtesy Austin Parks Foundation

All aboard the Zilker Eagle — the long-awaited mini-train will reopen just in time for summer.

The new locomotive will depart at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12 from the Train Depot at 2131 1/2 William Barton Dr. After its grand opening ceremony, the train will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Presented in partnership between Austin Parks Foundation and CapMetro, the Zilker Eagle has a storied history. Zilker Park had a mini-train running almost continuously (outside of a change in management) from 1961 to 2019, when the relationship between train’s operating company and the city came to an end. APF has been working to resurrect the Zilker Eagle since 2020.

The Zilker Eagle in a vintage, black and white photo with a visible skyline.

Just take a look at that vintage skyline.

Photo by E.P. Haddon via The Portal to Texas History, crediting Austin History Center and Austin Public Library.

Here’s what to expect with this new iteration of the Zilker Eagle mini-train:

  • A new turnaround on the route at Lou Neff Point
  • ADA accessibility on the train and at the station
  • A newly renovated train depot

Plus, every third Wednesday of the month, train rides will be free from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A blue engine as seen from the front, going through a tunnel reading "narrow tunnel — keep arms and legs inside."

The new train is also sporting a brand new blue and rainbow striped look, with an eagle mascot on the front.

Photo courtesy Austin Parks Foundation

Tickets will be $6, and a portion will benefit local parks, so go make some new memories.