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A Train Ride Through the Ozarks

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I recently had the opportunity to ride the Arkansas Missouri Railroad from Springdale to Van Buren during our ‘peak’ foliage week in the Ozarks.

train_camera  I was tagging along with my co-worker and Fayetteville’s group tour manager Julie and loved every minute of it.

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The restored passenger cars are artifacts in themselves, some almost one hundred years old.

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Unfortunately it was raining that day so my pictures don’t do justice to the beautiful range of colors, but I did snap a few worth sharing.

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Blurry and rainy artsy foliage photos

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We left from the Springdale Frisco train depot and started our journey south. Before we knew it, the train was being robbed by two masked horsemen. The horror!

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Don’t worry, we survived and had a lovely trip to the metropolis of Van Buren– Non-locals, I apologize. That’s an Arkansas joke. Let’s just say Van Buren is not exactly urban.

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On the trip back from Van Buren, we rode in a 1914 ( I think?) two story, dome car.

Oh yeah. And this definitely happened.

conductors         Here’s a picture of Julie taking a picture of the train about to head into a tunnel.

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Did that just blow your mind?

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Julie and I with her Razorback mascot Rookie Red.

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Albeit a little wet, it was a lovely day on the train. If you’re in the Northwest Arkansas area, I definitely recommend taking a train trip into the past on the Arkansas Missouri Railroad.

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