Great Train Heist- Grapevine Vintage Railroad

Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau


August 22, 2020 to September 27, 2020


Grapevine Vintage Railroad View map
705 S. Main Street,
Grapevine, 76051

Additional Information


Did you know that in 1912 two men attempted to rob the Southern Pacific Express Car near Sanderson, Texas? This robbery became known as the Baxter’s Curve Train Robbery, a.k.a. Sanderson Train Robbery. The robbery was perpetrated by Ben Kilpatrick and his partner Ole Hobek, but was thwarted by the train’s crew. It is often considered to be the last full-sized train robbery in Texas history.

All aboard for The Great Train Heist! Keep an eye out for greedy outlaws onboard the One-Hour Excursions or Cotton Belt Route to the Fort Worth Stockyards round-trip excursions. Join in on the fun, and help railroad detectives solve the mystery of who robbed the Grapevine Vintage Railroad.​

Train robbers will go through each coach “robbing” passengers with a fake bag of money. The detective will come through and pass out wanted posters so passengers can sketch what the robbers looked like. Passengers will also help the detective decode a telegram, so they can make an “arrest.” Reserve your tickets at

Grapevine One-hour Excursions:
August 22 and 29
September 6, 20 and 27

Cotton Belt Route Excursions:
September 5, 7, 19 and 26
The Cotton Belt Route Excursion starts in Downtown Grapevine at the Historic Cotton Belt Depot. Passengers will then ride along the rails through six different cities in Tarrant County before ending in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. Once there, riders will have the opportunity to explore the Stockyards before re-boarding to return to Grapevine.

Note that face masks are required to ride the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, and through the end of September, you may use your Souvenir Ticket to watch a complementary movie at the Palace Theatre.