What is the “Trails & Rails” Program?

“Trails & Rails” is a partnership between the National Park Service and Amtrak to provide on-board education programs. The program on the Heartland Flyer is coordinated through the Volunteer-In-Parks Program at Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Sulphur, Oklahoma. Volunteers act as tour guides and provide Amtrak passengers with information while aboard the Heartland Flyer. For example, topics passengers will be introduced to include the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Oklahoma and Texas; the history of the area; the geological story of these areas; descriptions of the Oklahoma and Texas landscape and its animals and plants; the economic story; and the role of the railroad in these areas. Volunteers board the Heartland Flyer in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and are available for information and questions along the route to Fort Worth, Texas, and return.

Where is the train depot located in Oklahoma City, and is there any overnight parking available?

The station is located at 100 E. K. Gaylord, directly east of the Cox Convention Center and on the corner of E. K. Gaylord & Reno. There is parking available at the station. There are also parking garages within walking distance of the station.

Where can I go on the train from Fort Worth?

Once the Heartland Flyer arrives into Fort Worth, it terminates. You can connect to the Texas Eagle and go all the way to Chicago and further east; south to Austin and San Antonio; and west to Los Angeles three days a week via San Antonio.

How fast does the train go?

The maximum speed is 79 MPH in Oklahoma and 59 MPH in Texas, unless there is a speed restriction.

Is there food service on board the train?

There is a snack bar on board the train that serves snacks, sandwiches, chips, soft drinks, cocktails, and souvenirs.

How much does it cost?

The price ranges from $50.00 to $98.00 round trip, depending on how far in advance you make the reservation and how full the train is. Contact Amtrak for pricing information; prices are not available through the Heartland Flyer website. Members of StudentAdvantage, AAA and NARP receive a discount. Children under the age of 16 travel at half the fare.

How do I get around once in Fort Worth?

You can get a cab in front of the station. Also, the train station is the central hub of the Fort Worth’s bus system, the T.

How do I make a reservation on the Heartland Flyer?

Currently the only staffed station on the route is in Fort Worth. You can call Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit the Amtrak web site at www.amtrak.com and make reservations. On longer trips, where the Flyer is used to connect with other trains, one can use a travel agent.