Zube Park: Houston Live Steamers Miniature Train Ride!

Updated on April 14, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Miniature Train Ride in Zube Park
Miniature Train Ride in Zube Park | Source

Zube Park

Zube Park (pronounced ‘Zoo-Bee’) is exceptional for one reason. That is the once-a-month free miniature-train ride available for everyone to experience.

Pictured below is the entrance to the playground, paved hiking trails, and the six soccer fields. Clean restrooms are on-site as well as a concession building open for scheduled games. This central 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 here at various points with descriptions as to how to use it properly. Playgrounds and a splash pad keep kids happily entertained.

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Zube Park EntrancePlayground Equipment at Zube Park Soccer Fields Exercise stations Zube Park Paved Trail
Zube Park Entrance
Zube Park Entrance | Source
Playground Equipment at Zube Park
Playground Equipment at Zube Park | Source
Soccer Fields
Soccer Fields | Source
Exercise stations
Exercise stations | Source
Zube Park Paved Trail
Zube Park Paved Trail | Source

Free Miniature Train Rides in Zube Park!

Now for the exciting part! Every 3rd Saturday of each month from 9 AM to 1 PM 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 on this site. The picnic area closes one hour after the last train runs according to a posted sign.

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Zube Park entrance to Train RidesGazebo & Picnic Area in Train AreaCar Barn Engine Barn
Zube Park entrance to Train Rides
Zube Park entrance to Train Rides | Source
Gazebo & Picnic Area in Train Area
Gazebo & Picnic Area in Train Area | Source
Car Barn
Car Barn | Source
Engine Barn
Engine Barn | Source

Houston Area Live Steamers

Permanent structures on-site provide shelter for the train components. Members of HALS (the Houston Area Live Steamers) spend much time in this part of the park working on their train engines, cars, the tracks, and small scale buildings along the tracks.

During the monthly train rides, people pick up free tickets on-site. HALS is set up as a 501(c)3 charity. It takes much dedication and energy on the part of members to operate and maintain this venture for the public to enjoy. Donations are always appreciated. Souvenir sales also help to fund these free train rides.

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Train section near parking lot Place for HALS members to display & work on their train cars & engines at Zube Park. Free train tickets & souvenirs for sale People awaiting a train ride
Train section near parking lot
Train section near parking lot | Source
Place for HALS members to display & work on their train cars & engines at Zube Park.
Place for HALS members to display & work on their train cars & engines at Zube Park. | Source
Free train tickets & souvenirs for sale
Free train tickets & souvenirs for sale | Source
People awaiting a train ride
People awaiting a train ride | Source

All Aboard!

Several trains are operating at one time, and each rail journey takes only about 15 minutes. So wait time before riding is short. There is no limit to the number of rides one can make. A new ticket is required each time to board.

The train ride takes passengers through open spaces as well as forested areas. Little bridges and buildings are situated in places near the train tracks.

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Miniature Train Ride at Zube Park
Miniature Train Ride at Zube Park | Source
Zube Park Train Ride
Zube Park Train Ride | Source
Miniature Train Ride
Miniature Train Ride | Source
Riding the Miniature Train
Riding the Miniature Train | Source
Little building along train tracks
Little building along train tracks | Source
Miniature buildings along train tracks
Miniature buildings along train tracks | Source
Pond in Zube Park
Pond in Zube Park | Source
The train ride in the park
The train ride in the park | Source
The train ride in the park
The train ride in the park | Source

Model Trains

As you can see in one of the photos above, there are also elevated tracks for smaller model trains. On the day of our visit, we did not see the more miniature model trains. The video below shows them in use on a public day runs.

Location and Status Number to Call

My husband and I 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. There are plans to lay even more track in the future.

To make sure that the trains will be operating before making the trip, you can call this status line number. It is 888-767-7660.

The location of Zube Park is at 17560 Roberts Road, Hockley, Texas 77447.

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      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        7 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Liz,

        The train rides are always free but only operate once a month. You are given a ticket and stand in line to board the train. You could do it over and over again on the same day if you wanted to do that, just taking your turn in line. The only way they make money is if people buy some souvenirs.

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        Liz Westwood 

        7 weeks ago from UK

        Presumably the train rides are available at other times for a charge? This reminds me of a park we went to with grandchildren in Yorkshire earlier this year, but we had to pay for the train ride.

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        Peggy Woods 

        8 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi FlourishAnyway,

        It was fun even as one of those big adults. Ha!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        8 weeks ago from USA

        That’s pretty cute. There’s something funny about a bunch of adults on a train so small. I enjoyed this!

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        8 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Pamela,

        It was really fun riding this scaled-down version of real trains in Zube Park. I enjoyed sharing that experience with my husband.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        8 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        This is a nice park and the train ride is good. Zube Park is a nice place to visit.

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