I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
Life is like a train station, people come and go all the time, but the ones that wait for the train with you are the ones that are worth keeping in it.
© 2020 Peggy Woods